22, 2014) - Although two members of
the front row have only one combined start
for the 66th running of the Pay Less Little
500, they are multi-time winners in open
Noblesville’s Bryan Clauson, already
promised a ride in the 2015 Indianapolis
500, recorded his first pole position for
the Pay Less Little 500 at Anderson Speedway
on Thursday with a four-lap average speed of
80.93 miles per hour and the fastest lap of
the day at 11.105-seconds around the
Aaron Pierce, a two-time pole winner for the
Little 500 will start in the middle of the
front row with a speed of 80.27 mph and
rookie Jerry Coons Jr. will line up on the
outside with a speed of 80.25 mph.
“I thought the track was good,” Pierce said.
“It was starting to get greasy, I’m glad we
got out early. The car didn’t come in quick
enough. “Pierce said Clauson and Coons are
both experienced drivers so the start of the
race shouldn’t be a problem.
“I’ll try to get myself clear at the start
and begin to ride,” he said.
Clauson, Coons and several other drivers
immediately left Anderson Speedway for the
USAC Silver Crown race at the Indiana State
Four rookies have locked themselves into the
starting field for Saturday’s race that
starts at 8 p.m.
Kyle Hamilton, a former Mel Kenyon Midget
champion, was fourth quick. Caleb Armstrong
of New Castle will start 14th and Jarett
Andretti claimed the 15th and final locked
in position for the race.
A total of 33 cars took times on Thursday
with “bump day” starting at 1:30 p.m. on
Friday at Anderson Speedway for drivers
hoping to make the starting field.
Alexandria’s Donnie Adams Jr. qualified
eighth quick with a speed of 79.44 mph in
the Kleenco/Salon Professional Academy
“I’m happy with it,” Adams said of his
qualifying run. “We were in race trim and
the car got faster every time we got on the
Adams said the track was slick during the
practice sessions, but that’s typical for
the Little 500.
Brian Tyler, a former two-time Little 500
winner, who wrecked his Contos Racing entry
during the Tuesday practice session when he
lost a left tire, qualified ninth in the
Mike Bowman owned car.
Jeff Bloom, a three-time Little 500 winner,
making his 35th consecutive start, qualified
an impressive 17th with a four-lap average
speed of 78.8 mph.
Brian Gerster, Noblesville, posted the 24th
quick time at 77.83 mph and Travis Welpott,
the racing school teacher from Pendleton
qualified 29th at 77.11 mph.
Tickets are available for the historic 66th
Pay Less Little 500 at $30 for reserved
seating. For more information, contact the
Anderson Speedway Ticket Office at (765)