Prelude to the Dream countdown 2009-05-30

SO, WHERE EXACTLY IS ELDORA SPEEDWAY? 'Go to the Sticks, Then Go Seven More Sticks' ROSSBURG, Ohio (May 30, 2009) -- What is the most asked question besides, "How do I get tickets to the Prelude to the Dream" or "How can I order it on HBO ...

SO, WHERE EXACTLY IS ELDORA SPEEDWAY?
'Go to the Sticks, Then Go Seven More Sticks'

ROSSBURG, Ohio (May 30, 2009) -- What is the most asked question besides, "How do I get tickets to the Prelude to the Dream" or "How can I order it on HBO Pay-Per-View??"

Easy, it's "Where exactly is Eldora Speedway?" And the answer is quite simple, really.

Eldora is in Rossburg, Ohio (population 224), a little east of North Star, Ohio (population 209), and just south of New Weston, Ohio (population 135). Combined population of the three towns is 568 people -- or just slightly larger than the number of employees who work for a four-car NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team.

How does one get to Eldora Speedway? As NASCAR.com's Joe Menzer once wrote, "Go to the sticks and then go about seven more sticks."

For more than 50 years, race fans from all parts of the globe, as well as some of the world's best drivers, have flocked to the high-banked dirt oval located in the middle of central Ohio's cornfields that Tony Stewart bought from Earl Baltes in 2004.

A mass of people will once again flock to Eldora on June 3 for the fifth annual Prelude to the Dream, an all-star race that will be broadcast live to the entire nation on HBO Pay-Per-View. The event will feature such racing icons as Stewart, Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer and more piloting 2,300-pound dirt Late Model stock cars capable of putting out more than 800 horsepower.

They will do so to raise money to benefit four charities -- Wounded Warrior Project, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Operation Homefront and Fisher House. Each has a mission that outlines assistance to the courageous men and women who serve their country and need additional support both during and after their time of service.

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Series Charity , Stock car
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Ryan Newman , Kasey Kahne , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer , Kyle Busch