Gordon eyes 4th "Little 500" victory Saturday. Saturday's 54th PayLess/Delco Remy "Little 500" offers total paid prizes of over $120,000 and Eric Gordon of Indianapolis, Ind. has his eyes set squarely on the lion's share of that. Last year's...
Gordon eyes 4th "Little 500" victory Saturday.
Saturday's 54th PayLess/Delco Remy "Little 500" offers total paid prizes of over $120,000 and Eric Gordon of Indianapolis, Ind. has his eyes set squarely on the lion's share of that. Last year's race winner would become only the third four-time winner of the race (Bob Frey won five and Tom Cherry four) with a victory in Saturday night's 500-lap spectacular at the 1/4-mile paved Anderson (Ind.) Speedway.
The 500-lap contest starts at 8 pm, but prelims get under way on Wednesday with a "Little 500" practice session from 11 am to 3 pm preceding that night's Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car races. A Thursday practice from 11:30 am to 1:15 pm is followed by first-round qualifying from 1:30-3:30. A similar timetable of practice and qualifying is set for Friday's second and final round.
Jeff Bloom of Bangor, Mich. won the pole for last year's "Little 500" in his 25th appearance in the storied race and is expected to be among top threats for the 2002 pole. Bloom is also a three-time race winner, in 1972, 1977 and 1991.
Drivers from across the country are among pre-entries for the race, including USAC Western Sprint Car Champion Tony Hunt of Fair Oaks, Calif. and former race winners Bentley Warren of Kennebunkport, Maine (1995 & 1997), Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. (1996) and Chet Fillip of San Angelo, Texas (1999).
Included in the pre-entries are drivers from California, Florida, Maine and Texas, as well as Canada. <pre> "LITTLE 500" WINNERS LIST
YEAR DRIVER 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 2001 ERIC GORDON