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Get to Know the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown 2016

DHSTS_at_LANGLEY_Proof_2-972x796The Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown invite list was recently released from the DHSTS Race Coordinator, Buck Reuss.   It is full of drivers that Langley Speedway fans should know well and some new names.  Lee Pulliam, Josh Berry, William Byron, Peyton Sellers, and Matt Bowling are a few of the out of towners that have raced at Langley recently.  It is looking like it will be a fantastic race for a great cause.

I asked Buck a couple questions about the DHSTS to get a look into the race that a lot of us are looking forward to.

Is there a selection process used or do y’all go off of track popularity/car counts?

For an ‘in short” answer, we look for the facilities in close proximity to RIR and hope the local race fans and racers are ready to make it a terrific show year after year.

For the additional drivers included, do you go off of previous success at Langley Speedway?

The initial invitee list is built between NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Div. I National Points, the NWAAS Virginia State Points, NWAAS Virginia Track points, a couple of NASCAR D4D drivers and winners of the Virginia Triple Crown races. Then the competitors of the previous year’s race are re-invited. Beyond that I take requests for additional invitations and will go through a process looking at their qualifications before passing drivers through for an invitation.

For the Hampton Heat they said they wouldn’t start more than 38 cars, would this be the limit for this race also?  If there is, would it go off of just qualifying times or would heat races be used?

The purse for the DHSTS is set at 36 entries for the feature race. This was designed between NASCAR and DHF. And at the moment we at DHF are working with Race Director for the DHSTS Shayne Laws (since 2010) on determining race day procedure for qualifying and or heat races.

 

With some details to still be ironed out and possibly more invitations to be sent out look to The Weekly Racer for updates through the racing off-season!

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Peters Masters Denny Hamlin Showdown In Wild Finish

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South Boston, VA – So I waited around on purpose to write this story on our trip to the 2015 Denny Hamlin Short Short Track Showdown. Waiting to see if NASCAR would make a statement or access any penalties to teams/drivers after what happened well after the checkered flag. With Tuesday is usually penalty day in our sport, but I have not seen any so the show must go on.

For the second year in a row the star-studded race was held at one of America’s premier short track on the east coast if not in the country, South Boston Speedway. Just over 40 Late Model drivers took the trip for the 8th annual charity race raising money for cystic fibrosis. Charity race or not, this was no walk in the park boy let me tell ya what!

Throughout the heat of the day William Byron – coming off of a K&N Pro Series East win at Greenville Pickens – kept his #91 Liberty University machine at the top of the speed charts beating out names like Denny Hamlin, Timothy Peters, Lee Pulliam! Not saying those names were not fast in practice, every one of those drivers posted a time at least in the top ten between first and second practice.

Byron was able to carry some of that speed over during the euro style qualifying session has he posted the third fastest time behind the likes of Timothy Peters (15.752 – 91.417 MPH) and Denny Hamlin. Josh Berry & Peyton Sellers would round out the most meaningless top five ever as the heat races were what set your starting position for the feature. I know I’m just the little guy here but I feel the front two positions, if you are going to run qualifying races, should be locked in on time, they deserve it! Peters, Sellers and Thaxton (all SoBo regulars if I may point out) won their heat races, which granted them the right to the top three starting positions. William Byron would start ninth while Josh Berry rolled off thirty-third, after running into issues with Lee Pulliam in their heat race.

It did not take long for things to heat up on the track, shoot things got pretty wild in the heat races to set the feature. What do you expect though when you have some of the best driver on the east coast, all going after $10,000 and a trophy presented to you by Denny Hamlin… I would expect things to get pretty crazy.

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2015 Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown: Who To Watch For

 

Photo: South Boston Speedway Facebook

Photo: South Boston Speedway Facebook

South Boston Speedway has yet again been chosen to host the 2015 edition of the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown. Which by now all of you reading this already have a pretty good understanding what the showdown is all about, and who all has been invited. If you don’t well here is a very brief run down of what it is; a fundraising race for the Denny Hamlin Foundation and its research for cystic fibroses. If your not to sure on who has at least been invited you can find a list below, you may also follow this link, Click Here, to see who was fastest in the open test held yesterday.

