Atlanta II: Stewart-Haas Racing qualifying report

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet Impala SS, led the two-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent in time trials at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., by qualifying 12th for Sunday night's Pep Boys Auto 500...

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet Impala SS, led the two-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent in time trials at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., by qualifying 12th for Sunday night's Pep Boys Auto 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Stewart turned a lap of 30.481 seconds at 181.884 mph on the 1.54-mile oval.

"The car really bounced around in the corners and that didn't allow me to get the kind of momentum we would have liked to have had for our qualifying lap," said Stewart, who leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings. "We had two pretty good practice sessions earlier today and we were able to try some different things on the Office Depot/Old Spice Chevy that will help us for tomorrow night's race."

Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 U.S. Army/Haas Automation Chevrolet Impala SS, will start 23rd. Newman turned a lap of 30.588 seconds at 181.248 mph.

"I got loose on my out lap going into turn three, and that really hurt our momentum," said Newman, who's seven poles tie him with Buddy Baker for the most pole awards at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "The car just wasn't hooked up. It was a disappointing lap for the U.S. Army Chevrolet after a pretty good run in practice. We'll have some work to do in tomorrow night's race, but I was happy with the car in race trim earlier today and hopefully that will play into our favor."

Martin Truex Jr. captured the third pole of his career, his second of the season and his first at Atlanta by posting a lap of 30.106 seconds at 184.149 mph.

Kasey Kahne will start alongside Truex on the outside of row one, as he timed in at 30.213 seconds at 183.497 mph. Jimmie Johnson was third (30.236 seconds at 183.358 mph), while Jeff Gordon (30.296 seconds at 182.994 mph) and Kyle Busch (30.333 seconds at 182.271 mph) rounded out the top-five.

Forty-six drivers attempted to qualify for the Pep Boys Auto 500. Patrick Carpentier, Tony Raines and Regan Smith were the three drivers that did not make the field.

As far as manufacturers went, Chevrolet took the top spot thanks to the pole run of Truex. Dodge was next best at the hands of Kahne, while Toyota was the third-fastest make thanks to Busch. Carl Edwards, who qualified 14th, was the top Ford (30.516 seconds at 181.675 mph).

-credit: shr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Ryan Newman , Patrick Carpentier , Tony Raines , Jimmie Johnson , Kasey Kahne , Martin Truex Jr. , Carl Edwards , Regan Smith , Buddy Baker , Kyle Busch
Teams Stewart-Haas Racing