SOUTH BOSTON, Va. — NASCAR stars Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth are joining host Denny Hamlin as headliners for the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown scheduled April 24 at South Boston Speedway.
The three Joe Gibbs Racing teammates have a combined 82 NASCAR Sprint Cup series wins among them. Defending race winner 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 who used South Boston Speedway as a major springboard for their entry into NASCAR will compete. 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 from 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 Busch and Matt Kenseth are uber competitive and don’t like to lose. However, it may be even more of a challenge to beat Elliott and Hermie Sadler, Timothy Peters, Jeb Burton and Drew Herring as well as a heap of late model drivers who 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 (Va.) Int’l 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., before moving to Richmond Int’l Raceway in 2011 to pair up as a doubleheader with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. For its seventh year, the race moves just over 100 miles to the southeast of Richmond to South Boston Speedway, 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.”
For more information, visit the South Boston Speedway website at http://www.southbostonspeedway.com/.