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Picture of our team Bennett Motorsports with Jody Deery championship night at Rockford Speedway, 2009
I started my racing career in the Grand National Sportsmen division at the Rockford Speedway in 1997. After racing for four years, with all final positions being in the Top 10, I moved up to the Late Model division in 2001. I continued in Late Models for three years racing Rockford Speedway and Madison International Speedway. I have also raced at Dells Motor Speedway in Wisconsin Dells. I returned to Grand National Sportsmen in 2004 and claimed the title of Mid-Season Champion, Sportsman of the Year, and was voted Most Likely to Succeed in 2005. With a slow start in 2005, having multiple DNFs due to various unforseen mechanical problems, at mid-season I still appeared to be a serious contender for a top season points finish. Starting 2006, with a refabricated chassis, I eagerly looked forward to the upcoming season in the Grand National Sportsmen division where it all began. After racing part time in 2008, I won Area Sportsman National Short Track Champion. Fully charged for the 2009 race season, racing a borrowed car, I raced a full season at Rockford Speedway and some events at Jefferson Speedway in Jefferson, WI. After 12 years and five 2nd places, I finally won Rockford Speedway All-American Sportmen Champion.
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Gille, Bennett Clinch Crowns on Championship Night at Rockford
By Jordan Kuehne
LOVES PARK, Ill. (Saturday, September 12, 2009) – In an even tighter points battle that came down to the last lap, Doug Bennett finally broke through on the high-banked quarter mile, edging out Fred Nason by a scant two points to claim his first career championship in the Bargain Hunter Sportsman. With Bennett riding around on six cylinders and mired in fifth, Nason had to win the feature to win the title but came up just short, finishing third.
Doug Bennett and Fred Nason entered the Bargain Hunter Sportsman 25-lap headliner just six points apart in the season point standings and it came down to the very end. Nason started fourth while Bennett began the race in fifth, one spot behind.
Ron Morris made his move to the front early, driving to the top spot while Nason made a quick pass for third, moving past Matt Berger on the bottom of the track. Berger swiftly battled back by Nason on the inside, taking second from Brock Behnke at the halfway mark. Nason followed Berger into third while Bennett maintained fifth.
Berger managed to use the bottom groove one more time, using the inside line to pass Morris for the lead with seven laps remaining as Nason slowly tracked them down. Berger had enough power to hold on for his second feature victory of the season while Nason’s bid at a championship simply ran out of time.
Nason came home third while Bennett managed to hold off rookie of the year, Rob Goodman, to come home fifth. Bennett collected his first career division championship, edging out Nason by just two points to take home the title.
“Fred and I have had a great run this year,” an ecstatic Bennett said as his family embraced him. “I can’t thank him enough for his racing but man it feels good to get that monkey off of my back and bring it home. I am so happy to finally win one here.”
Morris held on to second while Nason, Behnke and Bennett completed the top five.
Nason did edge out Bennett in the standings in the Dash points, collecting the title of Dash champion in 2009.