Eldora Prelude to the Dream pre-race quotes

OLD SPICE PRELUDE TO THE DREAM QUOTES Pre-Race Quotes from Stewart, Johnson, Gordon, Kahne, Edwards and Others ROSSBURG, Ohio (May 31, 2008) -- The following are quotes from select drivers competing in the fourth annual Old Spice Prelude to ...

OLD SPICE PRELUDE TO THE DREAM QUOTES
Pre-Race Quotes from Stewart, Johnson, Gordon, Kahne, Edwards and Others

ROSSBURG, Ohio (May 31, 2008) -- The following are quotes from select drivers competing in the fourth annual Old Spice Prelude to the Dream June 4 at Eldora Speedway, which will be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View.

The commercial-free broadcast will begin at 7 p.m. EDT (4 p.m. PDT), with an immediate replay and subsequent replays throughout the week and the following weekend. HBO Pay-Per-View's racing telecast has a suggested retail price of $24.95 and is available to more than 61 million pay-per-view homes. HBO Pay-Per-View is the leading supplier of event programming in the pay-per-view industry. Ordering information and up-to-the minute racing information is available at www.hbo.com.

The Old Spice Prelude to the Dream will feature racing icons Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and others competing in 2,300-pound dirt late model stock cars capable of putting out more than 800 horsepower on Eldora's half-mile, clay oval.

Proceeds from the HBO Pay-Per-View broadcast will go toward raising $1 million to support construction of Victory Junction Gang Camp -- Kansas City, as well as the Tony Stewart Foundation.

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TONY STEWART (Two-Time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion & Owner of Eldora Speedway):

As a promoter, how pleased were you with the 2007 Old Spice Prelude to the Dream at Eldora?

"I was ecstatic. To see how much fun these guys had when they hadn't been on dirt or hadn't been on dirt in years -- to see how much fun they had and to see how much the crowd enjoyed it -- that in itself was great. The weekend after the Prelude, at Pocono, I listened to people in the garage area that saw it and just listened to how excited everyone was. It made me feel like a proud father, to a certain degree. To see something that was a vision of yours come to life and see that everybody was happy with it -- that was pretty awesome."

How gratifying was it to raise so much money last year -- $800,000 to be exact?

"It's unreal. To be able to do that in one night -- that's a huge amount of money and that money goes a long, long way when it goes to dealing with the Victory Junction Gang Camp, the Autism Society and the Tony Stewart Foundation. The fans knew why they were there. They knew that being there what it was going toward. It was just gratifying for everybody knowing that we got to have a lot of fun, but at the same time, we got to raise a lot of money for a great cause and do it all in one night. It was something that far exceeded our expectations. But now, this year, we're hoping we can crest and break the $1 million mark, and if we can do that in one night, that would be unbelievable."

The money raised this year will go toward building Victory Junction Gang Camp -- Kansas City. Talk about that.

"I'm excited about that. It doesn't seem like a lot, but it is a lot bigger expense to try to fly a kid from the West Coast all the way to the East Coast to go to camp, and the logistics of it are much tougher. Being able to have a new camp in the middle of the U.S. means that the kids who can't go to the camp in Randleman (N.C.) can now go to the camp in Kansas City. They're really building a legacy of Adam (Petty's) dream and vision and there are not a lot of places like that which have been able to branch out and have two or three facilities. I think the first camp is something Adam would be very, very proud of, and now that the second facility is going to be started, I think he would be overjoyed."

What stood out the most from the 2007 Old Spice Prelude to the Dream?

"Just how much fun everybody had, and it seemed like the fans had fun too. When the drivers were interviewed on the P.A., there was a different sound and a different tone to all of their voices versus when everyone hears us interviewed at a NASCAR race. It was a more relaxed setting. Everybody was cutting up and having a good time. Nobody was worried about making the Chase or where they were in the point standings or anything like that. Everybody was there to have a good time and I think the driver's attitudes when they got there set the tone for all the fans and they knew, 'Hey, this isn't going to be the World 100 or this isn't going to be The Dream.' It's not necessarily going to be that kind of a race, but we're bringing 25 guys here and you're going to get a chance to see them do something that they don't do everyday. I think the crowd was relaxed and had a good time with it. The drivers did. A lot of the crew guys from different Sprint Cup teams came up to watch their drivers run, and everybody just laughed and had a good time and I think that's what was so fun about it. The competition was great, everything was great, but everybody had fun."

