Steele Grabs Fourth Little 500 Pole

Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. earned his fourth "Little 500" pole position in Thursday qualifying for this year's 55th PayLess/Delco Remy "Little 500" and shares the front row for the 33-car starting field with defending race winner Eric Gordon of Indianapolis, Ind. and Tony Hunt of Fair Oaks, Calif.

Steele's four-lap time of 44.964 seconds gave him his second consecutive pole for the nation's richest pavement Sprint Car race, which gets the green flag at 8 pm Saturday night. The 500-lap race on the 1/4-milke paved oval is a USAC Sprint Car Special Event and therefore affords no National points.

Steele won the "Little 500" in 1996 and is piloting the Northside Propane Beast/Chevy.

Gordon is seeking his third consecutive victory and fifth overall in the race, which would tie the record number of wins posted by Bob Frey.

Five former race winners made the 33-car field, including Gordon, Steele, 3-time winner Jeff Bloom and 2-time winners Bentley Warren and Marv Carman. Former race winner Chet Fillip was bumped from the field on Friday and is the first alternate for Saturday night's race.

Wendy Mathis of Ocala, Fla. will start 32nd and is only the second female drive in the race's 55-year history. Kelly Braithwaite finished 12th in 1984.

USAC SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: May 22-24, 2002 - Anderson, Indiana - Anderson Speedway - 55th PayLess/Delco Remy "Little 500"

QUALIFICATIONS: (Held May 22-23 - 4-Lap Times) 1. Dave Steele, 19, Gratton-44.964; 2. Eric Gordon, 2, French-45.280; 3. Tony Hunt, 14, Pierson-45.325; 4. Jeff Bloom, 26, Bloom-45.733; 5. Bentley Warren, 5G, Goacher-45.775; 6. Aaron Pierce, 81, Blake-45.838; 7. Brian Tyler, 62, BWB-46.201; 8. Michael Lewis, 11, Walker-46.277; 9. Matt Westfall, 6, BWB-46.446; 10. Jason McCord, 4, Contos-46.463; 11. Tony Elliott, 66, Nowling-46.494; 12. Chris Hayes, 11x, Carman-46.496; 13. Dave Durnwald, 19x, Durnwald-46.537; 14. Gary Fedewa, 42, T & T-46.578; 15. Brad Armstrong, 99, Armstrong-46.633; (TOP 15 ON MAY 22 LOCKED IN), 16. Bobby Smith, 8, Epperson-45.838; 17. Denny England, 84, England-46.695; 18. Doug Berryman, 1R, Rebman-46.876; 19. Brandon Petty, 30, Petty-46.908; 20. Don Townsend, 77, Rebman-46.916; 21. Rick Baker, 4B, Julian-46.930; 22. Thomas Briggs, 7, Briggs-46.941; 23. Troy Lowery, 40, T & B-46.966; 24. Mike Ling, 20, Katz-47.033; 25. Gene Lee Gibson, 0, Gibson-47.102; 26. Marv Carman, 22, Carman-47.253; 27. Ryan Katz, 35, Katz-47.349; 28. Jeremy Dickerson, 7x, Rebman-48.151; 29. Dave Osborn, 48, Stapp-47.778; 30. Kevin Newton, 99x, Stickney-47.814; 31. Steve Surniak, 3G, Gibson-47.829; 32. Wendy Mathis, 80, Mathis-47.974; 33. Chris Jagger, 27, Jagger-47.998; 34. Chet Fillip, 5, Nolen-48.150; 35. Robert Smith, 40x, B & D-48.844; 36. Ron Koehler, 10x, Koehler-49.074; 37. Doug Fitzwater, 14x, Fitzwater-NT; 38. Ron Koehler, 10, Koehler-NT; 39. Bud Kaeding, 29, BK-NT; 40. Tracy Hines, 69, Dynamics-NT; 41. Kevin Feeney, 98, Hanks-NT; 42. Eric Butze, 09, Butze-NT. (NOTE: Robert Smith also in car #40). (Fastest single lap: 11.178 - Dave Steele). (ALSO: Kaeding, Hines & Feeney practice May 22 only).

