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Nolen Racing. (Cameron Neveu photo)

Nolen Racing To Field Cars For Hollingsworth, Axsom At Little 500

WHITELAND, Ind. — Nolen Racing will enter asphalt sprint cars for Shane Hollingsworth and Emerson Axsom in this year’s Lucas Oil Little 500 presented by UAW.

The 75th edition of the asphalt sprint car race is slated for May 27 at Anderson Speedway. It is part of the 500 Sprint Car Tour. 

In addition, the Whiteland, Ind.-based team will field a USAC Silver Crown car for Axsom at that series’ season opener April 16 at the Terre Haute Action Track and its races on 1-mile dirt tracks:

• Aug. 19 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds

• Sept. 2 at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds

• One or two other USAC Silver Crown races on asphalt tracks will be added to the mix as scheduling permits.

Nolen Racing won the Little 500 in 2018-’19 with driver Kody Swanson. Swanson and Hollingsworth led an unprecedented 499 of the 500 laps of that race in 2019. Hollingsworth finished second in the Little 500 in 2020.

The team also won the USAC Silver Crown championship with Swanson in 2019, winning half of the events that year.

Hollingsworth and Axsom were Nolen Racing teammates at the Little 500 for the first time last season. 

Nolen Racing fielded a car for Axsom for his first USAC Silver Crown race ever, which was last year’s Sumar Classic at Terre Haute. His drive was the talk of the event, as he came from dead last to finish fifth.