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Kyle Busch dominates for Iowa win

NEWTON, Iowa — Kyle Busch raced to his sixth victory in his past seven Nationwide series starts Saturday night in a dominating run at Iowa Speedway.

Busch, who started second, led 209 of 250 laps in the U.S. Cellular 250 for his ninth win of the season. It was his 75th victory in NASCAR's three major series and 39th in the second-tier Nationwide series, nine away from Mark Martin's record.

Busch beat fellow Sprint Cup star Kevin Harvick by 2.030 seconds on the 0.875-mile oval.

Harvick took the lead from Busch during a late pit stop by taking just two tires while Busch grabbed four. But Busch zipped past Harvick on the outside with 25 laps to go.

"Harvick scared us a little bit at the end there, putting on two (tires) and having a good jump on us at the restart there, but we ran him down," Busch said.

Jason Leffler finished third followed by points leader Brad Kese­lowski and 19-year-old Trevor Bayne, who earlier in the day became the first driver to earn three consecutive Nationwide poles since Jeff Gordon in 1992.

Keselowski extended his lead over Carl Edwards, who finished 10th, to 231 points. Busch is third, 473 points back, despite having missed four races.

TRUCKS: Tears welled in Elliott Sadler's eyes as he took the white flag. Finally, victory was within reach. After cutting off Matt Crafton on a restart, the veteran beat Kasey Kahne for his first NASCAR win in six years in the Pocono Mountains 125 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. "You sit at home a lot wondering if you're ever going to make it back to Victory Lane," said Sadler, who has not won in Sprint Cup since 2004. Sadler, 35, was also the pole-sitter. Tampa's Aric Almirola finished fourth and drew within 149 points of series leader Todd Bodine, who was 12th.

BACKUP PLAN: Almirola, standing by as a relief driver for Jeff Gordon, ran a few laps in the No. 24 Chevrolet during Sprint Cup practice at Pocono. Gordon's wife, Ingrid Vandebosch, is expecting the couple's second child.

FORMULA ONE: Sebastian Vettel secured the pole for today's Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest and will be joined by Red Bull Racing teammate Mark Webber on the front row. Vettel (1:18.773) beat Webber by 0.411 seconds.

Kyle Busch dominates for Iowa win 07/31/10 [Last modified: Saturday, July 31, 2010 11:56pm]
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