USAC veterans Dave Darland and Eric Gordon have separate missions in USAC Sprint car racing at the Anderson (Ind.) Speedway next week. Darland, of Lincoln, Ind., hopes to extend his lead in the Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car Series standings ...
USAC veterans Dave Darland and Eric Gordon have separate missions in USAC Sprint car racing at the Anderson (Ind.) Speedway next week.
Darland, of Lincoln, Ind., hopes to extend his lead in the Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car Series standings after Wednesday night's (May 23) "USAC 50" at the 1/4-mile paved oval. Gordon, of Indianapolis, hopes to become only the sixth three-time winner of the prestigious Pay Less/Delco Remy "Little 500" at the same track on Saturday night, May 26.
Darland holds a 15-point lead over J.J. Yeley and an 18-point lead over defending Stoops Freightliner champion Tony Elliott going into the 50-lapper on Wednesday which will serve for many as a "tuneup" for Saturday's "Little 500" spectacular. Practice starts at 3:30 pm and qualifying gets under way at 5:45. The first race is at 7.
The 53rd Pay Less/Delco Remy "Little 500" on May 26 concludes four days of sprint car activity at Anderson's 1/4-mile oval and the 2001 event marks USAC's initial role as the sanctioning body of one of America's greatest short-track racing traditions.
Gordon won the "Little 500" in 1993 and 1998 and a victory May 26 would place him in the history books alongside Bob Frey, Tom Cherry, Darl Harrison, Jeff Bloom and Jim Childers, all of whom have at least three wins in the classic. Frey won five times, including four straight from 1987-1990, while Cherry won four in the 1950s.
Childers, of Tampa, Fla., won last year's race and has his sights set on becoming the third four-time winner when the 500-lapper starts at 8 pm. Practice for "Little 500" participants starts Wednesday and qualifying to set the 33-car starting field is slated Thursday and Friday. A "last chance" qualifying race is also scheduled Friday night.
<pre> LITTLE 500 WINNERS
1949 Sam Skinner 1950 Tom Cherry 1951 Red Renner 1952 Tom Cherry 1953 Bob King 1954 Tom Cherry 1955 Tom Cherry 1956 Bob Cleberg 1957 Johnny White 1958 Wayne Alspaugh 1959 Ronnie Duman 1960 Ronnie Duman 1961 Jim McElreath 1962 Arnie Knepper 1963 Johnny White/Bob Coulter 1964 Dick Good 1965 Bob King/Chuck Taylor 1966 Rollie Beale 1967 Darl Harrison/Cy Fairchild 1968 Karl Busson 1969 Buzz Gregory 1970 Darl Harrison 1971 Herman Wise 1972 Jeff Bloom 1973 Dick Gaines 1974 Larry Dickson 1975 Darl Harrison 1976 Dick Gaines 1977 Jeff Bloom 1978 Don Mack/Curt Kelley 1979 Wayne Reutimann/Danny Smith 1980 Bob Frey 1981 Greg Leffler 1982 Marvin Carman 1983 Marvin Carman 1984 Frank Riddle 1985 Frank Riddle 1986 Dave Scarborough 1987 Bob Frey 1988 Bob Frey 1989 Bob Frey 1990 Bob Frey 1991 Jeff Bloom 1992 Jim Childers 1993 Eric Gordon 1994 Jim Childers 1995 Bentley Warren 1996 Dave Steele 1997 Bentley Warren 1998 Eric Gordon 1999 Chet Fillip 2000 Jim Childers