Piove a Talladega, qualifiche annullate e Almirola in pole position

La pioggia ha obbligato la NASCAR a cancellare le qualifiche per la Camping World RV Sales 500 al Talladega Superspeedway. La griglia di partenza è stata quindi determinata dai tempi delle prime libere del venerdì e a partire dalla pole position domenica alle 20:20 italiane sarà Aric Almirola, al volante della Ford Fusion #43 del Richard Petty Motorsports.

Il pilota della Florida ha fatto segnare una media sul giro di 202 miglia orarie seguendo una precisa strategia che teneva conto delle previsioni meteorologiche avverse e ha permesso a Marcos Ambrose di centrare il terzo posto. Tra i due piloti del team RPM si è piazzato Jeff Burton, che ha approfittato dello stesso draft per prendersi la prima fila.

“Abbiamo iniziato le libere con un piano,” ha detto Almirola, che avrà soprattutto l’occasione di usufruire della prima piazzola in pit road. “Io e Marcos abbiamo preso una buona scia e fatto segnare un ottimo giro. Sapevamo che c’era una certa possibilità di pioggia. Ovviamente, viste le circostanze, abbiamo pensato fosse buona cosa fare dei buoni tempi, nel casso piovesse. Ha funzionato!”

Il primo dei chasers in griglia sarà Carl Edwards, che partirà dalla quinta piazza, davanti a Greg Biffle. Il leader della classifica Matt Kenseth scatterà dall’undicesima posizione, appena dietro a Jimmie Johnson.

Stay Tuned

Gian Luca Guiglia

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Camping World RV Sales 500
Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega, Alabama
Saturday, October 19, 2013
1. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 2013 Owner Points – 19th.
2. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 2013 Owner Points – 21st.
3. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 2013 Owner Points – 20th.
4. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 2013 Owner Points – 16th.
5. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 2013 Owner Points – 10th.
6. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 2013 Owner Points – 6th.
7. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 2013 Owner Points – 28th.
8. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 2013 Owner Points – 9th.
9. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 2013 Owner Points – 15th.
10. (13) Casey Mears, Ford, 2013 Owner Points – 26th.
11. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 2013 Owner Points – 2nd.
12. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 2013 Owner Points – 1st.
13. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 2013 Owner Points – 14th.
14. (35) Josh Wise(i), Ford, 2013 Owner Points – 39th.
15. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 2013 Owner Points – 25th.
16. (14) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 2013 Owner Points – 17th.
17. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 2013 Owner Points – 12th.
18. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 2013 Owner Points – 11th.
19. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 2013 Owner Points – 4th.
20. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 2013 Owner Points – 8th.
21. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #, Ford, 2013 Owner Points – 23rd.
22. (55) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 2013 Owner Points – 24th.
23. (10) Danica Patrick #, Chevrolet, 2013 Owner Points – 29th.
24. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 2013 Owner Points – 31st.
25. (83) David Reutimann, Toyota, 2013 Owner Points – 35th.
26. (21) Trevor Bayne(i), Ford, 9 Owner Attempts – 41st.
27. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 2013 Owner Points – 5th.
28. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 2013 Owner Points – 13th.
29. (47) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 2013 Owner Points – 27th.
30. (78) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 2013 Owner Points – 7th.
31. (30) Cole Whitt(i), Toyota, 2013 Owner Points – 33rd.
32. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 2013 Owner Points – 22nd.
33. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 2013 Owner Points – 3rd.
34. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 2013 Owner Points – 18th.
35. (51) Justin Allgaier(i), Chevrolet, 2013 Owner Points – 30th.
36. (98) Michael McDowell, Ford, 2013 Owner Attempts – 43rd.
37. (36) JJ Yeley, Chevrolet, 2013 Owner Points – 36th.
38. (93) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 2013 Owner Points – 34th.
39. (7) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 2013 Owner Points – 32nd.
40. (32) Terry Labonte, Ford, Past Champion – 1996.
41. (40) Tony Raines(i), Chevrolet, 2013 Owner Attempts – 42nd.
42. (87) Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, 2013 Owner Attempts – 40th.
43. (33) Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 2013 Owner Attempts – 37th.
1 drivers failed to qualify.
44. (12) Sam Hornish Jr.(i), Ford, 1 Owner Attempts – 48th.