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Prelude to the Dream sidelined for 2013

October 19, 2012, David Caraviello, NASCAR.com



Prelude to the Dream sidelined for 2013

Tony Stewart's Prelude to the Dream, a dirt late model race at historic Eldora Speedway and one of the biggest charitable events of each season, will not be held next year according to the facility.

The track in Rossburg, Ohio, released its 2013 event schedule on Thursday and that slate did not include the Prelude to the Dream, which annually attracts many top NASCAR names to off-the-beaten-path Eldora and raises money for charitable causes through pay-per-view broadcast deals. The race has preceded a major late model event known as the Dream, which is being expanded for next season, putting a squeeze on the borrowed vehicles that the Sprint Cup stars typically use in the Prelude.

"Eldora's commitment to the best possible experience for its loyal fans and competitors attending the Dirt Late Model Dream will result in a schedule change to Dream Week," read a statement released by the track. "The logistics associated with the Dream's expansion for the dirt Late Model teams that supplied the cars for the Prelude, along with speedway officials who must transition the facility, prevents the Prelude to the Dream from being included on the 2013 calendar. Advance ticket holders to the 2012 event will retain their renewal rights for the next scheduled Prelude to the Dream event going forward."

Kyle Busch won this year's Prelude, which benefitted Feed the Children. The race featured a typically star-studded field that also included Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Danica Patrick, Kasey Kahne, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch. The Prelude has been contested annually since its first running in 2005, which was won by Kenny Wallace.

Stewart purchased the half-mile clay oval in 2004 from Earl Bates, who built the facility in 1954. After Stewart won the 2008 Prelude, his foundation donated $1 million to the Victory Junction Gang Camp. The three-time NASCAR champion is scheduled to address the media Friday at Kansas Speedway, site of this weekend's Sprint Cup event.