Travis Bennett, DS Racing Head To Irwindale The NASCAR Autozone Elite Division Northwest Series Rookie of the year, Travis Bennett, is heading to Irwindale, California this weekend to compete in the famed Toyota All-Star Showdown. Bennett is...
Travis Bennett, DS Racing Head To Irwindale
The NASCAR Autozone Elite Division Northwest Series Rookie of the year, Travis Bennett, is heading to Irwindale, California this weekend to compete in the famed Toyota All-Star Showdown. Bennett is among 40 Elite Division drivers compiled from the Northwest, Southwest, Midwest and Southeast to compete in the event scheduled for Saturday, November 13th. The weekend starts off with practice Thursday followed by qualifying races Friday and the big event Saturday evening. With this weekend having been a goal all year long, Travis Bennett can't wait to get to Irwindale. "This race is such a neat concept. I've read about guys like Steve Carlson, Jeff Fultz, JR Norris, and now I get to race against them and that's just awesome. This is definitely the premiere touring event this year, something that I know we have looked forward to as I'm sure everyone else has. Last year I came and watched the shootout and I was determined to race in it this year," says the ecstatic Bennett.
The invite only all-star event was formed last year and was a big hit. The field is based on the top 10 in points showcasing the talent from each of the four touring series. The qualifying races which take place Friday evening, will determine the starting spots for the main event Saturday. The starting spots for the qualifying races will be determined by where each driver finished in their point standings with the top points leaders starting last in each of the two qualifying races, each fielding 20 cars. With the qualifying races determining the starting positions for the main event Saturday, the strategy for the DS Racing team is fairly simple: Stay out of trouble and get to the front as quickly as possible. "I start 19th out of 20 cars in the first qualifying race and I have 50 laps to get to the front. Where I finish in the qualifier will put me on the inside row in which ever spot I finish, then the 2nd qualifying race will determine the spots for the outside rows in the main event. So obviously the qualifying races are a huge part to this event. I've raced here a couple times this year in a late model that was real similar to a tour car so I think we are pretty well prepared," said Bennett.
Although the Northwest season finished at the end of September, many series have just concluded including the Southwest Series who crowned Jim Pettit as their 2004 champion last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. "I want to congratulate Jim Pettit and the whole Duane Sharp led crew. They are good friends of mine and they definitely deserved this one," said Bennett.
The 2004 Toyota All-star Showdown can be seen live Friday night on SPEED Channel at 5pm PST with the qualifying races and then Saturday night beginning at 5pm PST live with the main event. Travis Bennett would like to thank Bowmans Electro Painting, Zeb's Truck Stop/Speedway Cafe, Knudson Lumber, A-1 Petroleum and all of the crew and families for their continued support throughout the 2004 season.
Travis would like to invite everyone to check out the brand new www.TravisBennett.com to keep up to date on the results and news of DS Racing. "I'm very excited to have this website up and going. I have to thank Justin Fiedler for doing this; he did Kevin [Hamlin's] website and does an excellent job, be sure to check it out!"