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NASCAR PREVIEW RACE #15: Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway today


Michigan International Speedway (file photo)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule moves into Brooklyn, Michigan for a Father’s Day race, the Quicken Loans 400 on TNT at 1:00 p.m.

The capacity crowd of 84,000 will see a 400-mile race on the 2-mile long track which consists of 200 laps on a track that was repaved after the August 2011 race.

Michigan International Speedway is a wide, saucer-shaped racing track surface enables drivers to decide their groove(s) and emphasizes pit stops and fuel mileage.


Denny Hamlin defended his title, taking the lead on a restart with five laps remaining and holding off Matt Kenseth by 0.28 seconds for his first win of the season.

Kyle Busch, Paul Menard and Carl Edwards rounded out the top five.

Greg Biffle led the race for a high of 68 laps but ended up finishing 15th.

In the last 10 races at Michigan, Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart have each won 2 apiece.

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POSTGAME NOTES: Cincinnati Reds 5 Cleveland Indians 3 Wednesday, June 13


50,747 Mat Latos Reds 5-3 win over Indians June 13, 2012

50,754 Brandon Phillips Reds 5-3 win over Indians June 13, 2012

Brandon Phillips was 3-for-3 with a homer and 3 RBI's last night (2009 photo by Rdikeman via wikipedia commons)

CINCINNATI, OHIO — * In the 16th season of Interleague play, the Reds are 102-126 vs. the American League.

* The Reds are 5-3 in Interleague play this year.

* There were two home runs hit last night in Great American Ball Park. That means there have been 1 homer hit in the last 58 games at GABP since 7/29/11 vs. San Francisco, a record.

* The Reds have spent the past 21 days in first place in the NL Central Division.

* The Reds are 38-39 vs. the Cleveland Indians, 16-10 at GABP.

* Reds 3B Scott Rolen could be activated in the next couple of days.

* The first 10,000 fans received a Brandon Phillips Silver Slugger Award Mini-Bat.

* Brandon Phillips is now hitting .347 (50-for-144, 6 doubles, 8 homers, 26 RBI’s, 6 steals) in his career against his former team, the Indians.

* Mat Latos finishes 7 innings for the fourth time this season.

* Mat Latos is 5-0 with a 3.73 ERA (60.1 IP, 25 ER) in his last 10 starts since an 11-1 loss at St. Louis. The Reds are 8-2 in those starts. He lowered his ERA against the AL from 3.62 to 3.49 ( 56.2 IP, 22 ER).

* Ryan Ludwick now has 11 RBI’s in his career off Derek Lowe (9-for-21, .429, 4 homers).

* Jay Bruce now has 49 career RBI’s with the bases loaded (13-for-56, .232, 3 doubles, 1 homer).

* LHP Bill Bray continues his rehab at Triple-AAA Louisville by throwing Thursday June 14 and June 15

* Reds scout Chet Montgomery, who signed several players during the Big Red Machine era including former infielder Doug Flynn, passed away a few weeks ago.

* The stars were in the house on Wednesday night as Urban Meyer, Kyle Busch, Pete Rose and Pete Rose, Jr. visited Great American Ball Ball Park.

* WINNING PITCHER: Mat Latos Reds, 5-2

LOSING PITCHER: Derek Lowe Indians, 7-5

SAVE: Aroldis Chapman Reds 7


TIME: 2:38


Stuart Mason assisted in this article




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’ 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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