Busch Wins Charity Event At Southside Speedway 2009: Denny Hamlin

Busch wins charity event at Southside Speedway

Denny Hamlin spent much of last night chasing after Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch at Southside Speedway.
Busch, assuming the lead on Lap 11 when pole-sitter Chris Dodson suffered mechanical failure, led the final 165 laps to win this charity event for the second year in a row. And while Hamlin, a Manchester High School graduate, couldn’t pull ahead of Busch, his foundation may have finished ahead of expectations during his Short Track Showdown, which benefits the Denny Hamlin Foundation. “It was a great night, and we doubled what we did last year,” Hamlin said. “It shows what great fans there are here.” Hamlin may have exceeded his goal of raising $100,000 — twice as much as the foundation earned in the inaugural showdown last year. The foundation received 100 percent of the gate receipts. “To have this during our 50th anniversary is a blessing,” said track spokesperson Jennifer Mullis. “We’ll probably break even, but we’re always glad to have Denny back at the racetrack.” Hamlin highlighted an all-star charity event that included JGR Sprint Cup rookie Joey Logano, two-time Cup champion Tony Stewart and 1983 Cup champion Bobby Allison, who served as grand marshal.
There wasn’t an empty seat in the 5,500-seat, one-third mile racetrack. The fans lined up along the walls to watch Busch and Hamlin battle it out for the second year in a row.

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