Champions Set for 60th Pay Less Little 500 on Saturday Night
Four former champions and a talented
list of challengers are set for the largest purse ever in the 60th Pay Less
Little 500 at Anderson Speedway on Saturday Night, May 24. Over $123,000 will be
up for grabs in the richest asphalt Sprint Car race in the country.
The former winners of the prestigious Pay Less Little 500 that are returning
this year are led by eight-time winner Eric Gordon, who has won six of the last
seven events including last year’s event. Other previous champions that have
filed entries include Brian Tyler (2007), three-time Pay Less Little 500
champion Jeff Bloom (1972, 77, 91) and 1996 winner Dave Steele.
Other notable drivers that plan on competing include 2006 pole winner Aaron
Pierce, who has been runner-up twice to Gordon in 2004 and 2007. Kokomo’s Shane
Cottle earned a front row start in his debut in 2006, but has been plagued by
bad luck in the 500. He earned a USAC Sprint feature victory in April at Gas
City and ranks eighth in the point standings.
Warsaw’s Tony Elliott will compete in his 15th Little 500. Elliott has notched
five top-five finishes with a best finish of third occurring on three occasions.
California’s Tim Barber has posted three top-10 finishes in four Little 500
appearances including a fifth-place run last year.
Another Golden State driver, Tony Hunt, of Lincoln, Calif., a three-time
champion in the USAC Western Sprint Car series returns this year for his seventh
Little 500 appearance. He has produced three top-five performances with a best
showing of second in 2004. New York’s Doug Heveron will attempt to make his
second consecutive start and fourth overall, while former Rookies of the Year
Russ Gamester, Brandon Whited and Mat Nelly are also expected to be part of the
Pay Less Little 500.
The format of the 60th Pay Less Little 500 is unique to Sprint Car racing. The
starting grid is comprised of thirty-three cars in 11 rows of three, charging to
the green flag. Two mandatory pits stops are required during the challenging
500-lap event. Billed as the most entertaining event in auto racing, fans will
be filled with anticipation in the most exciting start to a racing event.
First round qualifications for the 60th Pay Less Little 500 will take place on
Thursday, May 22, beginning at 1:30 p.m. On Friday afternoon, May 23, the 33-car
field will be set with the second round of qualifications. On Saturday, May 24,
the 60th Pay Less Little 500 green flag waves at 8 p.m.
Tickets are available for the legendary 60th Pay Less Little 500 at $27 for
reserved seating. For more information, contact the Anderson Speedway Ticket
Office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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