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Congrats to Jesse Little on winning the Pole at Bristol on April 18th, 2015 and setting the new track record!

Watch Video of Pole Award at Driver Introductions!

 
Congrats to Jesse Little for his 2nd place finish at the Iowa on  July 31st, 2015.    Since this race was a combined East and West Pro series race, Jesse was credited with the 1st place finish for NASCAR K&N Pro East Series at the Iowa Race!

2015 Race Reports!
NOTE: regular updates on races and inside news are posted
on our Facebook page and also from Jesse on his Twitter account!

 
   Homestead Speedway - Nov 20th, 2015
Camping World Truck Series
race will will be LIVE on Fox Sports 1 at 8:00 EST
 
Little's finale on NASCAR Camping World Truck Series comes at Homestead. 
 
Sandusky, Ohio (November 19th, 2015):  Jesse Little makes his final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start of the 2015 season at Homestead Miami Speedway.  Little will be back behind the wheel of his No. 97 Toyota Tundra in an alliance with ThorSport Racing and will continue to have support from Protect The Harvest.  Coming off a solid run in his start at Texas Motor Speedway two weeks ago, Little will use the momentum to tame the ultra-competitive Homestead Miami Speedway.    
Read entire press release......

Jesse's pre-race quotes: "Homestead and Texas are both 1.5-mile ovals but they're not even close when it comes to layout and speeds," Little said. "Texas keeps the momentum up in the truck through the corners that just carries some unbelievable speeds while Homestead offers the ability to run in many different groves as a true oval.  It will be be exciting to get out there and see what our Protect the Harvest Toyota can do." 

To be successful this weekend will require a focused approach on several facets of the race, he explained. "We've got a lot of practice this week (2.5 hours) to get this Toyota Tundra set for a good qualifying run but we want to work on our handling package for long green flag runs. In Texas we battled to find a balance in the truck in those situations and believe we're going to take those notes and have a good handle on what Homestead will need for 134 laps of racing this Friday night."
 
With one race left in the season, Little has been planning for 2016.  "We've got our NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team heading in the right direction and a good run in Homestead will keep the attention on what we're capable of doing with solid support from our supporters," he said. "We're working on plans for 2016 and would like to run the entire season and each race helps to build towards that goal.



 Texas Motor Speedway - Nov 6th, 2015
Camping World Truck Series
race will will be LIVE on Fox Sports 1 at 8:00 EST

Texas-size experience awaits little on NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Sandusky, Ohio (November 5th, 2015):  Jesse Little, a member of the 2015 NASCAR Next class, returns to the Camping World Truck Series Friday night for the running of the WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. Little will be back behind the wheel of his No. 97 Toyota Tundra in an alliance with ThorSport Racing and will have the support of Protect The Harvest, an organization started by Lucas Oil founder, Forrest Lucas. 
 
Jesse's Pre-Race Quotes:
"Our team is grateful to continue representing Protect The Harvest in this weekend's event at Texas Motor Speedway," Little said. "This team provides me great equipment to drive at each NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event I've run this season. We're looking to put it all together with a strong finish come Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway."  "Texas is going to be one of the fastest tracks we've been to in my career. It's known for great racing in the series and puts a premium on handling and power. It's going to be something I'll never forget as we gain more experience on the 1.5-mile tracks."   Read entire press release......



Chicago Speedway - September 18th, 2015
Camping World Truck Series
race will will be LIVE on Fox Sports 1 at 8:30 EST

Protect the Harvest to Partner with ThorSport Racing and Jesse Little in Chicago


Sandusky, Ohio (September 15, 2015):   Protect The Harvest, an organization started by Lucas Oil founder, Forrest Lucas, will partner with ThorSport Racing and NASCAR Next driver, Jesse Little, for Friday night’s American Ethanol 225 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

“We’re honored to have ThorSport Racing and Jesse Little carry the Protect The Harvest name during the NCWTS race in Chicago this coming weekend, said Forrest Lucas. “ThorSport Racing and their owner, Duke Thorson, understand why Protect The Harvest and what we stand for is important to all of us.    

Little, who made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at the "Monster Mile" earlier this year showed promise with practice speeds in the top 5 and qualifying within the top-10; however his debut  ended in an early-race accident, relegating the young driver to a 30th-place finish.  
Read entire press release.....


Jesse answers the question - What did you learn in your truck series debut at Dover?  My truck series debut, at Dover, was the single biggest learning curve I've experienced in my career thus far. I found out how sensitive the trucks are in dirty air - the way they handle; the way you have to drive them - changes drastically when you are in the pack. With our day ending shorter than we had hoped for, due to the wreck, we were forced to take Kentucky off the schedule, and focus on getting the truck rebuilt, and back to a winning standard. It was still my goal to run a mile-and-a-half track, so we decided Chicagoland was a perfect fit. I've spent the summer at the race shop working, and trying to take in all I can, and expand my knowledge about these trucks."

"The test last week at Chicagoland Speedway was beyond helpful. It was my first time on a track that size, and to get a feeling of the trucks handling at those speeds, was incredible.  The amount of time you are on the gas there really stresses the importance of a good handling truck.   Cameron (Hayley) and I probably ran about 30-40 laps, side-by-side, and one in front of the other, as we were learning the tendencies of the trucks in dirty air.  That part of the test was the most beneficial, I felt. Also having Matt (Crafton) there, sharing his input with me as the test went on, really allowed me to focus on where my speed was lost, and gained. I feel ten times more comfortable heading into the race this weekend, and look forward to a good showing".

