May 5, 2013
No qualifying, no problem for pole-sitter Carl Edwards at Talladega
By DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency
Carl Edwards never got to celebrate his first pole position of the season at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday.
In fact he was relaxing in his motorhome when NASCAR announced his No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford will start first in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Aaron’s 499.
Rain washed out regular qualifying at the 2.66-mile oval and starting positions were awarded according to fastest laps recorded during Friday’s two practice sessions.
Edwards was on top of the leaderboard when those sessions ended with a lap of 199.675 m.p.h.
Martin Truex Jr. will start second in the No. 56 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota after a best lap of 199.650 m.p.h. and Marcos Ambrose will start third in the No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford when he lapped the track at 199.608 m.p.h.
Edwards said that everybody was aware on Friday the weather forecast called for rain Saturday and qualifying was likely going to be cancelled.