A different dream

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, sits in his car in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 19, 2012 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images)
Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, sits in his car in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 19, 2012 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — For the first time since 2005, Tony Stewart won’t host the Prelude to the Dream dirt late model charity race at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

The Dream itself, one of the premier national dirt late model events, features an expanded schedule this year, and the logistics of managing both events would have been too much to handle this year.

Besides, Stewart has had initial conversations with NASCAR about hosting a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the half-mile dirt track.

“Trust me, I would be ecstatic if we could get any NASCAR race at Eldora,” Stewart said. “That would be great. I have talked to NASCAR. They have been looking at all kinds of different tracks. It has been brought up in conversation, but that is about as far as it has come right now.”

In fact, NASCAR is looking at a number of options for its 2013 Truck Series schedule.

“We’ve made several site visits over the past few months to look at possible future venues for our Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series,” said NASCAR spokesperson Kerry Tharp. “We expect the 2013 schedules for both of those series to be finished up and released within the next couple of weeks.”

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.