Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Trent Beckinger Fueled POWRi Micros Championship Run with Four Wins, 17 Top-Fives, 19 Top-10s in 19 Features
by Tim Tuttle
MILLSTADT, Ill. -- Trent Beckinger didn’t enter the season opener for the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series last March because he didn’t intend upon racing for the championship.
“We skipped Du Quoin (Ill.) for a reason,” Beckinger said. “We never planned on running for the championship. Then, we started running good.”
The 21-year-old from Evansville, Ind., was concerned his family-owned team wouldn’t have the resources to run the entire year, but a remarkable season of four victories, 17 top-fives and 19 top-10s in 19 features kept the purse money flowing in and the No. 75 Sawyer-Kawasaki on the track.
Beckinger finished sixth in his first feature at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Ill., and followed with eight straight top-fives—two wins, three seconds, two third and a fourth. He took control of the championship and never relinquished it.
“I never put myself in a bad position,” Beckinger said. “I couldn’t afford to. One bad crash and it might have ended our season.”
This was the first season Beckinger raced for the POWRi Micros championship. He drove a partial season in 2010, finishing 10th in the championship.
Joe B. Miller of Millersville, Mo., closed strongly with two wins and four more top-fives in the last six races to take second in the championship. He had 12 top-fives in 18 features.
Jacob Patton of Bethalto, Ill., edged Andrew Felker of Carl Junction, Mo., by 10 points—one finishing position—for third in the points. Patton and Felker each had three victories, tied for second to Beckinger.
Dereck King, a three-time POWRi Micros champion, ran a partial schedule and finished fifth in the championship. In 13 features, the veteran from Vienna, Ill., had one win, nine top-fives and 11 top-10s.
POWRi’s season-ending banquet will be held on Friday (Nov. 4) at Andre’s Banquet Facility in St. Louis, Mo. Driver and car owner champions from the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget and 600cc Micro divisions, as well as the top 10 in points and Midget Rookie of the Year Jake Blackhurst of Mapleton, Ill., will be honored and receive their year-end awards, contingencies, and point funds.
POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series top-10 points final standings (20 events): 1. Trent Beckinger 3,260, 2. Joe B. Miller 2,760, 3. Jacob Patton 2,470, 4. Andrew Felker 2,460, 5. Dereck King 2,010, 6. J.B. Gilbert 1,950, 7. Paul Nienhiser 1,590, 8. Jordan Campbell 1,535; 9. Spencer Montgomery 1,445, 10. Ryan Guyett 1,415.
POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series 2011 race winners: Du Quoin, Ill.--Ryan Langston; Belleville, Ill.--Aaron Andruskevitch; Wayne County, Ill.--Dereck King; Brownstown, Ill.--Trent Beckinger; Peoria, Ill.-Andrew Felker; West Plains, Mo.--Triston Tidmore; Springfield, Mo.--Trent Beckinger; Lincoln, Ill.—Mike Hudson; Marion, Ill.—Jacob Patton; Marion, Ill.—Christopher Bell; Belleville, Ill.—Kara King; Belleville, Ill.—Andrew Felker; Macon, Ill.—Andrew Felker; Washington, Mo.—Jacob Patton; Belleville, Ill.—Joe B. Miller; Macon, Ill.—Trent Beckinger; Lincoln, Ill.—Trent Beckinger; Jacksonville, Ill.—Aaron Andruskevitch; Macon, Ill.—Jacob Patton; Belleville, Ill.—Joe B. Miller.
Driver Features Wins Top-5 Top-10 Points
1.Trent Beckinger, Evansville, Ind. 19 4 17 19 3,260
2. Joe B. Miller, Millersville, Mo. 18 2 12 16 2,760
3. Jacob Patton, Bethalto, Ill. 19 3 8 13 2,470
4. Andrew Felker, Carl Junction, Mo. 20 3 8 13 2,460
5. Dereck King, Vienna, Ill. 13 1 9 11 2,010
6. J.B. Gilbert, Charleston, Ill. 18 0 1 11 1.950
7. Paul Nienhiser, Chapin, Ill. 14 0 4 9 1,590
8. Jordan Campbell, Bloomington, Ill. 16 0 2 7 1,535
9. Spencer Montgomery, Neoga, Ill. 13 0 2 8 1,445
10. Ryan Guyett, Springfield, Ill. 16 0 4 8 1,415
Note: The top 18 feature results counted for the championship.
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