Rossburg,OH — What is the most asked question besides, “How do I get tickets to the Prelude to the Dream” or “How can I order it on HBO Pay-Per-View®?”
Easy, it’s “Where exactly is Eldora Speedway?” And the answer is quite simple, really.
Eldora is in Rossburg, Ohio (population 224), a little east of North Star, Ohio (population 209), and just south of New Weston, Ohio (population 135). Combined population of the three towns is 568 people – or just slightly larger than the number of employees who work for a four-car NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team.
How does one get to Eldora Speedway? As NASCAR.com’s Joe Menzer once wrote, “Go to the sticks and then go about seven more sticks.”
For more than 50 years, race fans from all parts of the globe, as well as some of the world’s best drivers, have flocked to the high-banked dirt oval located in the middle of central Ohio’s cornfields that Tony Stewart bought from Earl Baltes in 2004.
A mass of people will once again flock to Eldora on June 3 for the fifth annual Prelude to the Dream, an all-star race that will be broadcast live to the entire nation on HBO Pay-Per-View. The event will feature such racing icons as Stewart, Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer and more piloting 2,300-pound dirt Late Model stock cars capable of putting out more than 800 horsepower.
They will do so to raise money to benefit four charities – Wounded Warrior Project, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Operation Homefront and Fisher House. Each has a mission that outlines assistance to the courageous men and women who serve their country and need additional support both during and after their time of service.
For those going to Eldora Speedway for the first time, a chart has been developed to show exactly where Eldora is – at least in relation to other places.
Nearest Distance to:
A tavern (Blue & White Tavern)
New Weston, Ohio
A gas station (M-N-M’s Petrol N Pantry)
A dry cleaner (Beasecker Dry Cleaners)
A Burger King
An Office Depot
A university with Division I basketball (University of Dayton)
A commercial airport
A place to watch an NFL game (Cincinnati Bengals – Paul Brown Stadium)
A place to watch an MLB game (Cincinnati Reds – Great American Ballpark)
Proctor & Gamble Headquarters (Old Spice)
A Tiffany & Co. store
A Brooks Brothers store
A place to watch an NBA game (Indiana Pacers – Conseco Fieldhouse)
A place to watch a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race
A place to watch an IndyCar Series race
A place to watch an NHL game (Columbus Blue Jackets – Value City Arena)
New York City
HOW TO ORDER:
· The live, commercial-free broadcast will begin at 7 p.m. EDT (4 p.m. PDT), with an immediate replay following.
All that is necessary to order the event is a digital cable box on one’s TV or satellite service. A subscription to HBO is not required.
· The suggested retail price is $24.95 and available to more than 71 million pay-per-view homes. Ordering information and up-to-the minute racing information is available at www.hbo.com.
· Depending on whether one has cable TV or satellite service, prospective viewers can order the Prelude to the Dream beginning June 1.
· The following are step-by-step instructions to help place an order for the Fifth Annual Prelude to the Dream on HBO Pay-Per-View:
Ø Cable Customers: All that is necessary to order the event is a digital cable box on your TV. If you are not sure about the kind of box you have, contact your cable company and ask if you have a digital cable box that gets Pay-Per-View (PPV). Once you know you have a digital cable box, scroll through the Pay-Per-View channels on your electronic program guide for Wednesday, June 3 at 7 p.m. EDT, and look for “Auto Racing:
Ø Prelude/Dream Stewart & Gordon.” Once you see the entry, click it and follow the on-screen instructions to order. If your cable system does not accept orders from your remote control, contact a customer service representative either the day before or the day of the race. Make sure you tell the representative that you are looking to order “Auto Racing: Prelude/Dream Stewart & Gordon.” Some cable systems have a short window available to order PPV events. The more specific you are with the customer service representative, the easier it will be to place your order.
Ø DirecTV Customers: All DirecTV customers can order. You can find the event on Channel 123 in Standard-Definition. Go to the programming guide for those channels for Wednesday, June 3 at 7 p.m. EDT, and look for “Auto Racing: Prelude/Dream Stewart & Gordon.” Once you see the entry, click the event and follow the on-screen instructions to order.
Ø DISH Network Customers: All DISH Network customers can order. You can find the event on Channels 455/472 in Standard-Definition. Scroll through the programming guide for those channels for Wednesday, June 3 at 7 p.m. EDT, and look for “Auto Racing: Prelude/Dream Stewart & Gordon.” Once you see the entry, click the event and follow the on-screen instructions to order.
· If any problems are encountered during ordering, contact a customer service representative anytime on Wednesday, June 3, to make sure the order is processed and the race can be viewed. Once ordered, sit back and enjoy the ride.