Turner Motorsports will be well-represented as drivers Justin Allgaier, Ricky Carmichael and Jason Leffler travel to Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, to compete in the seventh annual running of The Prelude To The Dream on Wednesday evening June 8th, 2011. All three Turner Motorsports drivers have unique experience running on dirt that will play into their favor Wednesday evening.
Straight off his second career NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) win, Allgaier will be making his second consecutive appearance in the race. With the support of his NNS sponsor BRANDT, Allgaier will compete to benefit the St. Louis Children's Hospital. Allgaier and BRANDT President and CEO, Rick Brandt, visited the children's hospital last week during a whirlwind of activities in the company's backyard of Springfield, Ill. The 24-year-old driver is excited to once again take part in the prestigious event.
"It's pretty exciting to run the Prelude again. It's such a fun race that benefits so many people in need in different parts of the US," said Allgaier. "After the great weekend we had in Chicago, I hope that momentum carries over to Wednesday night and we'll be competitive throughout the evening."
Carmichael, also making his second Prelude appearance, will be running to benefit the St. Louis Children's Hospital as well, with longtime partner Monster Energy on the hood. With his immense amount of dirt experience, Carmichael plans to use his ability to "read the dirt" to get a leg-up on the competition.
"Having grown up racing motorcycles on dirt - and I think even some of the guys who raced cars on dirt can tell you - you know what to look for" said Carmichael. "You know what the dirt looks like and where the grip is. You know where the track is fast and where it's blown out."
Making his debut appearance in the event, Leffler will have Appliancezone.com on the hood, with his NNS primary sponsor Great Clips, also having logo placement on the car. He will compete to benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Leffler, a three-time USAC Midget Champion, has the most four-wheel experience among the Turner Motorsports teammates.
"I'm really excited to have the opportunity to compete in the Prelude this year," said Leffler. "I don't get a chance to run on dirt very often anymore but when I do, it's always a lot of fun. This is the kind of racing I grew up with, though I was racing sprint cars and midgets, not late-models. I hope that some of my prior experience on the dirt will be an advantage for my team. It's going to be a great event to raise money for charity and I'm honored to be a part of it. "
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