April 24, 2014

Hamlin shows he can drive more than a car at Darlington (AUDIO)

Denny Hamlion signs an autograph while making an appearance in Darlington

NASCAR Sprint Cup star Denny Hamlin was in Darlington Wednesday to help promote the upcoming Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Mother’s Day weekend.  He began his day at the Bojangles’ in Darlington where he made biscuits, served food, signed autographs and talked with reporters.  He then went to the track where he hit golf balls at a target on the front stretch.    

We had a chance to talk one-on-one with the driver of the Fed Ex Camry who was the winner last weekend at Kansas.

AUDIO:  Denny Hamlin [9:14]

Here’s the official release from Darlington about Hamlin’s visit.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin is used to a job that features high risk, piloting the No. 11 FedEx Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing. However, working behind the counter of a Bojangles’ restaurant in Darlington, S.C. was another story.

Hamlin stopped by the Darlington Bojangles’ on Wednesday promoting the upcoming Bojangles’ Southern 500, which will take place at Darlington Raceway on Saturday, May 12. Hamlin had hands-on training of how to make the famous Bojangles’ biscuits, while also serving race fans their orders from behind the counter.

It was a fast-paced, positive experience for a driver who just last Sunday was at the top of his profession by winning the Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. 

“It was a lot of fun learning what employees of Bojangles’ have to do to make food for so many customers,” Hamlin said. “I worked in the restaurant industry when I was a teenager so it brought back memories of those days. I was glad to visit Darlington today and I can’t wait until we race at Darlington Raceway in a couple of weeks. I love the track and enjoy racing there every year.”

Hamlin also made a stop at Darlington Raceway, competing in a golf challenge with the media. A target was set up on the frontstretch of the famed racetrack with Hamlin and media members attempting to hit the target from 135 yards away. Although no one successfully hit the target, Hamlin came pretty close on a couple of shots. 

“It’s harder than you think to hit a golf ball down the frontstretch of Darlington Raceway and connect with the target,” Hamlin said. “I had a couple of shots that came close though.” 

Hamlin talked about the upcoming Bojangles’ Southern 500 and how much fun it is to drive at the track Too Tough to Tame. Hamlin has shown tremendous success at Darlington, posting one victory in the Southern 500 (2010) and five top-10 finishes in six career starts. He has led 298 laps in his career at the track. 

“We’ve really had a lot of success at Darlington including a sixth-place finish here last year,” Hamlin said. “It’s a tough track to drive, but that’s why so many drivers love it. It’s a challenge for us.” 

Tickets to the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 on May 12 and Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 on Friday, May 11 can be purchased by calling 866-459-7223 or by visiting www.DarlingtonRaceway.com. Remember, kids 17 and under are half off for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 and FREE for the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 in general admission. 

Darlington Raceway, or the track Too Tough To Tame as it is known to many, is where the purest of NASCAR competition meets true southern hospitality. A NASCAR staple since 1950, Darlington Raceway has seen some of motorsports most talented drivers thunder to Gatorade Victory Lane. On Mother’s Day weekend, May 11-12, 2012, NASCAR’s biggest stars return to battle the track Too Tough To Tame in the Sprint Cup Series Southern 500® and Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200.