Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/21/12
Despite the treacherous conditions at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, the new track offered several non-Chase for the Sprint Cup contenders a chance to shine. Regan Smith posted his fourth top-10 finish of the season while filling in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt was recuperating following symptoms of a concussion by sitting out the races at Charlotte and Kansas. Smith, 29, wheeled the No. 88 Chevrolet from 39th to seventh on Sunday. "Great work Regan, great work, man. I really enjoyed working with you," said crew chief Steve Letarte. "You're a great race car driver." "You guys did a hell of a job today - the past two weeks," Smith replied. "I really appreciate the hard work. I know that was tough circumstances. Thanks." Aric Almirola was racing in earnest on Sunday in an attempt to save his ride with Richard Petty Motorsports. Almirola started fifth and then led 69 of the first 121 laps before he cut a tire on Lap 172 and spun on the backstretch. It would not be his only tire i...
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