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NASCAR-owned Iowa Speedway opens on Sunday after hectic offseason

The Iowa Speedway is set to reopen just six months after being bought by NASCAR.

New president Jimmy Small is among those eager to see how Sunday's Nationwide race will set the tone for the future of the short track. NASCAR took the rare step of purchasing the track for a reported $10 million in November.

The 28-year-old Small is the third person to run the Iowa Speedway in less than three years. He inherited a track that has remained popular with fans and drivers despite patches of instability.

NASCAR plans to kick start the track's new era this weekend with country music duo Montgomery Gentry in concert Saturday night after the K&N Pro Series race.

Points leader Chase Elliott, Trevor Bayne and Ty Dillon headline the list of drivers.