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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 Race: Final statistics; Kyle Busch wins over Tony Stewart


ROSSBURG, OHIO - Kyle Busch won the 2012 edition of the Prelude to the Dream race at Eldora Speedway.

His margin of victory over race founder and host Tony Stewart was 2.283 seconds.

Final race standings

Busch took the lead on lap 25 and held it to the end. He was really good on the re-starts.

His average speed was 51.211 mph.

There were 26 drivers in the race.

Race lap leaders included: Kasey Kahne 1-12, Clint Bowyer 13-21, Kasey Kahne 22-24, Kyle Busch 25-40.

There were 3 lead changes.

Time of the race: 23:25.951.

26 drivers participated in the feature race.

The standing-room only crowd was over 20,000.

The race was carried live via HBO via Pay-per-View.

There were 3,000 pounds of food donated by the fans in attendance.

40 LAP FINAL RACE ORDER OF FINISH. Starting position in parentheses, driver, laps completed and reason why race was not completed:

Bill Elliott taking a break in the pits, talks to a crew member

1. (2) Kyle Busch, 40
2. (9) Tony Stewart, 40
3. (4) Austin Dillon, 40
4. (8) Donny Schatz, 40
5. (6) Ryan Newman, 40
6. (10) Aric Almirola, 40
7. (18) Cruz Pedregon, 40
8. ( 20) Dave Blaney, 40
9. (5) Ty Dillon, 40
10. (22) Justin Allgaier, 40
11. (14) Jimmie Johnson, 40
12. ( 15) Kenny Wallace, 40
13. (16) Ray Evernham, 39
14. (19) Bill Elliott, 39
15. (25) Danica Patrick, 37
16. (1) Kasey Kahne, 24  Accident
17. (7) Bobby Labonte, 24  Accident
18. (12) Jason Leffler, 23  Mechanical
19. (3) Clint Bowyer, 22  Mechanical
20. (21) David Gilliland, 18  Mechanical

Danica Patrick with Ms. Eldora Speedway Queens

21. (23) Ron Capps, 3  Accident
22. (13) Tony Kanaan, 2  Mechanical
23. (24) J.J. Yeley, 2  Accident
24. (11) Ken Schrader, 1  Accident
25. (17) Steve Kinser, 1  Accident
26. (26) Kurt Busch (Did Not Start)  Accident in Heat Race


The safety crew has to be ready to put out fires on the race track to cars, assist drivers, pick up debris, inspect track conditions and get wrecks off the track






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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)



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