Denny Hamlin joins ranks of Sprint Cup drivers to own car dealerships

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Do you want to buy a Toyota from Denny Hamlin?

You probably won’t get the chance to purchase one personally from the Sprint Cup driver, but you might get one with his name on it.

Hamlin, a Toyota driver for Joe Gibbs Racing, has partnered with the Hudson Automotive Group to acquire Bobby Murray Toyota in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. The store, which in undergoing a major remodeling scheduled to be complete in 2017, will be renamed Rocky Mount Toyota Superstore and is located at 943 N. Wesleyan Blvd. Rocky Mount is located about 225 miles northeast of Charlotte.

“Hudson Automotive Group runs a first-class operation and I look forward to seeing the business make a positive impact in the Rocky Mount community and surrounding areas,” said Hamlin in a press release. “Toyota has been a great fit for me as a professional race car driver, so to have this opportunity to expand my relationship with the brand beyond the race track is something that can carry on well after my racing career is over.”

Hamlin is the latest NASCAR driver to become an owner of a car dealership. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer are among the active Sprint Cup drivers to have their names on dealerships. Former drivers Rusty Wallace, Dale Jarrett, Dale Earnhardt Sr. also have owned dealerships.