The annual Prelude to the Dream, the all-star late-model dirt race at Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, features a new mission this year, as proceeds from the charity event will support four military-themed charities - Wounded Warrior Project, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Operation Homefront and Fisher House.
In addition to Stewart, Cup drivers Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer are among those who have committed to race in the 3 June event.
“This is an event that we started four years ago that we thought, well we'll see if we can get 14 to 20 drivers to come to,” Stewart said. “Now we're in year five, and we've got about a six- to eight-driver waiting list trying to get to the event. So it's been very exciting.”
Newman races for Stewart under US Army sponsorship at Stewart-Haas Racing.
“This is a fun even for us as drivers, but looking at the big picture, it's great to have the support of the US Army and to be able to give back to the injured and fallen soldiers,” Newman said.
by Reid Spencer
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service