Who are the guys that you expect big things out of this year?

"It's hard not to think about Kyle (Busch), Denny (Hamlin) and Jeff Gordon. Guys are building their own cars. This is an event that has kind of taken on a life of its own. The first year we all showed up and we all drove cars and that was it. The next year, guys were finding guys that they knew who had cars and talking them into bringing the car to the Prelude. Last year we started doing the wraps on the cars and Jeff had a brand new car built for him and it wasn't a wrap -- it was paint. It was a beautiful race car. The Prelude has taken on a life of its own when guys are building race cars to come run for one night, and that's because they're having so much fun doing it that they want to have their own equipment. "

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JEFF GORDON (Four-Time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion):

What were thoughts about last year's Old Spice Prelude to the Dream when you finished third?

"I had a blast. Just getting back on the dirt, going back to Eldora again, never having been in dirt late model. To me, it was a highlight of 2007. I'm super-excited about going back this year. Same team -- Clint Smith and those guys did a heck of a job last year and I'm looking forward to having some fun with them this year. Hopefully, we can have another great run. I was surprised. I didn't expect to be a strong as we were, and so it was a great surprise and a lot of fun."

How hard is it to go from a Sprint Cup car to a dirt late model?

"To me it seemed more natural than ever. It felt like -- other than the movement of the rear end and not knowing exactly how much grip there was when you threw the car in sideways -- that took a few laps. To me, sliding a car around the dirt at a place like Eldora seemed like one of the most natural things I've done in a long time."

You have the Jeff Gordon Bowling Tournament every summer in Indianapolis. Can you talk about what it's like to not only raise money, but do so at fun events like your bowling tournament or the Old Spice Prelude to the Dream?

"I admire Tony for what he's done. Obviously, owning Eldora has its own challenges, but to put on an event like this for charity is a huge, huge undertaking. It was so smooth. To go there, line up all these different teams with Cup drivers -- that's a lot of effort. To get the fans out there and have that organized and then go out there and have so much fun and see the grins on all these drivers faces for all the fun they're having and raising money for a great cause. Obviously, children and those dealing with life-threatening illnesses, that's extremely important to me. It's what the Victory Junction Gang Camp is all about and it's what Tony is all about. And we have an amazing community of drivers and team owners who love to give back, and to me, that's as about as a great of any event as you can have in one day."

Last year it had been 14 years since you last races at Eldora. Had a lot changed since you were last there?

"It just brought back a lot of excitement and great memories. To me, when I was getting into (USAC) Sprint Car racing and went to Eldora, that place felt like Daytona. It was just this huge place with cars flying by. Now, after racing in the (NASCAR Sprint) Cup Series doing 200 mph around some of these mile-and-halves, to me it felt like getting back to a short track. What I loved is my guys on my DuPont team came there for the first time, had never seen me race on dirt and to see them fired up and going, 'This place is so cool,' was pretty neat for me. I think I kind of surprised them a little bit and to see that reaction was pretty priceless for me."

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KYLE PETTY (Co-Founder of Victory Junction Gang Camp & Eight-Time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Winner ):

What are your overall thoughts about the Old Spice Prelude to the Dream?

"The Old Spice Prelude to the Dream is one of the highlights of the year for me. I'm always humbled by the support of all the drivers that give their time and energy to raise money for the Victory Junction Gang Camp. Tony (Stewart) says that we are going to raise $1 million this year for the new camp in Kansas City. That would be a phenomenal feat and would go a long way in starting up the new camp. Tony is one of the most generous people I have ever met. He has been onboard with the mission of the Victory Junction Gang Camp since the beginning. Pattie and I are truly blessed to be able to have him in our lives."

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JIMMIE JOHNSON (Two-Time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion):

What is your mindset going into the Old Spice Prelude to the Dream? Have you ever done anything like this?

"I drove a dirt car at Texas after a Busch race. I think I ended up getting like six laps in it, so this is a whole new experience. I'm really excited to do it. I'm not sure what to expect. Clint Bowyer built me a brand new car, so I'm afraid I'm going to destroy his brand new car. I didn't test, I haven't sat in the car, so I'm just going to show up and have a damn good time."

