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Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch headline Hamlin’s Short Track Showdown

Daytona International Speedway - Media Day

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 14: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, speaks with the media during the Daytona 500 Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

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After a two-year hiatus, Denny Hamlin’s Short Track Showdown is returning this spring for its ninth iteration.

The 200-lap pro-am late model charity race will be held April 19 at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia. It will feature Hamlin, Kyle Busch and former Camping World Truck Series driver Timothy Peters.

All proceeds from the race benefit the Denny Hamlin Foundation, which supports Cystic Fibrosis research and therapy.

“This is truly one of my favorite events to host because of what it means for the local racers,” said Hamlin in a press release. “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 Foundation as well.”

Langley Speedway, where Hamlin made his stock car debut in 1997, is the fourth track to host the event. It follows Southside Speedway (2008-10), Richmond Raceway (2011-13) and South Boston Speedway (2014-15).

The 4/10-mile asphalt oval hosts the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East.

Tickets go on sale March 11 and cost $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and military, $15 for kids 6 through 12, and are free for kids 5 and under. Advanced tickets will be available online at
Past Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Winners:

  • 2015 - Timothy Peters
  • 2014 - Matt Bowling
  • 2013 - Kyle Busch
  • 2012 - Tony Stewart
  • 2011 - Denny Hamlin
  • 2010 - C.E. Falk
  • 2009 - Kyle Busch
  • 2008 - Kyle Busch

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