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Prelude to the Dream: Fast facts

June 08, 2011, Official Release,

What: Seventh annual Prelude to the Dream (video previews)

Where: Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio

When: 8 p.m. ET Wednesday

Distance: Feature consists of 30 laps (preceded by qualifying and heat races)

Cars: Dirt late-model stock cars

Past Winners: Kenny Wallace (2005), Tony Stewart (2006), Carl Edwards (2007), Stewart (2008 and 2009), Jimmie Johnson (2010)


Eldora Speedway is a half-mile oval dirt racing facility located in western Ohio. The "Big E" is owned by two-time Cup Series champion Tony Stewart. The Indiana native purchased Eldora from legendary promoter Earl Baltes in 2004. Baltes built Eldora in 1954 and had been the sole owner of the facility for 50 years. Eldora is host to some of the largest dirt-racing events in the country, including the Prelude to the Dream, The Dream, Kings Royal and World 100 -- all of which attract more than 20,000 spectators on an annual basis.

Banking: 24 degrees in the corners; 8 degrees on the straightaways

Capacity: Reserved seating, plus suites, plus hillside seating equals more than 20,000


Most Victories: 3 -- Tony Stewart (2006, 2008, 2009)

Highest Percentage of Laps Led: 100 percent (Tony Stewart led 30 of 30 laps in 2008 and Jimmie Johnson led 30 of 30 laps in 2010)

One-lap Qualifying Record: 15.405 seconds at 116.845 mph (Tony Stewart -- 2009)

Attendance: Approximately 23,000 (2009)


Booth: Marty Reid, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds

Host: Matt Yocum

Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren and Steve Letarte (crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr., in the Cup Series)

How to Order

* All that is necessary to order the live, commercial-free broadcast of the event is a digital cable box or satellite service. You do not need HBO to order.

* The suggested retail price is $24.95. Ordering information and up-to-the minute racing information is available at either or

* Updates can also be found on Twitter at @PreludetoDream and follow the hashtag #RideWithUs, or become a fan on Facebook at

* The following are step-by-step instructions to help place an order for the Prelude to the Dream on Pay-Per-View:

-- Cable, AT&T U-verse TV and Verizon FiOS customers: All that is necessary to order the event is a digital cable box on your TV. If you are not sure about the kind of box you have, contact your cable company and ask if you have a digital cable box that gets PPV. Once you know you have a digital cable box, scroll through the PPV channels on your electronic program guide for Wednesday, June 8, at 8 p.m. ET, and look for "Auto Racing: Prelude to the Dream." Once you see the entry, click it and follow the on-screen instructions to order. If your cable system does not accept orders from your remote control, contact a customer service representative either the day before or the day of the race. Make sure you tell the representative that you are looking to order "Auto Racing: Prelude to the Dream." Some cable systems have a short window available to order PPV events. The more specific you are with the customer service representative, the easier it will be to place your order.

-- DirecTV customers: All DirecTV customers can order. You can find the event on Channel 121. Go to the programming guide for those channels for Wednesday, June 8, at 8 p.m. ET, and look for "Prelude to the Dream." Once you see the entry, click the event and follow the on-screen instructions to order.

-- DISH Network customers: All DISH Network customers can order. You can find the event on Channel 455/472. Scroll through the programming guide for those channels for Wednesday, June 8, at 8 p.m. ET, and look for "Prelude to the Dream." Once you see the entry, click the event and follow the on-screen instructions to order.

* If any problems are encountered during ordering, contact a customer service representative anytime on Wednesday to make sure the order is processed and the race can be viewed. Once it is ordered, sit back and enjoy the ride.

