Originally written October 22, 2012 on Fox Sports:
The repaved surface at Kansas Speedway pushed speeds higher all weekend, and tires seemed to take a beating as well. A few teams were able to figure it out, though, and while some were forced to overcome adversity, a handful had it in hand all afternoon. Mark Martin led for much of the late race, but it was a Roush Fenway Racing car that pushed its way forward in the closing miles. Matt Kenseth forced his way forward in the closing stages of Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400, capturing his second win in the 2012 Chase for the Championship, and sending his team off with style as he heads for new pastures in 2013. This week, the series returns to Martinsville Speedway. This paperclip-shaped track tests driver patience, fuel mileage and the teams' ability to work the chassis each and every stop. Drivers and teams require tremendous concentration and communication in these events, and it was Stewart-HAAS Racing's Ryan Newman that figured out how to get it done in the dying mil...
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