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Hamlin’s Short Track Showdown heads for South Boston April 24th, 2014

Denny Hamlin won his Short Track Showdown in 2011
Denny Hamlin won his Short Track Showdown in 2011
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Denny Hamlin’s Short Track Showdown returns to its roots this year, as the charity Late Model race visits South Boston Speedway in Virginia on Thursday, April 24th. Hamlin launched his career at the track, which he hasn’t raced at since 2003.

"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. "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 race, held in conjunction with the Richmond International Speedway NASCAR weekend, was held at RIR from 2011 to 2013; from 2008 to 2010, it was held at Southside Speedway near Chesterfield, Virginia, Hamlin’s hometown. The event will feature a number of NASCAR stars and local Late Model favorites and will support the Denny Hamlin Foundation, which funds Cystic Fibrosis research and new therapies in the region. The driver line-up will be announced closer to the event.

"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."

Advance tickets for the Short Track Showdown are available by calling the South Boston Speedway ticket hotline at 1-877-440-1540. General admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the gate for adults; $10 in advance and $15 at the gate for youth 12 to 17; and free for kids 11 and under with an adult ticket purchase. For more information, visit the South Boston Speedway website at and

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