NEWTON, Iowa (AP) - Danica Patrick, Kyle Busch and Trevor Bayne won't be around to help drive up ticket sales for Sunday's NASCAR Nationwide race in Iowa.
The race is sold out anyway, a strong indication that NASCAR's experiment to give two Nationwide events to the speedy oval carved out of a cornfield will be a success.
Organizers expect roughly 40,000 fans for the race, the only Nationwide event held on a Sunday on this year's schedule.
Iowa's burgeoning fan base didn't get to see qualifying either, since heavy rains washed it out. That left the field to be set by owner's points and putting little-known Joe Gibbs Racing driver Drew Herring on the pole.
Gibbs teammate Michael McDowell will start second, followed by 2010 Iowa Camping World Trucks winner Austin Dillon and Sprint Cup star Carl Edwards.

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