According to the Mighty Des Moines Register, tonight's NASCAR Nationwide race at Iowa Speedway will be sold out by race time. 55,000 people are expected to pack in for the festival of paint swap.
Last year's race at Iowa was the only 2009 Nationwide race to sell out. The IndyCar race in June at Iowa Speedway sold about 40,000 tickets, but an estimated 5,000 were no-shows at race time. Officials blamed a forecast of 80% chance of rain for keeping thousands of season ticket holders away from the IndyCar race.
Tonight's Nationwide race airs at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN 2. Look for Rusty Wallace to be in a grand mal froth over all the cats in the stands and on the track. The 2009 Iowa Nationwide race featured TWELVE cautions, which insane commentators here called "about the right number."
In June, Iowa Speedway president and CFO Jerry Jauron said he will certainly answer the phone if NASCAR calls about a Sprint Cup race, but for now they are focusing on packing the house and putting on the best possible events for everything currently at the speedway. That will help generate interest in the speedway among many sanctioning bodies, including NASCAR, he said.
Read Jauron's comments on ticket sales for IndyCar and NASCAR HERE.