3. Dream field: There were 72 cars checked in for Thursday night's preliminary race. Among them were 11 former Dream winners — Bloomquist, Jimmy Mars, Billy Moyer, Darrell Lanigan, Matt Miller, Steve Casebolt, Jimmy Owens, Don O'Neal, Shane Clanton, Dale McDowell and Davenport.
4. Driving in traffic: The late model guys might not be the only ones seeing bumper-to-bumper traffic on Saturday. The Dream packs Eldora with crowds in the 20,000 range, meaning jams after the race. According to the traffic plan, those heading east on North Star-Fort Loramie Road must turn right at State Route 118. Those in the Ballroom parking area must turn left out of Eldora onto State Route 118. Darke County deputies will be assisting with traffic control. And with bridge replacements and construction in the area, fans are advised to check http://ohgo.com/ for detours.
5. The dirt on the Dream: Tickets for the Dirt Late Model Dream are available at the Eldora Speedway box office. General seating is $40 for ages 13 and older and free for 12-under; reserved seating is $44 for 13 and older and $16 for 12-under. Gates open at noon with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. For more info visit eldoraspeedway.com or call (937) 338-3815.