CUP: Talladega Saturday Notebook

TALLADEGA, DAY THREE – Bring out the raincoats. Today’s weather forecast for the Talladega Superspeedway area is not pleasant – high of 55 degrees and an 80 percent chance of rain.

That puts today’s track schedule in serious doubt. Qualifying for Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 is scheduled at 12:10 p.m. (ET), and the Aaron’s 312 Nationwide Series race is scheduled for 3 p.m.

If qualifying is washed out, the field will be set by practice speeds from Friday’s first practice session. That would put Carl Edwards (199.675 mph) on the pole.

Early-morning rain Saturday had closed the track’s infield tunnel.

Today’s SPEED broadcast schedule from Talladega will begin with Trackside at 11 a.m., followed by qualifying.


NNS Talladega Qualifying


CUP: Practice Gallery

NNS Qualifying

NNS Thursday Gallery

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Mike Hembree is NASCAR Editor for and has been covering motorsports for 31 years. He is a six-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year Award.