The Associated Press is reporting that Denny Hamlin and longtime girlfriend Kristin Buntain have become engaged.
The couple is close to home this weekend for the Martinsville race and had dinner last night with family and friends from Chesterfield. Denny reportedly got down on bended knee popped the question... Kristin accepted.
Congrats to them!
Update: April fools!
April fool's day joke compliments of an annoying fan.
Karma's a bitch. TGOM--and Kristin--would like to be around to point and laugh the day it comes full circle for that fan. :)
Kristin and Denny became friends in their sophomore year at Manchester High in Chesterfield, Va. After graduation, Kristin had planned to go to Bryant and Stratton College, but prior to the start of the 2005 season, she quit her job and relocated to NASCARolina with Denny in support of his career choices. In addition to girlfriend duties, she also helps with the business side of things.
Kristin: "I always knew Denny would somehow make it in this whole racing thing,
but I thought maybe we could still live in Richmond. I never imagined
moving away from home. Never.
"But I did. I left my job I loved. I left my family. But the
alternative would be to stay here and not be with him every day. After
that long a period of time being together, I knew I was going to go. I
haven't regretted it."
Denny: "It gives me someone to lean back on, for sure. We've
been doing it ever since I was just racing at Southside in'99, so she
definitely got used to the lifestyle of it. I definitely feel like I
need someone, whether it be her or my mom, to keep me grounded for
sure." [Richmond Times Dispatch Feb. 12, 2006]
Kristin and Denny dated for eight years before breaking up recently in July.
Kristin, 24, is the daughter of Richard and Peggy Buntain from Denny's hometown of Chesterfield, Va. She has an older sister, Laura.