By Ken de la Bastide
2013) - All the drama on
“bump day” came down to the final minutes as
Anderson driver Jim Sheets made the starting
field on Friday at Anderson Speedway as the
last car on the track.
Sheets was bumped from the 33rd and final
spot in the field for the 65th running of
the Pay Less Little 500 with less than 15
minutes remaining in qualifying.
He was bumped by Kyle Feeney, who had been
bumped just minutes before by Fort Wayne
rookie Kyle Henry.
Feeney turned four laps at an average speed
of 75.42 miles per hour, good enough to make
After Kevin Feeney failed to qualify, Sheets
took the first of the two allowed runs on
bump day. His times were barely fast enough
to bump Brandon Whited, but he waved off the
effort after three laps.
Sheets then turned four laps at an average
speed of 75.74 mph, which made Whited the
first alternate. While the action was taking
place on the track, Whited’s engine was
dismantled and he never made an attempt to
get back into the field.
His speed was the fastest of the day and
earned Sheets $250 for the effort.
“I was hoping to get bumped,” Sheets said
after the qualifying run. “I thought we
would qualify better than that.”
Sheets said the crew was prepared to make
another run if he was bumped with a new set
of tires on the sprint car.
“I really need to thank Aaron Pierce who
worked with us on the car for several
hours,” he said.
Earlier in the qualifying session Sondi Eden
qualified for the 65th Pay Less Little 500
with a four-lap average speed of 75.53 mph
to secure a position in the field.
“It’s been a tough week,” Eden said. “We had
no practice the first two days and the car
had no brakes. We still don’t have the
brakes fixed, but the crew made the car
stable. We need to get the brakes fixed for
“The main thing is we’re in the show,” she
said. “I was confident we could make the
race because our practice times today
(Friday) were decent. We only had one set of
tires, so I was a little nervous about the
heat cycles on them.”
Joining Sheets and Eden in the field on
Friday were Kyle Henry and Kevin Feeney.
Both Henry and Feeney were bumped from the
field but were able to make successful
It was a tough day for several drivers. Cory
Setser made contact with the outside
retaining wall during practice and Tom
Patterson hit the turn four wall on his
Geoff Kaiser’s car suffered significant
damage when it tangled with a push truck
The 65th Pay Less Little 500 goes green
approximately at 8 p.m. on Saturday night.
Tickets are available for the historic event
are $29 for reserved seating.
Tickets are available for the historic 65th
Pay Less Little 500 at $29 for reserved
seating. For more information, contact the
Anderson Speedway Ticket Office at (765)