NASCAR Talladega 2013: Lineup, starting grid for Aaron's 499

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Full lineup and starting grid for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.

The rain forced NASCAR officials to cancel Saturday's qualifying for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, and Carl Edwards was the beneficiary of the weather and decision. Edwards posted the highest speeds in Friday's practice and will get the pole position for the race.

Edwards is currently in second place in the Sprint Cup standings, a full 43 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson, who has 343 points to his name. Johnson will be back at No. 8 on the starting grid.

After the race last October, in which many drivers raced cautiously, there's some thought that an aggressive approach could be the one to go with this time, at least early on. In the previous race, there was a 20-car pileup on the final lap that saw Matt Kenseth escape unscathed to coast to an easy victory.

As noted by SB Nation's Matt Weaver, many will be jockeying for position early on in an attempt to get ahead of the issues that could arise due to the weather. Martin Truex Jr., who has the No. 2 position to start the race, echoed the sentiments in the above piece, saying that being at the front of the pack may be the safest spot to avoid the big crashes.

Below, we've got the full lineup and starting grid for Sunday's race, which begins at 1 p.m. ET on FOX.

1. Carl Edwards
2. Martin Truex, Jr.
3. Marcos Ambrose
4. Joey Logano
5. Ryan Newman
6. Matt Kenseth
7. Denny Hamlin
8. Jimmie Johnson
9. Jeff Gordon
10. Kasey Kahne
11. Brad Keselowski
12. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
13. Kyle Busch
14. Michael Waltrip
15. Trevor Bayne
16. Paul Menard
17. Greg Biffle
18. Aric Almirola
19. David Ragan
20. Clint Bowyer
21. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
22. Casey Mears
23. Danica Patrick
24. Kevin Harvick
25. Tony Stewart
26. Josh Wise
27. David Stremme
28. Jamie McMurray
29. Jeff Burton
30. Juan Pablo Montoya
31. David Gilliland
32. Travis Kvapil
33. Kurt Busch
34. Regan Smith
35. David Reutimann
36. Scott Speed
37. Terry Labonte
38. Michael McDowell
39. Bobby Labonte
40. Dave Blaney
41. Joe Nemechek
42. Landon Cassill
43. J.J. Yeley

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