NASCAR racer Denny Hamlin supports the CF Foundation by racing for a cure at the Southside Speedway in Virginia in May.
Thousands of race fans filled the stands at Southside Speedway in Virginia in May to root for famed NASCAR racer, Denny Hamlin. The Denny Hamlin 175 marked the opening event for the Denny Hamlin Foundation, a newly created charity Hamlin formed to aid in raising awareness and funding for cystic fibrosis causes, and also to support chronically ill children with other debilitating illnesses.
Cars whizzed around the 1/3 mile asphalt track at dizzying speeds in the 175-lap challenge, raising a total of $50,000 to benefit the Virginia Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Hamlin, 27, got his start at Southside Speedway racing go-carts at the age of 8, before rising to NASCAR fame. At the opening ceremony of the Denny Hamlin 175, the hometown hero spoke about the inspiration for the Denny Hamlin Foundation: his cousin who has CF. Hamlin shared his sincere hopes to raise awareness for the disease and help fund vital CF research.
Eager to lend their support, fellow Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch, Hamlin’s race day spotter Curtis Markham and NASCAR legend Bobby Allison joined Hamlin on stage. A big-ticket raffle and one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia auction also drew significant support from the stands.
As the sun set over the speedway, late model race car drivers geared up for the main event of the evening, a race for the night’s trophy. Fans rooted passionately for their favorites, including Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota Camry, who took the checkered flag. Hamlin was close behind, finishing fourth overall. All racers were proud to take part in the event and help raise essential funds and awareness for cystic fibrosis.
“My cousin’s own battle with CF has made the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation something that we have raced to raise money for since I was a kid,” said Hamlin. “We know that a lot of really promising CF research is underway, thanks to the CF Foundation. We’re proud to support that effort, and to help advance the search for a cure.”