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Chesterfield native Denny Hamlin and his NASCAR buddies roll into his hometown in the final week of April for the annual Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway, but Hamlin has additional plans while he’s home. The Manchester HS grad will host his annual Short Track Showdown race next Thursday night, April 26th at RIR.

The Denny Hamlin Foundation, his charitable organization, will donate the proceeds to Cystic Fibrosis research, an idea sparked by Hamlin’s cousin, Kevin Jones, who suffers from the disease. In fact, Jones will be the grand marshall for Hamlin’s Thursday night race. This is Hamlin’s 5th Showdown race since he became a full-time NASCAR driver, and forgive us if we brag, but he’s one of the best! See you at the track!