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Starting tonight at 10PM EST, "Prelude to the Dream" collectibles go on EBay to benmifit charity, per SCR...

Tony Stewart Foundation to Host Nextel Prelude to a Dream Auction

The 2007 NEXTEL Prelude to the Dream presented by Old Spice event was one of the brightest moments in short track racing’s history, as the event brought some of NASCAR’s biggest stars back to the dirt for the ultimate showdown at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway. Boasting a field of 26 of racing’s finest, the June 6, 2007 event saw dirt track racing take center stage on HBO Pay-Per-View while raising money for several notable charity organizations.

Now, for the first time in event history, race fans will be able to bid on one-of-a-kind mementoes from this historic event in the first-ever Pieces of the Prelude auction hosted on EBay.

Beginning on Fri., Nov. 23, 2007, at 10 p.m. EST, the Tony Stewart Foundation will offer several event exclusive items in an auction to be hosted by EBay. Once posted, each item will be available for bidding for 10 days. The final auction items, including the 2008 Prelude to the Dream VIP Package will be listed on Fri., Dec. 11. All bidding will close on December 21.

All proceeds from the Pieces of the Prelude Auction will benefit the Tony Stewart Foundation.

Items Available for Bidding Include:

Posters and an event exclusive helmet autographed by NASCAR stars, including Tony Stewart, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jeff Gordon, Elliott Sadler, Kasey Kahne, Mark Martin, etc.

Autographed sections from Tony Stewart’s 2006 and 2007 NEXTEL Prelude to the Dream Late Model entries, including a rear wing, front nose section, doors and spoilers.

Tony Stewart autographed 2007 event posters and programs.

Event exclusive, Tony Stewart autographed on-air talent shirt as worn by Tony Stewart, Darrell Waltrip, Mike Joy, Dick Berggren and Kyle Petty.

Event exclusive, Tony Stewart autographed SPEED Production Crew T-shirts.

One VIP Package for the 2008 Prelude to the Dream Event, which includes:

(2) Reserved seat tickets

(2) Pre-race guided pit tour passes

(2) Invitations to observe driver media session

(2) Prelude to the Dream T-shirts – 2007 & 2008 signed (T. Stewart)

(2) Passes for a pre-race meet-and-greet with Tony Stewart

(1) T. Stewart Autographed TSR jersey

**Please note that winning bidder is responsible for all travel and accommodation arrangements and incurred expenses.

Over 50 items are available for bidding.

New items will be added daily. Race fans can visit www.ebay.com/tonystewartfoundation for an updated item availability list.

The third annual NEXTEL Prelude to the Dream presented by Old Spice, held June 6 and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View, raised $800,000 for charity. The 30-lap dirt late model event at the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg , Ohio , featured some of racing’s biggest stars, and in a thrilling race won by NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Carl Edwards, it allowed the Tony Stewart Foundation to make significant contributions to charity.

The chief benefactor of the NEXTEL Prelude to the Dream presented by Old Spice was the Victory Junction Gang Camp. The Randleman, N.C.-based organization that serves as a year-round camp for children ages seven to 15 with an assortment of life-threatening illnesses received $600,000 from the Tony Stewart Foundation. Also receiving support from the proceeds generated by the NEXTEL Prelude to the Dream presented by Old Spice was the Autism Society of Delaware and Motor Racing Outreach, with each entity receiving $25,000.

The remaining $150,000 stayed with the Tony Stewart Foundation, allowing the Foundation to continue its support of groups caring for chronically ill children, drivers injured in motorsports activities and charitable outfits specializing in the protection of various animal species. Charities actively supported by the Foundation include, but are not limited to, the Ronald McDonald House, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Indiana Special Olympics, Greyrescue (Greyhound Rescue Organization) and the Victory Junction Gang Camp.

For more information regarding the Tony Stewart Foundation, please visit www.tonystewartfoundation.com. For more information regarding the NEXTEL Prelude to the Dream or Eldora Speedway, please visit www.eldoraspeedway.com. SCR
 
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