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Denny Hamlin wins his Short Track Showdown

MARTINSVILLE, VA – MARCH 31: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, looks on from the garage during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 31, 2017 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

By AMANDA VINCENT

Denny Hamlin won for the second time in his self-titled Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown on Thursday night at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. He dominated, leading 181 laps of the 200-lap race but had to hold off fellow-Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch, a three-time winner of the Showdown.

“Me and Kyle were playing a little cat-and-mouse in the second stage,” Hamlin said, as quoted by the Daily Press of Newport News, Va. “I knew we were going to have to race eventually — it wasn’t going to be that easy.”

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series veteran racer Timothy Peters, who is slated to make his Cup Series debut next weekend at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, finished third.

Thursday night’s race was the ninth installment of the event, the first after a two-year hiatus. The charity race raises money for child-related initiatives and cystic fibrosis research through the Denny Hamlin Foundation. The yearly event has been held at different short tracks in Virginia. This year’s race was the first for the event at Langley Speedway, the track at which Hamlin got his start.

“Langley has always been special to me, so I’m excited to bring this event there, and look forward to raising money for the Foundation as well,” Hamlin said in his announcement of the resumption of the charity event for 2018.

C.E. Falker and former NASCAR Xfinity and Truck series driver Peyton Sellers rounded out the top-five. Current Camping World Truck Series driver Myatt Snider was sixth.

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