It’s one of the longest, if not the longest, running short track races in history. The Little 500 will see the green flag for the 67th time on Saturday, May 23 and 51 TV will be there with three days (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) of live coverage of the prestigious 500-lap event. Before we turn any laps we decided to turn back the clock and look at some of the important number surrounding this historic event.
2 – Jacob Wilson has won the last two Little 500’s and is looking for three in a row. Only Bobby Frey and Eric Gordon have won three straight.
3 – Total number of days of coverage from 51 TV. Thursday, May 21 is pole day followed by Bump Day on Friday and race day on Saturday. Fans can watch all of the action by purchasing their three-day package here.
9 – Eric Gordon is the man when it comes to the Little 500 at Anderson. The Indianapolis, Indiana driver has won on the high banks some nine times in 22 career starts. From 2001 to 2005 he won the race five years in a row.
14 – The race has been won from the pole some 14 times; however, winning from the pole has not taken place since the 1996 season. There was a stretch in the 1980’s where the race was won from the top spot five times over the course of seven years.
15 – Is the most top five finishes by a driver and that record belongs to Eric Gordon. Four times he’s finished second at Anderson in the Little 500.
29 – Bob King won the race from the 29th starting spot in 1965, which is the second worst starting position that any driver has ever come from to win the race.
38 – Jeff Bloom holds the records for most starts in the event having run it 38 times. His best runs include three wins in 72, 77 and 1991. He also has 12 top-10 finishes.
39.9 – The number of miles between the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Anderson Speedway. Several fans will witness both races over the course of two days this upcoming weekend.
67 – This will be the 67th year of the Little 500 at Anderson.
128 – A total of 128 drivers have led at lead one lap in the race. Of those, seven have led over 1000 laps which is equal to the amount of two full races.
495 – Tom Cherry led 495 laps on his way to victory in 1954. He won the race by over two laps. The next year he led 491 circuits.
500 – The race unlike Indy is 500 laps, not 500 miles.
1949 – The first running of the Little 500 was in the year 1949. Sam Skinner won the race and would run the race four other times, while finishing no better than second in 1952.
1961 – Jim McElreath won the race by some 15 laps.
2601 – The number of laps that Eric Gordon has led in the Little 500.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor