GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — Andrew Felker, of Carl Junction, Mo., will try to build on his promising start in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series in homestate events Friday at Valley Speedway in Grain Valley and Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland.
Felker finished fifth in the season-opening POWRi National Midget feature March 26 at the Southern Illinois Center’s Mini Magic Mile in DuQuoin.
“It’s a really good start,” Felker said. “It’s good to get off on the right foot and, hopefully, we can continue with success on through the season.”
Felker has never raced at Valley Speedway’s third-mile track and is looking forward to the Thunder in the Valley presented by Blue Springs Ford.
“I know people who have raced there and heard pretty good stories about it being a pretty good, racy track,” he said.
Felker’s only event at Lucas Oil Raceway’s three-eighths-mile track was in the Tour ’N Topless Lucas Oil Sprint Cars in 2008.
“It was my second race ever in a sprint car and I ran sixth,” Felker said. “It’s the nicest dirt track in the country and it’s great we’re going there. The racing surface is good. It’s fast early and tends to slick off and lends itself to side-by-side action.”
It’s a home track for Felker, located about 75 miles from Carl Junction.
“It’s definitely closer than all the other POWRi races and it will be nice to get to race close to home for once,” Felker said. “Hopefully, we’ll have a lot of fans out there cheering us on in the Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals.”
Felker, 18, was seventh in the POWRi Midgets championship in 2010. He also was second last year in the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series.
“I’m still learning, figuring out this midget program,” Felker said. “Hopefully, we can battle for some wins and keep improving in 2011.”
With last weekend’s events at Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway and Macon (Ill.) Speedway cancelled by rain, Valley Speedway and Lucas Oil Speedway will be the second and third, respectively, races on the schedule.