Is Kyle Busch Really on the Ropes?

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Is Kyle Busch really on the ropes when he states that he'll be eliminated in the next NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 12?
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Is Kyle Busch really on the ropes when he says that he’ll be eliminated in the next NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 12?

For most of his NASCAR Cup Series career, Kyle Busch seems invincible.  He has an uncanny ability to win races at will and is an easy fantasy pick every weekend.  But now, for whatever reason, 2020 is different.  This season, the defending 2019 NASCAR Cup Series Champion appears to be mortal.  Kyle Busch is now beatable on the track.

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Denny Hamlin Makes Late-Pass to Another NASCAR Cup Victory at Dover

Denny Hamlin makes late-pass to another NASCAR Cup Series victory in the Drydene 311 on Saturday afternoon at Dover International Speedway.
DOVER, DELAWARE – AUGUST 22: Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Drydene 311 at Dover International Speedway on August 22, 2020, in Dover, Delaware. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Denny Hamlin makes late-pass to another NASCAR Cup Series victory in the Drydene 311 on Saturday afternoon at Dover International Speedway.

Working traffic adroitly over the final run on Saturday, Denny Hamlin cruised to victory in the Drydene 311 at Dover International Speedway after passing Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. for the lead with eight laps left.

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Elliott Holds Off Hamlin to Win First Cup Race at Daytona Road Course

Elliott holds off Hamlin to win the NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling 235 on the series' inaugural race on the Daytona Road Course at Daytona International Speedway.
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – AUGUST 16: Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling 235 at Daytona International Speedway on August 16, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Elliott holds off Hamlin to win the NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling 235 on the series’ inaugural race on the Daytona Road Course at Daytona International Speedway.

No practice, no qualifying, new course. No problem for Hendrick Motorsport’s driver Chase Elliott.

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Keselowski Wins Third Race of the Season at New Hampshire

Brad Keselowski wins third race in the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
LOUDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE – AUGUST 02: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Western Star/Alliance Parts Ford, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on August 02, 2020 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Keselowski wins third race in the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

After a small break, the NASCAR Cup Series heads north to race the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. With only six points-paying races remaining in the regular season, several drivers are under the gun to clinch a playoff spot. Some seasonal contenders are right on the bubble, and the intensity will continue to increase as each race closes out.

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Brad Keselowski Dominates at New Hampshire

Brad Keselowski dominates the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
LOUDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE – AUGUST 02: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Western Star/Alliance Parts Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on August 02, 2020 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Brad Keselowski dominates the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

With two wins in his pocket heading into Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Brad Keselowski was already in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. His third win of 2020 came in the sort of dominating style the championship contender hoped would show his team’s readiness to challenge for the season title.

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Hamlin’s Dramatic Kansas Victory

Denny Hamlin's dramatic Kansas victory in the NASCAR Cup Series Super Start Batteries 400 presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts on Thursday, July 23rd at Kansas Speedway.
KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – JULY 23: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Super Start Batteries 400 Presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts at Kansas Speedway on July 23, 2020, in Kansas City, Kansas. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Hamlin’s dramatic Kansas victory in the NASCAR Cup Series Super Start Batteries 400 presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts makes five wins this season on Thursday, July 23rd at Kansas Speedway.

In what could be a sneak preview of the Championship 4 race later this year, Denny Hamlin outdueled Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, and Martin Truex Jr. to win the Super Start Batteries 400 presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts Thursday night at Kansas Speedway.

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Ty Gibbs Dominates at Iowa Speedway

Ty Gibbs dominates at Iowa Speedway in the ARCA Menards Series Shore Lunch 150 on Saturday, July 18, 2020.
Ty Gibbs the driver of the No. 18 Monster Energy/Terrible Herbst/ORCA Toyota, celebrates winning the Shore Lunch 150 for the ARCA Menards Series at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, July 18, 2020. Photo by Barry Cantrell/ARCA Racing

Ty Gibbs dominates at Iowa Speedway in the ARCA Menards Series Shore Lunch 150 on Saturday, July 18th to earn his second straight win.

It was yet another impressive accomplishment from 17-year-old Ty Gibbs with a dominating run in the Shore Lunch 150 at Iowa Speedway. Gibbs led 140 laps on his way to his second-straight victory, and third win in his last four starts. Gibbs also won in the ARCA Menards Series East earlier this summer along with the West finale to close out the 2019 season. He’s won five of his last eight starts in the three ARCA Series.

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Ty Gibbs Grabs Another Win

Ty Gibbs grabs another win in the ARCA Menards Series General Tire 150 at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, July 11th.
TY Gibbs, driver of the No. 18 Monster/Terrible Herbst/ORCA Toyota, celebrates winning in Victory Lane after the General Tire 150 for the ARCA Menards Series at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky on Saturday, July 11, 2020. Photo by Aaron Doster/ARCA Racing

Ty Gibbs grabs another win in the ARCA Menards Series General Tire 150 at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, July 11th, for his second victory of the season.

Putting his driving skills on display, Ty Gibbs was able to keep his car from spinning into the wall while battling for the lead with less than 40 laps to go. Charging hard for the top-spot, Gibbs took his No. 18 machine to the front for the win in the General Tire 150 on Saturday afternoon at Kentucky Speedway.

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Harvick and Hamlin Win Pocono Doubleheader

Harvick and Hamlin Win Pocono Doubleheader in the NASCAR Cup Series Pocono Organics 325 and the Pocono 350 at Pocono Raceway on June 27, 28, 2020.
LONG POND, PENNSYLVANIA – JUNE 27: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Head for the Mountains Ford, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Cup Series Pocono Organics 325 in partnership with Rodale Institute at Pocono Raceway on June 27, 2020, in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Harvick and Hamlin Win Pocono Doubleheader in the NASCAR Cup Series Pocono Organics 325 and the Pocono 350 at Pocono Raceway on June 27, 28, 2020.

NASCAR told fans in 2019 that Pocono Raceway would play host for a doubleheader weekend of NASCAR Cup Series racing in 2020. On Saturday and Sunday, they ran two races on the “Tricky Triangle” at the 2.5-mile track. Pocono Raceway is the only track on the schedule with just three corners. Each corner is very different, making it tough for teams to find the right balance in their cars.

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Denny Hamlin Wins at Pocono in Historic Cup Series Doubleheader

Denny Hamlin wins at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 350 on Sunday afternoon in the second race of a doubleheader weekend for the series.
LONG POND, PENNSYLVANIA – JUNE 28: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 350 at Pocono Raceway on June 28, 2020 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Denny Hamlin wins at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 350 on Sunday afternoon in the second race of a doubleheader weekend for the series.

Denny Hamlin turned the tables on Kevin Harvick on Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

Staying out on old tires and building a lead while Harvick battled traffic late in the Pocono 350, Hamlin won the second race of the historic NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader by 3.068 seconds over Harvick, reversing the finishing order of the two drivers from a day earlier.

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