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NASCAR Barometer: Busch Wins 42nd Race

C.J. Radune

Radune covers NASCAR, Formula 1 and soccer for RotoWire. He was named the 2015 Racing Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

Kyle Busch worked on his car all afternoon to improve enough to overtake Chase Elliott in the final laps at Dover to score his 42nd-career NASCAR Monster Energy Cup series win. He capped off the first round of the 2017 playoffs with two victories and now takes his bonus points into the round of 12 where he will look to continue his championship co-favorite status alongside Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 78 machine.

Sunday’s race set the final 12 drivers who remain alive in the championship hunt, and some surprises failed to make it through. Kurt Busch was brushed aside after winning the Daytona 500 and piecing together a number of top results in the lead up to the round of 16. Joining him on the sidelines of the championship battle were Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne. Those drivers now will focus on being the best of the rest in the final races as the championship hunt moves on without them.

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