Starting Lineup


19 DAVE STEELE/Tampa, FL Bob Gratton Racing/Northside Propane/Beast/Chevy
2 ERIC GORDON/Indianapolis, IN Jack French/PayLess Supermarkets – Print Express/Gaerte/J & J
14 TONY HUNT/Fair Oaks, CA Ken Pierson/Torco Oil – Paul Oil Company/Hutchison/Eagle

26 JEFF BLOOM/Bangor, MI Jeff Bloom Racing/Swason Engines/Swanson/Hawk
5 BENTLEY WARREN/Kennebunkport, ME Jason Goacher/Dietzen Attorney at Law – Deco Machine Fabrication/Wesmar Chevy
/Competition Welding
81 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN Mike Blake/Sam Pierce Chevrolet - Valvoline/Frampton Chevy/Dynamite

62 BRIAN TYLER/Parma, MI BWB Racing LLC/Hannig Construction – Terre Haute First National Bank/Jones
11 MICHAEL LEWIS/Noblesville, IN Jeff Walker Racing/BDF Racing/Chevy/Beast
6 MATT WESTFALL/Terre Haute, IN BWB Racing LLC/Hannig Construction – Terre Haute First National Bank/Jones/Stealth

4 JASON McCORD/Anderson, IN Contos Racing/Hat World – Lids, Top of the World/Snyder Chevy/Beast
66 TONY ELLIOTT/Kokomo, IN Jack Nowling/Quickload Aluminum Boat Trailers – Brandon Ford/Klein-Hampshire/Hawk
10 CHRIS HAYES/Rockford, MI Marv Carman/SPX Canada – OTC Tools/Brayton Chevy/Dowker

9 DAVE DURNWALD/Tiffin, OH Jim Durnwald/Tiffin Academy of Hair Design/Griffs Chevy/Schilling
42 GARY FEDEWA/Holt, MI T & T Promotions/Dowker Engines - Pollack Glass Co./Dowker Chevy/Dowker
99 BRAD ARMSTRONG/New Palestine, IN Howard & Terry Armstrong/Armstrong Garage Doors/Competition Welding/Chevy

8 BOBBY SMITH/Camby, IN Epperson Painting/Epperson Painting/Beast/Foxco
84 DENNY ENGLAND/Warsaw, IN Denny England/Pro-Stripe – Tri-Star Trucking/Hogue Chevy/Vortex
1 DOUG BERRYMAN/Fremont, OH Rebman Motorsports/Rebman Motorsports/Griff Chevy/Beaberbuilt

30 BRANDON PETTY/Alexandria, IN Brandon Petty/Markleville Lumber – Byerly Garage Doors/Hallisky/Claxton
77 DON TOWNSEND/Columbus, OH Bruce Rebman/Rebman Truck Service/Chevy/Beaberbuilt
54 RICK BAKER/Mooresville, IN Julian Motorsports/Julian Construction/Snyder/Stealth

7 THOMAS BRIGGS/Sidney, OH Tommy Briggs/Briggs Racing/Chevy/Beast
40 TROY LOWERY/Martin, TN T & B Racing/Buddy’s Home Furnishing – Eastern Inds Supplies/Chevy/Beaberbuilt
20 MIKE LING/Mt. Brydges, Ont., Canada Katz Racing/Katz Well Drilling/Schnee/Dowker

0 GENE LEE GIBSON/Richwood, OH Lucinda Gibson/4 Friends Racing – Earl Kelly Racing/Port Chevy/Gibson
22 MARV CARMAN/Coldwater, MI Marv Carman/SPX Canada – OTC Tools/Dowker/Chevy
35 RYAN KATZ/Battle Creek, MI Katz Racing/Katz Well Drilling/Schnee/Dowker

71 JEREMY DICKERSON/Mansfield, OH Bruce Rebman/Rebman Truck Service/Chevy/Beaberbuilt
48 DAVE OSBORN/Indianapolis, IN Steve Stapp/Stapp Enterprises/J & J/Shaver
91 KEVIN NEWTON/Terre Haute, IN Wayne Stickney/Polaris – Harry’s Transmission/Warman/Dynamite

3 STEVE SURNIAK/Indianapolis, IN Gary Gibson/Greg Deitzen – Avon Auto Supply/Gambler/Chevy
80 WENDY MATHIS/Ocala, FL Jerry Mathis/D & D Crane – First Light Aviation/Mathis/Hurricane
27 CHRIS JAGGER/Leesburg, IN Chris Jagger/Blocher & Son Plumbing/Hogue Chevy/Schnee

For additional information contact Anderson Speedway at (765) 642-0206.