Litt's Gamble Pays Off on Pay Less Little 500 Bump Day; Adams Looks for
25, 2012) – Ryan Litt gambled that track conditions at
Anderson Speedway were better on the second day of qualifying for tonight’s
running of the Pay Less Little 500 and it paid off in a big way.
With less than 30 minutes left in qualifying, Canadian Ryan Litt withdrew
his time of 46.296-seconds in the hope of getting a better starting
Litt not only posted the fastest time of the day Friday, but if it came one
day earlier he would have been starting on the pole.
Litt turned the fastest lap of 11.199-seconds and four laps at
44.888-seconds (80.199 mph).
The 64th running of the Pay Less Little 500 will start at 8 p.m.
Florida driver Mickey Kempgens driving a team car to Aaron Pierce, turned
four laps at 45.999-seconds (78.262 miles per hour) to put himself solidly
in the field. He will start 19th in tonight’s Little
Dave Baumgartner was bumped from the starting field by Kyle Feeney, but
minutes later made the starting field by bumping Anderson’s Jim Sheets with
a time of 46.056-seconds (78.165).
Pendleton resident Travis Welpott will start 33rd in the field after riding
the bubble toward the final few minutes of qualifying.
It was a disappointing day for Warsaw’s Joe Swanson who was bumped from the
On Thursday’s pole day Swanson turned three laps fast enough to have
possibly locked into the field in the top 15, but the team aborted the
attempt. Until that time Swanson ran two laps in the 11.3-second range and
one at 11.6-seconds.
“I’m disappointed,” he said of waving off the first qualifying attempt on
Thursday. “The car pushed in turns three and four. We didn’t change the car
at all, but it still had a push.
“We learned the right front (brake) caliper was locking up,” Swanson
explained. “We changed it overnight.”
Swanson turned four laps on bump day at 46.715-seconds which placed him
initially in the 31st spot, but he was knocked down one spot and had to wait
for a couple of hours to learn if he would start his first Little 500.
Swanson was eventually bumped by Kempgens.
Chris Neuenschwander solidly put himself into the starting field with a run
of the day at 46.154-seconds and will start 22nd tonight.
After being bumped from the field, Kyle Feeney put himself back into the
starting field with a four-lap time of 46.209-seconds. His father, Kevin,
was the last driver bumped from the field and was unable to find another
speed late in the day.
With assistance from Pierce, Anderson’s Jim Sheets was bumped by Baumgartner
and then put his car back in the field with a four-lap time of
The only driver from Madison County to win the Little 500 was Anderson’s
Wayne Alspaugh in 1958, but Alexandria’s Donnie Adams Jr. is hoping to break
that 54 year string of disappointment.
Adams will start 12thon Saturday. In seven starts Adams started from the
pole position in 2007 and has a career best finish of third in 2009.
His father in eight starts in the Little 500 won the pole position in 1992
and recorded four top-ten finishes with a career best third in both 1992 and
The 64th Pay Less Little 500 will be showcased on Saturday night. The
spectator gates open at 4 p.m. with the autograph session schedule for 6.
Pre-race ceremonies begin at 7 with the command to start engines slated for
Tickets are available for the historic 64th Pay Less Little 500 at $28 for
reserved seating. For more information, contact the Anderson Speedway Ticket
Office at (765) 642-0206.