Story by Ken de la Bastide -
Photo by David Sink
2013) - Crawfordsville driver
Jacob Wilson took advantage of lapped
traffic to grab the lead with 65 laps
remaining to capture the 65th running of the
Pay Less Little 500 on Sunday, May 26 at
Wilson was able to pass Shane Cottle when
the lapped car of Chet Fillip got in front
of the leader.
His first win came in his ninth Little 500
Cottle threatened Wilson hard from lap 490
to 496 when he lost an engine entering turn
Cottle, looking for a second Little 500 win,
inherited the lead on lap 417 when Tony Hunt
pitted for the second time, but it was short
lived. The caution flag waved on lap 428
when Shane Hollingsworth stopped on the
On the restart Cottle got blocked by the car
of Chet Fillip as it exited the pit and
Wilson was able to slip inside coming off
the second corner.
Finishing behind Wilson were Jo Jo Helberg,
Eric Gordon in his final Little 500, Tony
Elliott and Chet Fillip. All of the top five
finishers were running on the lead lap.
The Little 500 win capped off a great week
for Wilson at Anderson Speedway as he also
won the Must See Extreme Sprint 60 on
The strategy game kicked into high gear with
150 laps as the leading cars of Jacob
Wilson, Eric Gordon and Tony Elliott all
pitted for a final time.
Pole sitter Helberg pitted for the last time
on lap 310, counting on the leaders having
to stop once more under caution.
The big loser in the strategy game
surrounding second pit stops was Tony Hunt,
who led from lap 350 to lap 416. He gained
the lead when Wilson pitted along with the
rest of the leaders.
Looking for his second consecutive win,
Brian Tyler was leading on lap 256 when he
drifted high in turn three and spun into the
infield, losing four laps in the process.
Things got worse for the defending champion
when Aaron Pierce spun in turn four on lap
289 and collected Tyler. That ended the
night for both drivers.
Pierce did lead from lap 116 to lap 186 when
he surrendered the point to Bryan Clauson
when he pitted. On lap 219 Pierce tangled
with Dave Darland in turn three and lost two
There were seven lead changes among eight
different drivers with Gordon leading 113
laps. The race was slowed 17 times for 135