Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/15/12
The news of the weekend was the absence of one of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship contenders. Dale Earnhardt Jr. suffered his second concussion in short succession two weeks ago at Talladega Superspeedway, missing last week's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and this week's run at Kansas Speedway. Regan Smith filled in for Earnhardt, which was one shop away from where he was originally supposed to be, Phoenix Racing. Smith will also be in the No. 88 this week at Kansas, but A.J. Allmendinger, who took Smith's spot last week, is unconfirmed. All off-track news aside, Greg Biffle started from pole and opened a strong run for the Roush team. Brad Keselowski was the one who really stepped up to take charge, however, and it would only be fuel strategy that dented his night. Clint Bowyer played the mileage game properly, and took Saturday night's victory at Charlotte, hoisting himself to fourth in points. This week presents another 1.5-mile oval in Kansas, where the u...
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