SCHEDULE (All times ET; subject to change)

7:30 a.m.: Ticket office opens

8 a.m.: General admission markings may begin (chairs/blankets only)

8 a.m.: All admission gates open

Noon.: Pit gates open for teams

4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.: Media availability session for all drivers (media tent)

5:25 p.m.: Qualifying draw (stage)

5:40 p.m.: Driver's meeting (media tent)

6:30 p.m. to 6:55 p.m.: Hot lap session No. 1

7 p.m. to 8 p.m.: SPEED's RaceHub airs with live interviews from Eldora

7:30 p.m.: Prelude driver introductions (stage)

7:45 p.m.: Prelude driver parade

8 p.m.: HBO Pay-Per-View broadcast begins

8:08 p.m.: Invocation and national anthem

* CURB Recording artist Tim Dugger will sing the national anthem The Alabama native's recording credits include his debut album, Country Music Man, as well as What Country Means To Me and Country Rocks.

"I'm honored to have been asked to sing the national anthem for the Prelude to the Dream," Dugger said. "It's a great event and the fact that it benefits four children's hospitals makes it even more special. I'm excited to be a part of it and I'm really good friends with Austin Dillon who will be driving in the Prelude to the Dream, so after I'm done singing the national anthem, I'll be cheering him on."

8:10 p.m.: Prelude qualifying (two laps)

9:05 p.m.: Prelude to the Dream racing program begins (heats/feature)

11 p.m.: Post -race winner's circle and introduction of charities


Driver: Justin Allgaier

Car No.: 31

Owner: Raymond Childress

* The 2008 ARCA Series champion is now making a name for himself in NASCAR. He was the 2009 Nationwide Series rookie of the year and comes to the Prelude fresh off a Nationwide victory at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. Allgaier grew up racing midgets and late models in the Midwest. He is the youngest driver ever to advance to the A-Main in the famed Chili Bowl Midget event in Tulsa, Okla.

Driver: Aric Almirola

Car No.: 88

Owner: Clint Smith

* Nationwide Series championship contender whose only dirt experience has come in the past four Preludes.

Driver: Marcos Ambrose

Car No.: 9

Owner: J.W. Kinzer

* Two-time Australian V8 Supercar champion is making a name for himself in the United States thanks to back-to-back-to-back Nationwide Series wins at Watkins Glen in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Prelude will be his third race on dirt, with his dirt debut coming in the 2009 Prelude.

Driver: Clint Bowyer

Car No.: 33

Owner: Clint Bowyer

* Grew up on dirt and won the 2002 track title on dirt at Kansas' Lakeside Speedway. Finished second in 2009 and 2010 Preludes. Car that won 2010 Prelude with Jimmie Johnson was built by Bowyer.

Driver: Kyle Busch

Car No.: 18

Owner: Scott Bloomquist

* Dominates on asphalt in the NASCAR world, and has adapted quickly to dirt, as he finished second in 2007 Prelude, third in 2009 Prelude and fourth in 2010 Prelude.

Driver: Ron Capps

Car No.: 28

Owner: John Kennedy

* NHRA star will have to get used to turning left -- and doing it on dirt, but experience from past Prelude events should pay dividends.

Driver: Ricky Carmichael

Car No.: 4

Owner: Mike Dillon

* The GOAT, as in Greatest Of All Time, thanks to 15 AMA (American Motorcycle Association) championships. Now, transitioning to stock cars by running a full-time Camping World Truck Series schedule and select ARCA and Nationwide Series events. Not a stranger to dirt, at least on two wheels.

Driver: Austin Dillon

Car No.: 3

Owner: Mike Dillon

* 2010 Camping World Truck Series rookie of the year is well-versed on dirt. The 21-year-old races 25-50 times a year on dirt, all while balancing his schoolwork as a sophomore at High Point (N.C.) University.

Driver: Carl Edwards

Car No.: 99

Owner: Stacy Holmes

* Began racing career on dirt tracks and showcased his dirt track lineage by winning 2007 Prelude. Had to sit out 2009 race due to injury and roared back in 2010 with a strong third-place finish.

Driver: Bill Elliott

Car No.: 9

Owner: Ray Cook

* Plenty of dirt experience for the 1988 Cup champion. Since retiring from running NASCAR full time, is a dirt-track fixture. Had to sit out 2009 race due to injury.

Driver: Ray Evernham

Car No.: 98

Owner: Brian Lillie

* Former NASCAR Modified Tour driver, turned crew chief, turned car owner, turned track owner, turned ESPN analyst returns to Eldora for another Prelude.

