NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Keepin’ it Short – Local stars chance to shine

Denny Hamlin scored his big break in racing by dominating local Late Model racing in Southern Virginia. Since he’s been a Cup Series racer he’s done his best to shine the spotlight on local stars through his Short Track Showdown. The early years were competed at Hamlin’s former home track, Southside Speedway, however last year the event was moved to Richmond International Raceway which afforded the event the opportunity to receive greater attention through coverage on SPEED. In 2012 it is returning to RIR on Thursday night, April 26th before the K&N East Series event. The race will showcase 12 “celebrity” drivers from NASCAR national touring series and 46 Whelen All-American Series drivers from all over the country.

The list of celebrity drivers was announced at the beginning of the month and includes Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammates, as well as, the defending Sprint Cup Champion and several other drivers from the Camping World Truck Series and K&N East Series.

• Denny Hamlin
• Tony Stewart
• Kyle Busch
• Jeff Burton
• Michael Waltrip
• Joey Logano
• Aric Almirola
• Jason White
• Timothy Peters
• Chase Elliott
• Darrell Wallace, Jr.
• Curtis Markham

The local short track heroes that will compete with the celebrities to make the 36 car field include several Whelen All-American National and State Champions.

1. A1 – Travis Braden – 2011 NWAAS State Champion
2. 01 – Richard Boswell – Qualified for 2011 DHSTS
3. 04 – Ryan Reed – DHF Wild Card
4. 05 – Doug Godsey – Qualified for 2011 DHSTS
5. 06 – Davin Scites – DHF Wild Card
6. 07 – Clint King – Qualified for 2011 DHSTS
7. 08 – Deac McCaskill – DHF Wild Card
8. 2 – Matt Waltz – Qualified for 2011 DHSTS
9. 3 – Burt Myers – 2011 NWAAS NORTH CAROLINA Champion
10. 5 – Frank Deiny Jr. – 4th 2011 NWAAS VIRGINIA State Points
11. 5 – Dexter Canipe Jr. 5th Martinsville Speedway Fall Race
12. 9 – Ben Rhodes – DHF Wild Card
13. 10 – Brandon Davis – 5th 2011 NWAAS NATIONAL Points
14. 10 – Nick Smith – Qualified for 2011 DHSTS
15. 16 – Jeff Oakley – 2011 Southside Speedway Track Champion
16. 16 – Ryan Preece – 7th 2011 NWAAS NATIONAL Points
17. 17 – Stacey Puryear – 3rd 2011 Martinsville Fall Race
18. 26 – Phillip Morris – 2011 NWAAS NATIONAL CHAMPION
19. 27 – Jeb Burton – 8th 2011 Martinsville Fall Race
20. 28 – Bill Leighton Jr. – 6th 2011 NWAAS National Points
21. 29 – Brandon Butler – 2nd 2011 Martinsville Fall Race
22. 32 – Kyle Grissom – Qualified for 2011 DHSTS
23. 33 – David Polenz – 2011 Old Dominion Speedway Track Champion
24. 34 – Greg Edwards – 2nd 2011 NWAAS Langley Speedway
25. 40 – CE Falk III – 2011 Langley Speedway Track Champion
26. 44 – Nate Monteith – 2011 NWAAS TENNESEE State Champion
27. 44 – Dylon Lupton – DHF Wild Card
28. 51 – Matt McCall – Qualified for 2011 DHSTS/2011 Pole Winner
29. 57 – Eddie Johnson – Qualified for 2011 DHSTS
30. 58 – Scott Turlington – Qualified for 2011 DHSTS
31. 59 – Coleman Pressley – DHF Wild Card
32. 66 – Steve Carlson – Past NWAAS National Champion
33. 72 – Josh Berry – 9th 2011 NWAAS VIRGINIA State Points
34. 77 – Clint Mills – Qualified for 2011 DHSTS
35. 80 – Justin T. Johnson – 11th 2011 NWAAS VIRGINIA State Points
36. 80 – Kris Bowen – 2nd 2011 NWAAS Motormile Speedway
37. 81 – Ryan Robertson – Qualified for 2011 DHSTS
38. 82 – J Herbst – 2011 NWAAS WISCONSIN State Champion
39. 82 – Paddy Rodenbeck – Qualified for 2011 DHSTS Race
40. 83 – Matt Bowling – 12th 2011 NWAAS VIRGINIA State Points
41. 88 – Keith Rocco – 2nd 2011 NWAAS National Points
42. 89 – Adam Royle – 2011 NWAAS MINNESOTA State Champion
43. 90 – Pietro Fittipaldi – DHF Wild Card
44. 94 – Natalie Sather – 2nd 2011 NWAAS South Boston Speedway
45. 99 – Brandon Dean – Qualified for 2011 DHSTS
46. 99 – Peyton Sellers – Qualified for 2011 DHSTS

