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Busch wins sixth Nationwide race

Jul 27, 2008 - 2:21 AM INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- NASCAR's restrictions on the Toyota engines did little to slow Kyle Busch.

In the first race since NASCAR adjusted Toyota's engines by dropping 15 horsepower from the Camrys, Busch led 197 of 200 laps to win Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Kroger 200.

It was Busch's sixth Nationwide series victory this season despite not racing a full schedule.

NASCAR's intent was to level the playing field after Toyota had won 14 of the 21 races this season.

Make that 15 of 22 for the Japanese manufacturer, as Busch took the lead from pole winner Colin Braun on the .686-mile O'Reilly Raceway Park and led every lap except for three during pit stops.

"We had to pit sometime," Busch said tongue-in-cheek in Victory Lane. "I was disappointed because those 15 horsepower cost us the pole.

"But I want to thank all my competitors for complaining so much - they gave me more traction control out there tonight."

Braun, who started from the pole for the second time this season, was second in a Ford for his best career showing.

"I thought all race we had a shot at it," Braun said. "But congratulations to Kyle and those guys. They did a great job."

Mike Bliss was third in a Chevrolet, followed by Scott Wimmer in a Monte Carlo and Jason Wise in a Dodge.

Series leader Clint Bowyer was 18th in a Chevrolet and now leads Brad Keselowski by 173 points. Keselowski finished one spot behind Bowyer, in a Chevrolet.

Reigning series champion Carl Edwards fell three laps down early in the race, but rallied to finish 11th.

"All you can do is try as hard as you can and that's what we did," said Edwards, who moved within 180 points of Bowyer. "I just wish the race was 100 laps longer."

Cale Gale, Landon Cassill, Joey Logano, David Ragan and Steve Wallace rounded out the top 10.

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