2021 Nolen Racing
Pavement Sprint Car Schedule

May 29    Little 500, Anderson Speedway, Anderson, Ind.

               (Tanner Swanson finished third; Shane Hollingsworth DNF)

June 17  Thursday Night Thunder Homecoming, Lucas Oil Raceway,

               Brownsburg, Ind. (Tanner Swanson finished 13th)

July 10   Glen Niebel Classic, Anderson Speedway, Anderson, Ind.

               (Emerson Axsom finished sixth)

July 31   Saturday night Sprints, Anderson Speedway, Anderson, Ind.

               (Emerson Axsom finished fourth)

Aug. 14  Hoosier Classic, Lucas Oil Raceway, Brownsburg, Ind.

               (Tanner Swanson finished fourth)

Oct. 16   Tony Elliott Classic, Anderson Speedway, Anderson, Ind.

               (Emerson Axsom finished fourth)

Anderson, Indiana
Saturday night, May 29, 2021

Nolen Racing not only won its second Little 500 on May 25, 2019, but the team's two drivers accomplished the unprecedented feat of leading 499 of the race's 500 laps! Kody Swanson gave the team its second consecutive victory in the race, while Shane Hollingsworth finished fourth in another Nolen Racing car. And in 2020 Hollingsworth recorded his best finish ever in this event by finishing second!


After years of chasing a victory in the Little 500, Nolen Racing accomplished that goal for the first time on Saturday night, May 26, 2018 at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway when Kody Swanson gave Little 500 Hall-of-Fame team owner Gene Nolen his first victory in this prestigious event, one of the premier short-track events in the nation and the most prestigious asphalt sprint car race in the world. Swanson, a native of Kingsburg, Calif. who now lives in Zionsville, Ind., also won this race in 2016 with another team.


The 2021 race will be the 73rd annual edition of what is formally known as the Pay Less Little 500 presented by UAW-GM. It is customarily held the night before the Indianapolis 500, and it attracts fans from around the world who are in Indiana to see the Indy 500 the following day. It is a brutal test of both man and machine, for doing well in this event requires completing 500 laps on a high-banked, quarter-mile asphalt oval. It has also become a "happening" in the Midwest, as the town of Anderson, Indiana stages a festival around the events at the track.

Tanner Swanson and Shane Hollingsworth will be the team's Little 500 drivers in 2021.

Besides Nolen Racing's amazing accomplishment in the 2019 race, in 2018 Nolen Racing drivers made up two-thirds of the podium finishers, as Kody Swanson won and Hollingsworth, of Lafayette, Ind., finished third. Hollingsworth also finished third in the Little 500 in 2011, the year after he won the sprint car championship at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.

The Little 500 is broadcast live on the Internet on Speed51.com.