Denny Hamlin Showdown at Langley Speedway cancelled
Denny Hamlin's annual NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Showdown has been cancelled due to the uncertain future of Langley Speedway.
Denny Hamlin Foundation management made the decision not to hold the charity event at Langley or any other track due to it being too late for drivers to commit.
“The event is an around-the-clock, full year in the making,” said race coordinator Buck Reuss. “But due to the very unfortunate timing of the property negotiations ongoing at Langley, it left us no choice but to look toward 2017 and bypass this year’s running of the event.”
Although racing at the Hampton, Virginia track may still be a go depending on whether or not track officials can successfully make negotiations for 2016, the Denny Hamlin Foundation ran out of time for them to make an agreement about a plan. Funding for the Denny Hamlin Showdown not only comes from Hamlin himself, but other people associated with the drivers making the commitment to participate in the charity race.
“It is really disappointing as I was really looking forward to returning to Langley to race again, as were so many other drivers that were planning to participate,” said Hamlin, who began his stock car racing career at Langley in 1997, winning both the track championship and track rookie of the year honors. “So we will turn our attention to 2017 and wish everyone the best of luck in their racing endeavors this year.”
Sponsors also had to be notified of all the logistics of the event by early January to ensure their commitment to funding.