Record Purse Up for Grabs in 58th Pay Less Little 500 on Saturday, May 27
By Kyle Larson
Public Relations Director
record number of drivers are expected to compete for the largest purse ever in
the 58th Pay Less Little 500 at Anderson Speedway on Saturday, May 27. Over
$122,000 will be up for grabs in the richest asphalt Sprint Car race in the
country. 2005 winner Eric Gordon bagged over $28,000 for the prestigious victory
Several former winners have pre-entered for the event including Eric Gordon, who
has won the previous five events. Other notables that will be part of the 2006
running of the Pay Less Little 500 include defending pole winner Tom Fedewa,
former Anderson resident Brian Tyler and 2004 runner-up Aaron Pierce.
Californiaís Tony Hunt, who has finished in the top five in three of the last
four events will also be involved in the event.
The format of the 58th 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.
The United States Auto Club has designated this historic event as a special
sanctioned race. The format, rules and race control are officiated by Anderson
Activities for the 58th Pay Less Little 500 kick off on Wednesday, May 24, with
practice beginning at 11:15 a.m. The USAC National Sprint Car Series will
compete in the Sam Pierce Chevrolet 50 on Wednesday evening.
The 58th Pay Less Little 500 round one pole qualifying will take place on
Thursday, May 25, beginning at 1:30 p.m. On Friday, May 26, the 33-car field
will be set with the second round of qualifications. On Saturday, May 27, the
58th Pay Less Little 500 green flag waves at 8 p.m.
Tickets are available for the legendary 58th 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, contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.
19th Annual Little 500 Festival will kick off with Anderson Mayorís Cup Bicycle
Race, set for April 29 and 30. The Tips for Tots program with Gateway
Association begins on May 1. The Joey Martin Concert will take place on Friday,
May 5 with the Mayorís Cup Grand Prix Go Kart race scheduled for Saturday, May
On Saturday, May 13, a brand new event to this yearís festival will include the
Ice Cream Social, taking place at Nichol Ave. Pay Less. The 500 Laughs - A night
of Good, Clean fun is also set for May 13.
On Thursday, May 18, the Chickens for Charity will be featured at the Anderson
YMCA with the Paramount Theatre presenting Racing Through Time Luncheon on
Friday. May 19. A large number of events are planned for Saturday, May 20
including the Pay Less Big Wheel Races, Anderson Idol at Pay Less on 29th
Street, Mini Mini Marathon, Little 500 Pet Stop at Speckís Pet Supply, Little
500 Car Show and Grunewald Wine Gala.
On Sunday, 21, the Pay Less Diaper Baby Derby and Riley and Sonís / WQME Antique
Car Show will take place. Additional Little 500 Festival events include the
Senior Citizenís day at the Track and the Little 500 Black and White Bar-be-que
& Dance on Thursday, May 25.
For a complete listing of events for the 19th Annual Little 500 Festival, visit