 9/9/15:  Richmond K&N Pro Race Update:  Jesse will not be able to race the Richmond K&N Pro race as planned on Thursday, September 10th -- this was due to Jesse's Camping World Truck Test being rained out at Chicagoland Speedway and rescheduled for the same day.   Jesse's next race with be at Chicago on Friday, September 16th in the Camping World Truck Series!
 Watkins Glen Race - August 7th, 2015
K&N Pro East Series
race will air tape delayed on NBC sports network Thurs August 13th at 7:00pm ET


Jesse will be racing #1 Yazaki Toyota this weekend at Watkins Glen for Hattori Racing Enterprises.   Last season Little scored a top-five finish at Watkins Glen and is eager to get back to the 2.454-mile road course!

 

PRESS RELEASE for WATKINS GLEN:  "Little Aims High at Watkins Glen After Successful HRE Debut"  Read full Press Release here!

JESSE's QUOTES for WATKINS GLEN:

"Watkins Glen is an iconic facility in motorsports and one that is exciting to race as a driver," added Little. "We'll have a good Kobe Toyopet Camry when we unload for practice and I know that Jamie Jones (crew chief) and the team will work hard to make the car even better for me as a driver to challenge for the win in the Bully Vineyards 124."  "We were the top-finishing NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) team last week with our runner-up finish and the team had a great set-up in our Toyota that helped to keep us up front all day," Little said. "I can't thank Shige Hattori and the whole team at HRE -- including all the students from Japan's Toyota Technical College that worked on the race car -- for the opportunity to drive for them at Iowa. It's an honor to be in their car and run so well. This week we'll tackle the twists and turns of Watkins Glen with the same enthusiasm."


 

Iowa Race - July 31st, 2015
K&N Pro East Series
race will air tape delayed on NBC sports network Thurs August 6th at 7:00pm ET
 
Jesse finishes 2nd at Iowa for HRE in the #1 Yazaki Toyota!  Congrats to Jesse and entire team at HRE!

For Friday night's race at Iowa Speedway, HRE assembled a crew featuring six college students from Toyota Technical College in Japan. The students, who are from the campuses in Tokyo, Kobe and Nagoya, have been in North Carolina  attending classes at the NASCAR Technical Institute, including pit crew training, and working at the HRE shop to prepare the #1 Yazak! Toytoa for the race!
 
PRESS RELEASE for IOWA:  "Little to race for Hattori Racing Enterprises at Iowa Speedway"  Read full Press Release here!
JESSE's QUOTES for IOWA:

"We've been working together in the race shop all week getting this Yazaki Toyota Camry ready for Friday night's race," he said. "Even though we may not speak the same language, we've been able to work well together because we all have racing in common. They've been practicing pit stops and we've been talking strategy -- so looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish as a team . We're looking forward to this weekend's start with Hattori Racing Enterprises and it's great to have 'Get to Know Newton' community outreach project continue their relationship with me for the race at Iowa Speedway."

Team Owner, Shige Hattori QUOTES for IOWA:

"Jesse is a talented young driver and we're looking forward to have him drive our HRE No. 1 Yazaki Toyota Camry this weekend at Iowa Speedway," said Hattori  "This has been a great opportunity for the students to not only become immersed in NASCAR, but to visit the United States and experience a different culture" explained Hattori. "This is the fourth year of this program where we've had college students from Toyota Technical College come to North Carolina and I'm glad that we can provide these students with this unique opportunity and learning experience."  


Loudon Race - July 17th, 2015
K&N Pro East Series
race will air tape delayed on NBC sports network Thurs July 23rd at 7:00pm ET

 
Little returns to site of first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series victory 
SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (July 15, 2015)  One year ago Jesse Little wheeled his Chad Little Outdoor Power Equipment NASCAR Technical Institute team to a breakthrough victory at New Hampshire International Speedway. This weekend the recent high school graduate and member of the 2015 NASCAR Next program aims to repeat that effort behind the wheel of his 2015 Toyota Camry. "

"Returning to New Hampshire knowing this is the place where our team earned its first victory is very special. As a driver, crewmember or anyone associated with Team Little Racing, the win here last year is something to be cherished. We're going to focus on going for another New Hampshire win this weekend in the running of the United Site Services 70," Little said.

Joining Little this weekend as a race partner in addition to Performance Friction Brakes and NASCAR Technical Institute will be Chad Little Outdoor Power Equipment. Owned by Bruce Weeks, the Maine-based company is located just a few hours from New Hampshire International Speedway. Featuring a full line of outdoor equipment from John Deere, Stihl, Echo, Exmark, Walker and Honda gives lawn and garden enthusiasts a strong line-up to choose from. Bringing a solid effort for their company is the plan for this weekend's race, according to the driver of the No. 97 Camry, Jesse Little.  "To have Bruce and the entire team at Chad Little Outdoor Power Equipment behind us this weekend will be an honor for me and the entire team," Little said. "This is their home racetrack and we're going to go out to give them a win with everyone from their two stores in the house to see all the action."


Little has scored a pole award, one victory and four top-5 in six NASCAR K&N Pro Series starts on one-mile tracks since 2013.  Featuring a relatively flat racing surface, New Hampshire International Speedway's one-mile circuit puts a premium on handling and brakes. With Performance Friction Brakes those two areas in optimum condition, Little wheeled his car to a late race pass for the win a year ago with plans to use the same approach this weekend.

