#7 FOR GORDON SATURDAY?
57TH PAYLESS/REMY INTERNATIONAL LITTLE 500 AT ANDERSON
The question is can Eric Gordon do it again? The Indianapolis, Ind. driver has won four consecutive "Little 500" sprint car classics at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway and aims for a record five straight this Saturday at the 1/4-mile paved oval. A victory would extend his all-time record of "Little 500" wins to seven, also having won in 1993 and 1998.
Gordon matched Bob Frey's record of four straight wins with his 2004 victory (Frey won in 1987-88-89-90). In the last four years Gordon has led nearly half of the 2,000 laps (949 to be exact).
Key challengers for Gordon to consider are Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. and Tony Hunt of Fair Oaks, Calif. Steele has won the pole for the unique 500-lap race the past three years, while Hunt, the defending USAC Valvoline Western Sprint Car Champion, has finished in the top four the past three years and wants to improve on his fourth, second and third-place finishes.
Former USAC Sprint car and Silver Crown Champion Tracy Hines is also expected to make his "Little 500" debut in the famed Dynamics, Inc. entry. The Hoffman Auto Racing sprint car team is USAC's winningest ever!
Others to keep an eye on Saturday are hometown sentimental favorite Jason McCord who continues to seek his elusive first "Little 500" triumph, many-time "Little 500" pole winner and three-time race winner Jeff Bloom, 2004 "Indiana Sprint Week" Champion Levi Jones and Shauna Hogg, who won a USAC Western Sprint Car race on pavement in 2003. Bloom is seeking his 29th start and has competed in the last 22 runnings of this prestigious event.
Practice for the richest pavement Sprint car race in America ($120,000-plus purse) begins Wednesday, with qualifications slated Thursday and Friday and Saturday night's classic set for an 8 pm green flag.