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Talladega Aaron's 499 - Practice 1 & 2 times

Tornados, storms, funnel clouds and potential flooding around the East Coast reached toward Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama and brought practice to an early full stop.
Friday NASCAR Sprint Cup practice was curtailed after powerful thunderstorms rolled into the area, with drivers getting only 45 minutes' running in Practice 1 and many not making it out at all in Practice 2 as major weather systems moved in towards Talladega Superspeedway.

The second session ended after only 15 minutes with just eight drivers having gone out on track. The weather forced the postponement of the evening ARCA Racing Series race scheduled for 5pm Eastern Time to Saturday morning, and left some leading Sprint Cup drivers and their families to take refuge in the media centre after tornado sirens went off and funnel cloud alerts were sighted in the area.

"We were all hanging out in the motor home, me and my family and stuff," driver Joey Logano told local media. "We got bored, we heard the siren going off and we said, 'Let's go to the media centre, talk to some people and hang out,'" he explained. "We got here and Juan [Montoya], Jamie McMurray, Kenny Wallace was here. The place was full of people chilling out. It wasn't really a big deal, we had nothing else to do, so it was good." Logano's crew chief Greg Zipadelli and family later joined the throng, as everyone looked rather tentative about whether it was the "done thing" for drivers and crew to mix with media like this.

Terry Labonte and Travis Kvapil also joined the party as roads over a wide area were seriously backed up. Jamie McMurray needed to scrounge a phone charger from one of the reporters, while an unusually subdued Kenny Wallace was busy working his mobile keypad "keeping the Twitter universe up-to-date," he explained.

Despite the lack of practice, the teams are relaxed about being ready for qualifying and for the race, saying that Talladega doesn't really change and is very comparable with Daytona, which is also a restrictor plate event.

"My feelings are the same as they were the whole ten days we were at Daytona, it hasn't changed," confirmed Tony Stewart. “I wish I could tell you something different, but it is the same, it is not any different."

"It's the same car we ran at Daytona and this is the same car that we won with at Talladega so it certainly knows its way around here,” confirmed Clint Bowyer.

Friday practice 1

1. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 49.300s (Leader) 194.239 mph
2. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 49.301s (-0.001) 194.235 mph
3. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 49.434s (-0.134) 193.713 mph
4. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 49.434s (-0.134) 193.713 mph
5. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 49.596s (-0.296) 193.080 mph
6. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 49.597s (-0.297) 193.076 mph
7. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 49.696s (-0.396) 192.692 mph
8. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 49.698s (-0.398) 192.684 mph
9. #09 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 49.734s (-0.434) 192.544 mph
10. #34 David Gilliland Ford 49.734s (-0.434) 192.544 mph
11. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 49.784s (-0.484) 192.351 mph
12. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 49.785s (-0.485) 192.347 mph
13. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 49.788s (-0.488) 192.335 mph
14. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 49.788s (-0.488) 192.335 mph
15. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 49.990s (-0.690) 191.558 mph
16. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 49.991s (-0.691) 191.555 mph
17. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 50.071s (-0.771) 191.248 mph
18. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 50.133s (-0.833) 191.012 mph
19. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 50.215s (-0.915) 190.700 mph
20. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 50.218s (-0.918) 190.689 mph
21. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 50.221s (-0.921) 190.677 mph
22. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 50.223s (-0.923) 190.670 mph
23. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 50.224s (-0.924) 190.666 mph
24. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 50.225s (-0.925) 190.662 mph
25. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 50.237s (-0.937) 190.617 mph
26. #6 David Ragan Ford 50.238s (-0.938) 190.613 mph
27. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 50.283s (-0.983) 190.442 mph
28. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 50.283s (-0.983) 190.442 mph
29. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 50.411s (-1.111) 189.958 mph
30. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 50.494s (-1.194) 189.646 mph
31. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 50.494s (-1.194) 189.646 mph
32. #46 Bill Elliott Chevrolet 50.497s (-1.197) 189.635 mph
33. #32 Terry Labonte Ford 50.879s (-1.579) 188.211 mph
34. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 50.880s (-1.580) 188.208 mph
35. #115 Michael Waltrip Toyota 54.051s (-4.751) 177.166 mph
36. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 54.176s (-4.876) 176.757 mph
37. #135 Steve Park Chevrolet 54.311s (-5.011) 176.318 mph
38. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 54.573s (-5.273) 175.471 mph
39. #97 Kevin Conway Toyota 54.617s (-5.317) 175.330 mph
40. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 54.705s (-5.405) 175.048 mph
41. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 54.722s (-5.422) 174.994 mph
42. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 54.727s (-5.427) 174.978 mph
43. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 54.746s (-5.446) 174.917 mph
44. #71 Andy Lally Ford 54.880s (-5.580) 174.490 mph
45. #37 Tony Raines Ford 55.344s (-6.044) 173.027 mph
46. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 9s (9) 9 mph

Friday practice 2

1. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 50.291s (Leader) 190.412 mph
2. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 50.291s (Leader) 190.412 mph
3. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 54.688s (-4.397) 175.102 mph
4. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 60.476s (-10.185) 158.344 mph
5. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 61.077s (-10.786) 156.786 mph
6. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 61.300s (-11.009) 156.215 mph
7. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 62.324s (-12.033) 153.649 mph
8. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 75.879s (-25.588) 126.201 mph




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