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Getting Dirty For The Kids (Prelude To The Dream)

Posted by Amy in General | NASCAR

I can’t believe I haven’t really talked about this year’s Prelude To The Dream charity dirt race yet! The seventh annual Prelude To The Dream charity race will be live at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on Wednesday June 8th at 8PM EDT.

Eldora will host another star-studded cast of  motorsports drivers  including Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Ricky Carmichael, Ron Capps, Kasey Kahne and others all driving dirt Late Models around the storied dirt speedway nestled in Ohio fields.  The race format is unchangedThe field will be again broken up into four teams, and while there is an individual winner, the team with the highest placing drivers will get the biggest share of the moneys raised from the Prelude.

This year the teams are all representing four Children’s Hospital:

Team Levine benefit’s Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina and is comprised of: Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Bill Elliott, David Reutimann, Austin Dillon, Ray Evernham, and Cruz Pedregon.

Team Atlanta will benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. It’s team members are: Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Ken Schrader, David Gilliland, and Ron Capps.

Team St. Lewis is raising money for St. Louis Children’s Hospital and has Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Bobby Labonte, Justin Allgaier, Kenny Wallace, Ron Hornaday, and Ricky Carmichael driving to raise money for them.

Team Dallas had drivers Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Brian Vickers, Marcos Ambrose, Aric Almirola, and Dave Blaney- all of whom are racing for Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, TX. (Don’t think I didn’t notice that Tony’s team is light one member- I think he is hoping to get an IRL driver to add to the field).

The top five placing drivers from each team will have their scores added up.  The lowest score wins.  The winning team gets 30 percent of the proceeds raised.  The second place team gets 25 percent of the proceeds.  Third and fourth place team’s each get 20 percent.  The goal this year- is $1 million dollars!

If you can’t be there in person- you can do what I do- and order up the Pay-Per-View of it (check your provider’s Pay-Per-View listings).  Heck hold a Prelude viewing party and invite your friends over for some great dirt racing and food!

The best thing about this year is that it is starting an hour later- which means I won’t miss over an hour of it! Order the Pay-Per-View (or go to the race) and support your favorite drivers getting dirty for the kids!

***For my Stewart fans:

While researching this article I ran across two bits of information from The Prelude To The Dream press conference that I wanted to share with you:

  1. At the press conference Tony Stewart donated $50,000 to Levine Children’s Hospital in honor of Rick Hendrick, who was purportedly speechless.  (Aww!)
  2. I also wanted to point out this article (Wide Open: Stewart Questions  NASCAR Policy, Reveals How He Nearly Drove For Hendrick, and More) by Dustin Long about the Prelude To The Dream press conference.  It deserves a read- it’s a great article with some great Tony Stewart quotes. This one is my favorite quote- in it he is talking about visiting Levine earlier in the day with Rick Hendrick:

You go up there and you see these kids that are going through the battles that they’re going through. We’re walking down the hallway and we stop and Rick is explaining something to me and I’m looking into the room and there is this little, tiny child in bed by themselves. You just sit there and you look and you think about how vulnerable that child is. –Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart gets a special gift from one of the patients at Levine Children's Hospital. Photo credit: Stewart-Haas Racing Twitter Account (@StewartHaasRcng)

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