"The best route to victory in any race is to be patient and have a car that will be there to contend for the win. We've got a good feel for what worked at New Hampshire, but we're also willing to look at a few changes to see how the car responds in practice. We come to the racetrack to challenge for wins and this week is no different so our crew will make every effort to give me a car capable of running in the front.


Little, who is running partial schedules this season in the
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, has a busy summer ahead with races scheduled in both series over the next several weeks.

"We're going to be at Iowa Speedway next with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series then put the focus back on our NASCAR Camping World Truck Series efforts. Each start we make this year helps to continue with our goal of building partnerships that will enable us to run more consistently on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2016. The victory at New Hampshire last year opened doors for us which led to my first career start on the Camping World Truck Series back in May and we're working to reach even higher goals with good runs the next few weeks," Little noted.


speed51.com photo from Loudon

Dover Race- May 29th, 2015
Camping World Truck Series Debut
race will air live on TV tape-Fox Sports 1 at 5:30pm ET

After practicing in the top 5 and having a car capable of running up front, Jesse's debut in the Camping World Truck series ended early with a wreck on Lap 33.   Congrats to Jesse for his professionalism and the team for all their hard work!  Special thanks to ThorSport Racing, Carolina Nut, NASCAR Technical Institute and everyone who helped make this dream come true! 

View Race Day pictures on our Facebook page
 
 View a replay of the incident on lap 33 at NASCAR.com
 
 Read a great post race summary of the race www. PopularSpeed.com

 

Jesse Little heads to the Monster Mile for Truck debut (Pre-Race Report)

SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (May 27, 2015)  For 18-year old Jesse Little, a member of the 2015 NASCAR Next class, the dream of racing in one of the sport's top three series has been with him everyday growing up as the son of a Sprint Cup Series driver.

 

This week Little will see the dream become a reality as his Team Little Racing No. 97 Toyota Tundra has been entered in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway.  The 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Rookie of the Year is eager to get to work at a track he has already tested at with his Tundra, he noted.

 

"We've been able to take part in a test at Dover and we're comfortable with how our Toyota responded. (Crew chief) Harold (Holly) and the team have put together a good package for this weekend and I'm excited to see what we can do once we unload for the Lucas Oil 200."

 

TLR formed a technical alliance with reigning series championship organization, ThorSport Racing, with immediate benefits for Little, he added.

 

"When you can have (defending Truck series champion) Matt Crafton giving you advice and talking you through some points on the track with regards to how the truck will respond (at the recent test) that is very important for our small one-truck operation. I can't thank Duke and Rhonda Thorson enough for supporting our team and making this dream possible. We're going to go out there Friday night to race hard and represent Team Little Racing and our alliance with ThorSport."

 

Choosing Dover International Speedway as the site of his Truck Series debut suits Little just fine as the driver of The Carolina Nut Co./PFC Tundra has had plenty of success at the Delaware facility in the past including a pole award and Top 5 runs in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events.

 

"Dover is a challenging track and since our team started competing there we've managed to run very well. You have to have patience in a race at Dover, and in qualifying need to know where that edge is without going to far because if you miss your marks it throws the whole lap off," Little explained. "In our test we worked on both set-ups and we expect a strong run with this Tundra. The schedule allows us about two and half hours of practice so we're going to have time to keep adjusting on things from our baseline set-up we unload with."

 

With a good race result more opportunities to run in the series will come this year. For Little keeping the goal of having a strong finish Friday night is the primary concern.

 

"We would like to compete in the series as much as we can this year without going past the rookie eligibility limit (seven races maximum) but we're only looking at the Lucas Oil 200 right now. All of the team's focus is on this race and doing well. 

 

Fans can keep up with Friday's Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway, as the race will be broadcast live on FoxSports 1 and on MRN radio. Updates will also be provided on Twitter @jesselittle97   and at Jesse Little Racing on Facebook throughout the weekend.

 


Iowa - May 16th, 2015
race will air on TV tape-delayed on NBCSN, Thursday May 21st
 

Jesse Little heads to Iowa aiming to win  
S
HERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (May 14, 2015)

Capturing his first pole award of the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series season, Jesse Little had the car capable of contending for victory at Bristol Motor Speedway last month when the series visited the nation's fastest half-mile.

  

Racing luck kept Little's team at bay with an early flat tire and he fought electrical problems with his new car, but showed his Toyota Camry has the speed to win on any given weekend it enters a NKNPS event, including this Saturday's Casey's General Store 150 at Iowa Speedway.  "We had a great car right off the trailer in Bristol and won the pole in qualifying but had some issues early in the race," Little said. "One thing that has our team very excited is knowing we've got a fast car heading to Iowa. We left Bristol already gearing up for this race and can't wait to get going for the Casey's General Store 150."  " When you have a schedule like Iowa this weekend as a driver you go out and work on getting the car to handle in situations where the tires are worn and the fuel load is lighter. That simulates the latter stages of the race and we can try and do some of that in the first practice session. In the midday practice we'll work a little bit on qualifying and race trim but each lap we log is helping to learn more about the car and what it will like on the bigger K&N Pro Series tracks. It's the first time with it on something other then a half-mile so we're focused on gathering good set-up notes for not only Iowa but when we come back in July and the New Hampshire race (also in July)."

 

Little has grown accustom to maximizing his time as he is winding down his high school studies, was just named to the NASCAR Next class for 2015 and recently tested a NASCAR Camping World Truck for his debut in the series on May 29 at Dover International Speedway.

 

"It's been busy for sure here lately but we're excited about this week's race and everything that's coming up with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut and my graduation soon. My family, supporters and sponsors have been encouraging of everything that's happening for me and that means so much. Our goal this weekend is to win in our Toyota Camry and see if we can capture another pole award," he said.

