Talladega NASCAR: Carl Edwards on pole, qualifying rained off

Carl Edwards will start from NASCAR Sprint Cup pole at Talladega by virtue of his practice performance after rain forced the cancellation of Saturday's qualifying session

Talladega NASCAR: Carl Edwards on pole, qualifying rained off

Poor weather throughout the day at the superspeedway meant the session, due to commence just after midday, never began, ultimately being called off an hour later once organisers were satisfied conditions would not improve sufficiently.

Under 2013 Cup rules the starting order is therefore decided by times from first practice, in which Edwards set the pace in his Roush Fenway Ford.

Martin Truex Jr will join him on the front row for Michael Waltrip Racing, with Marcos Ambrose, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman completing the top five.

Returnee Denny Hamlin was quick on Friday and takes seventh place, although he is expected to hand over to relief driver Brian Vickers during the event as he is still recovering from his back injuries.

Points leader Jimmie Johnson will start eighth, with reigning champion Brad Keselowski 11th.

The rain-off means Elliott Sadler will not get a chance to qualify for what would have been his second Cup race of the year in Joe Gibbs' additional car.

Pos Driver Team/Car 1. Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Ford 2. Martin Truex Jr Waltrip Toyota 3. Marcos Ambrose Petty Ford 4. Joey Logano Penske Ford 5. Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 6. Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Toyota 7. Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Toyota 8. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Chevrolet 9. Jeff Gordon Hendrick Chevrolet 10. Kasey Kahne Hendrick Chevrolet 11. Brad Keselowski Penske Ford 12. Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Chevrolet 13. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Toyota 14. Michael Waltrip Waltrip Toyota 15. Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Ford 16. Paul Menard Childress Chevrolet 17. Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Ford 18. Aric Almirola Petty Ford 19. David Ragan Front Row Ford 20. Clint Bowyer Waltrip Toyota 21. Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Ford 22. Casey Mears Germain Ford 23. Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 24. Kevin Harvick Childress Chevrolet 25. Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 26. Josh Wise Front Row Ford 27. David Stremme Swan Toyota 28. Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet 29. Jeff Burton Childress Chevrolet 30. Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet 31. David Gilliland Front Row Ford 32. Travis Kvapil BK Toyota 33. Kurt Busch Furniture Row Chevrolet 34. Regan Smith Phoenix Chevrolet 35. David Reutimann BK Toyota 36. Scott Speed Leavine Ford 37. Terry Labonte FAS Lane Ford 38. Michael McDowell Parsons Ford 39. Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Toyota 40. Dave Blaney Baldwin Chevrolet 41. Joe Nemechek NEMCO-JRR Toyota 42. Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 43. JJ Yeley Baldwin Chevrolet Did not qualify: Elliott Sadler Joe Gibbs Toyota 
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