Seven for Gordon as He Takes 5th Straight Little 500

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Story by Dick Jordan
Photos by David Sink

Eric Gordon of Indianapolis, Ind. emerged from a late-race duel with Dave Steele to claim a record fifth consecutive victory in the 57th Pay Less / Remy International Little 500 USAC Special Event Sprint Car race Saturday night at the Anderson Speedway.

Steele, who led 141 laps of the 500-lap race on the quarter-mile paved oval, blew an engine while leading on lap 461, relinquishing the lead to Gordon, who led the final 39 laps in his Pay Less/Print Express Competition Welding/Gaerte.

Gordon's prize money topped $31,000 as he led 181 total laps and finished five laps ahead of race runner-up Tim Cox of Park City, Ill. Tim Barber of San Francisco, Calif. took third. Dorman Snyder and Jason McCord rounded out the "top-five" at the finish.

Defending USAC Western Sprint Car Champ Tony Hunt led 29 laps and was running third when he lost an engine on lap 412. Western Sprint veteran Shauna Hogg became the first lady driver in race history to lead the event, pacing 18 laps and finishing 10th.

Pole starter Tom Fedewa finished 24th, retiring from the race after 217 laps.

Tony Elliott led 32 laps but tangled with Chris Hayes on lap 255. Elliott hit the wall and Hayes crashed into a pit barrier, suffering a minor knee injury. Hayes was taken to St. John's Hospital in Anderson for treatment.

Anderson Speedway returns to racing action with Don Miller Tire Wheel to Wheel Weekend on Friday, June 3. The MAX/WLBC Friday Night Summer Series will feature Legends, Insight ThunderCars in Oval and Figure 8 racing along with Chappy’s Rent to Own Front Wheel Drives in Oval and Figure 8 racing.

On Saturday Night, June 4, the Star Press Saturday Night Series features the USA Modified Tour, Ed Martin Auto Group Super Trucks and Boss Hogg Catering & Jerky Figure 8’s.

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