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Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Hermie and Elliott Sadler Lead All-Star Cast for Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown
Mar 13, 2014 - updated Mar 13th, 2014 1:13pm
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South Boston, Va. --
Seventh-annual celebrity Late Model race on April 24 to benefit Denny Hamlin Cystic Fibrosis Research Lab at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU
Advance tickets available at South Boston ticket office and hotline 1-877-440-1540
SOUTH BOSTON, VA (March 12, 2014) –
NASCAR stars Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth are joining host Denny Hamlin as headliners for the celebrity-laden Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown scheduled for South Boston (Va.) Speedway on April 24. The three teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing have a combined 82 NASCAR Sprint Cup series wins among them. Defending champion Busch is the only three-time winner of the Short Track Showdown. Fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup driver David Ragan also confirmed his participation in the charity event.
Like Hamlin, another group of drivers is returning to South Boston Speedway, the track referred to as SoBo that served as a major springboard for their entry into NASCAR. Elliott Sadler, Hermie Sadler, Timothy Peters, Jeb Burton and Drew Herring are scheduled to race the 200-lap Short Track Showdown along with many of the top Late Model racers in the region. Elliott Sadler, Peters and Herring each won track championships at South Boston.
"The Short Track Showdown driver lineup is really coming together," said Hamlin, who hopes to recruit even more of his NASCAR counterparts to race. "Kyle and Matt are uber competitive and, like me, don’t like to lose. However, it may be more challenging beating Elliott, Hermie, Timothy, Jeb and Drew and a heap of Late Model drivers that know how to get around SoBo. It may be the best racing we’ve seen in this series yet."
Scheduled as a weekday prelude for the weekend NASCAR races at Richmond International Speedway, the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown raises awareness and funding for the Denny Hamlin Foundation, which supports and funds Cystic Fibrosis research and new therapies in the region.
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 International Raceway in 2011 to pair up as a doubleheader with the NASCAR K&N Series. For its seventh year in 2014, the race moves just over 100 miles to the southeast of Richmond to another short track with a long history in stock car racing.
"Words can’t express how happy we are to have this opportunity to host the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown here at South Boston Speedway," said SoBo General Manager Cathy Rice. "This will have a real impact on our community to have NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars here competing on a short track."
In 2012, the Denny Hamlin Foundation committed to a $150,000 grant to help fund the Denny Hamlin Cystic Fibrosis Research Lab at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU ("CHoR") with monies raised through events like the Short Track Showdown.
Cystic Fibrosis ("CF") is a fatal genetic disease that affects about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. CF causes chronic infections in the lungs and inadequate digestion of nutrients. There is no cure for CF, but medical advances have doubled the life expectancy of children in the last 30 years and increased the overall median age of survival to 38.
The Denny Hamlin Cystic Fibrosis Research Lab has a large research staff focused on finding a cure for CF and in developing new therapies for CF. As the only accredited CF center in the region, CF patients cared for at CHoR have access to the latest therapies and can participate in groundbreaking clinical studies
Advance tickets to the Short Track Showdown are available by calling the track ticket hotline at 1-877-440-1540. General admission is $20 Advance/$25 Race Day for Adult; $10 Advance/$15 Race Day for Youth (ages 12-17); and Free for Children ages 11 and under (with an Adult ticket purchase). Season passes are not honored for this special event.
For more information, visit the South Boston Speedway website at southbostonspeedway.com and dennyhamlinfoundation.org.
ABOUT SOUTH BOSTON SPEEDWAY
Open since 1957, South Boston Speedway has earned a reputation as the home of the best NASCAR-sanctioned short track racing in the country. The 4/10-mile, quad-oval has been the stomping ground for many of NASCAR’s top racers, as well as the breeding ground for some of the most talented NASCAR racing stars. South Boston last hosted a national touring NASCAR race in 2003 when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series visited for a final time. The NASCAR Busch Series regularly ran there until 2000, while the last NASCAR premier series race, now known as the Sprint Cup Series, was held in 1971. Today, the track affectionately known as SoBo, hosts weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Weekly Series events plus several touring and special events, including the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. Spectator capacity is 10,000.
ABOUT DENNY HAMLIN FOUNDATION
The Denny Hamlin Foundation ("DHF") is committed to raising awareness and funds for the specific needs of children with Cystic Fibrosis ("CF"). As such, DHF partners with organizations that focus on CF research, treatment advances, and overall quality of life care. The Foundation will also support children with other chronic diseases. To carry out its mission, DHF conducts fundraising events, accepts contributions, grants, and gifts of money and property; and will invest the same and/or distribute to other exempt organizations as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
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