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And it’s tonight June 6th, live, from Eldora Speedway in Rossburg Ohio. You can catch a great evening of racing tonight on HBO Pay Per View. Some of the biggest stars of Motorsports will be participating, and the proceeds go to support “Feed the Children.”
Stars representing NASCAR, NHRA, INDYCAR, and the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series align in a big way with the Prelude To The Dream as Eldora Speedway once again plays host to the All-Star Dirt Late Model Race, featuring more than 25 world-renowned drivers as they battle for dirt supremacy on the half mile clay oval presented live in high definition.
Net proceeds from the telecast will support “Feed the Children”, a United States based charity that has helped more than 36,500 families since 2009 through its Americans Feeding Americans Caravan.
The 2012 edition of the Prelude To The Dream includes hot laps, qualifying, heat races and a 40 lap feature with double file - “shootout style” restarts.
Tonight’s presentation is the eighth annual Prelude to the Dream from Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway. Racing greats from all the major disciplines of American Racing will be piloting 2300 lb. dirt Late Model Stock Cars capable of putting out more than 800 horsepower. It is one perfect night.
Tony Kanan of the IZOD IndyCar Series will again compete against Danica Patrick, who in 2012 has made the full transition from IndyCar to NASCAR. They’ll rub fenders with Drag racers Ron Capps and Cruz Pendregon of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.
World of Outlaws king Steve Kinser and multi-time series champion Danny Schatz. who have collectively won 24 World of Outlaw championships, will race in dirt late model cars for the first time.
“I’ve made a lot of laps around Eldora the last 30 years, but never done it in a dirt late model,” admitted the 57 year old Kinser, a 20-time World of Outlaws champion who has amassed more than 50 career wins at Eldora. “Heck, I’ve never raced one anywhere, let alone at Eldora. I’m not really sure what to expect, but Tony will be a pretty big asset. He’s been in a Late Model and a winged Sprint Car there before, so I’m sure he can translate some of the similarities. It’s going to be something different, that’s for sure.”
All of these drivers will join NASCAR stars such as Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, Bobby Labonte. The Busch Brothers Kurt and Kyle, and rising stars, Richard Childress’s grandsons, Austin and Ty Dillon.
“We have the most diverse group of drivers we’ve ever had for the Prelude, and for the first time the Prelude will be broadcast in high definition,” said Stewart, owner of Eldora Speedway and a three-time winner of the Prelude To The Dream. “This year’s event is going to be a can’t miss show. We’ve added 10 laps to the feature and partnered with a great charity in Feed the Children. You’re going to see some intense racing by everybody, including some drivers completely out of their comfort zone.
The seven previous Prelude To The Dream events have collectively raised more than $3.5 million dollars with each year’s event gaining significant stature and mainstream interest. Tony Stewart stated, “The goal for the 2012 Prelude to the Dream is to raise $1 million for “Feed The Children”. It’s an ambitious goal,” admits Stewart, “but if we don’t set the bar high, we’re not pushing ourselves the way we should.”
With no points and no pressure, the Prelude to the Dream is a throwback race, allowing drivers to step back in time and compete for the reasons they all went racing in the first place, pride and a trophy. And they’ll do it on the same surface racing legends A. J. Foyt and Mario Andretti competed on nearly 50 years ago.
In case you don’t catch the live pay per view telecast this evening, you might check Speed TV for a rebroadcast date. I tried to get the time and date through Google and also the Speed TV web site, but nothing is available yet. Guess they do not what to hurt the pay per view buys, But Speed TV has rebroadcast the race within a week or so in past years.