Denny Hamlin kicks off his return home with his fifth annual Short-Track Showdown on Thursday night at Richmond International Raceway.
The race, which benefits the Denny Hamlin Foundation, will be broadcast live on MotorRacingNetwork.com starting at 8 p.m. (ET).
Hamlin will be joined by a group of fellow Sprint Cup Series competitors including Jeff Burton, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Tony Stewart to race against some of the region’s best Late Model drivers.
“Drivers are so good about helping each other,” Hamlin said. “Obviously, what’s going to put people in the stands is seeing Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch racing against their local favorites they watch every Saturday night. That’s the exciting part of it.
“We’ve got a good slate of Cup drivers, Truck Series drivers, up-and-coming stars like Chase Elliott that are going against some of the best Late Model drivers in the Mid-Atlantic.”
Hamlin, who grew up in nearby Chesterfield, Va., started the annual charity race in 2008. For the first three years, it was held at Southside Speedway in Midlothian, Va. – a track where Hamlin raced growing up – before moving to RIR last season.