Finishing fourth in his heat race at the eighth Prelude To The Dream at Eldora (Ohio) Speedway on June 6 bolstered Tony Kanaan's confidence heading into the 40-lap feature.
Unfortunately for the KV Racing Technology driver, other drivers had difficulty handling the Dirt Late Model stock cars on the half-mile, 24-degree-banked oval. Kanaan, competing in the charity event at the Tony Stewart-owned racetrack for the third consecutive year, placed 22nd after being taken out early. Only 15 of the 26 starter were running at the finish.
"As usual, we received great hospitality from Tony (Stewart) and everybody there," said Kanaan, who was one spot behind Stewart in his qualifying heat (Danica Patrick crashed in the heat). "It was for a good cause. We were doing much better this year. It's too bad we got caught up in someone else's wreck, but overall it was fun."
Kanaan had finished 24th and 27th the past two years.
Kyle Busch became the sixth different winner, and Stewart was runner-up. Net proceeds from the HBO pay-per-view telecast will support Feed The Children, a U.S.-based charity that domestically has helped more than 365,000 families since 2009 through its Americans Feeding Americans Caravan.
For the top-10 finishers, Feed The Children will send a food truck to each driver's hometown or city of choice.
"As a promoter, I'm honored (all the drivers) were that committed to doing this with us to benefit such a good cause as Feed The Children," said Stewart, a three-time winner. "Really, 'honored' is the best word I can think of to describe it."
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