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Tony Stewart's 'Prelude to the Dream' charity race tonight

Tony Stewart's seventh annual Prelude to the Dream charity race is tonight at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio at 8 p.m. The four hospitals benefiting from the race are Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, N.C.,  Children’s Medical Center Dallas, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

The race is run on a half-mile dirt oval and consists of 30 laps and is driven in dirt late-model stock cars. Previous winners include - 2010: Jimmie Johnson, 2009: Tony Stewart,  2008: Tony Stewart, 2007: Carl Edwards,  2006: Tony Stewart and 2005: Kenny Wallace.

The race will be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View, and the commercial-free broadcast will begin at 8 p.m. HBO Pay-Per-View’s racing telecast has a suggested retail price of $24.95 and is available to more than 92 million pay-per-view homes. HBO's previous foray into NASCAR was the Jimmie Johnson 24/7 series leading up to the Daytona 500.

Some of NASCAR's top drivers -- Johnson, Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch will race in the event. So will IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan.

Stewart recently was asked to recall his most memorable Prelude to a Dream race:

"As much as you would think my most memorable Prelude to the Dream moment would’ve happened during one of my  three wins in 2006, 2008 or 2009, it actually came in 2007 when I crashed out," he said. "I only ran 17 laps of  the 30-lap feature before getting in an accident in turn one. At first, I was pretty disappointed because it was my race and I had won the thing the year before. But standing down by my trailer in turn four, I soon realized I had the best seat in the house, which is why the 2007 Prelude to the Dream provided me with my best moment.

"I got to watch Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards run three-wide in turns three and four while coming to the checkered flag. The battle had been building all race, and you just didn’t know who was to going to win. It  was an awesome finish. It was fun to watch three drivers run three different grooves around the racetrack and  all of them kind of found a spot that they liked. On top of all that, the guys competing for the win had such a different set of experiences on dirt, and I think that’s what was so amazing to me."
 

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