One of Late Model Stock Car racing’s biggest events will not be held in 2019. At this time, there are no plans for the Denny Hamlin Foundation to host the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown this season.
The race had originally been scheduled for April 11, 2019 at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway in Virginia.
The foundation released the following statement to Speed51.com regarding the event:
“At this time, there are no plans to host the Denny Hamlin’s Short Track Showdown in 2019. A lot of factors need to properly align in order to produce an event like this. The Denny Hamlin Foundation has been fortunate to host the charity race nine times over the last 11 years, benefiting Cystic Fibrosis research and therapy. We anticipate the Short Track Showdown will return to the racing calendar in future years.”
2018 marked the first time the event had been held at Langley Speedway, with Hamlin scoring his second victory in the event’s history.
The race was first held in 2008 at Southside Speedway. It has also visited Richmond Raceway and South Boston Speedway, all in Hamlin’s home state of Virginia, where he developed as a Late Model Stock Car driver before climbing the ranks to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. It frequently pitted NASCAR stars such as Hamlin and three-time event winner Kyle Busch against the top drivers of Late Model Stock Car racing.
Previous winners of the race include Hamlin, Busch, Tony Stewart, Timothy Peters, C.E. Falk and Matt Bowling.
Speed51.com’s attempts to reach representatives from Langley Speedway for comment were unsuccessful. We’ll have more on the story when it becomes available.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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