Ridgeway Driver Outduels NASCAR Stars at South Boston

DAM HAINSFURTHER   Associated Press

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (AP) – Matt Bowling won the Denny  Hamlin Short Track Showdown on Thursday night at South Boston Speedway, fighting off Matt Waltz in the seventh edition of the charity race.

The event benefits the Denny Hamlin Foundation and raises awareness and funding to support cystic fibrosis research and new therapies in the region.

Nick Smith finished third.

Hamlin was eighth, while defending Showdown champion Kyle Busch ended the night in fourth.

Matt Kenseth was fifth, and David Ragan 20th.

Truck Series driver Timothy Peters finished 27th after his night was cut short following a tangle with Jeb Burton, who finished 25th after getting into a scuffle with Blake Stallings.

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