Axsom Paces Field on Little 500 Practice Day

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It was Emerson Axsom leading the way on Practice Day for the 76th Annual Little 500
Presented By UAW Wednesday afternoon. The Franklin, IN driver turned a lap of
11.106 early in the second session, just ahead of a pair of USAC stars in Logan Seavey
and CJ Leary.

Practice Results

Having competed in the previous two Little 500’s for Clauson Marshall Racing, Axsom is
contesting this year’s race with Gene Nolen Racing, a two-time winner of the event with
Kody Swanson at the wheel. He has competed with the team in the past in both Sprint
Car and Silver Crown competition.

His lap came early in the second session after putting on new tires following the break.
In the first session, he was just outside the top-ten while the team worked on balance.

“We started off the day chasing balance on old tires, working on our balance and try to
get the car driving right so when we bolted on stickers, we could hustle it pretty good,”
said Axsom. “We normally have a pretty solid car when we come here, it’s been pretty
fast in the past.”

While he feels confident going into Thursday’s CB Fabricating Pole Day for the 76 th
Annual Little 500, he is unsure as to where he will exactly stack up compared to the rest
of the field.

“It’s always tough in pavement racing with who’s putting on new rubber and who’s trying
to lay down a lap. You never really know until you qualify and actually see that number
put down on the board. We’re still chasing it and I’m sure the guys beside us are too.
We just got to keep working at it so that when it comes time to qualify, we can lay down
a lap and hopefully be at the top of the board.”

Reigning USAC Silver Crown and Midget national champion Logan Seavey was second
on the board with an 11.148. CJ Leary, Shane Hollingsworth and defending race winner
Jake Trainor rounded out the top-five. Other notables include former Little 500 winners
Kody Swanson (6th), Tyler Roahrig (8th), Bobby Santos III (12th) and Jeff Bloom (29th), as well as 2008 Daytona 500 champion Ryan Newman (15th).

Teams return tomorrow for CB Fabricating Pole Day at the Little 500. Practice will run
from 11:30-1:15 before First Round Qualifying begins at 1:30. Grandstand admission is

The 76th Annual Little 500 presented by UAW will be held on Saturday, May 25th at
8:00pm. Tickets for the event are available now and are reserved seating only. All
tickets are $45 and can be purchased online HERE or by calling Anderson Speedway Monday through Friday from 10am-4pm. Practice for teams begins on Wednesday, May
22nd from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. CB Fabricating Pole Day is scheduled for Thursday,
May 23rd from 11:30am – 3:30pm. Final practice and Bump Day is set for Friday, May
24th from 11:30am to 3:30pm. Grandstand admission is free for fans Wednesday
through Friday and race day tickets are reserved seating only. The event, including
practice and qualifying, will also be streamed live on DIRTVision. For more information
on the Little 500, visit us at and on Facebook, Instagram, and

  • Koty Geyer