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Talladega qualifying rained out, Edwards awarded pole

1:22 PM, May 4, 2013   |    comments
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Talladega, AL (Sports Network) - Persistent rain at Talladega Superspeedway forced NASCAR to cancel Saturday's qualifying session for the Aaron's 499.

The starting field for the 500-mile race at Talladega was determined by practice times/speeds in Friday's first practice session. Carl Edwards earned the pole, since his lap at 199.675 mph was quickest in practice. Edwards is not credit with a pole win. It will be the first time the Roush Fenway Racing driver starts first in a Sprint Cup Series race since the 2012 Daytona 500. His best finish in 17 races at Talladega is fifth, which came in October 2005.

Martin Truex Jr. will start second, followed by Marcos Ambrose, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman.

Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne will roll off sixth through 10th, respectively. Hamlin has missed the last four races due to a compression fracture in his lower back that he suffered during an accident on the last lap of the March 24 race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

Brad Keselowski, the defending series champion and the winner of last year's spring race at Talladega, will start 11th, one spot ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Danica Patrick secured the 23rd starting position. This will be Patrick's first time competing in a Sprint Cup race at this 2.66-mile superspeedway.

Elliott Sadler was the only driver who did not make the starting field.

Sunday's race is scheduled to start just after 1 p.m. ET. However, the weather could be a factor again. The National Weather Service is forecasting a 70 percent chance of rain in the Talladega area during the afternoon.

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