Weather halts events at Talladega Superspeedway
by LaVonte Young
Bad weather came in Friday afternoon.
Brian Schoenhals
TALLADEGA — Rain washed away the second NASCAR Sprint Cup practice on Friday. The 3 Amigos 250 ARCA race, which was scheduled for Friday, was rescheduled for today at 8 a.m.

Chairman of Talladega Superspeedway Grant Lynch said they will begin working on the track early Saturday.

Fans who had tickets on Friday events will be allowed to use their same ticket when gates open on Saturday.

“We will bring the jet dryers out probably very early in the morning about 5:30 and start attempting to dry the track,” chairman of Talladega Superspeedway Grant Lynch said.

“We hope to open the gates for all spectators at seven o’clock and try to start the ARCA Race at 8 a.m. All the tickets that were bought for today’s activities will be good for all activities tomorrow. Anyone holding a ticket that good for activities tomorrow will also be honored when we open our gates at seven o’clock.”

NASCAR points leader Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Alfac Ford Fusion wasn’t sure where he was going to go for safety for the impending storm.

“I was going to ask you guys when I came over here, where the safest place to go here in the infield,” Edwards asked. “Are there any basements?”

Edwards said that he thought about strapping into his race and waiting out the storm if he wasn’t accompanied by his family.

“I thought about it actually, Edwards said. “Putting the helmet on and getting into the car. The problem is I’ve got some family members here. I don’t know how I’d get them in there. I guess they can’t sit in the other guys’ cars. I hope it gets through and I hope everyone is safe. This stuff is nothing to mess around with. I worry about all the fans sitting out there in the campgrounds in their tents, so hopefully, it goes well.”

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Joey Logano, Juan Montoya, and Jamie McMurray didn’t take the chance of sitting in their haulers as Talladega County was under a Tornadoes warning as they sat in the media center until the storm passed.

Ryan Newman, the driver of the No. 39 Hass Automation Chevrolet, had the fast time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Practice on Friday. Newman said he was going stay in his hauler during sever weather coming through the area.

“In all my times watching the Weather Channel, I’ve never heard of 43 big expensive buses getting destroyed,” Newman said. “I’m going to stick with the odds. I’m staying in my mobile home.”
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