NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Timothy Peters has signed on to compete in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown charity late model race at South Boston (Va.) Speedway on Thursday night. He'll drive the No. 17 Toyota, with his Truck Series crew chief Marcus Richmond also calling the shots from atop the pit box for the special event.
"the Showdown should be a lot of fun," Peters said. "I love that it's at South Boston Speedway this year, because it's a home track for me. I'm really looking forward to racing the No. 17 Autos by Nelson Camry. Marcus designed it just for this event, so it should be good."
Peters and Richmond won the track championship at South Boston in 2004 and have also won several races at the track since then. Peters and Richmond are childhood best friends who have progressed through their racing careers together.
The Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown is hosted by Sprint Cup driver Denny Hamlin and has been held at a Virginia short track yearly since 2008 to raise money for the Denny Hamlin Foundation that supports the Cystic Fibrosis Research Lab at the Children's Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University. The event has previously been held at Southside Speedway and Richmond International Raceway. Other drivers who have already signed on to compete include Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Nationwide Series regular Elliott Sadler and Hermie Sadler, among others.
"Everyone that competes puts a lot of time and effort into the race," Richmond said. "Not only is it a fun race because of all the different drivers who show up to race, but it also supports a great cause."