Brian Vickers wins bizarre qualifying session at Talladega

TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 18:  Brian Vickers, driver of the #55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota, poses for a photo after wining the pole award for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 18, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

TALLADEGA, AL – OCTOBER 18: Brian Vickers, driver of the #55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota, poses for a photo after wining the pole award for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 18, 2014 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Brian Vickers will lead the field to the green in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday.  Vickers put down the fastest lap in a four round qualifying that can best be termed as bizarre.

“It’s crazy,” said Vickers. “I thought with coming to three (laps) to go we had literally no shot. They all checked up and gave me a chance to get a run. I just tried not to wreck.”

NASCAR changed the knockout qualifying format for Talladega opting to have two sessions in the first round of 23 cars each. Those first rounds, 1A and 1B, had tentative starts as most cars waited until less than three minutes left in the five-minute rounds before taking to the track. MORE>>>

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