Driver: David Gilliland

Car No.: 34

Owner: Tim Logan

* Making Prelude debut, this California native cut his teeth on dirt at Perris Auto Speedway before moving to NASCAR.

Driver: Denny Hamlin

Car No.: 11

Owner: Billy Moyer

* Not a lot of dirt experience, but plenty of late-model experience from running asphalt bullrings in home state of Virginia.

Driver: Ron Hornaday

Car No.: 33

Owner: Terry Pannell

* Four-time Truck Series champion has limited dirt track experience, and none in a dirt late model.

Driver: Jimmie Johnson

Car No.: 48

Owner: Clint Bowyer

* Comes into Eldora as the defending winner of the Prelude. It was the five-time Cup Series champion's first win on a dirt surface since he won in off-road and stadium trucks early in his career.

Driver: Kasey Kahne

Car No.: 4

Owner: Chris Madden

* Cut his teeth on dirt in USAC competition and maintains his dirt track ties by owning a World of Outlaws team with drivers Joey Saldana, Paul McMahan, Cody Darrah and Brad Sweet.

Driver: Tony Kanaan

Car No.: 11

Owner: GRT Race Cars

* Started last in 2010 Indy 500 and climbed to second by lap 120 of 200-lap race, and was still there with four laps to go before pitting for fuel and finishing 11th. And it was déjà vu in this year's Indy 500, as Kanaan started 22nd and twice rallied his way to the front before finishing fourth. The 2004 IndyCar Series champion is affable and fearless -- good traits to have with his only dirt experience coming in last year's Prelude.

Driver: Matt Kenseth

Car No.: 17

Owner: Wayne Reese

* 2003 Cup and 2009 Daytona 500 champ continues to develop as a dirt track driver by running non-asphalt races when his schedule permits.

Driver: Bobby Labonte

Car No.: 47

Owner: Bobby Labonte

* Owns a dirt late-model team with drivers Earl Pearson Jr. and Brad Neat, and occasionally gets behind the wheel for some dirt driving fun of his own.

Driver: Jason Leffler

Car No.: 38

Owner: Chris Wall

* A three-time USAC Midget champion who will be making his Prelude debut, Leffler is well-versed on dirt.

Driver: Ryan Newman

Car No.: 39

Owner: Ernie Davis

* Like his Cup Series teammate Stewart, cut his teeth on dirt in USAC competition and has become a threat when competing in dirt late models.

Driver: Cruz Pedregon

Car No.: 75

Owner: Cruz Pedregon

* Like Capps, this NHRA star will have to get used to turning left -- and doing it on dirt, but he also has experience from past Preludes.

Driver: David Reutimann

Car No.: 00

Owner: Brad Neat

* Third-generation driver began racing dirt modifieds throughout home state of Florida before breaking into NASCAR Slim Jim All-Pro Series in 1997.

Driver: Ken Schrader

Car No.: 9

Owner: Ken Schrader

* Could be the favorite as he will race anywhere, anytime -- especially on dirt, and has proven victorious at Eldora in USAC competition.

Driver: Tony Stewart

Car No.: 14

Owner: Mark Richards

* Liked Eldora so much he bought it in 2004. In first full season of ownership, debuted the Prelude in 2005, which he has won three times.

Driver: Brian Vickers

Car No.: 83

Owner: Donald Bradsher

* 2003 Nationwide Series champion whose only dirt experience came in 2009 Prelude. Had to sit out last year's Prelude due to illness.

Driver: Kenny Wallace

Car No.: 36

Owner: Brian Shirley

* 2005 Prelude winner grew up on dirt, and after two decades in NASCAR, has again made dirt late-model racing a staple of his routine.

Driver: J.J. Yeley

Car No.: 1G

Owner: Sanford Goddard

* Like Kahne and Stewart, cut his teeth on dirt in USAC competition and won multiple USAC races at Eldora.


* Four Daytona 500 winners representing a total of five Daytona 500 victories are scheduled to participate in the Prelude to the Dream: Bill Elliott (1985, 1987), Jimmie Johnson (2006), Ryan Newman (2008) and Matt Kenseth (2009).

