This weekend the stars of asphalt Sprint Car racing will head to the bullring of Anderson Speedway in Indiana for the 67th Annual Little 500, which can be seen live on 51 TV on Saturday May 23.  Thirty-three cars will head into turn one three-wide, 11 rows deep just like what will be seen on Sunday at the Indianapolis 500.  It’s a sight that hooked current race promoter, Rick Dawson, 30 years ago when he was a kid.

 

graphic 51 tv little 500 anderson 3day“The start of the race actually is unsurpassed,” Dawson said.  “Watching 33 cars all together going into turn one raises the hair on the back of your neck.  It’s so exciting you can’t hardly put it into words unless you’ve seen it.”

 

Dawson has seen a lot of incredible moments at this race over the years.  One that sticks out was when Eric Gordon won his ninth Little 500 in 2010.

 

“This race is three-quarters luck and 25-percent skill,” said Dawson.  “But that 25-percent skill with Eric is just phenomenal. Just watching how did it was impressive, because he was so good.  I’m not sure we’ll ever see another driver like him.”

 

While Dawson isn’t expecting to see another driver like Eric Gordon, he is expecting to see a very competitive field of Sprint Cars.

 

“This year there’s probably going to be less than half a second between the pole winner and the 33rd starter,” he said.  “I would say there’s at least 25 cars that are capable of winning this race.  I couldn’t do it if I had to pick a winner.”

 

The way the event has grown has made Dawson extremely proud.  It’s no longer just an event for the people within the immediate area.  It’s now a race known throughout the motorsports industry.

 

“It’s one of the biggest events we have in the city, and probably the whole area,” Dawson said.  “It’s so huge that people come from all over the world, actually.  We get to see them once a year and it’s like a big reunion.  Everyone just has a really good time.”

 

The Pay Less Supermarkets Little 500 presented by UAW-GM will be aired live for the first time on 51 TV this weekend.  Race fans that cannot make it to the Anderson Speedway for the event can see all of the action from Pole Day, Bump Day and Race Day live on Speed51.com.

 

All three nights of action can be purchased in a bundle for $39.99.  Single day passes are available, but the special bundle package is the best deal for those wanting to experience all of the thrills and prestige of the weekend.  Fans can purchase the broadcast by clicking this link: http://speed51.com/51livetv-events/

 

-51 Sports Press Release.  Photo Credit: RacingIndiana.Net

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