Rain has forced postponement of NASCAR driver Tony Stewart's charity race at a dirt track he owns in Ohio. Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, Robby Gordon and others had been scheduled to participate in the fifth annual Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway near the western Ohio village of Rossberg.
Jeff Gordon had been scheduled to race, but decided to skip the event because of back pain. He plans to rest ahead of this weekend's NASCAR event at Pocono Raceway.
Proceeds from this year's race will be donated to four charities dedicated to severely injured soldiers or families of military personnel who have died.
Persistent Rain Postpones Fifth Annual Prelude to the Dream Dirt Late Model Race Rescheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009 at Eldora Speedway
ROSSBURG, Ohio (June 3, 2009) – Persistent rain has forced officials at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, to postpone the fifth annual Prelude to the Dream. The all-star dirt late model race has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 9. A decision regarding the broadcast of the event will be made at a later date.
The wet weather made it impossible to run the event that was slated to benefit four military-themed charities – Wounded Warrior Project, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Operation Homefront and Fisher House.
“We worked really hard to make sure everything was right for the drivers, fans and viewers at home on HBO Pay-Per-View, but the weather was the one element we couldn’t control,” said Tony Stewart, two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and owner of Eldora Speedway.
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