The Pennsylvania 500 was an emotion-filled race for Denny Hamlin. The 28-year-old driver lost his grandmother, Thelma Clark, 91, just three days before his win at Pocono on Monday. Clark was one of his biggest supporters. "She understands the competition of the sport and she understands how much she means to me," Hamlin said. "Like today, she’s pretty proud." Hamlin, who cried after the race, cut short a television interview because he was overcome with grief.
Clark lived in Tampa, Fla. According to Hamlin’s Web site, a memorial mass will take place at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Wed., Aug 5. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 5100 W. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 195, Tampa, Fla., 33609.
Hamlin wins for grandmother at Pocono Raceway (AP)