Tony Stewart wins charity race- KC camp to receive at least $1 million


Tony Stewart led all 30 laps Wednesday night at the Old Spice Prelude to the Dream, capturing his second victory at the fourth annual dirt late-model charity race at Eldora Speedway.

Stewart finished ahead of Prelude rookie Robby Gordon by 1.5 seconds, while Kansas native and dirt track veteran Clint Bowyer finished third.

The event, hosted by past Kansas Speedway winner Stewart at his 54-year-old clay racing surface in Rossburg, Ohio, will benefit the construction of Victory Junction Gang Camp II in Kansas City.

“We don’t know what the results of the pay-per-view are and everything that’s coming in, but I’m going to guarantee Kyle Petty and the Victory Junction Gang $1 million from tonight’s event,” Stewart said. “The Victory Junction Gang camps have become such a part of my family too. That’s what tonight all is about.”

More than 23,000 fans were in attendance Wednesday night while many more watched 25 of motorsport’s top names compete in the charity race on HBO pay-per-view.

Defending race champion Carl Edwards started sixth and ran at the front for a good portion of the race before having to withdraw due to mechanical problems.

Two time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson enjoyed his debut to the Prelude race with an eighth-place finish after starting 16th.

“It’s nice to get in something and throw it around,” Johnson said. “In stock cars we have to be careful not to blow the tires off when you are on radial tires on asphalt. You can just get in there and drive the crap out of it. It’s a lot of fun.”

Jeff Gordon, a two-time winner at Kansas Speedway, returned for his second appearance at the Prelude race, finishing 14th.

“It was awesome. I had such a blast racing in this event again tonight and I am so proud of Tony for raising all of that money for the Victory Junction Gang Camp,” Gordon said.

“We all get to have fun out here tonight and get to drive dirt cars and have fun here, but it’s a lot deeper and bigger cause than that,” Steward said.

Stewart and other top NASCAR drivers make their way to Kansas Speedway on September 27-28 to compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300 and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kansas 400.

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