Open Race Thread: NASCAR Nationwide Series Aaron's 312 - Talladega Superspeedway

#70 Johanna Long fields media questions on Friday morning at Talladega Superspeedway. Long will start 24th in today's Aaron 312. (Matt Weaver/NASCAR Ranting and Raving)

Love the racing at 'Dega. This is truly on of those races where anyone can win. It isn't just between six to ten drivers, all forty-three drivers have a shot at the win - if you've got the right drafting partner of course.

I'm thinking that since Dale Jr. is in this race we might see a good performance from the #7 car driven by Danica Patrick. Since Dale Jr. owns Patrick's car I would imagine that he would be helping her out if no one decided to draft with her, it only makes sense. By the same token I would imagine that Patrick would also help her boss out if no one decided to draft with him either, and that could be the case too. I mean, why would you help out the guy who always seems to run well at 'Dega? I wouldn't.

NASCAR RnR's very own Matt Weaver is at Talladega this weekend so look for great insights, photos, and other tidbits of info from him throughout the weekend. You can catch him here or on Twitter (@MattWeaverSBN).

Qualifying was cancelled due to the weather, so they'll line-up according to Owner's Points. Starting line-up is after the jump, see you on the other side.

Aaron's 312 Starting Order

Pos Car Driver Team Reason
1 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Chevrolet 2012 Owner Points 1st
2 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Cargill/Blackwell Angus Ford 2012 Owner Points 2nd
3 33 Kevin Harvick(i) Armour Chevrolet 2012 Owner Points 3rd
4 18 Joey Logano(i) GameStop/Max Payne 3 Toyota 2012 Owner Points 4th
5 3 Austin Dillon # Advocare Chevrolet 2012 Owner Points 5th
6 38 Brad Sweet # Great Clips Chevrolet 2012 Owner Points 6th
7 30 James Buescher(i) Accudoc Chevrolet 2012 Owner Points 7th
8 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Alliance Dodge 2012 Owner Points 8th
9 22 Brad Keselowski(i) Discount Tire Dodge 2012 Owner Points 9th
10 43 Michael Annett Pilot/Flying J Ford 2012 Owner Points 10th
11 88 Cole Whitt # Chevrolet 2012 Owner Points 11th
12 54 Kyle Busch(i) Monster Energy Toyota 2012 Owner Points 12th
13 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevrolet 2012 Owner Points 13th
14 19 Tayler Malsam G-Oil Toyota 2012 Owner Points 14th
15 44 Mike Bliss TriStar Motorsports Toyota 2012 Owner Points 16th
16 87 Joe Nemechek AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota 2012 Owner Points 17th
17 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 2012 Owner Points 18th
18 20 * Ryan Truex Grime Boss Toyota 2012 Owner Points 19th
19 1 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 2012 Owner Points 20th
20 99 Kenny Wallace American Ethanol Toyota 2012 Owner Points 21st
21 51 Jeremy Clements Clements Automotive Chevrolet 2012 Owner Points 22nd
22 11 Brian Scott Dollar General Toyota 2012 Owner Points 23rd
23 4 Danny Efland Chevrolet 2012 Owner Points 24th
24 70 Johanna Long # Foretravel Chevrolet 2012 Owner Points 25th
25 81 Jason Bowles # American Majority Toyota 2012 Owner Points 26th
26 24 John Wes Townley(i) Toyota Save in May Sales Event Toyota 2012 Owner Points 27th
27 40 Erik Darnell Chevrolet 2012 Owner Points 28th
28 41 Timmy Hill Kidscan Ford 2012 Owner Points 29th
29 14 Eric McClure Hefty/Reynolds Wrap Toyota 2012 Owner Points 30th
30 8 Tim Andrews Randy Hill Racing Ford 2012 Owner Points 31st
31 1 * Kurt Busch(i) Chevrolet 2012 Driver Winner
32 10 * Jeff Green TriStar Motorsports Toyota Series Champion 2000
33 5 * Dale Earnhardt Jr.(i) Hellmann's Chevrolet Series Champion 1999
34 23 Robert Richardson Jr. North TX Pipe Chevrolet 2012 Owner Att 7-32nd
35 50 * TJ Bell Gulfcoast Loss Prevention Chevrolet 2012 Owner Att 7-33rd
36 39 * Josh Richards JOY Ford 2012 Owner Att 7-34th
37 52 * Kevin Lepage TTTR Racing Engines Chevrolet 2012 Owner Att 7-36th
38 89 * Morgan Shepherd Shepherd Racing Ventures Chevrolet 2012 Owner Att 7-41st
39 46 * Chase Miller Key Motorsports Chevrolet 2012 Owner Att 7-43rd
40 42 * Josh Wise(i) Key Motorsports Chevrolet 2012 Owner Att 7-44th
41 47 * Scott Speed(i) Key Motorsports Chevrolet 2012 Owner Att 7-45th
42 74 * Mike Harmon Koma Unwind Chevrolet 2012 Owner Att 7-46th
43 15 * Jeffrey Earnhardt Ford Owner Attempts 5

(i) Ineligible for Points in this Series
# Denotes Rookie
* Required to Qualify on Time


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