Newton, Iowa Kyle Busch is now a better bet than the Nationwide Series field.
Busch raced to his sixth victory in his last 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 away 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’s lost so far, 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.