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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.

 

Photos by megasportsnews.com

 

Prelude to the Dream race has been a big hit with fans, drivers; big help for Feed the Children

 

Eight years ago NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, who also is the owner of Eldora Speedway in the Darke County city of Rossburg, Ohio, came up with an idea of having an All-Star race with drivers from all phases of auto racing to entertain fans and to also help the Feed the Children charity.

It is now 2012, and the race has become bigger than even Stewart could’ve visioned.

He is getting drivers to give up an “off-day” to participate in the race; the race is televised on HBO Pay-per-View to a national audience; the race attracts crowds of 20,000-plus; hundreds of thousands of dollars is being raised and the media has jumped on board as well. I was told there was between 100-150 members of the media covering last night’s race.

Also, everybody donates their time: drivers, pit crews and TV announcers.

All of this in the tiny town of Rossburg, which is located between Versailles and Greenville. Rossburg is actually a village of 250 people. It is home to Eldora Speedway, a half-mile clay oval track.

Tony Stewart, founder of the Prelude to the Dream race

Feed the Children charity is the beneficiary of the Prelude race. The non-profit organization is based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It’s mission is “delivering food, medicine, clothing and any necessities to individuals in need, children, families who don’t have life’s essentials due to natural diasaters, war and poverty.

All of the money from the Pay-per-View telecast on HBO, is donated to Feed the Children.

Fans who attend the Prelude race, donate five cans or more of nonperishable food when they entered the track last night, received a free Feed the Children Prelude to the Dream poster.

All of the drivers, who finished in the top10 of the 40-lap race, Feed the Children will send a truck of goods to their hometown or any city of their choice. Tony Stewart, who finished second last night, said that he’s going to donate his part of the proceeds to the village of Rossburg.

(courtesy of Eldora Speedway)

Not only do the fans see the top motor sports drivers race the late model cars, the modifieds and stock cars that run regularly at Eldora, provide the undercard racing. Their are hot laps as warmups for the motor sports veterans.

The 2012 race increased the laps from 30 to 40 in the feature race and used double-file restarts.

The only drivers to race in every Prelude includes Tony Stewart, Ron Capps, Cruz Pedregon, Kenny Wallace and Kenny Schrader.

(courtesy of Eldora Speedway)

 

 

Photos by megasportsnews.com

Eldora Speedway adds Kinser, Schatz to Prelude to the Dream race

 

Eldora Speedway 2006 Prelude to a Dream race (photo by csyork65 & Royalbroil via wikipedia commons)

The annual Prelude to the Dream race at Eldora Speedway in the Darke County city of Rossburg, Ohio is always a big hit for race fans.

The charity event features drivers from NASCAR, IndyCar and the NHRA in dirt late model cars.

This year’s June 6 race will have World of Outlaws sprint car drivers and Tony Stewart Racing teammates Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz have added their names to the lineup.

 

Info compiled from Eldora Speedway, Radio and Racing news reports

Eldora Speedway has banquet tickets available until January 23

 

(photo by Jeff Young via wikipedia commons)

Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, which is in Darke County, has tickets remaining for the track’s annual awards ceremony which honors the top 15 finishers in late models, modifieds and sports stocks.

The Sunoco American Late Model Series will also honor its top finishers.

Eldora Speedway was built from the ground up in 1954 by Versailles, Ohio native Earl Baltes, a local area bandleader, who was not an actual race car driver but was impressed with race cars.

Baltes sold the track to NASCAR star Tony Stewart in late 2004. The track seats 17,905 spectators.

Eldora Speedway track in 2006 (by royalbroil & csyork65 via wikipedia commons)

The January 28 event,  held in the Eldora Ballroom, starts at 5 p.m. Dinner will be around 6;30 with the awards presentations to follow.

Tickets are $23 and can be purchased/reserved by calling the Speedway box office at (937) 338-3815. The deadline to order tickets is Monday, January 23.

Eldora Speedway owner Tony Stewart (megasportsnews.com photo)

 

 

 

 

Info compiled from Eldora Speedway news release, website news & Radio news