The Prelude to the Dream is back with a new twist

This year's Tony Stewart's Dirt Track Dominance Exhibition, er, Prelude to the Dream, is incorporating a team format to determine which children's hospital will receive the bulk of the money raised from the charity dirt race.

Stewart's Eldora Speedway hosts the race on June 9 (which is again available on HBO Pay-Per-View) and also another venerable who's who of Sprint Cup stars.

In a format most closely resembling a high school cross-country race, four children's hospitals (Indianapolis Riley Hospital for Children, Cincinnati Children's, Charlotte Levin Children's, and St. Jude's in Memphis) are paired with teams of drivers. The winning team's hospital will receive 45 percent of the proceeds, second place will receive 25 percent, while the others will receive 15 percent each. The top-five drivers from each team will be scored, and the lowest-scoring driver team wins. (If you're unfamiliar with a scoring format like this, finishes are simply added up and the lowest number wins. If a team's top-five drivers finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th, their total would be 15 and obviously the winning score.)

The teams:

Riley: Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon, A.J. Allmendinger, Ron Capps, Kenny Wallace and TBD. (Brian Vickers was scheduled to be on this team, but will obviously have to bow out.)

Cincinnati: Kasey Kahne, Joey Logano, Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Bill Elliott and Cruz Pedregon.

Levine: Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, David Reutimann, Dave Blaney and Marcos Ambrose.

St. Jude: Denny Hamlin (because FedEx is a giant St. Jude sponsor), Carl Edwards, Robby Gordon, Ken Schrader, Aric Almirola, Ricky Carmichael and Ray Evernham.

So who ya got? Given that Stewart's team also has Kahne, Harvick and Logano, they look to be the early favorites but all four teams look pretty evenly matched.

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