The race has been increased to 100 laps this year so there will be even more beating and banging to the finish. While Hamlin won the race from the rear of the field last year, C.E. Falk, III is in the field again this year and he beat Hamlin at Southside a couple of years ago. Kyle Busch dominated the race last year but failed to make it to the finish. Darrell Wallace, Jr. was in position to win the event last year but was taken out on a late race restart that kept him from pulling the major upset. Matt McCall, even though invited, will not be competing due to recent surgery.

Money raised by the race is for the Denny Hamlin Foundation and their fight against Cystic Fibrosis and other afflictions affecting children. Tune into SPEED on Thursday night, April 26th at 8:30 PM to see the future starts of NASCAR taking on the celebrities to raise money for Denny Hamlin’s Foundation.

This Weekend’s Race Calendar

Fri : Apr 20th – Beebe Speedway ; Beebe : AR – Comp Cams Super Late Models
Fri : Apr 20th – Gas City I-69 Speedway ; Gas City : IN – AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars
Fri : Apr 20th – Gas City I-69 Speedway ; Gas City : IN – USAC Midwest Focus Midgets
Fri : Apr 20th – Davenport Speedway ; Davenport : IA – Deery Brothers Summer Series IMCA Late Models
Fri : Apr 20th – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – USRA Modifieds
Fri : Apr 20th – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – IMCA Stock Cars
Fri : Apr 20th – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
Fri : Apr 20th – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – WISSOTA Street Stocks
Fri : Apr 20th – Malden Speedway ; Malden : MO – Late Models
Fri : Apr 20th – Malden Speedway ; Malden : MO – Modifieds
Fri : Apr 20th – Malden Speedway ; Malden : MO – Street Stocks
Fri : Apr 20th – Missouri State Fair Speedway ; Sedalia : MO – United Late Model Association Late Models
Fri : Apr 20th – Missouri State Fair Speedway ; Sedalia : MO – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
Fri : Apr 20th – Valley Speedway ; Grain Valley : MO – USMTS Casey’s Cup Qualifier Modifieds
Fri : Apr 20th – Ace Speedway ; Altamahaw : NC – Limited Late Models
Fri : Apr 20th – Ace Speedway ; Altamahaw : NC – Modifieds
Fri : Apr 20th – Carolina Speedway ; Gastonia : NC – NDRA Late Models
Fri : Apr 20th – Carolina Speedway ; Gastonia : NC – Open Wheel Modifieds
Fri : Apr 20th – Carolina Speedway ; Gastonia : NC – Street Stocks
Fri : Apr 20th – Jackson County Speedway ; Jackson : OH – Late Models
Fri : Apr 20th – Jackson County Speedway ; Jackson : OH – Modifieds
Fri : Apr 20th – Jackson County Speedway ; Jackson : OH – Street Stocks
Fri : Apr 20th – Big Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – 358 Modifieds
Fri : Apr 20th – Big Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – Sportsman
Fri : Apr 20th – Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex ; Markleysburg : PA – Lucas Oil Late Models
Fri : Apr 20th – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – IMCA Modifieds
Fri ; Apr 20th – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – IMCA Sport Modifieds
Fri : Apr 20th – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – IMCA Stock
Fri : Apr 20th – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – Street Stock
Sat : Apr 21st – Huntsville Speedway ; Huntsville : AL – Southern Superstars Super Late Models
Sat : Apr 21st – Huntsville Speedway ; Huntsville : AL – Sportsman
Sat : Apr 21st – Mobile International Speedway ; Irvington : AL – Pro Late Models
