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Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown to be Featured on NBCSN Saturday, May 2 at 9PM ET
Thrilling finish to April 23rd celebrity Late Model race highlights one-hour special
Rick Allen, Steve Letarte and Jeff Burton call the action

SOUTH BOSTON, VA (May 1, 2015) – The Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown, presented by FedEx, will air as a primetime, one-hour special on NBCSN this Saturday, May 2 at 9:00 pm ET. Providing commentary and analysis are Rick Allen, Steve Letarte and Jeff Burton.

“This year’s down-to-the-last-turn Showdown finish was the best we’ve had in the eight years we’ve hosted this race,” said Hamlin, a native Virginia Late Model racer who now drives the No. 11 FedEx Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. “It shows just how thrilling local short track racing can be.”

NBCSN will re-air the Showdown broadcast on May 7 at 12:00 am ET, following NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Tucson coverage, and again on May 9 at 12:30 am ET, following NHL playoffs coverage.

The Showdown special features top NASCAR drivers competing against the best regional Late Model drivers. The 2015 field includes Hamlin and fellow NASCAR drivers Chase Elliott and David Ragan, plus Virginia natives Timothy Peters, Jeb Burton, Curtis Markham and Hermie Sadler. Previous Showdown winners representing the Late Model lineup are 2014 winner Matt Bowling, a Whelen All-American Series driver, and 2010 winner C.E. Falk. Both are the only non-NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers to win the event.

Proceeds from the 200-lap Showdown go to support the Denny Hamlin Foundation, which has donated $150,000 in grants to help fund the Denny Hamlin Cystic Fibrosis Research Lab at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-accredited Therapeutics Development Center at VCU.


Open since 1957, South Boston Speedway has earned a reputation as the home of the best NASCAR-sanctioned short track racing in the country. The 4/10-mile, quad-oval has been the stomping ground for many of NASCAR’s top racers, as well as the breeding ground for some of the most talented NASCAR racing stars. South Boston last hosted a national touring NASCAR race in 2003 when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series visited for a final time. The NASCAR Busch Series regularly ran there until 2000, while the last NASCAR premier series race, now known as the Sprint Cup Series, was held in 1971. Today, the track affectionately known as SoBo, hosts weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Weekly Series events plus several touring and special events, including the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. Spectator capacity is 10,000.

The Denny Hamlin Foundation (“DHF”) is committed to raising awareness and funds for the specific needs of children with Cystic Fibrosis (“CF”). As such, DHF partners with organizations that focus on CF research, treatment advances, and overall quality of life care. The Foundation will also support children with other chronic diseases. To carry out its mission, DHF conducts fundraising events, accepts contributions, grants, and gifts of money and property; and will invest the same and/or distribute to other exempt organizations as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown began in 2008 at Southside Speedway, a local short track near Hamlin’s hometown of Chesterfield, Va., outside of Richmond, before moving to Richmond International Raceway in 2011 to pair up with the NASCAR K&N Series. In 2014, the race moved just over 100 miles to the southeast of Richmond to South Boston Speedway, another short track with a long history in stock car racing. The annual race features top NASCAR drivers competing against the best regional Late Model drivers and serves as a foretaste for fans attending the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race two nights later at Richmond International Raceway. Proceeds from the Showdown go to support the Denny Hamlin Foundation and its fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis.

Cathy Rice
South Boston Speedway

Austin Peyton
Denny Hamlin Foundation



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