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NASCAR Cup: Denny Hamlin resumes Short Track Showdown

CHARLOTTE, NC – JANUARY 23: Driver Denny Hamlin poses for photos during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Media Tour at Charlotte Convention Center on January 23, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

By AMANDA VINCENT

The Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown charity event hosted by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is returning for 2018 after a two-year hiatus. This year’s edition of the race, scheduled for April 19 at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., will be the ninth edition.

In addition to Hamlin, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate and 2015 Cup Series champion Kyle Busch has entered, along with former full-time and still-occassional NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Timothy Peters.

“This is, truly, one of my favorite events to host because of what it means for the local racers,” Hamlin said. “It’s great they get to race against NASCAR veterans like Kyle, Timothy and myself. Plus, I love the attention it gives to these historic Virginia tracks where many drivers, myself included, got our start racing stock cars. Langley has always been special to me, so I’m excited to bring this event there, and look forward to raising money for the (Denny Hamlin) Foundation as well.”

Hamlin, Busch and Peters are all past winners of the Short Track Showdown, with Peters being the event’s most recent winner in 2015. Busch is a three-time winner, winning the first two in 2008 and 2009, and again, in 2013. Host Hamlin won in 2011.

Hamlin, a Chesterfield, Va., native, made his stock car racing debut at Langley. This year will be the track’s first year hosting Hamlin’s charity racing event. Previous event hosts include Virginia tracks like Richmond Raceway, Southside Speedway and South Boston Speedway. Langley Speedway is a NASCAR-sanctioned track, hosting NASCAR series including the Whelen All-American Series, Whelen Modified Tour and K&N Pro Series East.

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