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2013 Talladega NASCAR: Cup starting grid

4 May 2013

There was no NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, as persistent rain foiled attempts get the time trials underway. As a result, starting order is set as per rule book which means that the times from Friday's first practice session largely dictate the line-up.

Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards will start in pole position alongside Michael Waltrip Racing's Martin Truex Jr. However, Edwards will not be credited with a pole in the the record books, nor sill it get him any bonus points or a position in the 2014 Sprint Unlimited exhibition race.

Marcos Ambrose and Joey Logano will start on the second row, with Ryan Newman and Matt kenseth on row three. With 44 cars chasing 43 grid positions, Nationwide Series regular Elliott Sadler was the odd man out as the #81 car lacked owner points to lock it into the race and duly got bumped by those that did.

The rain may also wash-out the Saturday afternoon Nationwide Series race, for which X-Games star Travis Pastrana claimed his first pole position in 17 series starts. If that happened then the race will be held on Sunday after the Cup race finishes; in the event that rain continues into Sunday and interferes with race plans again, both races may have to be staged on Monday instead since despite the new fast-drying Air Titan technology, Talladega doesn't have any floodlights and therefore races can't start later than 5pm.

Starting grid

1. #99 Carl Edwards Ford
2. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota
3. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford
4. #22 Joey Logano Ford
5. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet
6. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota
7. #11 D. Hamlin Toyota
8. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
9. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
10. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet
11. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford
12. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet
13. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota
14. #55 Michael Waltrip Toyota
15. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford
16. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet
17. #16 Greg Biffle Ford
18. #43 Aric Almirola Ford
19. #34 David Ragan Ford
20. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota
21. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford
22. #13 Casey Mears Ford
23. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet
24. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
25. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet
26. #35 Josh Wise Ford
27. #30 David Stremme Toyota
28. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet
29. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet
30. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet
31. #38 David Gilliland Ford
32. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota
33. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet
34. #51 Regan Smith Chevrolet
35. #83 David Reutimann Toyota
36. #95 Scott Speed Ford
37. #32 Terry Labonte Ford
38. #98 Michael McDowell Toyota
39. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota
40. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet
41. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota
42. #33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet
43. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet

Did not qualify

#81 Elliott Sadler Toyota

Practice 2 times

1. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 48.883s (Leader) 195.896mph (6 laps)
2. #30 David Stremme Toyota 48.971s (-0.088s) 195.544mph (8 laps)
3. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 48.972s (-0.089s) 195.540mph (12 laps)
4. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 48.972s (-0.089s) 195.540mph (23 laps)
5. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 48.996s (-0.113s) 195.445mph (15 laps)
6. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 49.016s (-0.133s) 195.365mph (31 laps)
7. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 49.038s (-0.155s) 195.277mph (16 laps)
8. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 49.104s (-0.221s) 195.015mph (17 laps)
9. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 49.134s (-0.251s) 194.896mph (7 laps)
10. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 49.884s (-1.001s) 191.965mph (9 laps)
11. #38 David Gilliland Ford 49.995s (-1.112s) 191.539mph (4 laps)
12. #81 Elliott Sadler Toyota 49.999s (-1.116s) 191.524mph (10 laps)
13. #22 Joey Logano Ford 50.024s (-1.141s) 191.428mph (10 laps)
14. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 50.121s (-1.238s) 191.058mph (11 laps)
15. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 50.200s (-1.317s) 190.757mph (14 laps)
16. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 50.292s (-1.409s) 190.408mph (23 laps)
17. #32 Terry Labonte Ford 50.342s (-1.459s) 190.219mph (14 laps)
18. #95 Scott Speed Ford 50.360s (-1.477s) 190.151mph (7 laps)
19. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 50.410s (-1.527s) 189.962mph (4 laps)
20. #51 Regan Smith Chevrolet 50.495s (-1.612s) 189.643mph (7 laps)
21. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 50.504s (-1.621s) 189.609mph (11 laps)
22. #35 Josh Wise Ford 50.667s (-1.784s) 188.999mph (8 laps)
23. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 50.740s (-1.857s) 188.727mph (4 laps)
24. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 50.746s (-1.863s) 188.705mph (7 laps)
25. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 51.096s (-2.213s) 187.412mph (14 laps)
26. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 51.159s (-2.276s) 187.181mph (20 laps)
27. #33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 51.309s (-2.426s) 186.634mph (13 laps)

