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Tony Stewart who just might win the 2009 Sprint Cup Championship this year is also a man of many hats. I am not talking about the souvenir hats that you can purchase at any of the Speedways that the Nascar circuit tours each season, but the many jobs that he has.
Tony is currently the newest partner in the recently formed Stewart Haas Racing which was formed in 2008. He hired fellow Indiana native, Ryan Newman to be the driver for the second team. Tony also owns the legendary Eldora Speedway located near Rossburg, Ohio. A half mile clay oval is host once a year to the elite of Nascar premier Sprint Cup Series for The Prelude to the Dream. The Dream originated in 2005 and has raised over a million dollars for Kyle Petty’s Victory Junction Gang Camp, a camp for the terminally ill and chronically ill children located in North Carolina. This year’s event is going to benefit Military Family charities such as The Wounded Warrior Project, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Operation Homefront and Fisher House programs. Ryan Newman’s sponsor this year for his Sprint Cup car is the US Army. Tony wanted to do something for our troops in honor of his company’s Army sponsorship for Ryan’s car.
The lineup for “The Dream” this year is very impressive, it includes, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Robbie Gordon, Cruz Pedregon (NHRA favorite), Ryan Newman, and more. Of course Tony Stewart will be driving his own late model car in the event also trying to defend his 2008 win. If you can’t make it to the Eldora Speedway in Ohio, you can always watch the event live on the HBO pay per view channel for your area. The money is donated to the various military programs that Tony has designated this year.
I watched it last year and as an avid Nascar fan, it was a lot of fun to watch my favorite drivers in a relaxed setting, having fun driving on dirt not worrying about racing points or money as they usually do on 36 Sunday’s a year.
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