Predule to the Dream news 2008-06-03

ROSSBURG, Ohio (June 3, 2008) -- Curb Records recording artist Lee Brice will sing the National Anthem prior to the fourth annual Old Spice Prelude to the Dream June 4 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. The Old Spice Prelude to the Dream will...

ROSSBURG, Ohio (June 3, 2008) -- Curb Records recording artist Lee Brice will sing the National Anthem prior to the fourth annual Old Spice Prelude to the Dream June 4 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

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 the half-mile, clay oval.

The race will be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View with the proceeds going toward the goal of raising $1 million to support construction of Victory Junction Gang Camp -- Kansas City, as well as the Tony Stewart Foundation.

"It's great that Lee Brice will come to Eldora and sing the National Anthem prior to the Old Spice Prelude to the Dream," said Stewart, a multi-time racing champion and owner of Eldora Speedway. "Lee's got a fantastic sound and he'll do a great job performing the National Anthem, not only for everyone in attendance at Eldora, but for everyone watching at home on HBO Pay-Per-View."

Brice, a native of Sumter, S.C., will release his debut album Picture of Me in 2008. The album includes top-25 country hits "She Ain't Right" and "Happy Endings."

An accomplished songwriter, Brice wrote all of the songs on his album except for "She Ain't Right." Brice also co-wrote Garth Brooks' comeback single "More Than a Memory," which debuted at No. 1 on the country charts on Sept. 15, 2007, and in doing so, became the first country single ever to debut in the top spot.

"I am so excited and honored to have been asked to do this event," Brice said. "I love racing and can't wait to see these drivers in person, competing."

For those who want to see the Old Spice Prelude to the Dream, they'll have to watch it on HBO Pay-Per-View. Tickets for the race have sold-out for the fourth straight year, leaving HBO Pay-Per-View as the only outlet to witness the Old Spice Prelude to the Dream.

The live, 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.

In addition to the aforementioned drivers, J.J. Yeley, Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin, Bobby Labonte, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman, Bill Elliott, Dave Blaney, David Reutimann, Robby Gordon, Aric Almirola, Ron Capps, Cruz Pedregon, Ray Evernham, Red Farmer, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace have also committed to the Old Spice Prelude to the Dream.

Drivers from all types of disciplines, some with lots of dirt track experience and others with hardly any, will participate in hot laps, qualifying, heat races and the 30-lap feature, all of which will be televised live HBO Pay-Per-View.

With no points and no pressure, the Old Spice Prelude to the Dream is a throwback race, allowing drivers to step back in time and compete for the reasons they all went racing in the first place -- pride and a trophy. And they'll do it on the same surface that Indianapolis 500 legends like A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Mario Andretti have competed on throughout the last 54 years.

-credit: tsc

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Series Charity , NASCAR , Stock car
Drivers Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Ron Capps , Kevin Harvick , Kenny Wallace , Robby Gordon , Ryan Newman , Jimmie Johnson , Mario Andretti , Cruz Pedregon , Kasey Kahne , J.J. Yeley , David Reutimann , Ray Evernham , Clint Bowyer , Denny Hamlin , Dave Blaney , Aric Almirola , A.J. Foyt , Red Farmer , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin , Al Unser