 

Supporters for the weekend also include the "Get to Know Newton" campaign and Moo's BBQ Restaurant.     "We're happy to have the 'Get to Know Newton (Iowa)' campaign back with us this season. The area is a great place for race fans to come and take in the events at Iowa Speedway and spend some time seeing all that Iowa has to offer," Little said. "The people of the Newton are some of the most hospitable in the country. We love coming here, and one of the places we like to stop at is Moo's BBQ and we're going to make sure to give them plenty of exposure this weekend as well."                   










 BRISTOL - March 18th, 2015
Race will air tape-delayed on Thurs, March 23rd TBA - NBCSN

Little prepares for K&N Pro Series season debut with Larry McReynolds Racing

SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (April 14, 2015) -   NASCAR Next driver, Jesse Little, begins his 2015 season with this week's NASCAR K&N Pro Series PittLite125 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

 

While the first race of the season comes well into the series schedule, the 18-year old has been busy in the off-season after signing a new team alliance with Larry McReynolds Racing where he will bring a brand new Toyota Camry to the world's fastest half-mile.

 

"(Car chief) Matt (Noyce) put together a great car for us during the off-season and I know that (Crew Chief) Steve (Graham) and the crew will have it dialed when we unload this week," Little said.

 

"We're excited to debut this new Performance Friction Brakes and NASCAR Technical Institute Toyota Camry and with all the work everyone at Team Little Racing and Larry McReynolds Racing have done we're expecting to have a good run in the PittLite 125."

 

Having posted two solid qualifying efforts in his most recent starts at Bristol Motor Speedway (fourth and tenth respectively) and capturing two poles in the last four races of 2014 Little is confident in earning another strong starting posting for the 125-shootout, he noted.

 

"We've qualified up front at Bristol and put together solid finishes. It's grass roots racing for me (at Bristol), as you have to get up on the wheel and drive the car with strategy and care. You can't go barreling into the corners and burn the tires off or tear up the equipment as that will just lead to a bad day in the end.

 

Our plan is to continue with what has worked in the past to get another strong starting position out of qualifying and then see what we can do over 125 laps of racing to be there at the end."

 

Little has confidence in Noyce's and Graham's ability to have his new Camry ready for the challenge, he added.

 

"Matt and Steve bring a lot of knowledge to the team and I'm excited to see what we can do not just at Bristol but throughout the NASCAR K&N Pro Series schedule that we're racing."

 

Once the checkered flag drops at Bristol Little will put his focus towards an anticipated schedule that will include selected NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events across the country.

 

While Little's season is starting after many of his competitors have been at it for weeks, Little believes he'll be able to pick-up where he left in his last K&N Pro Series start (Phoenix 2014).

 

"There is plenty coming up on our schedule and we'll have some announcements coming up over the next few weeks, but this week it's about Bristol and going for pole, leading laps and winning." Little said.

  

   Stay informed of all the latest news regarding NASCAR Next driver Jesse Little by logging onto www.jesselittle.com and at hometracks.nascar.com 

News and photos will also be available on Little's Twitter account @jesselittle97 or on the team's Facebook page, Jesse Little Racing


 

2014 Race Reports
 
     Phoenix International, Nov 6th, 2014
This race will air tape-delayed on Fox Sports 1, Sunday Nov 16th, 10:00 AM EST

Congrats to Jesse on your 4th place finish at Finish in the season finale at Phoenix International Raceway, November 6th, 2014 

Special Thanks to
Grandpa Chuck!
(pictured here with Jesse)

Special Thanks to
our team and all your hard AND dedicated work this year!

Special Thanks to our sponsors and supporters - could not of did it without you!   And, to the Shriners for their one race sponsorship at Phoenix to support awareness at the upcoming
 
East-West Shrine Game!


Little's final start of 2014 set for Phoenix International Raceway 

SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (November 4, 2014) - Capping off a stellar season on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series where the East competitor earned a victory in New Hampshire along with two pole awards coming at Iowa Speedway and Dover International respectively.     This week the 17-year old heads to Phoenix International Raceway for the running of the Casino Arizona 100 that will mark his final start of the 2014 campaign.   New Sponsor for Phoenix:  Little welcomes a new partner to Team Little Racing this week as the Shriner's organization will adorn his No. 97 Chevrolet to promote the upcoming Shriner's East-West Football game to be held at Tropicana Field in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area.  Jesse's Quotes:  "It's an honor to have the Shriner's onboard with us this week and our team is looking forward to sharing all of the wonderful things they do to help children," Little said. "We know that if a child is in need of services from the Shriner's they can go to one of their hospitals and receive help at no cost and that's an exciting message our race team wants to get out to NASCAR fans."    "Phoenix was a great race for us last year finishing second and I believe it helped set this team on the path to the success we had in 2014. We've put a lot of work into our cars that head out to the one-mile tracks and with a win at New Hampshire in the summer it shows that (crew chief) Kris (Bowen) and the team have us going in the right direction."   "Handling is big at Phoenix and we'll be sure to have adjustments in the car to get us through the day. With this being an impound race, once we're done with qualifying it will be important to have a car that we know will be dialed in for the 100-lap main event."
Read entire Press release....   

