Anderson III: Little 500 race report

7 FOR GORDON AS HE TAKES 5TH STRAIGHT "LITTLE 500" Eric Gordon of Indianapolis, Ind. emerged from a late-race duel with Dave Steele to claim a record fifth consecutive victory in the 57th PayLess/Remy International "Little 500" USAC Special...

7 FOR GORDON AS HE TAKES 5TH STRAIGHT "LITTLE 500"

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

Steele, who led 141 laps of the 500-lap race on the 1/4-mile paved oval, blew an engine while leading on lap 461, relinquishing the lead to Gordon, who led the final 39 laps in his PayLess/Print Express Conpetition 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.

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 17 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.

Dorman Snyder and Jason McCord rounded out the "top-five" at the finish.

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Elliott , Eric Gordon , Jason McCord , Tim Barber , Tony Hunt , Chris Hayes