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NASCAR Sprint Cup, Hollywood 400: Kansas Speedway changes could affect race

Changes to Kansas Speedway may provide a challenge to racers on Sunday.

Geoff Burke

The Chase for the Sprint Cup continues with the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on Sunday afternoon, and a revamped track may cause problems for the top contenders. The speedway has been newly paved and reconfigured, according to nascar.com.

The variable banking has changed, and teams have only been able to get two days of testing on the track. That means no racer will have a distinct strategical advantage, creating an even playing field for those going after a championship. Brad Keselowski leads the Chase standings, and he believes that his team will adjust:

"We just have more work to do than we wanted for Sunday. Race day is what counts and we have some more practice time to work on the Miller Lite Dodge [on Saturday].''

Keselowski leads the championship standings by 28 points over Kansas native Clint Bowyer, who sits in fourth overall. The leaders are bunched very closely, with the top nine all within 50 points. Jimmie Johnson is just seven points back in second, while Denny Hamlin is just 15 points behind Keselowski.

The race is scheduled to begin at noon ET and will be televised on ESPN.