 
                
Dover International, Sept 26th, 2014
This race will air tape-delayed on Fox Sports 1, Saturday, Oct 4th, 10:00 AM EST
Congrats to Jesse Little Little for winning the Pole at Dover International Raceway on September 26th, 2014



Little aims to secure top-5 championship points in K&N East season finale at Dover
SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (September 4th, 2014):   The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns to Dover International Speedway on Friday for its season finale, the Drive Sober 150, with plenty of championship points positions up for grabs.    Reigning NKNPSE Sunoco Rookie of the Year, Jesse Little, can climb as high as second place in the final standings with a solid effort in this week's race.  Dover is one of the toughest tracks on the series for any driver. With limited practice time it's preparation in the shop that is one of the biggest keys to success, according to Little.  Jesse's Quotes:   We've had a great year with our NASCAR Technical Institute Chevrolet," Little said. "Our team picked up the win at New Hampshire earlier in the season, scored a pole award in Iowa and strung together several top-10 finishes in recent weeks.  If we can keep that momentum up for Dover, I believe this team can make a climb in the final points standings.    As a driver you're up on the wheel at Dover and have to be prepared to battle everything the track throws at you and your race team.  The concrete surface places a premium on handling and focus from the driver.  We ran well there last season (starting fourth, coming home with a fifth place finish) and this year we'll have a car that we know will be very fast in qualifying trim and the priority during practice will be the handling package for longer runs."  On to Phoenix:   "We're planning to run the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season finale at Phoenix in November.  Last season we were able to bring home a runner-up finish and it's another chance to run with a great group of drivers out there.  Because our points season on the East concludes this weekend we're looking to get another race under our belt.  It's is a great way to close out our year especially after the run we had out there last season."  READ ENTIRE PRESS RELEASE.....



Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Sept 6th, 2014
Follow live updates at NASCAR.com Hometracks during race

Little returns to Greenville-Pickens with Mac's Speed Shop Restaurant onboard

SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (September 4th, 2014):
 
Jesse Little rolls into Greenville-Pickens Speedway this weekend for the final short track race of the season on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East fresh off a top-3 finish last Saturday in Bakersfield, Ca.     

Mac's Speed Shop Restaurant,  will again adorn Little's No. 97 Chevrolet this weekend at Greenville-Pickens.

Special Appearance:  Jesse will be signing autographs at Mac's Speed Shop, 930 S. Main St, Greenville, Friday, Sept 5th from 7:00 to 9:00.   Lots of great prizes and fun - see you there!  

Jesse's Quotes:  Greenville-Pickens has always been a good track for our team and we're coming off a strong run last week (at Kern County Raceway on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West) with our short track package finishing 3rd.  There are some differences in how we'll approach this race from last Saturday but our car has shown it's a front runner whenever we're running on the bullrings of the series".    "It takes patience to be successful at Greenville-Pickens," he said. "You have to work each lap to keep the tires underneath the car so there's something to rely on when making a late race charge to the checkered flag.  With only two races left in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season, time is of the essence for Little to make a charge up the championship standings, he noted.   

Little has posted strong results in his past events at Greenville including 2 top-5 finishes in his last three starts on the South Carolina half-mile. In the spring event, Little notched a third-best lap in time trials then backed that up with a fourth-place run in the 150-lap main event.   Still within striking distance of the upper echelon of the championship standings, Little aims to use a strong run on Saturday night to continue his stellar sophomore campaign.
Read more quotes by Jesse and Mac's Speed Shop -- ENTIRE PRESS RELEASE....



Jesse competed in the K&N West Series over Labor Day weekend in Bakersfield, CA.   Congrats to Jesse Little on his 3rd place finish at Kern County Speedway!


Listen to post race audio posted at NASCAR.com hometracks

 
Virginia International Raceway, Aug 16th, 2014
Follow live updates at NASCAR.com Hometracks during race
Little eager for NASCAR K&N Pro Series stop at Virginia International Raceway 

SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (August 13th, 2014):   After posting a top-5 finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East's first road course of the season, held last weekend at Watkins Glen International Raceway, reigning Sunoco Rookie of the Year, Jesse Little heads into this weekend's race at Virginia International Raceway with confidence on this side.  Little, who had to start at the rear of the field at Watkins Glen due to adjustments made to the car after qualifying, charged through the field to post one of the strongest runs of the race.  Jesse's Quotes:  "We had a great NASCAR Technical Institute Chevrolet at Watkins Glen and showed we're capable of chasing a win at the road courses," Little said. Going into this weekend's Biscuitville 125 at Virginia International Raceway we're planning to unload a similar set-up to last week and then take it to the front again. Maintaining the consistency of recent weeks is the goal for the weekend with the hope of taking the NASCAR Technical Institute Chevrolet to victory lane again in 2014, Little noted.   Support this season from the NASCAR Technical Institute has keyed Little's run to the top-5 in the driver's championship points standings.   "When developing partnerships at the NASCAR Technical Institute we look for proven winners and people that share our passion for success.  Partnering with Team Little Racing and driver Jesse Little has been nothing but a success," according to John Dodson, Vice-President of Community Relations at the NASCAR Technical Institute.  "Jesse exemplifies everything we value and teach here at NASCAR Tech.  His desire to be the best, his professionalism and communication skills are essential tools that we seek to instill in every student and graduate.  Jesse is a winner and the NASCAR Tech family is excited to be a part of his success on and off the track."      Read Entire Press release and more from John Dodson at NASCAR Technical Institute...

