Hamlin Showdown Returns To South Boston
SOUTH BOSTON, Va. — The biggest celebrity-laden asphalt late model race is going back to its roots at South Boston Speedway April 24.
Again scheduled as a weekday prelude for the weekend NASCAR races at Richmond (Va.) Int’l Speedway, the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown features a collection of NASCAR stars and local late model stars racing for pride and to raise awareness and funding for the Denny Hamlin Foundation, which supports and funds Cystic Fibrosis research and new therapies in the region.
“Moving the race to South Boston Speedway makes it a new challenge for the drivers and brings back a bit of NASCAR nostalgia for the fans and media,” said Hamlin, who last raced at South Boston in 2003. “Based on the interest and feedback I’ve heard, I expect the all-star line-up to be better than any we’ve had in our six-year history of the event.”
The driver line-up will be announced closer to the event, but Hamlin expects last year’s winner, Kyle Busch, Hamlin’s teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, to be the first in line since he is the event’s only multiple winner.
Previous race winners include Hamlin, Tony Stewart, and C.E. Falk. Falk’s thrilling victory in 2010 at Southside Speedway makes him the only non-Sprint Cup Series driver to win the event.
The Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown began in 2008 at Southside Speedway, a local short track near Hamlin’s hometown of Chesterfield, Va., outside of Richmond, before moving to Richmond Int’l Raceway in 2011 to pair up with the NASCAR K&N Series.
“We at South Boston Speedway are honored to be the 2014 host of the Denny Hamlin charity race,” said Cathy Rice, general manager of South Boston. “Fans of South Boston Speedway were witness to Denny’s talent when he would dominate late model stock races over ten years ago. Over the past few years we have also been witness to Denny’s talent as a philanthropist by creating this terrific event to benefit children with Cystic Fibrosis. We are truly honored to be able to support the Denny Hamlin Foundation and the great work they do.”