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Jacob Wilson’s Little 500 Repeat | National Speed Sport News
by NSSN Staff

Jacob Wilson won his second consecutive Little 500 sprint car race Saturday night at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway.
ANDERSON, Ind. — Jacob Wilson repeated as champion of the Must See Racing sanctioned 66th running of the Pay Less Little 500 at Anderson Speedway Saturday night.
Wilson ran in the top five for most of the race and took the lead for the first time on lap 328, he surrendered the lead to Shane Cottle when he made his second mandatory pit stop, but came out in second.
When Cottle lost an engine on lap 386, Wilson returned to the point and led the final 114 laps for the victory. He becomes the first back-to-back winners since Eric Gordon accomplished the feat in 2004 and 2005
Wilson was followed to the checkers by Herald Bulletin rookie of the year Jerry ***** Jr. and Jo Jo Helberg, who started 20th in the 33-car field.
For the second consecutive year saw a valiant effort for the win in the Contos Racing entry went up in smoke.
A year ago Shane Cottle was threatening for the win putting pressure on eventual winner Jacob Wilson, when his engine expired with four laps remaining. This year the engine let go on lap 387 as Cottle was leading the race chased by Wilson.
Cottle in the Contos Racing entry took over the lead on lap 209 following the first round of pit stops for the leaders chased by Helberg and defending champion Wilson.
Being in the lead early in the race was not the place to be as first Aaron Pierce and then Bryan Clauson were involved with lapped cars knocking them from contention.
Polesitter Bryan Clauson led from lap 44 through lap 123 with Jerry ***** Jr. running on his tail pipe. On lap 124 Clauson tapped the back of the lapped car of Tom Paterson, causing Clauson to spin and Patterson climbing over the front of his sprint car.
Clauson was able to continue but lost four laps as a result of the incident. He fought back to get a lap back when the leaders pitted and was threatening to get a second lap back near the 300-lap mark, when his tires went away.
The finish:
Jacob Wilson, Jerry ***** Jr., Jo Jo Helberg, Geoff Kaiser, Kyle Hamilton, Chris Neunschwander, Shane Hollingsworth, Bobby Santos III, Jason Fuller, Mickey Kempgens, Travis Welpott, Bryan Clauson, Doug Dietsch, Danny Smith, Russ Gamester, Shane Cottle, Donnie Adams Jr., Caleb Armstrong, Grant Galloway, Brian Tyler, Chris Windom, Rex Norris III, Brian Gerster, Troy DeCaire, Billy Wease, Tony Elliott, Tom Paterson, Jarett Andretti, Ryan Litt, Aaron Pierce, Shane Butler, Stan Butler, Jeff Bloom.
 
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