Jun 06 2007

Prelude to the Dream

Tony Stewart bought the Eldora Speedway, originally called “Auto Racing’s Showcase since 1954″, from original owners Earl and Berneice Baltes in November 2004. The owner said he only sold it to Stewart because he is a true racer, he raced there, had been there as a car owner and as a spectator. Tonight at 6:30 pm you can see the pre-race show on Nascar.com, here, but the event will cost you money as it is on Pay Per View.

Why on Pay Per View? Check out the line up.

Five former Cup champions are scheduled to participate: Bill Elliott (1988), Jeff Gordon (1995, 1997, 1998, 2001), Bobby Labonte (2000), Tony Stewart (2002, 2005), Matt Kenseth (2003).

Three Daytona 500 winners are scheduled to participate: Elliott (1985), Gordon (1997, 1999, 2005), Kevin Harvick (2007).

Drag racing standouts Ron Capps and Cruz Pedregon will compete. Capps has 25 career NHRA victories and has finished second in Funny Car points three times (1998, 2000, 2005). Pedregon won the 1992 NHRA Funny Car title and has 27 career victories.

The elite group of drivers in the field have combined for a staggering 579 victories in Cup (269), Busch (176), Truck (33), Formula One (7), Indy (14), IROC (28) and NHRA (52)competition.

A total of 24 major championships have been won by drivers scheduled to participate.

Jeff Gordon will return to Eldora for the first time in since 1991 when he won the Midget portion of the USAC 4-Crown Nationals. Source: Racing on Eldora’s dirt path special for big-time drivers

It should really be a good event to watch, as most of the drivers say they would do it just to win, or for a six pack, hehe. At the very least you’ll be helping raise money for the Victory Junction Gang, which benefits disabled and disadvantaged children.

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