61st Pay Less Little 500 Set for Saturday Night
Six former champions and a talented list of challengers are set for the largest
purse ever in the 61st Pay Less Little 500 at Anderson Speedway on Saturday
Night, May 23. 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
eight events including a most recent victory in 2007. Defending race winner
Shane Cottle seeks a second consecutive victory aboard the locally owned Larry
Contos entry. The 2006 winner Brian Tyler, who snapped Gordon’s remarkable
streak of five consecutive victories, will compete in a second Contos entry.
Other previous champions that have filed entries three-time Pay Less Little 500
champion Jeff Bloom (1972, 77, 91), 1999 winner Chet Fillip and 1996 winner Dave
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. Warsaw’s Tony
Elliott will compete in his 16th Little 500 and returns after a runner-up finish
last year. Elliott has notched six top-five finishes with four top-three
performances. California’s Tony Hunt, a five-time USAC champion
returns this year for his seventh Little
500 appearance. He has produced three top-five performances with a best showing
of second in 2004.
Entries have also been received by Alexandria’s Donnie Adams Jr., who captured
the 2007 pole position, 2002 race runner-up Jonathan Vennard, Florida hot shoe
Troy Decaire, who has teamed up with Mike Blake Racing along with 2006 Rookie of
the Year Russ Gamester.
The format of the 61st 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.
Pay Less Little 500 week kicks off on Wednesday night, May 20 with the Wing
Sprint Cars featured in the MustSeeRacing.com 60. Drivers from the Hoosier
Outlaw Sprint Series (HOSS), Auto Value Sprint Series (AVSS) along with the
Florida based Tampa Bay Area Racing Association (TBARA) and Checkered Flag
Sprint Series (CFSS) are expected to participate in this exciting event.
On Wednesday, the spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with qualifying set for 6 and
racing taking center stage at 7. Adult admission is $10 in advance and $15 on
race day. Kids 6-12 are admitted for $4 with children five and under free.
First round qualifications for the 61st Pay Less Little 500 will take place on
Thursday, May 21, beginning at 1:30 p.m. On Friday afternoon, May 22, the 33-car
field will be set with the second round of qualifications. On Saturday, May 23,
the 61st Pay Less Little 500 green flag waves at 8 p.m.
Tickets are available for the legendary 61st 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.
For additional information on Anderson Speedway call (765) 642-0206.