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TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Intermittent rain on Saturday morning cancelled Sprint Cup Series qualifying at Talladega Superspeedway, giving Aric Almirola his first pole of 2013 and second of his career.

The session was slated to begin at 12:10 p.m. ET, but weather instead forced officials to send dryers out onto the race track. Qualifying procedures reverted by rule back to speeds from Friday's opening practice session, putting Almirola and Jeff Burton on the front row.

Saturday's slate at Talladega also includes a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event to begin at 4 p.m. ET, but there were no immediate indications the start of that race would be affected. Jeb Burton is on the pole for that race.

The Air Titan drying system, which played a major role in getting rain-delayed Nationwide and Sprint Cup events completed here in the spring, is on site at Talladega this weekend.


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