Domination, a word that often describes one person that takes over in a sporting event, taking out his or her opponent and leaving no doubt they are the best. However, what is it called when two individuals are the best over an entire group?
Dual domination perhaps?
That is what happened in the second race of the first round in the playoffs. It was clear that two drivers were going to battle it out for the win. Of the 300 laps, 223 were led by these two. That means they were out front for almost 75 percent of the laps. Toyota vs. Toyota, and in a way, teammate vs. teammate would be the deciding factor.
However, when Martin Truex Jr. saw his run get caught in a multi-car wreck, it was clear at that moment who was getting the victory.
Dual domination then became outright dominance when Kyle Busch finally secured his win in the playoffs to advance to round two. He wasn’t rowdy when he got out front, but he got rowdy once it was time to burn down the tires. The “Candy Man” can, and did.
The “Candy Man” also allowed a trio of participants to make it into the second round. It also meant that the leader from last weekend now suddenly fell down the list to just outside the bubble. That bad break is the only one from this week, so here’s a look at the playoff standings after the ISM Connect 300:
Ashley Hull (2125) Kyle Busch WON –  1 28*
Ashley Hobbs (2122) Brad Keselowski finished 4th –  0 30
Rob Blount (2112) Kyle Busch WON –  1 20*
Sal Sigala Jr. (2109) Kyle Larson finished 2nd –  0 30
Penny Whitecotton (2105) Martin Truex Jr. finished 5th –  0 7
Billy Fellin (2094) Clint Bowyer finished 7th –  1 20*
Dalton Hastings (2092) Kyle Busch WON –  1 11*
Rob Tiongson (2088) Matt Kenseth finished 3rd –  0 14
Patti Rodisch (2088) Jimmie Johnson finished 14th –  0 16
Misan Akuya (2082) Kevin Harvick finished 36th –  0 38
Dustin Parks (2074) Denny Hamlin finished 12th –  0 10
Ashley McCubbin (2072) Denny Hamlin finished 12th –  0 11
Klarissa Mitchell (2067) Jamie McMurray finished 16th –  0 0
*Already locked into second round.
Next Race: Only one final race to either lock into the next round, or see a title opportunity come to a conclusion. Two Playoff drivers are successfully into the next round, while another two are locked in simply on points. That leaves eight spots remaining for the next reset.
The League has six spots remaining before their points reset, and three see their hopes for a title dashed.
In order to move on, they all must avoid a concrete monster that always has an appetite. Miles is ready for his fall meal, and doesn’t care if it’s rubber, metal, or liquid that is on the plate. He’s ready to eat, and cannot wait to feast on Chevy, Ford and Toyota.
Dover is ready to unleash it’s Monster Mile to determine the Round of 12. Get those picks, all different from the previous two weeks, locked in by Thursday, September 28, at 10 p.m. ET for the Apache Warrior 400 presented by Lucas Oil.