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Johnson, Kahne to participate in Wednesday's Prelude to the Dream

Johnson, Kahne to participate in Wednesday's Prelude to the Dream

ROSSBURG, Ohio – Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne will line up for the Prelude to the Dream on Wednesday at Eldora Speedway. The charity event will be televised live starting at 8 p.m. ET on HBO Pay-Per-View (check local listings).

The seventh annual event highlights modern-day drivers returning to the roots of car racing by competing on a dirt track in a dirt late model stock car. This event allows avid fans to not only see the origins of the sport, but also to experience racing’s biggest names performing beyond their routine element. The drivers do not compete for points and winnings, but for charity, as the 2012 pay-per-view proceeds will benefit Feed The Children. 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.

Johnson, who hails from El Cajon, Calif., won the 2010 race driving the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet. Overall, he has recorded one win and two top-10 finishes in four starts at Eldora.

Kahne, a native of Enumclaw, Wash., has competed in the dirt race five straight years, tallying four top-10 finishes during that time. He posted his best result of sixth in 2007.

The drivers will trade their typical race-day Chevrolet Impalas for late model cars that are a little bit longer, wider and shorter. To see a side-by-side comparison of the cars, click here.

The seven previous Prelude To The Dream events have collectively raised more than $3.5 million. With each year’s event gaining significant stature and mainstream interest, Tony Stewart’s ultimate goal is to have the 2012 Prelude To The Dream raise $1 million, with the proceeds benefitting Feed The Children.

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