* Drag-racing standouts Ron Capps and Cruz Pedregon will compete in the Prelude to the Dream. Capps has 31 career NHRA victories and has finished second in Funny Car points three times (1998, 2000, 2005). Pedregon won the 1992 and 2008 NHRA Funny Car titles and has 32 career NHRA victories.

* The elite group of drivers in the Prelude to the Dream has combined for a staggering 731 victories in the Cup Series (271), Nationwide Series (189), Truck Series (98), NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West (29), IndyCar/Champ Car (18), Indy Lights (4), NHRA (63), ARCA (29), IROC (14), CASCAR (1) and Australian V8 Supercar (15)..

* More than 60 racing titles represented at the Prelude to the Dream: Cup Series (10) -- Bill Elliott (1988), Bobby Labonte (2000), Tony Stewart (2002, 2005), Matt Kenseth (2003), Jimmie Johnson (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010); Nationwide Series (5) -- Bobby Labonte (1991), Brian Vickers (2003), Carl Edwards (2007), Clint Bowyer (2008), Kyle Busch (2009); Camping World Truck (4) -- Ron Hornaday (1996, 1998, 2007, 2009); IROC (3) -- Bobby Labonte (2001), Matt Kenseth (2004), Tony Stewart (2006); ARCA (1) -- Justin Allgaier (2008); IndyCar Series (2) -- Tony Stewart (1997), Tony Kanaan (2004); Indy Lights [1] -- Tony Kanaan (1997); NHRA Funny Car (2) -- Cruz Pedregon (1992, 2008); Camping World Series East (1) -- Joey Logano (2007); Australian V8 Supercar (2) --Marcose Ambrose (2003, 2004); USAC Silver Crown (3) -- Tony Stewart (1995), J.J. Yeley (2002, 2003); USAC Sprint Car (3) -- Tony Stewart (1995), J.J. Yeley (2001, 2003); USAC Midget (3) -- Tony Stewart (1994, 1995) Yeley (2003); AMA 125 National (3) -- Ricky Carmichael (1997, 1998, 1999) AMA 125 East Coast SX (1) -- Ricky Carmichael (1998); AMA 250 National (7) -- Ricky Carmichael (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006); AMA 250 Supercross (5) -- Ricky Carmichael (2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006); U.S. Open of Supercross (3) -- Ricky Carmichael (2000, 2001, 2005); WSXGP 250 Supercross (1) -- Ricky Carmichael (2005); MXdN (4) -- Ricky Carmichael (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007).


* The net proceeds from the Pay-Per-View telecast is in support of four of the nation's top children's hospitals:

-- Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, N.C.:

-- Children's Healthcare of Atlanta:

-- St. Louis Children's Hospital:

-- Children's Medical Center Dallas:

* This year's Prelude to the Dream is a team event. There will still be an individual race winner, but there is also a race within the race, with the field broken up into four teams, each representing a children's hospital:

-- Team Levine: Johnson, Hamlin, Elliott, Reutimann, Dillon, Evernham and Pedregon

-- Team Atlanta: Newman, Edwards, Bowyer, Schrader, Leffler, Gilliland and Capps

-- Team St. Louis: Busch, Kahne, Labonte, Allgaier, Wallace, Hornaday and Carmichael

-- Team Dallas: Stewart, Kanaan, Kenseth, Vickers, Ambrose, Almirola and Yeley

* Each hospital will receive a donation, with the payout breakdown as follows:

-- Winning team: Receives 30 percent of net proceeds raised from the pay-per-view telecast

-- Second-place team: Receives 25 percent of net proceeds raised from the pay-per-view telecast

-- Third- and fourth-place teams: Each receives 20 percent of net proceeds raised from the pay-per-view telecast

* The lowest team score wins, and only the top-five drivers from each team will be scored. For example, if Team Levine has finishes of first, fourth, seventh, 11th and 18th, respectively, from its top-five drivers, its score will be 41. In the event of a tie, the sixth driver will be scored.