There’s hope for the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown yet.
The event Late Model Stock all-star event promoted by the Denny Hamlin Foundation was canceled last summer due to the unexpected closure of Langley Speedway but could be revived for the 2017 season. Hamlin was asked about the event during the annual NASCAR Media Tour in Charlotte provided an optimistic response.
“We’re still in the stages of figuring out what we can do,” Hamlin said. “There is a lot of work that goes into putting that race together. I for sure want to bring it back and try to find the right time to do it — not necessarily where it’s going to go.”
The race annually brought together NASCAR stars and Late Model invitees to compete at a rotation of several Virginia short tracks to raise awareness for Hamlin’s favorite causes. The race began in 2008 at Southside Speedway and moved to Richmond International Raceway in 2011.
It returned to its blue collar roots in 2014 and was set to flip back and forth from that facility and Langley last season. Langley remains shut down and South Boston just received a spiffy renovation, but Late Model Stock racing could certainly use another marquee event on the calendar.
Timothy Peters won the last DHSTS back in 2015.