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Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick offer GoFas Racing financial support for Phoenix race


Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick are following in the footsteps of Dale Earnhardt Sr. for at least one race weekend.

The two Cup drivers will be financial backers of a competitor in a Cup Series race, something Earnhardt did a handful of times in the late 1980s and early ’90s via his Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet dealership.

Tuesday morning, Matt DiBenedetto took to Twitter to ask his followers to work their social media magic.

DiBenedetto, in his second season driving for the team, made a video requesting help in connecting the team with any businesses who would be interested in being on the car.

DiBenedetto made the plea because the team did not have a primary sponsor for this weekend’s race at ISM Raceway

Within eight minutes, Hamlin announced he would chip in $5,000 to help the team.

DiBenedetto replied that the team could put his face, the Denny Hamlin Foundation logo or “whatever you would like” on the car.

Hamlin later tweeted of DiBenedetto: “Very good driver here that deserves being on the track. Any company would be represented well on his car.”

Soon after that, NASCAR Hall of Famer and Fox Sports analyst Darrell Waltrip offered up another $5,000 through his “Boogity Brands.”

Harvick then followed with another $5,000 from KHI Management.

Who said nothing good ever happened on the Internet?

See how the deal scame together below and check back here to see what else comes of DiBenedetto’s social media Hail Mary.

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Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown cancelled for 2016, plans to return in 2017

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The Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown has been cancelled for 2016.

According to Denny Hamlin Foundation Race Coordinator Buck Reuss, uncertainty about the host track’s future prompted the cancellation.

“It is correct, the race has been cancelled for 2016,” Reuss said in an email to NASCAR Talk. “But only for this year.

“As for another track, it had been done in the past, but with the timing (Denny Hamlin Foundation) thought it would be better to wait until 2017.”

Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia, was to host the event on April 21, but a dispute between the track operator and the individual that owns the land the track sits upon left the Showdown in limbo.

The track, which opened in 1950, has not posted its regular race schedule for 2016. That further prompted the Denny Hamlin Foundation to cancel this year’s charity race.

Also, because of the stalemate, NASCAR has not re-signed to hold three races it typically holds at Langley: one in the K&N Pro Series East and two other races in the Whelen Southern Modified Tour Series, according to the Daily Press.

This would have been the ninth annual Showdown and first at Langley Speedway. The Late Model race had previously taken place at Southside Speedway, Richmond International Raceway and South Boston Speedway.

The event raises funds for the Foundation, which supports Cystic Fibrosis research and therapy.

If the current issues involving Langley are resolved, Reuss said the Showdown could be held there in 2017.

Previous Showdown winners:

2015 – Timothy Peters

2014 – Matt Bowling

2013 – Kyle Busch

2012 – Tony Stewart

2011 – Denny Hamlin

2010 – C.E. Falk

2009 – Kyle Busch

2008 – Kyle Busch

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