You've got a lot of off-road experience, but nothing quite like a dirt late model at Eldora. Has Jeff Gordon or anyone else given you any tips on what to expect at Eldora?

"I guess track conditions play the biggest role. I feel if I can get some decent practice time in -- which I know I won't (laughs) -- I'll be able to adapt and have my dirt background show up. The cars are much different. To push the clutch in to leave the garage area is much different. The cars don't squat. They lift in the back when you stand the gas, so all of my dirt background and things that I've done are going to be thrown out the window. I'm really looking forward to it. I know a lot of guys are taking it seriously. For my first try, I'm just going to go out and try to have fun and support Tony."

Can you talk about the NASCAR garage coming together at the Old Spice Prelude to the Dream to support Victory Junction Gang Camp?

"It's such a unique way to do it. The camp is a very special place and it's been very special to everyone in motorsports. I really give Tony a lot of credit for growing the event the way he has and growing it year to year. The fact it's live on television is amazing. The event really gives back to the dirt community, on top of all the amazing things it does for the Victory Junction Gang Camp."

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CARL EDWARDS (2007 Old Spice Prelude to the Dream Winner & 2007 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion):

What did you think when you first saw Eldora Speedway?

"I walked through that tunnel and came up and I stood there with my helmet bag and looked at the back straightaway and looked at the place and just thought, 'Man, this is cool to be here.' That was the feeling that I had. Everything I'd read about Jack Hewitt and the things he's done there and all the Eldora races I'd seen on TV -- it was cool."

What was your strategy last year and what was going through you mind at the start?

"First of all, I don't know how I got onto the front row, but that was a good. That was a big key to winning. The big key was just trying to stay out front. It's dirt racing. You don't have a mirror. You don't have a spotter. I was just trying things over and over and I was just waiting for somebody to pass me. Finally, (Jeff) Gordon got by me and then we had a really good race. I guess the strategy was just don't mess up."

Jeff Gordon passed you for the lead on lap 11, but you took it back one lap later and held the lead until the end. That said, Gordon and Kyle Busch were pressuring you for the final 18 laps. What was going through your mind as they were chasing you down?

"Everybody who races without a spotter knows that you just keep doing whatever has gotten you there so far. If you are leading the race, just keep doing what you've been doing. I noticed Jeff getting closer and closer and I could hear him. Every once in a while I could see him and I didn't know Kyle was coming like he was. You just keep doing what you're doing. I just couldn't believe it when I came off turn four and ended up with the race. That was cool."

Talk about that last lap.

"I had a feeling those guys were close. The last two or three laps I was just kind of using everything I had learned the previous 20 or so laps and trying to remember how Jeff (Gordon) had worked me over earlier. We came up on a lapped car -- I think it was Ryan Newman -- and I thought, 'Man, I've seen this a thousand times. Last corner, lapped car, you make a mistake and the guy gets by you.' So, I just tried really hard to figure out where they were going to be and how to block a little bit and keep my speed up. It's just so unbelievable to win a race there. People told me I looked happier in that moment than I have on TV winning a (Sprint) Cup race. It's definitely an equal to any race I've ever won."

What did that win mean to you?

"To be able to go out and run dirt to begin with is just fun. To be able to run at Eldora is unbelievable. So to win at Eldora, you know, beating Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart -- guys like that who are at the top of the sport worldwide, and to do it at an event like that and to raise money for charity, I mean that was cool. I still get people that come up to me and say, 'Man, that was an unbelievable race.' Just as much as they talk about any other race I've won that they've seen, they talk about that one."

How do you feel knowing the money raised from this year's Old Spice Prelude to the Dream will go toward Victory Junction Gang Camp -- Kansas City, near your hometown of Columbia, Mo.?

"It's huge for a Victory Junction Gang Camp to open in the Midwest. That makes it really special to me. I live in Columbia (Mo.), and after talking to Pattie Petty, I understand the need for a facility like that in the area. I think it's very cool for Tony and everybody to do what they do for the camp."

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CLINT BOWYER (2007 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year & 2002 Dirt Track Champion at Lakeside Speedway):

What are your overall thoughts heading into the 2008 Old Spice Prelude to the Dream?

