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SPECIAL KAYE: Without the Double K threat, who will come out on top in Iowa?

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Reed Sorenson - the man to beat at Iowa Speedway?
Reed Sorenson - the man to beat at Iowa Speedway?

By Farrah Kaye
Staff Writer,

As Kyle Busch won and Kevin Harvick watched the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday night, the Nationwide Series is in Iowa, waiting on the rain to pass so they can race this weekend.

Without Harvick and Busch pulling double duty, that only leaves two Sprint Cup drivers in the field, Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski.

There are 43 cars entered, which means every car will make the field (although, considering the list of entries, I'm sure we'll see at least a half dozen start and parks). So - who will win?

I've got a few ideas on who might take it.

Reed Sorenson: Sorenson has had a good year ... but he needs a win. He's had three top-fives and seven top-10s this season. That means he's only finished outside of the top 10 three times. Could Iowa be the track where he changes it all? Maybe.

Justin Allgaier: Allgaier holds the title of being the last Nationwide regular to win a race. Granted, it was at the Bristol race in spring 2010, but he still holds the title. His stats for 2011 are decent, with three top-five finishes and six top-10s. That means he did he not finish in the top 10 four times. Having lost four spots in the point standings, look for Allgaier to fight back in Iowa. Not only does he want the points lead again but he wants that win.

Elliott Sadler: The new points leader of the Nationwide Series definitely wants to stay there. Sadler, who started the year with high expectations - from his owner, fans, media and himself - hasn't gotten that first win, although he has earned a pole. With six top fives and seven top 10s, he needs a win. ASAP.

Brian Scott: Whoops, how did that get in there?

Kenny Wallace: The 47-year-old driver is having a great year. He's had three top-10 finishes and has had some pretty impressive runs. I know that doesn't seem impressive on paper, but when you consider that Wallace has had four top-10 finishes in the last four seasons combined, this season ... something different is going on. Something ... special? I'm not sure what to call it, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Wallace in victory lane.

Of note, there will be three women in the field: Jen Jo Cobb and Angela and Amber Cope. Also, all five Rookie of the Year candidates are starting the race, the first time in several weeks this has happened.

So now let's just hope the rain holds off. Otherwise, the rain is the winner.

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