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Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Wednesday notebook

After two years in hiatus, the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown is back and at Langley Speedway for the first time in event history.

With NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series stars, Langley regulars, and out-of-towners all in competition, this race is set to be monumental, and it has numerous storylines leading up to it.

Rev Racing Quartet Seeking Breakthrough Win:

The Rev Racing four-way of Ryan Vargas, Nicholas Sanchez, Chase Cabre, and Ruben Garcia Jr returns to Langley after the opener. Vargas finished third in the second twin race in the opener.

“Coming out of only my second LMSC start with a third-place finish brings not only myself confidence, but my team as well,” Vargas told Short Track Scene. “I try to stay realistic. Only eight or nine cars finished that race, so that made it a bit easier. But our car was a rocket on long runs and all those guys still running at the end were very accomplished Late Model Stock racers, so to have finished third against some of the best at the end is a definite confidence booster.”

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Nelson Motorsports Bringing Three-Headed Monster to Langley:

Nelson Motorsports, regular competitors at South Boston and on the CARS Response Energy Tour are fielding a star-studded trio at Langley, featuring 2017 ValleyStar 300 winner Timothy Peters, 2015 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch, and 2017 Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin.

Moffitt Running With Sellers Racing:

2018 Camping World Truck Series race winner Brett Moffitt will return to Langley behind the wheel of the Sellers Racing No.16, as announced Tuesday night.

“Honestly, I just had Brett’s people and people from the Denny Hamlin Foundation reach out to me to get another full-time driver out of the upper three series to race and compete,” said team owner Peyton Sellers. “I had my car available because we had been rained out a few times so everything was in good shape, it came together really nice, we got the car decaled and Brett came up and sat in the car and got everything adjusted. We are really looking forward to it.”

Changes In The Format:

In past years, the Hamlin Showdown was an invite-only affair, but that has changed this year to an open race, allowing any driver to come and try to make the 40-car field. 30 cars will lock in on time during qualifying, and the other ten cars will be determined via heat races, making for a bit of excitement even before the green flag drops for the 200-lap main event.

Race Format:

There will be a break at lap 75 for tires and minor adjustments, followed by a break at lap 150 for fuel and minor adjustments with no tires being allowed at this break before the last 50 laps to the checkered flag.

The Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown is set to be the biggest event in Langley Speedway history and will be a must-see event. The city of Hampton considers it to be such a big event that they have even brought in extra grandstands for turns three and four to help accommodate the expected number of fans.

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Nobles, from Norfolk, VA is a veteran of covering Late Model Stock Cars in Virginia and The Carolinas. Nobles has also covered Super Late Models, Dirt Modifieds, Tour-Type Modifieds, and the K&N Pro Series East.

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