BELLEVILLE, Ill. — Andrew Felker had a breakout season in 2012, winning his initial two features and the championship in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series.
The 20-year-old from Carl Junction, Mo., also became the first driver to take victories in POWRi’s Midget and Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series in the same event.
They are successes that have fueled his confidence and ambition going into the 2013 season, which begins Saturday (March 23) with the POWRi Midgets and Micros plus UMP Modifieds in the Bullring 30s on Belle-Clair Speedway’s one-fifth mile track.
“Our goal is to try to win both championships,” Felker said. “We definitely want to back up what we were able to do in the Midgets and we want to run more consistently up front and rack up some more wins.”
Felker is a proven race winner in the Micros. He has had at least three in each of the past four seasons and 14 total, second on the all-time POWRi list to Dereck King’s 20. Felker had four in 2012 including on May 19 when he won in both divisions—and his first in a Midget—at Peoria (Ill.) Speedway.
“The Micro championship is unfinished business,” Felker said. “And it would be awesome to overtake Dereck King, who has been the best Micro driver (with three championships) in POWRi history.”
Felker drove in all 29 POWRi Midget features last year and had nine top-fives and 17 top-10s. He had a strong post-season, too, finishing second to Tony Stewart in POWRi’s non-points Battle at the Center at DuQuoin, Ill., in December and reaching the A main in the Chili Bowl in Tulsa, Okla., in January. Both indoor events attracted all-star fields and the Chili Bowl had 270 entries.