Grandstands are set to open at 10 AM with the first of three practice sessions rolling off at 11 AM. Thirty-seven cars took to the track today to lay some laps down in preparation for this evening’s race. Timothy Peters was the fastest car through out the day, which really is no surprise, Peters already has one win this season at South Boston along with plenty more in the past. For those fans wanting to join in the festivities, like mentioned above grandstands will open bright and early at 10 AM. Practice will start at 11 AM, qualifying to begin around 5:20 PM, drop of the green flag approximately 7:30 PM EDT.

Can’t make it out to the race? Don’t worry we have you covered here at The Weekly Racer. We invite you to follow along on our Twitter page (@theweeklyracer) for LIVE up to the minute updates from pit road and on the track, presented by Rhonnda Claiborne Relators! We will begin over coverage approximately around 5:00 PM through qualifying as well as the feature event!

The Weekly Racer’s “Who To Watch For” Drivers;

5. Matt Bowling:

Won the 2014 showdown after running down Matt Waltz in the closing laps to claim the victory. Though not showing all that much speed yesterday in practice, Bowling calls South Boston home for his weekly racing. Bowling who has been off to a great start this year has actually already claimed one victory here at South Boston in 2015. You can believe he will be looking to not only make it back-to-back victories at SoBo, but also take the Denny Hamlin Showdown trophy home for the second year in a row.

4. Peyton Sellers:

2014 was a great year for Peyton Sellers in the #99 machine as he was able to wrap up his second LMSC division title at none other than South Boston Speedway. One could argue that Sellers could be the Xfinity representative this weekend during the showdown after he has run in a few races on the Xfinity circuit. Look for Sellers to run a very smart race and be there at the end at a track he is very familiar and comfortable with.

3. Chase Elliot:

No stranger to short track racing or victory lane, Chase Elliot will have some of the best equipment under him while he pilots his way around South Boston Speedway. Last years Xfinity champion will be running a car for the Lee Pulliam stables. Finding himself around the middle of the speed charts in yesterdays practice tells me he was just getting a feel for the car. You can all but guarantee he and his team will find some extra speed later today in practice. Am I calling for a NASCAR guest to take home the trophy? Not so much, but if one does this is who I would put my money on to do it.

2. Timothy Peters:

Fastest in the open test yesterday was #17 of Timothy Peters. Who will be representing the Camping World Truck Series Thursday night during the showdown. Peters, who has run in select races in the truck series has his fair share of wins on the four-tenths mile. Not to mention he already has one victory this season during South Bostons opening night. Look for Peters to hang around the front of the pack all night and being a major contender at the end.

1. Lee Pulliam:

There is no doubt in anyone’s mind in the short track community that when Lee Pulliam rolls through town he is an instant contender. He has shown that numerous times already (2nd place finish in 2014 at Greenville Pickens in first appearance and most recent, two 2nd place finish at Langley Speedway in first appearance). Pulliam, much like Sellers and Peters have had their fair share of time in victory lane here at South Boston and I am predicting Pulliam will find the needed speed this after noon to make his #5 Kiker Motorsports machine a factor at the end of the race.

 

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Matt Waltz:

Coming off such an incredible 2014 where it was hard to keep the #2 out of victory lane at Langley Speedway, however, that has not been the story as of late for Matt Waltz and his crew. Granted the first two races of 2015 were in a different car, running a different series, with a whole new set of rules, Waltz Racing has found themselves struggling. Matt Waltz will finally climb back into “ole faithful” for the lack of better terms, with just one thing in mind… Victory Lane! Waltz lead all but the last 5 laps in 2014 so there is no denying he knows his way around the speedway.

C.E. Faulk:

No stranger to victory lane is the #40 of Faulk. It is also very apparent that time away from the seat means nothing to this driver. Faulk took most of the 2014 season off, running in only a few select races; mostly the higher “market” races if you will was able to battle not only the weather but also 37 other drivers to win the very rain delayed Hampton Heat. Faulk may spend most of his days now out of sight, but you better not keep him out of mind because he is a sure fire threat to be there at the end of this one.

Tyler Ankrum:

I know we have talked about this young man a lot so far this year and that is for good reason – the boy is a wheelman! Coming off a very disappointing weekend at Orange County Speedway where a car ran into him under yellow and ending his night. After seeing this young man come back from adversity, run down seasoned veterans at a track he has never been to, and know the determination this driver has, makes him an instant threat at any track they pull into.

