While Denny Hamlin must sit out his own charity race, the promise of a great event still remains on April 25th, with an all-star field of talented stock car drivers set to take on the 6th annual Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown.  Once again, the likes of Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart , Matt Kenseth, and many others are on-board to put on a great Late Model Stock Car race for the Denny Hamlin Foundation, which primarily committed to raising awareness and funds for the specific needs of children with cystic fibrosis.  The event has consistently brought top-shelf talent to the table, and it continues to renew sponsors that see the value and great cause behind the event.  Once again, Stock Car Steel & Aluminum, Inc. and SRI- Supplies for Racing & Industry came on board for the fourth consecutive year as trophy sponsors for the event.

Stock Car Steel/SRI owner Greg Fornelli supports the Denny Hamlin Foundation year-round, as Fornelli and Hamlin have been close friends for several years.  With Hamlin being sidelined by a racing injury at Auto Club Speedway, this will unfortunately be the first year that Hamlin must watch the Short Track Showdown from the sidelines.  Fornelli, Hamlin, and the usual group of golfing buddies are looking forward to sitting back, relaxing, and enjoying the intense racing action at Richmond International Raceway.

For many drivers, the Short Track Showdown is an opportunity to showcase their talent on a national level, while competing against drivers from NASCAR’s top-tier series. Regardless, the race itself is all about bragging rights, and Stock Car Steel & SRI make a conscious effort to make the pole winner and race winner trophies into desirable display items. This year, the trophies are promised to be better than ever. With a combination effort between Stock Car Steel, SRI, Nitro Manufacturing (Mooresville, NC) and Tom Patsis’ Cold Hard Art (Danville, IN), the trophies are guaranteed to be noteworthy. “Fornelli takes his business approach to just about everything he does. He wants to make the trophies better every year.  And this year, we fully expect them to be a showcase of raw material, skilled craftsmanship and beautiful artwork,” says Chase Forbes, marketing representative for Stock Car Steel/SRI.

Greg Edwards grabbed the Stock Car Steel/SRI Pole Award trophy last year with a 22.608 lap time around the ¾ mile, and Tony Stewart took home the big winner’s trophy by getting around Edwards for the win. 

Who will take home the bragging rights and expand their trophy collection? We’ll see what happens on April 25th at Richmond!