pole position

a position on the inside of the track in any race.
(in auto racing) a starting position on the inside of the front row.
an advantageous position.
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pole position
1.  (in motor racing) the starting position on the inside of the front row, generally considered the best one
2.  an advantageous starting position

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Main Entry:  pole position
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  in racing, being in the front row on the inside of the first bend; by extension, any advantageous position
Etymology:  from pole of the inside fence
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Biofuel's pole position in terms of usage and adaptability certainly gives it a head start.
Out-of-plumb foundations necessitate the use of several shims to attain proper pole position.
And once you take the pole position, don't slow down.
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