MADISON, Ill. (AP) — Kyle Busch continued his domination of the NASCAR Nationwide Series by sailing to victory in the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 on Saturday night.

Busch, who leads the point standings, won for the sixth time in 19 races this season and also captured the 27th win of his career. Reed Sorenson finished second and Carl Edwards was third. Mike Bliss and Brad Coleman rounded out the top five.

Busch, who started from the fifth row, has finished first or second in the past seven Nationwide races including wins at Loudon, New Hampshire and Nashville.

Driving a Toyota, Busch was one of four full-time Sprint Cup series drivers competing in the event with the Sprint Series taking the weekend off. Edwards, Sorenson, and Kevin Harvick also race regularly on the Sprint Series.

The win was the first for Busch in three career starts at the 1.25-mile oval.

Busch took over the lead on lap 172 of the 200-lap event when Kevin Harvick ran out of gas. Busch finished 1.001 seconds ahead Sorenson and leads Edwards by 212 points in the standings.

The race featured seven cautions covering 34 laps with an average speed of 103.286 mph.

NOTES: The leader in the Nationwide Series standings after 19 races has won the season title nine times in the past 10 years. … Brad Keselowski captured just his second pole in 88 races. … Edwards arrived at Gateway by riding his bike 190 miles from his hometown of Columbia, Mo., on Tuesday. … The first 67 laps were run without a caution, the cleanest start in the 13-year history of the event. The pole-sitter has won only once at Gateway. … Steve Wallace was penalized one lap for an improper hand gesture toward Scott Legasse Jr. following a mix-up on lap 84.

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