 
Watkins Glen International, Aug 8th, 2014
This race will air tape-delayed on Fox Sports 1, Sunday August 17th, 9:00 AM EST
Change of pace for Little as NASCAR K&N Pro Series goes road racing 

SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (August 5th, 2014):  Jesse Little and the stars of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series head to the famed Watkins Glen International Raceway for the first of two road course races in the month of August.   This will be Little's first race at the upstate New York road course.   Jesse's Quotes:  "I'm excited to get back to road racing. It's going to be a lot of fun getting to race two road courses in the next week" Little said. "Last season our road course package was very good and I believe we've found some things that will make us even better starting this week at Watkins Glen. There are some things you do with the cars to get ready for a road course race including shifting some weight around and adjusting the brake package. Our Performance Friction brakes package has been outstanding this season and we're confident in what we'll have at Watkins Glen this week Virginia International next week. With the long straightaways at Watkins Glen you have to have horsepower to run strong in the those sections of the track where passing is key.  We've been fast all year long, picked up a pole at Iowa Speedway last week and had the power when we needed at New Hampshire a few weeks ago. I know we're ready to run well this week in the Bully Hill Vineyards 125," said the driver of the NASCAR Technical Institute Chevrolet.   Read Entire Press Release.....


 Iowa Speedway, August 1st 2014
This race will air tape-delayed on Fox Sports 1, Friday August 8th, 11:00 AM EST

         
Congratulations to Jesse Little for winning the Pole at Iowa Speedway!

 
Little's strong summer continues with return trip to Iowa Speedway


SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (July 29th, 2014):
  Jesse  Little looks to keep his summer surge going as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series returns to Iowa Speedway on Friday.  In the month of July,  Little has scored a victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway while also posting a top-5 finish at Columbia Speedway.    Jesse's Quotes:  We've been running very well and it's helped to get us into the top-5 in the chase for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series championship," Little said.  Having run strong at New Hampshire, we can use some of that experience to build towards another good weekend in Iowa.  One thing that Little and his team will bring that's consistent with their New Hampshire set-up will be a handling package that allows his Chevrolet to rotate through the track's sweeping corners, he explained.  We had one of the fastest cars in New Hampshire when it came time to qualify. That helped us stay within the top-5 running order during the race that set us up to score our first victory in the series. We'll bring a similar handling package to Iowa that lets the car roll through the corners without scrubbing off a lot of speed so that I can get back to the throttle in the straightaways.  Momentum is big at Iowa Speedway and we believe our car can be in contention for another solid finish."    Read entire press release....

 
Columbus Motor Speedway, July 19th 2014
This race will air tape-delayed on Fox Sports 1, Sunday July 27th, 10:00 AM EST

Jesse Little wins New Hampshire and Looks to keep Momentum Going at Columbus


SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (July 14th, 2014):  Jesse Little broke through for his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event victory last weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway, but life as a race car driver means it's onto the next race as the series heads to Ohio for the running of Saturday's JEGS 150 at Columbus Motor Speedway. 

Maintaining a position amongst the top-5 in Friday night's Granite State 100 on New Hampshire's one-mile oval, Little seized an opportunity after the leaders made contact in turn three of the final lap.  Jesse's Quotes:  "We had a great car all weekend and I knew things could get interesting in the front as the laps wound down," Little explained. "As the white flag came out and they (leader Nick Drake and second-place Brandon Jones) made contact I just stayed in the throttle and went by them. It's a big win for our race team and it's one I'll always remember".   "It was also my mom's birthday so the New Hampshire victory will always be special to our family from here on out, but we have a job to do and now it's time to get focused on Columbus, see if we can get our NASCAR Technical Institute Chevrolet back to victory lane which will continue our push towards the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship."   READ ENTIRE PRESS RELEASE.....


Loudon, NH, July 10th 2014
This race will air tape-delayed on Fox Sports 1, Sunday July 20th, 12:00 Noon EST
 
NASCAR Next driver eager to return to New England's Magic Mile


SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (July 10th, 2014): After a stretch of short-track racing on the NASCCAR K&N Pro Series, Jesse Little and his NASCAR Technical Institute Racing Team head to New Hampshire this week for the running of the Granite State 100.    Last season the 17-year old third-generation driver scored a sixth-place finish in this event, which serves as motivation to aim higher.   Little brought home two top-5 and three top-10 finishes in his three starts on one-mile tracks in 2013.  This weekend's race marks the beginning of four consecutive races for Little, as he'll crisscross the country running in NASCAR East and Western divisions of the K&N Pro Series.   Jesse's quotes:   "I love the speed the car carries on the big tracks. It makes you work as a driver to be smooth and not get the car out of the racing line. We're bringing a good package to New Hampshire that should allow our Chevrolet to handle well on the track's flat corners. That's the key to the race is having a car that will stay in the groove through the corners and not wear out the tires."   Having a brake package that works well underneath his car will be essential to performance as well, Little added.  Our Performance Friction Brakes do that for our car as good as anything out there and I know it's one the of reasons we can contend for a strong finish this weekend."   Read entire Press Release.....


Langley Speedway -  June 21st, 2014
This race will air tape-delayed on Fox Sports 1, Friday, June 27th, 12:00 Noon EST
NASCAR Next driver Jesse Little heads to Langley Speedway 

SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (June 19th 2014):  Third generation NASCAR driver, Jesse Little, returns to Langley Speedway aiming for consecutive top-10 runs on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.  Fresh off a solid sixth place effort at Five Flags Speedway, Little's NASCAR Technical Institute Chevrolet has been stout on the short tracks of the K&N East and West series.  Little welcomes a return to Langley Speedway as it got his 2013 march towards the season's Sunoco Rookie of the Year title underway.  Jesse's Quotes: "We came out of Langley last year with a third-place finish.  It was my first trip to the track and I really got into a groove as the race went on that night. With something to look back on for set-up notes we're going to be looking to be strong right off the trailer," Little noted.  The strong run earned Little the Coca-Cola Move of the Race for advancing the most positions in the event and set in motion a string of top-10 finishes en route to a top-10 points position in the season's chase for the championship.   "Langley really boosted our season and to have all of that come together again this year when this race wraps up would be nice. I like the track because it put a lot on the driver to get the car around its tight corners. To be successful at Langley requires patience over the course of the first 150 laps then get after it for the final 25," he explained. Read entire press release....

