Jun 06 2007

Carl Edwards Wins in Eldora

Carl Edwards, who started second, raced to the lead and held off Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch to win the third annual Prelude to the Dream race at Eldora Speedway this evening. The event featured 26 drivers, each driving a 2,300-pound late-model stock car packing over 800 horsepower, while about 20,000 people jammed the small grandstand, surrounding stands and grassy hillsides to watch the spectacle.

“It’s just unreal,” Edwards said, referring to how close the race was and how Gordon and Busch pressed him. “I’ve sweated out a lot of finishes in a dirt car when you can’t see behind you. I knew they were right there on my tail though.”

“I was right in the middle there, and Carl got back by me on the bottom,” Gordon said. “I just lost a little bit of momentum there and just wasn’t able to get it back.”

“I picked up a lot of respect for the guys that run in dirt,” said Montoya, who finished 15th. “It’s very hard to appreciate how tough it is. It takes a lot.” Source: Edwards outruns other NASCAR drivers at charity duel in the dirt

Here is how they finished:

1. Carl Edwards
2. Kyle Busch
3. Jeff Gordon
4. Ken Schrader
5. Clint Bowyer
6. Kasey Kahne
7. Matt Kenseth
8. J.J. Yeley
9. David Reutiman
10. Mark Martin
11. Aric Almirola
12. Dave Blaney
13. Kenny Wallace
14. Kevin Harvick
15. Juan Montoya
16. Denny Hamlin
17. Red Farmer
18. Ryan Newman
19. Cruz Pedregon
20. Mike Wallace
21. Bobby Labonte
22. Tony Stewart
23. Ray Evernham
24. Ron Capps

Who would’ve thought Ray Evernham and Ron Capps would’ve been in the back? I know I did. ;)


  • By socalnascargal, June 8, 2007 @ 5:28 pm

    This was a fun event to watch and well worth the twenty five bucks. I think it gave a chance to see the real personalities of the drivers. It was nice to see Tony Stewart so relaxed and having fun. I love the dirt tracks and I can’t wait until next year to watch it again.

  • By webmaster, June 8, 2007 @ 9:48 pm

    I’ve already decided I’m going to try to go next year, it sounds like it was a good show, the big race at the end would probably be worth staying for too.

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