Ninth Nationwide win of season leaves Kyle Busch one from record

NEWTON, Iowa — Kyle Busch is now a better bet than the Nationwide Series field.

Busch raced to his sixth victory in his past seven Nationwide starts and ninth in 17 events this season Saturday night, leading 209 of 250 laps in a dominating run at Iowa Speedway.

Busch moved a victory from the series season victory record of 10 he shares with Sam Ard. Busch, a 10-time winner in 2008, is second in series history with 39 victories — nine behind Mark Martin’s record.

Given that Busch has won more than he has lost, that 10-win record seems destined to fall this season.

Martin’s career mark doesn’t seem all that safe, either.

“I’m looking forward to it, man. I can’t wait to get to win 11 and hopefully more after that,” Busch said.

Kevin Harvick was second, followed by Jason Leffler. Brad Keselowski, who beat Busch in Iowa last year, finished fourth to stay atop the series points standings by 231 points over Carl Edwards, who was 10th.

Trevor Bayne, who became the first Nationwide driver in 18 years to capture three consecutive poles earlier Saturday, finished fifth in front of a standing-room-only crowd of nearly 56,000.

Harvick took the lead from Busch during a late pit stop by taking just two tires while Busch grabbed four. But that mattered little to Busch, who had the strongest car of the night.

The No. 18 Toyota zipped past Harvick on the outside with 25 laps to go on the 0.875-mile oval.

Busch, who started second after flying back from practice Saturday for the Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway with Harvick, grabbed the lead from Bayne soon after the race went green, marking the 17th straight Nationwide race he has led at some point.

■ NASCAR TRUCKS — At Long Pond, Pa., Elliott Sadler held off Kasey Kahne in a green-white-checkered finish to win the inaugural NASCAR Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway.

Sadler was the beneficiary after a flurry of late mishaps sent the race into NASCAR’s version of overtime. He cut off Matt Crafton’s pass attempt inside and pulled away from Kahne on the final lap.

Sadler, a former Sprint Cup series contender, got his first NASCAR win in six years.

■ FORMULA ONE — At Budapest, Hungary, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix and will be joined by teammate Mark Webber on the front row.

Vettel posted a time of 1 minute, 18.773 seconds in qualifying, 0.411 seconds ahead of Webber.

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