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 68th time on Saturday, Before any of the 500 laps are turned we decided to turn back the clock and look at some of the important numbers surrounding this historic event.
2 – Jacob Wilson has won two of the last three Little 500’s and is looking for his third win. Wilson missed a bid for three in a row last year when he finished fourth. Only Bobby Frey and Eric Gordon have won three straight.
2 – Chris Windom picked up his second win a year ago to go along with his 2011 triumph.
3 – Number of cars on the lead lap in 2015.
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.
9 – Dave Steele took his ninth top five finish a year ago. The two-time winner has five poles and has led 1623 laps in the Little 500.
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 – 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.
33 – Bob Cleberg is the only driver to start shotgun on the field and come away with a victory.
38 – Jeff Bloom holds the records for most starts in the event having run it 39 times. His best runs include three wins in 72, 77 and 91. 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.
68 – This will be the 68th year of the Little 500 at Anderson.
128 – A total of 128 drivers have led at least 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 in 1961.
2601 – The number of laps that Eric Gordon has led in the Little 500.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
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