Practice 1 times

1. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 47.958s (Leader) 199.675mph (30 laps)
2. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 47.964s (-0.006s) 199.650mph (25 laps)
3. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 47.974s (-0.016s) 199.608mph (25 laps)
4. #22 Joey Logano Ford 47.977s (-0.019s) 199.596mph (21 laps)
5. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 47.990s (-0.032s) 199.542mph (15 laps)
6. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 48.008s (-0.050s) 199.467mph (33 laps)
7. #11 D. Hamlin Toyota 48.044s (-0.086s) 199.317mph (29 laps)
8. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 48.067s (-0.109s) 199.222mph (38 laps)
9. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 48.188s (-0.230s) 198.722mph (26 laps)
10. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 48.202s (-0.244s) 198.664mph (29 laps)
11. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 48.216s (-0.258s) 198.606mph (29 laps)
12. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 48.227s (-0.269s) 198.561mph (31 laps)
13. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 48.242s (-0.284s) 198.499mph (28 laps)
14. #55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 48.267s (-0.309s) 198.396mph (31 laps)
15. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 48.273s (-0.315s) 198.372mph (27 laps)
16. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 48.289s (-0.331s) 198.306mph (21 laps)
17. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 48.324s (-0.366s) 198.162mph (25 laps)
18. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 48.373s (-0.415s) 197.962mph (26 laps)
19. #34 David Ragan Ford 48.455s (-0.497s) 197.627mph (22 laps)
20. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 48.459s (-0.501s) 197.610mph (17 laps)
21. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 48.474s (-0.516s) 197.549mph (21 laps)
22. #13 Casey Mears Ford 48.500s (-0.542s) 197.443mph (23 laps)
23. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 48.501s (-0.543s) 197.439mph (24 laps)
24. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 48.533s (-0.575s) 197.309mph (20 laps)
25. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 48.616s (-0.658s) 196.972mph (20 laps)
26. #35 Josh Wise Ford 48.731s (-0.773s) 196.507mph (13 laps)
27. #30 David Stremme Toyota 48.772s (-0.814s) 196.342mph (14 laps)
28. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 48.778s (-0.820s) 196.318mph (28 laps)
29. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 48.861s (-0.903s) 195.985mph (28 laps)
30. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 48.892s (-0.934s) 195.860mph (24 laps)
31. #38 David Gilliland Ford 48.900s (-0.942s) 195.828mph (20 laps)
32. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 49.012s (-1.054s) 195.381mph (19 laps)
33. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 49.083s (-1.125s) 195.098mph (12 laps)
34. #51 Regan Smith Chevrolet 49.280s (-1.322s) 194.318mph (15 laps)
35. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 49.328s (-1.370s) 194.129mph (28 laps)
36. #81 Elliott Sadler Toyota 50.302s (-2.344s) 190.370mph (3 laps)
37. #95 Scott Speed Ford 50.447s (-2.489s) 189.823mph (3 laps)
38. #32 Terry Labonte Ford 50.639s (-2.681s) 189.103mph (10 laps)
39. #98 Michael McDowell Toyota 50.655s (-2.697s) 189.044mph (3 laps)
40. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 50.776s (-2.818s) 188.593mph (9 laps)
41. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 51.174s (-3.216s) 187.126mph (11 laps)
42. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 51.295s (-3.337s) 186.685mph (7 laps)
43. #33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 52.585s (-4.627s) 182.105mph (2 laps)
44. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 53.864s (-5.906s) 177.781mph (2 laps)


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