- Last Updated on 07:53 AM 04/21/14
- BY Joe Chandler
The trio of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars that compete for Joe Gibbs Racing, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth, will be among the many top drivers competing Thursday night in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at South Boston Speedway.
NASCAR Nationwide Series star and former South Boston Speedway champion Elliott Sadler, former NASCAR Cup Series driver now turned TV racing analyst Hermie Sadler and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitors Timothy Peters of Danville and Jeb Burton of Halifax are also among the NASCAR stars slated to compete.
Hamlin has a total of nine Late Model wins at South Boston Speedway, with his seven victories at the track in 2004 being the tops in the division at South Boston Speedway that season.
Peters, the 2004 South Boston Speedway NASCAR Late Model campion, has 14 career Late Model wins at South Boston Speedway. Elliott Sadler, the 1995 South Boston Speedway NASCAR Late Model champion, has 11 Late Model Stock Car wins at South Boston Speedway, while his brother has four victories.
When it comes to the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown, it is Busch that has had the most recent success. Busch won last year’s Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Richmond International Raceway. He also scored wins in the event in 2008 and 2009 when it was held at Richmond’s short track, Southside Speedway.
Fans will see some of the country’s top NASCAR Late Model Stock Car drivers battling the top NASCAR stars. C.E. Falk III of Virginia Beach, the only Late Model driver to have ever won the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown, is entered as are two-time defending NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Champion Lee Pulliam of Semora, N.C., former NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Champion and South Boston Speedway title winner Peyton Sellers of Danville, former South Boston Speedway NASCAR champion Matt Bowling and South Boston drivers Austin Thaxton and Bruce Anderson.
The Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown features NASCAR stars competing against the country’s top Late Model Stock Car Division stars, racing for pride and to raise awareness and funding for the Denny Hamlin Foundation, which supports Cystic Fibrosis Research.
Proceeds and donations from the event benefits the Denny Hamlin Cystic Fibrosis Research Lab at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond, at Virginia Commonwealth University,
Advance tickets are still available and may be purchased at the South Boston Speedway office until 5 p.m. Wednesday. Due to the fact that the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown is a charity fund-raising event, no 2014 South Boston Speedway season passes will be honored for this event.
Thursday’s race-day schedule calls for grandstand gates to open and ticket sales to start at 10 a.m. The first of the day’s three rounds of practice will start at 11 a.m., with round two starting at 1:15 p.m. and the final practice starting at 3 p.m.
Qualifying is set to start at 5:25 p.m. with heat races starting at 6:25 p.m. Pre-race ceremonies will start at 7:15 p.m. and the 200-lap feature race that will pay $10,000 to win will start at 7:30 p.m.