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Tony Stewart claims Atlanta pole

Updated: August 31, 2012, 9:07 PM ET
Associated Press

HAMPTON, Ga. -- On the advice of his teammate, Tony Stewart took the high road

He wound up with the pole for Sunday night's NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Stewart turned a fast lap of 186.121 mph on Friday to take his first pole of the season and second of his career at the 1.54-mile tri-oval. He also was on the pole at Atlanta for the season finale in 2002, setting him up to clinch the first of his three Cup titles.

This time, Stewart hopes starting at the front ...

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