Weather cancels Talladega qualifying

For the second week in a row the weather has played havoc with NASCAR's on-track schedule, this time forcing all Saturday activities at Talladega to be cancelled

Weather cancels Talladega qualifying

Severe weather alerts have been issued for the area and officials have decided to cancel Sprint Cup series qualifying for safety reasons and to postpone the Nationwide Series race for Sunday afternoon.

The field for Sunday's 499-mile race, which is set to start at the original scheduled time, will be set, as per NASCAR rules, according to the owners' standings, handing pole position to Jimmie Johnson.

"In the interest of fan safety, all activities scheduled at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday have been postponed due to the significant threat of extended periods of severe weather," said a release from Talladega Superspeedway officials.

"This decision was made based on advice from the National Weather Service and the Talladega County Emergency Management Agency."

The Nationwide Series race will be run following the Cup event, with at least 11 drivers taking part in both and set for 811 miles of racing in one day.

Given the cancellation of qualifying, Terry Cook and Aric Almirola were left out of the Cup field.

Weather forecasts for Sunday look good, with partly skies expected and only a 20 per cent chance of rain.

Starting line-up:

Pos Driver Car 1. Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 2. Matt Kenseth Ford 3. Greg Biffle Ford 4. Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 5. Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 6. Kyle Busch Toyota 7. Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 8. Jeff Burton Chevrolet 9. Kurt Busch Dodge 10. Mark Martin Chevrolet 11. Denny Hamlin Toyota 12. Joey Logano Toyota 13. Tony Stewart Chevrolet 14. Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 15. Carl Edwards Ford 16. Ryan Newman Chevrolet 17. Martin Truex Jr Toyota 18. Paul Menard Ford 19. Brian Vickers Toyota 20. Scott Speed Toyota 21. Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 22. Kasey Kahne Ford 23. AJ Allmendinger Ford 24. Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 25. Brad Keselowski Dodge 26. David Ragan Ford 27. Elliott Sadler Ford 28. Marcos Ambrose Toyota 29. Sam Hornish Jr Dodge 30. David Reutimann Toyota 31. Regan Smith Chevrolet 32. Bobby Labonte Chevrolet 33. Kevin Conway Ford 34. Travis Kvapil Ford 35. Robert Richardson Jr Ford 36. David Stremme Ford 37. Mike Bliss Chevrolet 38. Robby Gordon Toyota 39. Johnny Sauter Chevrolet 40. Max Papis Toyota 41. Joe Nemechek Toyota 42. Dave Blaney Toyota 43. Michael Waltrip Toyota Non-qualifiers: Terry Cook Dodge Aric Almirola Chevrolet 
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