Saturday A Wash At Talladega
Talladega, Ala. – NASCAR cancelled Saturday’s Sprint Cup qualifying at Talladega and postponed the Nationwide Series race until Sunday afternoon following the Sprint Cup race.
Central Alabama was under a severe weather watch including tornado warnings amid severe thunderstorms and possible hail.
“We decided after watching the Weather Channel and talking with local media people in Birmingham that work for the National Weather Service to pull the plug,” said Jim Hunter, vice president of corporate communications for NASCAR. He cited the safety of an estimated 60,000 fans already on site as well as participants.
Hunter said NASCAR officials anticipate being able to run both races on Sunday. “It is our understanding that at about six a.m. or 7 a.m. tomorrow most of this severe weather will be gone. People who have tickets to either race, their ticket will be honored for tomorrow. So it’s a two-for-one.”
The field for Sprint Cup race will be set according to owner points led by front row starters Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth.
The Tommy Baldwin-owned Chevy of Aric Almirola and the Dodge of Terry Cook will not make the starting field of 43 drivers. The drivers for teams outside the Top 35 in owner points who will start the race are Mike Bliss, Robby Gordon, Max Papis, David Stremme, Johnny Sauter, Michael Waltrip, Dave Blaney and Joe Nemechek. Bliss made the field as the driver of the Chevy entry of James Finch, the winner of the spring Talladega race last year with driver Brad Keselowski. Stremme, who drives the No. 26 entry owned by Bill Jenkins, also makes the race since the car won at Talladega last November with Jamie McMurray at the wheel of a Roush Fenway Racing entry.No Comment