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Travis Bennett looks forward to the 2005 season Travis Bennett has two words to describe how he feels right now, pumped up! The 2004 championship runner up and AutoZone Northwest Series rookie of the year couldn't be any more ...

Travis Bennett looks forward to the 2005 season

Travis Bennett has two words to describe how he feels right now, pumped up! The 2004 championship runner up and AutoZone Northwest Series rookie of the year couldn't be any more ready than he is right now for the season opener set to take place Saturday March 26th, at Evergreen Speedway. Throughout the winter, there have been some changes within DS Racing, mainly a virtually new car. "The chassis is still the same but we rebodied it and have put all new parts on it. We tested at Yakima and the car feels great so I'm really confident for our season opener," said Bennett.

2004 was very successful for DS Racing capturing the first Rookie of the year honors for car owner Don Scriver. "The Rookie of the year award is something that I really wanted to win as a car owner because I think that says a lot about the driver and the team to come out and do that well in the first season. There's no doubt in my mind that I have a good driver in Travis but that just really shows it," said car owner Don Scriver. Bennett was also the only driver to complete every lap and finish in the top 10 every event, and only missing the championship by one point. "We as a team, now know how big one point is, so this year I will be fighting for each point, each week. I feel more confident at all of the tracks now so I can focus more on the race and making sure to capitalize on every opportunity on the track," said Bennett.

There is no doubt that the field for the 2005 season is shaping up to be a competitive one with many rookies joining the series and veterans coming back to stir things up. Getting past the rookie year, Travis can now lookto theexperience he gained to help him out inhis sophomore season. "I don't really believe in the sophomore slump. I have a lot of confidence for this season. My team and I really work well together and we learned a lot traveling to all of the tracks last season and with my experience at some of the Southwest tracks, I thinkit hasreally shaped me into a better driver." There are many hopes for the 2005 season for the DS Racing crew. The standards have been set high and Travis is ready to meet and exceed that standard. "Now the pressure is on, we were amazing our first season and we need to be even more amazing this season. I have a hunger for that championship and I plan on doing what it takes to earn it. I know this season is going to be a great one with all the new drivers and everyone from last year. There is some great competition up here and I know it's not going to be easy," said Bennett.

Travis also knows that this wouldn't be possible without all of the sponsor help from Bowman's Electro Painting, Knudson Lumber, Zebs truck stop/Speedway caf0x00e9, Rainbow Enterprises and A-1 Petroleum and propane. "I have a lot of great sponsors and everyone is behind me and our crew 100%. We had a great time last season and down in Irwindale and all of our sponsors from last season have come back for more so that's something that I am definitely grateful for, it wouldn't be possible without all of them," said Bennett. With a 10-race schedule, each event is equally as important. One bad finish could mean the difference between a championship and a runner up position and that will be the motivation for the 2005 season.

Travis Bennett would like to thank his sponsors: Bowman's Electro Painting, Knudson Lumber, Zebs Truck stop/Speedway Rainbow Enterprises, A-1 Petroleum and propane andNutter Engines for their continued dedication throughout the season. The fans are also invited down to the pits after the race to check out the #33 Chevy Monte Carlo and to meet Travis.

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