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Regan Smith's night ends early

Updated: October 13, 2012, 10:25 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CONCORD, N.C. -- Regan Smith's first outing as the substitute for NASCAR's most popular driver was a short one.

Sixty-one laps into Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the engine blew in the No. 88 car that Smith inherited from Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has been ruled out for at least two weeks to recover from symptoms of a concussion.

Smith was having a decent night, running in the top 15 after starting 26th. The cause of the engine failure was ...

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