"The Prelude is definitely something I've always wanted to be a part of. Tony (Stewart) came to me last year and asked me if I wanted to participate and I jumped at the chance. It's a really neat opportunity for me, considering my dirt background, to be able to race at Eldora. In my opinion, Eldora is the dirt track. It's pretty cool to be able to pull out onto the race track at Eldora and be part of such a great event like the Prelude to the Dream. The proceeds go to such a great cause. Victory Junction Gang Camp holds such a special place in everyone's hearts. It's not only fun, but it's really a privilege to be able to participate."

What are your thoughts on raising money for the Victory Junction Gang Camp?

"Obviously, this race is very important to the Victory Junction Gang Camp. They raised over $800,000 last year and I know Tony's goal is to raise over a $1 million this year. That kind of money will translate into a lot of happy faces at Victory Junction. The Prelude to the Dream is a neat event. We all have a lot of fun and the money goes to a great cause. It's something that's very special to all of us."

What are your thoughts on the race?

"Hopefully, our chances of winning are very good. This is a biggie for me. Dirt racing is where I come from. Obviously, getting to race against some of the best drivers in the world on one of the best tracks in the world is a dream come true."

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KEVIN HARVICK (Two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion):

The 2007 Old Spice Prelude to the Dream raised more than $800,000 for the Victory Junction Gang Camp and other charities. Do you think this year's goal of raising $1 million can be obtained?

"I think a goal of $1 million can be reached this year as more drivers have entered the race. Tony and the track do a great job each year to help raise money for Victory Junction Gang Camp and I think that will continue this year."

Among drivers, how big is a Prelude to the Dream win becoming -- maybe even just for bragging rights in the garage area?

"Whenever you win a race, it's big. It doesn't matter if it's a go-kart race with your friends, you want to win. The Prelude is becoming a bigger and bigger deal every year. You can tell by all the big names that keep showing up year after year."

With your impressive racing resume, how would an Old Spice Prelude to the Dream win rank among them?

"It would be a really big honor since two years ago they were all making fun of me out on the track."

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J.J. YELEY (2003 United States Auto Club Triple Crown Winner):

What are your overall thoughts heading into the 2008 Old Spice Prelude to the Dream?

"I'm looking to go win. I've got as many laps around Eldora as any of the guys coming. We're looking to have some fun and raise some money, but we want to win, as I know the other guys to do also. It's a super-cool thing. Tony has a tight connection with the Pettys and the Victory Junction Gang Camp and it really makes it worthwhile for all of us drivers to take an extra day out of our schedule to go race for a great cause. We get to have fun and go race on dirt. Anytime you get a chance to race, you're going to take it, but when you're doing it for such a special cause, there is no reason to doubt while you're doing it."

What do you expect in the race?

"I expect it's going to be tough. A lot of the superstar late model teams have really good drivers in their cars. Last year, Jeff Gordon drove for Clint Smith. The best teams are getting with the best drivers and I think that's the difference between the first Prelude and the one now -- the drivers are getting out there with cars that are really top-notch. It's amazing to me talking to different guys that guys are testing and practicing and some of these guys are taking it very seriously and are going to be competitive."

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KENNY WALLCE (2005 Old Spice Prelude to the Dream Winner):

What are your overall thoughts heading into the 2008 Old Spice Prelude to the Dream?

"Dirt racing has become a passion of mine. The Old Spice Prelude to the Dream is the highlight of the year for me. I really like it when I look at all the fan's T-shirts at Eldora and I see my name on them as the inaugural winner. I'm proud of that! Now my goal is to become a two-time winner. We have a lot of fun racing dirt cars against each other every year and the best part is it all benefits a good cause, the Victory Junction Gang Camp. The only problem I have is telling all of my dirt racing buddies that they can't come to the pits for this race because it's too big!"

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DAVID REUTIMANN (One NASCAR Nationwide Series Win & One NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Win):

What are your overall thoughts heading into the 2008 Old Spice Prelude to the Dream?

"The Old Spice Prelude to the Dream is an incredible event that Tony puts on each year for a great cause that benefits Victory Junction Gang Camp and the Tony Stewart Foundation. I've always wanted to be a part of it because my roots are dirt racing. I remember my first dirt race at the Florida State Fairgrounds in a Mini-Stock in 1984 like it was yesterday. When there is any chance to race on dirt, I want to do it, especially at a track like Eldora. It's pretty special to me that Tony has invited me back."

