With the temperatures in the 60s on Wednesday and activity starting at Anderson Speedway this weekend with an open practice session, the first entries for the Pay Less Little 500 have been received.
The 66th running of the world’s richest pavement race for non-wing sprint cars is set for May 24 with two days of qualifying leading up the event. The Must See Racing Winged Sprints will take to the high-banked oval on May 21.
The first entry for the Little 500 was received from Goacher Racing for 2011 race winner Chris Windom. Windom took the lead from Little 500 legendary driver Eric Gordon with five laps remaining to record the victory.
It marks the first time the Illinois driver will return to compete in the Little 500 since his victory.
The second entry was received from local driver Aaron Pierce, who has made 11 career starts. Pierce has one pole position on his resume and finished second in both the 2004 and 2007 races.
Pierce has been dominant at Anderson Speedway in United States Speed Association sprint car races over the past two years, but has yet to taste victory in the Little 500.
Pierce is always fast at Anderson Speedway but “Lady Luck” has not smiled on his efforts in the Little 500.
The third entry was received from the renowned Hoffman Racing team for Noblesville driver Bryan Clausen.
Clausen competed in his first Little 500 last year and recorded a 17th place finish. He is coming off a win in the Chili Bowl for midgets and has competed in the Indianapolis 500 in the past.
Hoffman Racing has made two appearances in the Little 500 with a career best sixth place finish in 2006 with Tracy Hines at the controls.
Traditionally the Little 500 attracts the best drivers in short track racing to Anderson and last year’s race was decided until the final laps with Jacob Wilson recording the win after Shane Cottle lost an engine with five laps remaining.