Pensacola, FL - Five Flags, June 13th, 2014
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Little prepares for tough two-week stretch on NASCAR K&N Pro Series

SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (June 13th 2014):  NASCAR Next driver, Jesse Little, continues his K&N Pro Series East season Friday evening with the running of the Pensacola 150 at Five Flags Speedway Little will go from Pensacola's half-mile to the .400-mile Langley (Virginia) Speedway on June 21.  Jesse's Quotes: "We're inside the top-10 in the chase for the championship," Little noted. "Our NASCAR Technical Institute Chevrolet has had some strong runs this year. Getting back to half-mile track will be nice since we had a good car in Bakersfield (Kern County Raceway is also a half-mile) with a 5th place finish.  It's important to keep aiming for race wins to stay in the hunt for the championship.   We had excellent speed last year at both Five Flags and Langley and expect a solid performance.   Schools out and I'll be helping (crew chief) Kris and our team in the shop this summer. That's something I've been doing for several years and it pays off in learning more about the racecar. Continuing to learn the mechanical side of the car helps in my feedback with Kris on adjustments we can make," Little said. "It's Father's Day on Sunday and my dad (Chad) has been there for me every step of the way.  We've got a Happy Father's Day decal on the car for all of the dads out there and I'm proud to be running it this weekend."    Read entire Press Release......
          
Bowman Gray Stadium-  May 31st, 2014

This race will air on Fox Sports 1, Saturday, June 7th, 10:30 AM EST

Little eager to return to Bowman Gray Stadium

SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (May 30th 2014): 
Fresh off a solid performance with a 5th place finish on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, Jesse Little returns to North Carolina where he'll challenge the stars of the K&N Pro Series East at the famed Bowman Gray Stadium.  This weekend's NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 marks the seventh race in the season's 16-race schedule for the K&N Pro Series East. Bowman Gray has hosted the series four times in its history with each event showcasing some of the best short-track racing in the country.

Jesse's Quotes: "We've been putting together a good season on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and I'm excited to get back to Bowman Gray and keep the momentum up," said the driver of the Mac's Speed Shop Chevrolet.  Having a strong front bumper and a car that turns on a dime is one of the keys to getting around this bullring and running up front, he added.  "A good brake package from Performance Friction and the stability of our Penske Shocks will also be important to navigate through the flat corners at Bowman Gray.   Last week in Bakersfield (running on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West) we ran up front all day to finish fifth after grabbing a solid starting position in qualifying. Bowman Gray puts a premium on qualifying because passing is so tough there. We'll concentrate on qualifying runs during some of our practice time to make sure we're in the hunt again for another great finish."   Read entire press release....


KERN COUNTY SPEEDWAY - May 21th, 2014
This race will STREAM LIVE at www.fanschoice.tv - Green Flag at 7:30 PT 


NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Sunoco Rookie of the Year Heads West

SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (May 21st 2014): NASCAR Next driver Jesse Little heads to the Golden State of California this weekend to make his second start on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.   Saturday's race continues a busy month of May for Little who will be competing in three races in a four-week stretch. The California race weekend will not be the last for Little's ventures out West. Jesse's Quotes: "I expect to be among some great drivers this weekend in Bakersfield (home of Kern Co. Raceway). The West series and its history are part of our family's memorable racing moments as my dad (Chad Little) won the 1987 series championship.  My Grandfather (Chuck Little) ran several West series races in the 70's as well.   I know our Team Little Racing entry will be stout this weekend and I can't wait to be part of the holiday festivities at Kern County," Little said.    Getting behind the wheel and positioning ourselves to win races is our goal each week and it's exciting to be part of the West's stop in Bakersfield. We'll be back (to Bakersfield) later this year and we're planning to run Colorado National Speedway and Phoenix later this year."    Read entire Press Release....
 
IOWA SPEEDWAY - May 14th, 2014

Race will air tape-delayed on Saturday, May 24th, 8:30 am EST - Fox Sports 1

Team Little Racing Partners with "Get to Know Newton" for Iowa Speedway Events

SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (May 14th 2014):   Jesse Little, a third-generation driver and recently named member of the 2014-15 NASCAR Next program, will help race fans "Get to Know Newton" as the 17-year old has signed an agreement to carry the city's promotional logo on his Chevrolet for this weekend's NASCAR K&N Pro Series event at Iowa Speedway.

"We are very proud to partner with NASCAR Next star Jesse Little, and to showcase our city branding campaign on his Team Little Racing Chevrolet during the 'Casey's General Stores 150' NASCAR K&N Pro Series race this Saturday,"  Craig Armstrong, City of Newton Development Specialist, explained.  Jesse Little quotes:  "This is a great opportunity for our race team to be able to showcase Newton (Iowa) and what it has to offer to the race fans that will be here this weekend and again this summer when we return," Little said.   "Our team has always been strong at tracks like Iowa. We ran well at Richmond in our last race (posting a top-10 finish) and Iowa is a very similar layout. The momentum we've put together of late has us sitting within the top-5 in the championship standings and we're looking to maintain or improve on that this weekend."  "When the car gets through the corner and more importantly is able to exit strong and carry speed down the straightaways you always have a shot to win.  We had that for the most part in Richmond and expect to be up front at Iowa this weekend:"  Read Entire Press Release....


