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Busch wins O'Reilly 300

A day after finishing second in the Craftsman Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch found his way to Victory Lane by winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Challenge on Saturday afternoon.

It didn't take long for Busch, who started in position No. 4, to move into the top spot. Coming out of Turn 4 on Lap 23, Busch slipped past Kevin Harvick for the lead.

To capture his 21st career win, Busch then held off a late charge from pole sitter Carl Edwards, who finished second. Mark Martin finished third.

"This is just awesome," said Busch, who won the Nationwide Series O'Reilly 300 at TMS back in April. "It's been a dream year."

Busch now has 10 Nationwide Series wins this season, tying him for the most ever with Sam Ard.

"It's just phenomenal how this year has gone," Busch said. "This has been one of my worst tracks until the last couple of years and now it's becoming one of my best."

It also proved to be a good track for Edwards, who cut his deficit behind Nationwide points leader Clint Bowyer to 91 points. It was a 25 point swing in favor of Edwards, who finished second opposed to Bowyer's sixth place run.

"Our car was great," Edwards said. "We needed about two more laps, then I think we would've been really close to catching Kyle."

Martin now has five top 5 finishes in Nationwide races at TMS.

Kevin Harvick, who was trying to become a four-peat winner of the race, finished 29th, six laps down. Still, it was an impressive run for Harvick, who visited TMS's Victory Lane in November from 2005-07.

Danny Efland (missed driver introductions), Danny O'Quinn Jr. (missed drivers' meeting) and Scott Lagasse Jr. (made adjustments during the impound period) all started the race at the rear of the field.