Racing fans will get a special treat Wednesday night (8 p.m. ET) when HBO Pay-Per-View plays host to the Prelude to the Dream, a race supporting four of the nation’s top children’s hospitals.
Stars from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will convene at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
Drivers will tackle the half-mile clay oval track as part of four separate teams:
- Team Levine: Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Bill Elliott, David Reutimann, Austin Dillon, Ray Evernham and Cruz Pedregon.
- Team Atlanta: Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Jason Leffler, Ken Schrader, David Gilliland and Ron Capps.
- Team St. Louis: Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Bobby Labonte, Justin Allgaier, Kenny Wallace, Ron Hornaday and Ricky Carmichael.
- Team Dallas: Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Brian Vickers, Marcos Ambrose, Aric Almirola and J.J. Yeley.
There is still an individual race winner, but the teams are racing for their respective children’s hospital. The lowest team score wins, and only the top-five drivers from each team will be scored.
Levine Children’s Hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Medical Center Dallas will each receive a donation from the event based on the results and proceeds raised from the pay-per-view.
“For the fifth year in a row we will bring live action from Eldora into living rooms across the country,” said Tammy Ross, vice president, HBO Pay-Per-View & Sports. “With this year’s new start time and enhancing the format of the telecast, race fans will have a chance to settle in at home and prepare for a great night of continuous, live racing action.”