Tony Stewart’s 2012 Prelude to the Dream Information
June 4, 2012 3 Comments
Prelude To The Dream – FAST FACTS
WHAT: Eighth Annual Prelude To The Dream
WHERE: Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio (Half-mile dirt oval) WHEN: 8 p.m. EDT (5 p.m. PDT) on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 DISTANCE: Feature consists of 40 laps (preceded by qualifying and heat races) CARS: Dirt Late Model stock cars
• 2011: Clint Bowyer
• 2010: Jimmie Johnson
• 2009: Tony Stewart
• 2008: Tony Stewart
• 2007: Carl Edwards
• 2006: Tony Stewart
• 2005: Kenny Wallace
THE TRACK: Half-mile dirt oval
• Banking: 24 degrees in the corners; 8 degrees on the straightaways
• Capacity: Reserved seating + suites + hillside seating = more than 20,000.
• Eldora Speedway is a half-mile dirt racing facility located in western Ohio. The “Big E” is owned by three-time and reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart. The Indiana native purchased Eldora from legendary promoter Earl Baltes in 2004. Baltes built Eldora in 1954 and had been the sole owner of the facility for 50 years. Eldora plays host to some of the largest dirt racing events in the country, including the Prelude To The Dream, The Dream, Kings Royal and World 100 – each of which attracts more than 20,000 spectators on an annual basis.
PRELUDE TO THE DREAM RECORDS:
• Most Victories:
- 3 – Tony Stewart (2006, 2008, 2009)
• Highest Percentage of Laps Led:
- 100 percent (Stewart led 30 of 30 laps in 2008, Johnson led 30 of 30 laps in 2010 and Bowyer led 30 of 30 laps in 2011.)
• One-lap Qualifying Record:
- 15.405 seconds at 116.845 mph (Tony Stewart – 2009)
- Approximately 23,000 (2009)
TV: Pay-Per-View, 8 p.m. EDT (5 p.m. PDT), Wednesday, June 6, 2012
• Booth: Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds and Allen Bestwick
• Host: Matt Yocum
• Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren and Steve Letarte (crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr., in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series)
• Director: Artie Kempner
• Producer: Pam Miller
• Net proceeds from the telecast will support Feed The Children, a U.S.-based charity that domestically has helped more than
365,000 families since 2009 through its Americans Feeding Americans Caravan.
• For the top-10 finishers in the Prelude To The Dream, Feed The Children will send a food truck to each driver’s hometown or city of their choice.
HOW TO ORDER:
• The live, commercial-free broadcast will begin at 8 p.m. EDT (5 p.m. PDT) with an immediate replay following.
• All that is necessary to order the event is a digital cable box or satellite service. You do not need HBO to order.
• The suggested retail price is $24.95. Ordering information and up-to-the minute racing information is available at either
www.PreludeToTheDream.org or www.HBO.com.
• Updates can also be found on Twitter at @PreludetoDream and follow the hashtag #OnePerfectNight, or become a fan on Facebook at
• The following are step-by-step instructions to help place an order for the Prelude To The Dream on Pay-Per-View:
- Cable, AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS Customers: All that is necessary to order the event is a digital cable box on your TV. If you are not sure about the kind of box you have, contact your cable company and ask if you have a digital cable box that gets Pay-Per-View (PPV). Once you know you have a digital cable box, scroll through the Pay-Per-View channels on your electronic program guide for Wednesday, June 6 at 8 p.m. ET, and look for “Auto Racing: Prelude to the Dream.” Once you see the entry, click it and follow the on-screen instructions to order. If your cable system does not accept orders from your remote control, contact a customer service representative either the day before or the day of the race. Make sure you tell the representative that you are looking to order “Auto Racing: Prelude to the Dream.” Some cable systems have a short window available to order Pay-Per-View events. The more specific you are with the customer service representative, the easier it will be to place your order.
- DIRECTV Customers: All DIRECTV customers can order now. You can find the event on Channel 123 HD or Channel 124. Go to the programming guide for those channels for Wednesday, June 6 at 8 p.m. ET, and look for “Prelude to the Dream.” Once you see the entry, click the event and follow the on-screen instructions to order. Or you can order online at directv.com/events or text EVENT to 223322. Standard data and messaging rates may apply in accordance with your wireless carrier.
- DISH Network Customers: All DISH Network customers can order the event now by going to Channel 473 or Channel 474 HD. Follow the on-screen instructions to order. On Wednesday, June 6, the event will be shown on Channel 455 or Channel 468 HD.
• If any problems are encountered during ordering, contact a customer service representative anytime on Wednesday, June 6 to make sure the order is processed and the race can be viewed. Once it is ordered, sit back and enjoy the ride.
Ticket office opens
General admission markings may begin (chairs/blankets ONLY)
All admission gates open
Pit gates open for teams
*NSCS drivers unavailable due to travel from Pocono, Pa. Qualifying draw (victory lane)
Driver’s meeting (media tent)
Hot lap session No. 1
Hot lap session No. 2
Prelude To The Dream driver introductions (victory lane)
Prelude To The Dream driver parade
HBO Pay-Per-View broadcast begins
Invocation and National Anthem
Prelude To The Dream qualifying (2 laps)
Modified feature (15-minute timed event, including cautions)
Prelude To The Dream Heat race No. 1
Prelude To The Dream Heat race No. 2
Prelude To The Dream Heat race No. 3
Prelude To The Dream Heat race No. 4
Stock feature (15-minute timed event, including cautions)
Prelude To The Dream feature (40 laps)
Prelude To The Dream winner’s circle and introduction of Feed The Children representatives