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Eighth Prelude To The Dream Combatants Announced


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The eighth annual Prelude To The Dream is scheduled for June 6 at Eldora Speedway; this year's superstar-laden dirt Late Model race features more than 25 world-recognized drivers representing NASCAR, NHRA, INDYCAR and the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.

Telecast on HBO pay-per-view with live, high-definition coverage from start to finish, the eighth annual Prelude To The Dream is available throughout the United States. Net proceeds from the telecast support Feed The Children, a U.S.-based charity that domestically has helped more than 365,000 families since 2009, through its Americans Feeding Americans Caravan.

All of these diverse drivers will come together for a single night on this Eldora Speedway dirt track, driving 2,300-pound dirt Late Model stock cars capable of more than 800 horsepower. Promoter Tony Stewart, three-time and reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion bills the event as "One Perfect Night."

Among those scheduled to appear are INDYCAR's Tony Kanaan and former teammate Danica Patrick, now with NASCAR, NHRA's Ron Capps and Cruz Pedregon (both of whom have dirt-track experience) and World of Outlaws superstars Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz - who collectively have 24 WoO championships.

NASCAR stars scheduled to race include Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, Bobby Labonte and two bands of brothers: Kurt and Kyle Busch and Austin and Ty Dillon. More drivers will be added to the group, Stewart said during today's press conference. "If Dale Earnhardt Jr tells me he wants to come 30 minutes before the race, I'll have a car ready for him within 35 minutes!"

Among the drivers that are new to the Prelude To The Dream are Patrick Kinser, Schatz and Ty Dillon. Stewart, Capps, Kenny Wallace and Kenny Schrader have participated in every Prelude To The Dream race since 2005 - Wallace was the inaugural winner.

The live, commercial-free, high-definition broadcast begins June 6 at 8PM EDT (5PM PDT) with an immediate replay. The suggested retail price is $24.95 and this broadcast is available to more than 92 million pay-per-view homes. Information to order the show and up-to-the-minute racing information is available at either www.PreludeToTheDream.org or www.HBO.com.

This 2012 version of the Prelude To The Dream includes hot laps, qualifying, heat races and a 40-lap feature with double-file "shootout style" restarts.

“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, Eldora Speedway owner and 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 everyone, including some drivers completely out of their comfort zone. We’ll all be racing for a trophy, but also to make an impact with the more than 16 million children who are at risk of going hungry right here in America,” Stewart declared.

For the top ten finishers of the Prelude To The Dream, Feed The Children will send a food truck to each driver's hometown or city of their choice. "This is an excellent opportunity to bring attention to the nationwide problem of child hunger, by working with these world-class drivers," Rick England, Feed The Children's board of directors chairman said. "Their efforts will allow more families to put food on the table and help us provide a solution to those hard hit by the current economy."

The seven previous Prelude races have collectively raised more than $3.5 million for charity, with each year's event gaining significant stature and mainstream interest. Stewart's goal is for the 2012 edition to raise $1 million. "It's an ambitious goal, but if we don't set the bar high," Stewart admits, "we're not pushing ourselves the way we should. Now, we just need everyone out there to purchase the event, enjoy all the action going on at Eldora and know that their dollars are going to a very worthy cause."

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