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NASCAR At Atlanta: Tony Stewart Claims Pole For Advocare 500

Three-time and defending Sprint Cup champ Tony Stewart now has a pole position to go with his three Atlanta Motor Speedway wins.

Stewart turned a lap of 29.79 seconds (186.121 MPH) to claim the pole for Sunday's Advocare 500. It is his first pole of the 2012 season and the 14th of his career, matching the number of his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet.

Sprint Cup point leader Greg Biffle was second-fastest in his No. 16 Roush-Fenway Racing Ford. Kyle Busch was third in Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 18 Toyota, with Matt Kenseth in the No. 17 Roush entry and Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy completing the top-five.

Mark Martin was sixth in the No. 55 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing, followed by Gibbs' Denny Hamlin in the No. 20 Toyota. Hendrick's Jimmie Johnson was eighth in his No. 48 Chevy, followed by Joey Logano in the third Gibbs Camry and Marcos Ambrose in Richard Petty's No. 9 Ford.

Danica Patrick, in her first qualifying effort at AMS, was 23rd in her No. 10 Chevy for Stewart-Haas. Martin Truex Jr., who led the practice earlier today, was only 28th-fastest in the No. 56 Toyota for Michael Waltrip, while NASCAR's most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. was an abysmal 35th in his No. 88 Hendrick Chevy.

To see where your favorite driver is starting in Sunday's 500-miler, head over to NASCAR.com.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.