 
Watch Jesse's Live TV Interview with local KCCI 8 News from the Iowa track

 
RICHMOND - April 25th, 2014
Race w
ill air tape-delayed on Friday, May 2nd 4:30 pm EST - Fox Sports 1
Little returns to Richmond where K&N Pro Series career began 
SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (March 21, 2014):  Jesse Little broke into the K&N Pro Series at Richmond International Raceway in April of 2012 where he set a record as the youngest driver to ever qualify for a series event.  Little now heads to Richmond as the reigning NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Rookie of the Year and fresh off his first top-5 finish of the 2014 season.   Jesse's Quotes: "To win races and be in a position for the championship we know that it will take good runs each week. Our race at Greenville-Pickens (on March 22) got us moving in that direction as we had a solid car all night long.  We're going to go into Richmond very prepared and expect a solid performance.  That first series victory is just around the corner for this team and Richmond would be a great place to make that happen," Little said.
READ ENTIRE PRESS RELEASE......



   
Greenville-Pickens, March 22nd, 2014
Race will air tape-delayed on Friday, March 28nd 11:00 am EST - Fox Sports 1
Congrats to Jesse for his 4th place Finish!!

Little brings new sponsor to Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 

SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (March 21, 2014):  This weekend's Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville Pickens Speedway has Jesse Little returning to a familiar short track on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with a new sponsor onboard.

Mac's Speed Shop Restaurant, a local restaurant located at 930 S Main St. in Greenville, www.macspeedshop.com  will adorn Little's No. 97 Chevrolet during both series events to be held this season at Greenville-Pickens. 
    
Jesse's quotes:  "Mac's Speed Shop Restaurant is a local favorite for us and to have them as part of our Greenville-Pickens races will be great.  Our Team Little Racing crew, fans and fellow competitors are going to be hearing a lot about them this weekend. Little said. "Success this weekend will hinge on a solid handling package and brakes , he noted.   "To get around Greenville-Pickens really asks a lot from the race car and driver when it comes to entering, rolling the center, and exiting off the corner," Little said.   Greenville-Pickens is the sight of Little's best career finish on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, something he will key on this weekend.  READ ENTIRE PRESS RELEASE....

 
BRISTOL - March 15th, 2014
Race will air tape-delayed on Sat, March 22nd 11:am EST - Fox Sports 1
Little looks to march
forward at Bristol 

Immediate Release (March 11th, 2014): Bristol Motor Speedway is one of Little's favorite racetracks on the circuit and a place where the 16-year old has posted a top-5 effort in NASCAR K&N Pro Series qualifying.  Jesse's Quotes: "We're really excited to be heading to Bristol and do some short track racing," Little said. "Bristol is one of those places that every racer wants to compete at because it's one of the premier short tracks in our sport with so much history. I really like racing on the half-mile tracks and our team has some of the best equipment out there for short track competition." 

"We believe we have a excellent setup package in the car that will really help us get in and out of the corners and I know our Penske Shocks are dialed in to get the car handling in this short 125-lap race."   Posting the fourth quickest lap in qualifying last year gave Little the chance to run in the front of the field for most of the afternoon. He will look to duplicate that accomplishment this weekend, he explained.  
READ ENTIRE PRESS RELEASE.....


View our Exclusive Race Day Pictures from Daytona and New Smyrna



 Season Opener Double Header Events!

New Smyrna Speedway - February 16th, 2014
(race will air tape-delayed on Sat, Feb 22nd 9:00am EST - Fox Sports 1)

 

Daytona International Speedway - February 18th, 2014
(race will air LIVE on Fox Sports 2 on Tues Feb 18th at 8:30pm EST and also tape-delayed
on Wed Feb 19th at 5:30pm EST on Fox Sports 1)

Little eager to get 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series season underway
Immediate Release (February 7th, 2014): 
NASCAR's top K&N Pro Series team kicks
things off at New Smyrna Speedway on February 16 followed by the 2nd Annual Battle at the Beach to be held at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 18.    And, one of the most consistent drivers on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East over the second-half of the 2013 season, Jesse Little, is hard at work for the series season-opening events in Florida.   Jesse's Quotes: "We had one of the strongest cars in the season finale at Phoenix and had nothing but good runs when it counted the most to climb back into the championship and rookie chase after a tough start to our season last year. My dad has won at Daytona and I'm always looking to carry our family's racing legacy on so the Battle at the Beach will be a big event in my career."    "The New Smyrna 150 is our first points race and we want to be sure to take care of our equipment and be there at the end to challenge for a win. Daytona is now a points race (as opposed to a non-points open event in 2013) so we have to be smart in those 48 hours and leave Florida with two good points days," Little said. 
Read full Press release.....

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Little announces new Sponsorship for NASCAR's K&N Pro Series Florida swing 
Immediate Release (February 13th, 2014):  

Team Little welcomes Vanacore Homes as the teams
new partner over the coming week. The mission of Vanacore Homes is to build high quality custom homes better, faster and at a lower price then our competition.  According to owner Todd Vanacore "We pride ourselves on a hands-on approach and build each home as if building it for ourselves; we're true builders. We'll go above and beyond to make sure our customer's personal dream becomes a reality."  
Read full Press Release and race quotes for this weekend by Jesse....