Sat : Apr 21st – Mobile International Speedway ; Irvington : AL – Super Stock Trucks
Sat : Apr 21st – Havasu 95 Speedway ; Lake Havasu City : AZ – Late Models
Sat : Apr 21st – Havasu 95 Speedway ; Lake Havasu City : AZ – Street Stocks
Sat : Apr 21st – Havasu 95 Speedway ; Lake Havasu City : AZ – Factory Stocks
Sat : Apr 21st – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – Comp Cams Super Late Models
Sat : Apr 21st – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – Modifieds
Sat : Apr 21st – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – 600 Mini Sprints
Sat : Apr 21st – Madera Speedway ; Madera : CA – Mike Roos Memorial SRL Southwest Tour Late Models
Sat : Apr 21st – Madera Speedway ; Madera : CA – Late Models
Sat : Apr 21st – Madera Speedway ; Madera : CA – Hobby Stocks
Sat : Apr 21st – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT ; Stafford Springs : CT – Spring Sizzler Practice
Sat : Apr 21st – Desoto Speedway ; Bradenton : FL – Florida United Promoters Late Models
Sat : Apr 21st – New Smyrna Speedway ; New Smyrna Beach : FL – Pro Late Models
Sat : Apr 21st – New Smyrna Speedway ; New Smyrna Beach : FL – E-Modifieds
Sat : Apr 21st – New Smyrna Speedway ; New Smyrna Beach : FL – Sportsman
Sat : Apr 21st – Punta Gorda Speedway ; Punta Gorda : FL – Super Late Models
Sat : Apr 21st – New Senoia Raceway ; Senoia : GA – Late Models
Sat : Apr 21st – Watermelon Capital Speedway ; Cordele : GA – Outlaw Late Models
Sat : Apr 21st – Magic Valley Speedway ; Twin Falls : ID – Rocky Mountain Challenge Series Late Models
Sat : Apr 21st – Peoria Speedway ; Peoria : IL – Limited Late Models
Sat : Apr 21st – Peoria Speedway ; Peoria : IL – Modifieds
Sat : Apr 21st – Peoria Speedway ; Peoria : IL – Street Stocks
Sat : Apr 21st – Montpelier Speedway ; Montpelier : IN – USAC Midwest Focus Midgets
Sat : Apr 21st – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Late Models
Sat : Apr 21st – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Mel Kenyon Midgets
Sat : Apr 21st – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Stock Figure 8
Sat : Apr 21st – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Spring Fling Roadrunners
Sat : Apr 21st – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Spring Fling Hornets
Sat : Apr 21st – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Spring Fling Legends
Sat : Apr 21st – Tri-State Speedway ; Haubstadt : IN – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
Sat : Apr 21st – West Liberty Raceway ; West Liberty : IA – Deery Brothers Summer Series IMCA Late Models
Sat : Apr 21st – Corbin Speedway ; Corbin : KY – Late Models
Sat : Apr 21st – Corbin Speedway ; Corbin : KY – Open Wheel Modifieds
Sat : Apr 21st – Corbin Speedway ; Corbin : KY – Sportsman
Sat : Apr 21st – Corbin Speedway ; Corbin : KY – Pure Street
Sat : Apr 21st – Corbin Speedway ; Corbin : KY – Mini Stock
Sat : Apr 21st – Corbin Speedway ; Corbin : KY – Outlaw Mini Cup
Sat : Apr 21st – Corbin Speedway ; Corbin : KY – Baby Grand
Sat : Apr 21st – Corbin Speedway ; Corbin : KY – Pro Challenge
Sat : Apr 21st – Hagerstown Speedway ; Hagerstown : MD – 31st Annual Stanley Schetrompf Classic Lucas Oil Dirt Late Models
Sat : Apr 21st – Hagerstown Speedway ; Hagerstown : MD – Pure Stocks
Sat : Apr 21st – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – Opening Night Outlaw Super Late Models
Sat : Apr 21st – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – Opening Night Super Stocks
Sat : Apr 21st – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – Opening Night Pro Stocks
Sat : Apr 21st – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – Wissota Late Models