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2015 Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Invitees:

#00 Brian Pembelton
#01 GR Waldrop
#02 Matt Waltz
#03 Brenden Queen
#04 Bugs Harfield
#06 Davin Scites*
#08 Deac McCaskill*
#1 Lin O’Neill
#1 Burt Myers*
#2 Myatt Snider
#2 Paige Decker*
#3 Thomas Scott*
#4 Sergio Pena*
#4 Adam Resnick
#5 Lee Pulliam
#6 Bobby McCarty*
#6 Devon Amos*
#7 Dude Gibbs
#7 Michael Maresca*
#8 Josh Oakley*
#8 David Garbo
#10 Kelly Kingery*
#11 Nick Smith
#11 Andy Seuss*
#12 Austin Thaxton
#12 Garrett Campbell
#12 Ryan Wilson*
#12 Trey Gibson
#15 Dennis Holdren*
#15 Kres VanDyke*
#16 Dustin Storm
#16 Ryan Preece*
#17 Stacy Puyear
#18 Quinn Houff
#19 Chad Finchum
#20 Sam Yarborough*
#20 Gray Gaulding*
#22 Ryan Stiltner*
#23 Payton Ryan
#26 Danny Edwards, Jr.*
#26 Phillip Morris*
#27 Tommy Lemons,Jr.*
#28 George Brunnhoelzl III*
#29 Casey Wyatt*
#29 Brandon Butler
#31 Kaz Grala*
#34 Dylan Smith
#36 Anthony Anders*
#38 Duane Schreeves*
#40 CE Falk
#41 Brayton Haws
#44 Dillon Bassett*
#44 Justin Johnson*
#46 Brandon Gdovic*
#51 Dalton Sargeant
#55 Mark Wertz
#57 Eddie Johnson
#58 Tyler Ankrum
#69 Andrew Thomas*
#71 Stephen Berry
#72 Brad Eddy
#73 Bruce Anderson
#77 Blake Stallings
#77 Conner Hall*
#80 Anderson Bowen*
#83 Matt Bowling
#88 Dustin Rumley
#88 Keith Rocco*
#90 Terry Carroll
#91 Justin Carroll
#97 Greg Edwards*
#98 BJ Mackey
#99 Peyton Sellers

Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown to Reach National Audience on NBCSN

NBCSN_LogoSOUTH BOSTON, VA (April 20, 2015) – The Denny Hamlin Foundation announced today that the eighth-annual Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown, presented by FedEx, has partnered with NBCSN to present the April 23rd celebrity Late Model charity race held at South Boston Speedway (Va.). Thursday’s race is expected to air as a one-hour special in May amid the network’s coverage of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

“I’ve gotten to know the NBC Sports team over the years and they are very passionate about motorsports,” said Hamlin, a native Virginia Late Model racer who now drives the No. 11 FedEx Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. “This is a great opportunity to showcase awesome, local short track racing on a national media platform.”

The Showdown, which features top NASCAR drivers competing against the best regional Late Model drivers, again serves as a weekday prelude to the weekend NASCAR races at Richmond International Raceway.  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.

In addition, newly-enshrined NASCAR Hall of Fame member Bill Elliott will serve as Grand Marshal of the Showdown, joining Hamlin and celebrity NASCAR drivers Chase Elliott and David Ragan, plus Virginia natives Timothy Peters, Jeb Burton, Gray Gaulding 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.

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Bill Elliott to serve as grand marshal of Thursday’s Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown

SoBo EntrySOUTH BOSTON, VA. — The green flag will soon be waving for the start of the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at South Boston Speedway.

Former NASCAR star Bill Elliott will serve as the grand marshal of this year’s Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown. His son, Chase Elliott, the 2014 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion, is among the competitors who will be bidding for the Showdown title this year.

The event, which is in its eighth consecutive year of existence, will be making its second straight appearance at America’s Hometown Track.

The 200-lap feature race will get cranked up at 7:30 p.m. however, the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown will offer up a host of activities throughout the day Thursday.

The Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown benefits the Denny Hamlin Foundation and its ongoing support of Cystic Fibrosis research and treatment.

In addition to Chase Elliott other NASCAR stars who will be battling for the victory Thursday include David Ragan, Timothy Peters, Hermie Sadler, Jeb Burton and Gray Gaulding to name a few.

Past winners of the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown include Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Tony Stewart.

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