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JESSE LITTLE selected for the 2015-16

  Jesse Little, the 2013  Sunoco Rookie of the Year on the K&N East Series, was one of 12 drivers selected for the prestigious NASCAR Next program in May 2015.     The NASCAR Next Program highlights up and coming talent in the sport. Industry executives and veteran racers were part of the selection process that chooses the elite group.
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Video #1:   Jesse's announcement by NASCAR   

Video #2:
  Jesse's Q&A with Press

Drive Second to None Fuels Little    

For Jesse Little, a 18-year old, who graduated in May from Bandys High School, North Carolina, his future path is crystal clear:   He wants to be a professional racecar driver.  And with a win in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July, last year, Little is well on his way to making that dream a reality. 

“I’ve pretty much been around racetracks as long as I can remember,” said Little, driver of the No. 97 NASCAR Technical Institute Chevrolet and a native of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina. “Some of my earliest memories are of my birthday parties at racetracks, when my dad was racing in the Cup series.”  For Jesse, being around racing from a young age afforded him the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of racing and race cars, and he’s translated that experience to success on the track.

"His drive and will are second to none"

Harold Holly has spent nearly three decades in the racing industry. He is currently the Competition Director at GMS Racing. He has known Jesse Little since he was a child, and has played a key role in Little’s development as a racer. According to Holly, Jesse Little’s rare ability to combine an unyielding desire to win, an analytical approach to racing decisions, and an unmatched work ethic is what separates him from the competition.  “He has so much drive, he’s so athletic, his comprehension of the engineering aspects of the car – it amazes me,” said Holly.

Maturity brings Success -" I don't see myself doing anything other than racing"

After winning the 2013 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award in the K&N Pro Series East, Little was named to the 2014-2015 NASCAR Next class and also the 2015-2016 NASCAR Next class.  NASCAR Next  is an industry program that spotlights and develops emerging talent in the sport.  “Being a part of the Next class is a huge honor,” Little said. “It has opened so many doors already, and seeing the success that other drivers who’ve come through the program have had, I feel very fortunate to be a part of it." Little agrees that he’s adapted a more strategic approach to in-race decisions, considering the long-term consequences before making a move. “I don’t see myself doing anything other than racing professionally, I want to make it to the top. It’s something that will take a lot of work and I’m willing to do it – I like the challenge.”

Jesse Little Trying to Carve Out Career Path Behind His Father By Travis Barrett, NASCAR, September 6, 2013
If we are to judge an up-and-coming driver against his more famous father, then Jesse Little is leading, by a full straightaway.  Following the race at Greenville Pickens Speedway on Monday, Little sits just three points out of the lead in the series Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings.  Jesse Little made seven K&N Pro Series East starts in 2012 and closed out that campaign with a bang. He recorded his first career podium finish with a third-place run at Greenville, then followed that up by leading a third of the race and finishing fifth at Rockingham in the season finale.   Little's father, of course, carved out a nice career for himself as a driver. Chad Little made more than 200 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, one of those rare instances where the car was as popular as the driver. Little is perhaps best-known for driving a John Deere-sponsored car owned by Jack Roush, but the native of Spokane, Wash., made his way to the Cup Series on his driving merit.  Jesse's got a great feel for the race cars,” Chad Little said. “He's got a really methodical approach to the feel, and I think that's the key for young drivers. A lot of drivers can feel tightness and looseness, but he's got a feel for where in which corner it's happening in and how to change it. I think that's pretty unique. I was never able to do that".   Read entire article on

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