Tony Stewart
Last year’s Sprint Cup Champion looks to improve on his 13th place finish from 2011. Reuters

Defending champion Tony Stewart hopes to capitalize on his second career pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway as the NASCAR Spring Cup Series continues Sunday night.

The race begins at 7:30pm eastern time, and you can watch it live streaming online here.

Stewart took the first pole Friday with a 186.121 mph lap, which was his first of the season.

With three weeks to go until the Chase, Sunday's race could help many drivers, like Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman, earn top seeds.

Gordon came in fifth in the pole, and will try to repeat his 2011 winning time of 4:00:58 at Atlanta.

Current Cup standings leader Greg Biffle finished second in the pole and fourth-place Matt Kenseth finished fourth. Biffle holds a slim 11 point lead over money-leader Jimmie Johnson, who clocked a 185.139 mph lap for the eighth in the pole.

Stewart said earlier this week that he had put his collision with Kenseth on Aug. 25 at Bristol behind him.

"You get over that stuff," Stewart said to ESPN. "That's part of racing for as long as I can remember, and that won't be the last time you ever see two drivers have a disagreement."

Stewart believes Kenseth intentionally caused the wreck on Lap 334 at Bristol as payback for earlier incidents at Indianapolis and Sonoma.