Felker Launches Run For Two Championships In Season Opener For POWRi Midgets

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (March 20, 2013)-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.)

“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.

“I’m more confident than ever and you could see it at the Battle at the
Center and the Chili Bowl,” Felker said. “It was my first time to make the
A main (where he was a DNF/20th). I had to pass Levi Jones and Cole Whitt
on the last lap of the B main to make it to the A.”

Felker’s experience is also a factor in his improvement. Racing frequently
in two series in the same event takes considerable energy and effort, but
he believes the tradeoff of more laps on the track is worth it.

“I don’t think it takes away,” Felker explained. “I’m getting to see the
track multiple times. You take what you’re doing in each division and put
it together. It’s an advantage to see the track more than anybody.”

Felker had four wins in the POWRi Micros a year ago, but finished seventh
in the championship. He had several mechanical failures early in the year
that put him out of title contention and when he was leading the points in
the Midgets in the second half of the season, he either didn’t enter or
withdrew from the Micros in order to concentrate on the Midgets. Felker drove
in 14 of the 19 Micro features.

Felker returns with his family-owned team intact. Danny Felker, his dad,
was joined by Duane Moore as co-crew chief a year ago. He’ll drive a
Fontana-powered Spike in the Midgets and a Momo Suzuki-powered Suzuki in the

Felker’s schedule for 2013 isn’t limited to POWRi, which has 10 Midget
events co-sanctioned with USAC and 18 with Badger Midget Auto Racing
Association included in its 39 scheduled events. The three sanctioning bodies
converge for four events this season. POWRi has 26 events scheduled.
“We have a tentative schedule with 65 events,” Felker said. “Our game
plan is to run the full POWRi, run all of the USAC we can and all of the
Badger. We’ll run most of them with Felker Motorsports, but will probably try to
find some rides for Badger events.”

Grandstands for the Bullring 30s open at 5 p.m., hot laps begin at 6 and
racing at 7. Tickets are $15 for adults and children under 12 are free. Pit
passes are $30.

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