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Kyle Busch beats Tony Stewart in Prelude to the Dream charity race


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ROSSBURG, OHIO — NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch showed he can win on any surface as he won the eighth annual Prelude to the Dream charity race at Tony Stewart’s dirt-track, Eldora Speedway before a standing-room only crowd of over 20,000.

Kyle Busch meets with the media

Busch started second and ran near the front of the pack during the entire late-model race, which consisted of 40 laps for the first time over the usual 30.

The original field of 26 cars was reduced to 15 cars in the final 16 laps of the Prelude on the half-mile oval track.

Kasey Kahne was the leading the race until he hit Bobby Labonte in Turn 3 after Labonte had spun out. Busch, who always knows how to take advantage of restarts, was in second-palce at the time, and took advantage of Kahne’s misfortune to win his first Prelude charity race after finishing in the top-five, four other trips to the western Ohio track.

(courtesy of Eldora Speedway)

Danica Patrick, the only female in the race, did a nice job and finished 15th, completing 37 of 40 laps. She spun out a couple of times, but basically stayed clear of all the accidents on the track. Not bad for a driver, who had never run a car on dirt before. She did say that at the age of 12, she competed in a go-kart race on dirt.

Not everybody in the crowd at Eldora Speedway was happy to see Patrick in the race. She received the same reaction that bad-boy Kurt Busch received, an equal amount of boos. One fan, who talked to me with the understanding I would not use her name, said that Patrick is competing in a man’s sport and can’t be successful. Patrick’s performances since leaving IndyCar to move over to NASCAR doesn’t really merit all the hype she creates. After all, she has not won a race in four years.

Kyle Busch's #18 M&M's car out front in race

As a reporter of motor racing, I will say that Danica Patrick brings several qualities: beauty, always a great interview, determination, confidence, a lucrative name for sponsors and a big draw for TV audiences.

The race benefited Feed The Children with the net proceeds from HBO’s Pay-per-View telecast. Feed The Children agreed to send a truckload of food to the hometown or a city of choice of the top-10 finishers in the race. The event has raised 3.5 million for various charities across the nations since its inaugural season of 2005.

Kyle Busch accepts the winner's check of $10,000 which he will donate to charity

The Prelude race roster had drivers from NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Truck Series, IndyCar, NHRA and the World of Outlaw Sprint Series.

Busch said that “Tony Stewart has turned the Prelude to the Dream” race into a huge ordeal. It always fun to race this race and help people who are less fortunate.”

Tony Stewart said that the event has improved every year and is amazed that a town of Rossburg, Ohio, which is located in Darke County, and a population of 250 people, can get a crowd of 20,000-plus fans to attend the race.

The Prelude race is always run in June each year.


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‘Prelude to the Dream’ Highlights through the years


(courtesy of Eldora Speedway)

The Prelude to the Dream race is a dirt late-model race which raises money for charity at Eldora Speedway each year in June.

Danica Patrick having fun (photo by Tyler Barrick of Getty Images, courtesy True Speed Communications)


2005 Kenny Wallace

2006 Tony Stewart

2007 Carl Edwards

2008 Tony Stewart

2009 Tony Stewart

2010 Jimmie Johnson

2011 Clint Bowyer

2012 Kyle Busch

Danica Patrick made her debut at the Prelude last night, finished 15th

*Through the first seven Preludes, a total of $3 million has been donated to charity.

* Laps have been increased from 30 to 40 in 2012.

* Four NASCAR Sprint Cup champions competed in 2012: Bill Elliott in 1988, Bobby Labonte in 2000, Tony Stewart 2002, 2005, 2011 and Jimmie Johnson 2006-2010.

*20,000 fans attended the race in 2011.

* Over 60 drivers have competed in the prelude.

* 15.405 is the fastest qualifying lap set by Tony Stewart in 2009 at 116.845 mph.

* 6 different drivers have won the Prelude: Tony Stewart (3), Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Kenny Wallace and Kyle Busch.

* Clint Bowyer’s winning margin over J.J. Yeley in 2011 was .531 seconds.

* Last night’s feature race had 26 drivers.

Danica Patrick was a big hit with her popular #10 Go Daddy car





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Bayne wins Daytona 500 in second NASCAR start

Trevor Bayne (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images courtesy of

Trevor Bayne, just a day after celebrating his 20th birthday, won the 2011 Daytona 500, by holding off Carl Edwards by .118 seconds on the final lap of a green-white-checkered finish.

By winning the race, Bayne pulled off the greatest upset in the 53 years of the Daytona International Speedway.

Bayne, driving the Wood Brothers Ford, became the youngest driver to win the Daytona 500 in just his second NASCAR Sprint Cup start.

His team will pocket $1.46 million for the victory.

Following the second-place Edwards who was driving a Ford, was David Gilliland was third in another Ford, and Bobby Labonte was fourth in a Toyota.

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Former NASCAR champion Bobby Labonte terminated his contract TRG Motorsports and landed two part-time rides.

Bobby Labonte (NASCAR)

Robby Gordon said Labonte will drive number 7 Toyota this weekend in New Hampshire, and Phoenix Racing said Labonte will pilot the James Finch-owned car at Daytona and Chicago next month.