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Pole position

Posted by Smokey Stver on October 27, 2007

In Reply to: Pole position posted by Mick911 on October 27, 2007

: Anybody know the origins of 'Pole position'?

Pole position started in horse racing, and refers to the inside starting position, next to the inside pole, and closest to the near side of the oval. It's an advantageous position, and the term has migrated to auto racing, where it means a starting position at the front of the grid. It has been used figuratively in other contexts to mean an advantageous starting position.