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Regan Smith drives his car during practice for Saturday's NASCAR Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup series auto race in Concord, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. Smith is replacing driver Dale Earnhardt Jr, who is sitting out the next two races due to a concussion. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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