Sat : Apr 21st – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sat : Apr 21st – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – Wissota Street Stocks
Sat : Apr 21st – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – Wissota Super Stocks
Sat : Apr 21st – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – USRA Modifieds
Sat : Apr 21st – Columbus Speedway ; Columbus : MS – Super Late Models
Sat : Apr 21st – Columbus Speedway ; Columbus : MS – NeSmith Late Models
Sat : Apr 21st – Columbus Speedway ; Columbus : MS – Street Stocks
Sat : Apr 21st – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – Weekly Series Opener Factory Stocks
Sat : Apr 21st – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – Weekly Series Opener A-Mods
Sat : Apr 21st – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – Weekly Series Opener B-Mods
Sat : Apr 21st – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – Weekly Series Opener United Late Model Association Late Models
Sat : Apr 21st – Caraway Speedway ; Asheboro : NC – Late Models x2
Sat : Apr 21st – Caraway Speedway ; Asheboro : NC – Limited Late Models
Sat : Apr 21st – Caraway Speedway ; Asheboro : NC – Street Stocks
Sat : Apr 21st – Caraway Speedway ; Asheboro : NC – NASCAR Whelen Southern Modifieds
Sat : Apr 21st – Concord Motorsports Park ; Concord : NC – Late Models
Sat : Apr 21st – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Newton : NC – CARS Pro Cup Series
Sat : Apr 21st – Orange County Speedway ; Rougemont : NC – PASS South
Sat : Apr 21st – Monadnock Speedway ; Winchester : NH – MRS Modifieds
Sat : Apr 21st – Eldora Speedway ; Rossburg : OH – AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars
Sat : Apr 21st – Salina Highbanks Speedway ; Salina : OK – USMTS Casey’s Cup Qualifier Modifieds
Sat : Apr 21st – Big Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – Xcel 600 CCs
Sat : Apr 21st – Lincoln Speedway ; Abbottstown : PA – 410 Sprints
Sat : Apr 21st – Lincoln Speedway ; Abbottstown : PA – 358 Sprints
Sat : Apr 21st – Lincoln Speedway ; Abbottstown : PA – Thundercars
Sat : Apr 21st – Mountain Speedway ; St. John’s : PA – Modifieds – Pole Day
Sat : Apr 21st – Mountain Speedway ; St. John’s : PA – Street Stocks – Pole Day
Sat : Apr 21st – Shenandoah Speedway ; Shenandoah : VA – Late Models
Sat : Apr 21st – Shenandoah Speedway ; Shenandoah : VA – Sportsman
Sat : Apr 21st – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – Late Models
Sat : Apr 21st – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – Modifieds
Sat : Apr 21st – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – Midwest Modifieds
Sun : Apr 22nd – Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway ; Dubuque : IA – Deery Brothers Summer Series IMCA Late Models
Sun : Apr 22nd – Plymouth Speedway ; Plymouth : IN – Jeg’s All Star Pro Late Models
Sun : Apr 22nd – Monett Speedway ; Monett : MO – USMTS Casey’s Cup Qualifier Modifieds
Sun : Apr 22nd – Mountain Speedway ; St. John’s : PA – Modifieds
Sun : Apr 22nd – Mountain Speedway ; St. John’s : PA – Street Stocks
Wed : Apr 25th – Farmer City Raceway ; Farmer City : IL – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
*Thu : Apr 26th – Richmond International Raceway ; Richmond : VA – Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Late Models*
*Thu : Apr 26th – Richmond International Raceway ; Richmond : VA – NASCAR K&N Pro East Series*
Thu : Apr 26th – Rice Lake Speedway ; Rice Lake : WI – USMTS National Championship Series Modifieds

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