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RON CAPPS (24 NHRA Funny Car Wins, One NHRA Top Fuel Win & Three-time Runner-Up in NHRA Funny Car Points):

What are your overall thoughts heading into the 2008 Old Spice Prelude to the Dream?

"For me, the excitement of being a part of the Prelude since its inception and watching it grow has been fun. To watch each and every year the talent pool grow and grow is incredible. It takes every bit of courage you have to go around that track in one of these cars, and to do it with some of the best NASCAR drivers in the world makes it that much better. I've done well there. Tony was kind of my mentor since I started racing in dirt when I wasn't racing on the drag strip. I think I was ninth the first year. I was fourth the second year. Last year, on the second lap, we broke a crankshaft, so I never got to finish the main event. I did lead my heat race for most of it. I'm excited. I always have a good car that Brian Ruhlman gives me. He's raced at that track a lot. I would say to bring the car back in one piece is the main objective, but the goal is to raise the money for Victory Junction and the Tony Stewart Foundation, and to see the smile on Kyle Petty's face. That's what makes it all worth it. But I can tell you one thing, when the helmet goes on for the main event and the green flag drops, everybody's got their horns sticking out of their helmets and everybody is wanting to win the race. This year should even be better."

Do you think Tony's goal of raising $1 million can be accomplished?

"Any time you give Tony Stewart a challenge, you can bet that he's going to meet that challenge and probably surpass it. And raising a million dollars for Victory Junction and the Tony Stewart Foundation is something that I surely hope we can do. I don't think it's going to be a problem."

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KYLE BUSCH (Current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Point Leader):

What did you think the first time you saw Eldora Speedway in person?

"I thought it was a pretty cool dirt track. I've never been to many of them. I haven't raced much competitively on dirt. I just ran a season or two on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway dirt track, but Eldora's a special place. I've never seen a dirt track with that much banking before."

Other drivers commented on how quickly you learned to race on dirt last year and how impressed they were you finished second. How much did you learn about your car and the track each time you went out?

"Everyone said you can hold it wide-open around there, so I wasn't scared to hit wide-open. At first, that didn't work out so well for me because I put it in the fence. So, I backed it down a notch and went back out there and just learned it again. I was just trying to figure out what the car was going to do after I missed the second practice. Basically, the only practice I ended up having was my qualifying run to get used to the track. I was just learning about the car and trying to get better and better in the heat race and then the main event."

Take us through the final lap last year where you, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards were three-wide for the win.

"It was pretty cool. Jeff got a good run on the bottom side and ended up getting me and then he went to the top side in turns three and four. The only way I was going to get back by him was to go to the bottom. So, I ended up going to the bottom and barely edged him out at the start-finish line. It was pretty cool. I was trying to get Carl, and if I didn't have any pressure from behind, I felt like I could have done a better job. But I was trying to protect my position while still trying to catch Carl. Doing both of those things at once is hard to do."

Everyone has more experience going into this year's race. For those who will be there for the first time, what can they expect?

"I'm sure they're going to expect a better race. Everyone has been going and buying their own dirt cars and even testing them. Everyone is going to test somewhere. There are a couple of guys going to Ohio, Georgia and Florida. Those guys are out of control. I'm going to show up and race just like I did last year and just have a good time. I'd like to go out there and wax them to show everyone that they don't need to test."

Are you surprised at how serious guys are about the Old Spice Prelude to the Dream?

"Everyone wants to go out there and be the best and show that they are the best on dirt. Guys that have a lot of experience on dirt have a slight advantage. Some of the guys know how to use their car and drive it differently to make it faster. Those guys with experience are good, but if you get a good car with a good set-up, then I can manhandle that thing and be all right."

What was the atmosphere and the crowd like for last year's Old Spice Prelude to the Dream?

"It was cool. That's probably the most people I've ever seen at a short track. The Prelude is a big deal and, of course, the Dream that weekend is an even bigger deal. I've heard those guys put on a great show. They've got campers just outside the track, so it's pretty crazy getting there and seeing all the fans. When you get there and put a good show on for the fans, they just go crazy."

How fulfilling is it to raise money for charity with this event?

"It's pretty special. To raise that much money in a single night is pretty cool. There are plenty of opportunities to go out and do some charity work. But with this event being as big as it is across the country with the HBO Pay-Per-View, getting to raise almost a million dollars in one night is definitely cool."

