Augusta Southern Nationals takes over marina

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Hundreds of people lined the banks of the Augusta Riverfront Marina to watch as boats sped down the river as part of the 28th Annual Augusta Southern Nationals.

But racer Danny Bennett doesn't seem to notice.

"I don't even hardly know they're here. Really. I get so focused that I'm…you know, I don't know they're around me," he says.

He's been racing in the Augusta Southern Nationals for six years, but his passion for boats started way before he ever became a professional.

"I've been messing with boats ever since I was 16 years old. I've just got a love for boats," Bennett says.

And with his brother-in-law also in the race and his son in the pit crew, Bennett says racing is a family affair.

"They've always loved it. We're kind of a racing family. My son used to race go-carts and we just got involved in racing. We race late-model cars and it's just something we love to do, " he says.

Bennett hopes one day his son will carry on the racing team, but for right now he's enjoying every race he can with the hopes of taking home the top prize.

"I love it. I just love racing. It's a thrill, it's a high. Basically what it really is, is a high," says Bennett.

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