Sprint Cup qualifying at Talladega rained out

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Steady rains at Talladega Superspeedway have scratched today’s Sprint Cup qualifying session for the Aaron’s 499. NASCAR made the call after every car had passed technical inspection prior to the session.

As a result, the teams will line up for tomorrow’s race according to speeds posted in the weekend’s first practice. That means Carl Edwards and Martin Truex Jr. will make up the front row; Edwards led that practice with a lap at 199.675 miles per hour in the No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. He will not receive Pole Award honors, but will start P1 for the first time since the 2012 Daytona 500.

Row 2 will feature Marcos Ambrose and Joey Logano, while Row 3 will be filled by Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth. Denny Hamlin, who is expected to hand over his car to Brian Vickers during the first caution period as he continues to heal from the compression fracture in his back, starts seventh, with Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne completing the Top 10.

Elliott Sadler, driving a fourth Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, will be unable to make the field for the Cup race as a result of the cancellation.

The rains may also have an impact on whether or not today’s NASCAR Nationwide Series event at ‘Dega will be run. Bob Pockrass of The Sporting News has reported that, according to NNS director Wayne Auton, the Aaron’s 312 would be moved to Sunday after the Cup race if a rainout occurs. In addition, Sunday’s forecast for Talladega carries at least a 60 percent chance of rain.

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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