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RAY EVERNHAM (Co-Owner Gillette Evernham Motorsports & Three-time Sprint Cup Series Championship Crew Chief):

What are your overall thoughts heading into the 2008 Old Spice Prelude to the Dream?

"First, I think it's a great idea what Tony does for charity. It raises a lot of money, which is a great thing. Second, I think it's the most fun you'll see Sprint Cup drivers have all year. I was fortunate enough to be invited last year and it's just tremendous what those guys do. For me, it's just unbelievable. It would be like if you were an avid golfer and got invited to play a round of golf on the PGA Tour. This is something that Tony invited me to and I think I'm still the only guy that's not a professional driver that gets invited. I tell everybody, 'Look, it doesn't matter. I don't want to get in anybody's way. I don't want to look stupid, because once they take the picture of me in the firesuit with all the other guys just to prove that I was there with the greatest drivers in the world, it's worth it to me.' I don't know why Tony let's me be a part of it, but I can tell you it means as much to me as winning the Daytona 500 or at Indy or at any of those places."

How seriously are you preparing for the Old Spice Prelude to the Dream?

"I'm working my butt off. I'm working hard to stay in shape. Ray Cook, who was a good late model driver, is my car owner and I'm teamed up with Bill Elliott and we've practiced twice. We're going to do a little warm-up race before, so this is something I'm taking very, very seriously and I want to do as good as I can. It's very intimidating when you're on the track with Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch."

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RYAN NEWMAN (2008 Daytona 500 Champion & 13-Time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Winner):

How fulfilling was it to be part of the 2007 Old Spice Prelude to the Dream?

"The Prelude is a lot of fun and it's for a great cause. The way Tony runs the show, it's great. All the way around, it's great. Last year wasn't the way we wanted to finish. Obviously, we're there to win. As a racer you do that no matter what. But Victory Junction, Tony, and the way he orchestrates everything as far as taking care of the fans and putting on a great show, it's just first-class all the way."

Who surprised you the most last year?

"I thought (Jeff) Gordon did a good job for not being on dirt or not being in a non-stock car in a long time. To come back and do what he did, I thought that was pretty impressive."

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KASEY KAHNE (2008 Coca-Cola 600 Champion & Eight-Time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Winner):

What surprised you most about 2007 Old Spice Prelude to the Dream?

"I wasn't really surprised about the crowd. The crowd was great. There were so many people and you know that track's a lot of fun to be at, so I thought that was great. The thing that kind of surprised me was the drivers, and how quickly everybody figured it out, especially the guys that had never been in one of those late models before. Everybody figured it out fast and it was a really competitive and exciting race. I think that was the best part about it."

Which driver's performance surprised you in 2007?

"Kyle Busch was really fast, so was Carl Edwards, but Jeff Gordon hadn't raced on dirt in I don't know how long and it'd been a long time since he was at Eldora. He was super-fast right off the start. (Juan Pablo) Montoya did a really good job having never been on dirt. It was exciting. I think all of those guys that are in the Sprint Cup Series can figure out how to drive pretty much anything."

What has the Old Spice Prelude to the Dream done for dirt track racing and short track racing?

"Tony loves that type of racing. He enjoys Eldora Speedway. That's why he bought it. The track was in great shape before he got it and it's even better now. He's done an awesome job to promote that track and that type of racing. From Sprints to Midgets to late models -- he's really done a good job with it. It's fun to go and race there and fun to run a late model race. And then to have 25 top drivers to come to Eldora, put on a good show and raise money for the Victory Junction Gang Camp, I think it's great. Tony keeps doing more and more and it's really cool how he takes care of Kyle and Pattie Petty and the Victory Junction Gang Camp. Tony's a great guy when it comes to that stuff."

How does it feel to raise so much money while having such a good time?

"That's the thing. We all had a blast and I think the fans had a blast and the people that watched it on TV had a blast. So, you put all that together and you raise $800,000 for Victory Junction Gang Camp and the Tony Stewart Foundation. That's just a really cool deal. I know how hard it is to raise money. We've raised a lot of money for the Kasey Kahne Foundation over the last few years, but to raise that much in one night is incredible."

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Series Charity , NASCAR , Stock car
Drivers Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Kyle Petty , Ryan Newman , Jimmie Johnson , Kasey Kahne , Jack Hewitt , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer , Kyle Busch