The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying has been cancelled due to rain. The starting lineup will be based on practice times from Fridays practice. That means that Carl Edwards will lead them to the green flag on Sunday.
There were 44 cars entered to race on Sunday and with only 43 spots available that meant that one driver was going home. Elliott Sadler had the least amount of points which means he will not race in the cup race on Sunday but he will race in the Nationwide race. Denny Hamlin is starting up front in seventh spot and is expected to get out of the car during the first caution.
During the practice session on Friday the drivers knew very well that qualifying might be rained out so there was very hard racing for practice. Carl Edwards said about the racing afterwards:
At one point in the practice they were going four wide which is very dangerous for a practice session and is really dangerous during the race. Qualifying is not as important as it is at other tracks because you can go from 43rd to 1st in a matter of laps. However, it is important because the pole sitter will get first selection of a pitstall. That could come back to help Edwards late in the race.
The race Sunday is no doubt going to be interesting as Talladega always is. The Nationwide race is scheduled for 3PM Eastern time but if the rain continues it will be after the Sprint Cup race tomorrow.