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Rain forces revision in Talladega schedule

May 03, 2012, , NASCAR.com

New practice time supersedes NNS qualifying; lineup to be set per rule book

Rain on Thursday at Talladega Superspeedway forced the cancelation of two scheduled practices for the Nationwide Series and a revision of the Friday schedule in preparation for the Aaron's 312.

The 45- and 50-minute sessions erased Thursday will be combined into one 1-hour, 35-minute practice beginning at 12:10 p.m. ET Friday. Nationwide qualifying, originally scheduled for 12:10 p.m. ET Friday, has been canceled, with the lineup being set per the rule book. This is only the second time in 21 races at Talladega that qualifying has been canceled.

With no practice prior to the cancelation of time trials, the lineup will be set starting with 2012 owners' points, putting Elliott Sadler (pole position) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on the front row. Blake Koch is the only driver who will not make the 43-car field.

* Talladega: Race Lineup | * Nationwide Series: Owner Standings | Driver Standings

The Aaron's 312 is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. ET Saturday.

Friday's Sprint Cup Series events will not be affected by the Nationwide revision. Cup cars are scheduled to be on the track for a 45-minute opening practice at 2 p.m. ET, with a 60-minute Happy Hour session set for 3:30 p.m. ET.

Cup qualifying is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. ET Saturday with race coverage of the Aaron's 499 beginning at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

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