1:24 8 PRELUDE TO THE DREAM - ELDORA 2008

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JUST ARRIVED Martin To Again Race in Prelude to a Dream Fourth annual charity event again on HBO Pay-Per-View For the second consecutive year, Mark Martin will race in this years Prelude to a Dream. Martin will drive a No. 8 U.S. Army car in the event. Martin will drive a car owned by Billy Moyer. I had a really good time racing there last year, and I told Tony (Stewart) that he could count me in, said Martin. It really brings you back to the roots of your racing career. There is a lot of talent at the event and its a lot of fun for everyone. A supernova of racing talent will again descend upon the Field of Dreams that is Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, on June 4 when the dirt that made champions out of A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti hosts today's racing stars at the fourth annual Old Spice Prelude to the Dream. For those not lucky enough to grab a seat for the dirt late-model race featuring more than 25 world renowned drivers as they battle for dirt supremacy, HBO Pay-Per-View will present the event live to the entire nation. Proceeds from this telecast will support construction of Victory Junction Gang Camp II in Kansas City, as well as the Tony Stewart Foundation. Along with Martin, the all-star race will feature such racing icons as Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Bobby Labonte, Aric Almirola and more. All will pilot 2,300-pound dirt late-model stock cars capable of putting out more than 800 horsepower. The live, commercial-free broadcast will begin at 7 p.m. ET with an immediate replay and subsequent replays throughout the week and the following weekend. HBO Pay-Per-View's racing telecast has a suggested retail price of $24.95 and is available to more than 61 million pay-per-view homes. HBO Pay-Per-View is the leading supplier of event programming in the pay-per-view industry. Ordering information and up-to-the minute racing information is available at www.hbo.com. "The Prelude is a fun, but unbelievably competitive race," said Stewart, a multi-time racing champion and proud owner of Eldora Speedway. "Last year's race was probably the best yet as Carl Edwards held off Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon for the win. "Eldora has always tried to go above and beyond for its fans, and last year with the addition of HBO Pay-Per-View, people across the country got to see what racing at Eldora is all about. HBO Pay-Per-View is back this year, and thanks to our partners at Old Spice, we're ready to top the $800,000 we raised last year. "Corporate involvement, along with the commitment of the best racecar drivers in the world, has allowed us to create an event that is as exciting as it is charitable. Experience is everything when it comes to dirt-track racing, and there won't be a better way to spend a Wednesday night in June." "Old Spice has been a proud sponsor of Tony Stewart since 1999, helping him look and smell good both on and off the track, even after his car hits the dirt at Eldora," said Carl Stealey, associate marketing director for Old Spice. "Sponsoring the Prelude to the Dream is a natural fit for the brand, and we're thrilled to help such a good cause." In addition to the aforementioned drivers, J.J. Yeley, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Ryan Newman, Bill Elliott, Dave Blaney, Aric Almirola, Ron Capps, Cruz Pedregon, Ray Evernham, Red Farmer, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace have also committed to the Old Spice Prelude to the Dream. Drivers from all types of disciplines, some with lots of dirt-track experience and others with hardly any, will participate in hot laps, qualifying, heat races and the 30-lap feature on the half-mile clay oval, all of which will be televised live. "2007 was our debut for this prestigious event," said Tammy Ross, vice president, HBO Pay-Per-View & Sports. "We are thrilled to once again distribute this event live, without commercials, on pay-per-view so fans can see the top drivers in the world compete on dirt at Eldora to benefit a worthy cause." With no points and no pressure, the Old Spice Prelude to the Dream is a throwback race, allowing drivers to step back in time and compete for the reasons they all went racing in the first place -- pride and a trophy. And they'll do it on the same surface that racing legends Foyt and Andretti competed on nearly 50 years ago.
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