Talladega Superspeedway is one of NASCAR’s greatest tracks. As such, Talladega Superspeedway visits are among the biggest on the NASCAR schedule. However, an old foe may be set to ruin the weekend, and one that NASCAR barely defeated at Texas. The rain forced the sport to hold two races on Monday, after the regular schedule was washed out. Now the rain is back to ruin an even bigger weekend, as Talladega Superspeedway has been closed for today, with hope that things will be different tomorrow.
Today’s schedule was to include qualifying for the Sprint Cup Aaron’s 499, as well as the Nationwide Series race of the week. But yet again, weather ruined NASCAR’s best plans, and it is even more aggravating than last time.
For now, Talladega Superspeedway is set to host a doubleheader tomorrow, just like Texas Motor Speedway did on Monday. The Aaron’s 499 is still scheduled for 1 pm est, with qualifying determined by points. As such, series leaders Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle will lead the field.
After the Aaron’s 499, the Nationwide Series will try to get in the Aaron’s 312 an hour later. Instead of having its own day, the Nationwide race has to follow the big circuit for the second week in a row. It may be good for fans who like seeing an entire day of racing, but it isn’t a desired outcome for NASCAR.
Talladega Superspeedway weeks are prestigious, with only Daytona and Brickyard races more highly anticipated. Even if the races are postponed for another day, fans will flock back to this track, to see some of the roughest racing in a given season. However, it may not have to go that far this time.
Unlike last week at Texas, weather for Sunday will be clear in the morning, according to NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter. For today, the National Weather Service projects a 50% chance for severe weather, hail and tornados. But if Mother Nature gets that all out of her system today, Talladega Superspeedway could get dry for tomorrow’s new schedule.
There hadn’t been a Sprint Cup/Nationwide doubleheader in years, and now there will be two in a row. But since its at Talladega Superspeedway, it might make the week even bigger – assuming it isn’t delayed again. For now, race officials are expecting the Aaron’s 499 and Aaron’s 312 to go off tomorrow, starting at 1 pm est on FOX.
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