RICHMOND, Va. (February 2012) – The fifth annual Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown, hosted by Denny Hamlin driver of the No. 11 Fed EX Toyota, promises exciting racing for fans on Thursday, April 26th.
Last year’s event highlighted some of the best late model stock car action with talented regional drivers challenging several of NASCAR’s top stars and ended with Hamlin taking home a trophy with his foundation’s name on it, something he’d been aiming for in the previous three years.
“This year’s race will be even bigger and more exciting,” Hamlin said. “We’ve added 25 laps, making it a full 100 laps.”
Seventy-five drivers, including over 50 of the best regional drivers, have been invited by The Denny Hamlin Foundation to qualify for the race, 52 cars will attempt to make the 36 car field. Drivers from New York to Tennessee will represent the top drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and compete against Hamlin and several NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series drivers.
Two local companies have teamed up with Hamlin to sponsor this race, including McGeorge Toyota and Martin’s grocery store.
“McGeorge is new to the Showdown this year,” Hamlin said. “It’s one of the best Toyota dealers in the country and we are lucky to have them on board.”
“Denny does so much for the local community, and we’re happy to be a part of the tradition that he is building,” said Bob Farlow, General Manager McGeorge Toyota Scion. “We are looking forward to the race and the help it will provide our community.”
Martin’s, a grocery store chain in the Richmond, Virginia metropolitan area, will sponsor the race for a second year in a row. “As a company, one of MARTIN’S main charitable priorities is improving the quality of life for children and we are excited to once again partner with Denny Hamlin in his efforts to support programs for chronically ill children and underprivileged youth,” said Jim Scanlon, MARTIN’S regional vice president.
“I am glad that Martin’s is a sponsor again this year,” said Hamlin. “ It is a wonderful company that is extremely committed to supporting the community.”
Thursday’s ticket for the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown is $25 and includes the Blue Ox 100. All seats are general admission and kids 12 and under are free with a ticketed adult.
Proceeds will benefit the Denny Hamlin Foundation, which supports organizations like the Children’s Hospital of Richmond, St. Jude’s Hospital and Victory Junction Camp. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.dennyhamlinfoundation.org.
The Short Track Showdown will run following the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race and cap an action-packed opening day of the Spring NASCAR weekend.
The Denny Hamlin Foundation was created in 2008 to aid in raising awareness and funding for Cystic Fibrosis research and treatment, as well as to support other not for profit corporations that focus on aiding children with debilitating illnesses.
McGeorge Toyota Scion, car dealership located in Henrico, VA, was the first dealership to introduce Toyota to Central Virginia in 1968. They have won the prestigious Toyota President’s Award for fifteen consecutive years. In addition to their commitment to customer satisfaction, McGeorge also supports the community.