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Stewart listens for pole

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 for his first pole this season and second of his career at the 1.54-mile tri-oval.

Stewart took advantage of a timely tip from teammate Ryan Newman, who settled for 17th on the grid but came all the way down pit road to pass along what he thought was the best line: Stay high, Newman said, instead of the customary line along the bottom.

"That pole is 100 percent due to Ryan Newman," Stewart said. "I'm not sure if we'd have run the line I'd planned on running we'd have been that fast."

Greg Biffle (185.648) will start on the outside of the front row for the AdvoCare 500. Tampa's Aric Almirola will start 13th.

Also, Martin Truex and primary sponsor Napa agreed to a three-year contract extension with Michael Waltrip Racing.

Trucks: Ty Dillon ousts Busch for first win

Ty Dillon raced to his first NASCAR Truck victory, passing Kyle Busch with six laps to go and pulling away at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Busch appeared to be in command with the race winding down, running several truck lengths ahead of the field in the Grit Chips 200.

But Dillon quickly closed the gap and passed the 30-time truck series winner going into Turn 1. Busch banged the wall hard a couple of times, damaging his car and causing him to slow considerably.

Pole-sitter Dillon won by 3.227 seconds with Busch second.

Dillon, 20, is the younger brother of last year's truck series champion, Austin Dillon, and grandson of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress.

NHRA: Tony Schumacher led the first day of the unique three-day qualifying format at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, the biggest event in the series. Schumacher had a run of 3.814 seconds at 324.67 mph through one round. Qualifying continues with two runs today and two more Sunday for Monday's eliminations. Jack Beckman (4.051 seconds, 302.62 mph) led Funny Car, Erica Enders (6.624, 208.84) topped Pro Stock and Andrew Hines (6.928, 194.21) led Pro Stock Motorcycle.

HONORS: IndyCar star Danny Sullivan and motorcycle great Ricky Johnson were among seven figures inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in Detroit.

Stewart listens for pole 08/31/12 [Last modified: Friday, August 31, 2012 10:44pm]
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