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I have never been to a dirt track race in person.  Now if you tell my dad that he will probably argue with you that he use to take me to the track in Watsonville all the time when I was a kid.  That is where I would have to tell you he is wrong.  He use to take my brother. He NEVER took me…which never made any sense to me as a kid because I LIKED racing even then and my brother as far as I could tell my brother couldn’t give a lick one way or the other about it.   I think it was more about the male bonding…which they did plenty of between the races and the hunting and the fishing (ok…sometimes I got to go fishing too).  The first race he ever took me to was an CART race (yeah this was before the league was split into IRL and CHAMP or whatever it was called) at Laguna Seca (now Mazda Raceway) and I remember it vividly because he surprised me with the tickets…and I was in high school- because I remember asking him who he was taking on Friday and he told me I could cut school that day.  He bought us paddock passes and I had a total blast that whole weekend…being up close to drivers like Mario Andretti, AJ Foyt, Danny Sullivan, Scott Pruett, it was really cool.  But I digress.

I got to rambling when really I wanted to tell you THE PRELUDE TO THE DREAM is just around the corner.  If you have been here any length of time you know that I start to get really excited this time of year over a pay-per-view dirt race (well it’s pay per view for me…but if you are in a position to go you should totally go- at last I heard tickets were still available- check out Prelude To The Dream website for more details).

This year the beneficiaries of the race will be four children’s hospitals (Levine Children’s Hospital, St. Jude’s Research Hospital, Riley’s Hospital for Children and Cinncinati Children’s Hospital).  Also different this year is the way the money will be distributed.  Each driver will be part of a team and racing not just for himself but for the team.  Highest team score gets the most of the prize money. The winner of the race get’s bragging rights of course.

I have been ordering the Prelude for at least three years now and am never disappointed. It’s great dirt track fun and really only makes me want to attend the event in person. This year I am excited to see Ricky Carmichael driving for the first time at Eldora (and of course see Tony Stewart- I hope he wins again this year). There is a star-studded line up this year that includes a seat being reserved for the winner of the Indy 500.

The HBO pay-per-view race is usually 24.95. It’s Wednesday June 9th. Check your local pay-per-view listings.  I have never had an issue finding it right in the listings and you do NOT have to have HBO to order the pay-per-view event.

If you want more information you can visit the Prelude to the Dream website or this great article on the Prelude from NASCAR.com. (fixed link- whoops…)