Friday practice had proved to be an eventful practice day at Talladega: Michael Waltrip Racing's Martin Truex Jr. and David Reutimann topped the times in the second practice session, despite having their front windshields confiscated by NASCAR during pre-session inspection. The windshields were found to have unapproved modifications and be too thin to meet NASCAR regulations, as was that of Bobby Labonte's car whose JTG Daugherty Racing car is built and supplied by MWR.
Because the infractions were discovered prior to practice and the windshields replaced by approved counterparts, there will be no race penalties applied to the three drivers. However, there will be post-race penalties in terms of points, fines or probation for the responsible staff when NASCAR reviews the event next week.
Full qualifying and practice times