Hamlin charity race back at Richmond
Denny Hamlin is bringing back his charity race at Richmond International Raceway once more.
NASCAR returns to FOX at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday. The green flag drops at 6 p.m. ET, with coverage on FOX beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET.
Hamlin announced on Wednesday the several drivers have already committed to race in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown on April 25. This will be third running of the race at the track after it was previously run at nearby Southside Speedway.
The event generally features a dozen drivers and celebrities in the race that raises money for the Denny Hamlin Foundation and cystic fibrosis.
Hamlin obviously returns after winning the race in 2011. Tony Stewart, who won the race in 2012, two-time winner Kyle Busch, Michael Waltrip, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Virginian natives Gray Gaulding and Curtis Markham join the field which will also include several regional Late Model drivers.
“The Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown has always been a fun race and I’m looking forward to racing in it again this year,” Busch said. “It’s fun for us drivers to get back behind the wheel of the NASCAR-type late models where many of us grew up racing. We enjoy getting to go out there and race – which is what we love to do – but at the same time it’s a great way to raise funds for the Denny Hamlin Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis. It’s cool to see the support he gets from some of his fellow drivers from the Sprint Cup Series and some of the local short track guys. I hope the fans come out to Richmond and enjoy some great short track racing, while helping us raise some funds for charity.”
In 2012, the Denny Hamlin Foundation committed to a 3-year grant totaling $150,000 for the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Funds from the grant will help accelerate the Denny Hamlin Cystic Fibrosis Research Lab's ability to bring new therapies to cystic fibrosis patients. In addition, the newly established Denny Hamlin Foundation Summer Scholars program will help train the next generation of CF research scientists.