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Congrats to Jesse for his 2nd place finish at Dover on September 30th, 2016 in the K&N Pro Series!

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Race Reports from 2016:
 HOMESTEAD Race,  Nov 18th, 2016
Camping World Truck Series-this race will air live on FS1 at 8:00pm EST 11/18/16

PRE-RACE PRESS RELEASE -JJL Motorsports Media Relations:  (November 17, 2016) The Ford Ecoboost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway caps the University of North Carolina-Charlotte student's racing season that has taken him across the country in two separate series.  Little continues his partnership with The Carolina Nut Co. as a primary sponsor of the No. 97 Toyota and welcomes the NASCAR Technical Institute, Performance Friction Brakes and Racing Electronics as associate sponsors for the weekend.  Jesse's Quotes:  "This has been a busy season for me as a driver and things have really picked up in recent weeks with the debut of our JJL Motorsports team. We took a solid Toyota Tundra to Texas, focused on the team's performance throughout the night and had a truck capable of running up front, qualifying 13th.   Unfortunately a pit stop mishap set up back 2 laps.  We're after stronger finishes and putting together a set-up that qualifies well and transitions to a truck capable of racing with the leaders is the focus of the weekend, he added. Matt Noyce knows what to do to give me as a driver the best truck possible to close out our 2016 season on a strong note. With this being the final race of the year we'll look to be a factor. The alliance we have with ThorSport Racing has been very helpful to JJL Motorsports in providing technical assistance and I know that we can go to their teams and drivers for some feedback to make our truck even better" Little said  READ ENTIRE PRESS RELEASE......



TEXAS Race,  Nov 4th, 2016
Camping World Truck Series-this race will air live on FS1 at 8:00pm EST 11/4/16


Little welcomes Carolina Nut and new partner Front Sight Firearms to JJL Motorsports

PRE-RACE PRESS RELEASE:  JJL Motorsports Media Relations (November 1, 2016)  ­ Jesse Little heads to Texas Motor Speedway aiming for a strong run in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.  Little will return to the series behind the wheel of the No. 97 Carolina Nut Toyota Tundra and welcomes Front Sight Firearms and Shadow Warriors to the team as associate sponsors.   Jesse's Quotes: "Our team is eager to get to Texas Motor Speedway and to have ThorSport Racing continuing to provide technical support for our Toyota Tundra's. The employees and ownership group of The Carolina Nut Company are onboard with us once again and we also welcome Front Sight Firearms and Shadow Warriors to our organization. " Little said.   "Texas is a challenging track, one that carries so much speed. As a driver you can feel the truck pinned to the track and rolling through the corners each lap. The goal for our team is to post a good finish that showcases JJL Motorsports and our partners including Carolina Nut Company, Front Sight Firearms and Shadow Warriors to NASCAR fans in attendance and watching across the various media spectrums."  Read more about our sponsors and the coming race......


    
Dover Race, Sept 30th, 2016
K&N Pro East Race

Dover Race, September 30th, 2016.  Jesse Little capped off the NASCAR K&N Pro Series season finale at Dover with a historic performance for Rette Jones Racing, finishing second-place on September 30th, 2016.   This was Jesse's fourth start in his limited schedule for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. For Little, the performance in Friday’s race was a solid confidence boost for himself and the team. With Mother Nature creating havoc with persistent rain showers, qualifying was cancelled forcing Jesse to start 19th, based on owner points. . But Little would quickly begin his march through field. Taking one position at a time, the Sherrills Ford, North Carolina worked his way to fourth by the halfway mark and then into the runner-up spot by Lap 100. Jesse's Quotes " “Man, we had a great day,” Little recalled. “Looking back at our K&N schedule, we certainly had our ups and downs, but this Rette Jones Racing team never gave up. Despite starting in the back, I knew if I took my time and didn’t make any mistakes – we could get inside the top-five. “Believe me, I gave it my all to try and get the lead from Kyle at the end, but he had a strong car and we just got too tight. I’m happy though for Mark (Rette, co-owner) and Terry (Jones, co-owner). They’ve spent a lot of time and effort to build this team into contenders and to end the year with a second is definitely great momentum to carry into the off season.”  READ ENTIRE PRESS RELEASE.......


PRE-RACE Press Release and JESSE's QUOTES (Sept 6th, 2016):
  “It feels like a while since I’ve been in a K&N car, but I’m definitely ready to go,” said Little, driver of the No. 2
9 NTI / UTI Toyota Camry. “It’s the last race of the season in the K&N Pro Series East, so you surely want to go out there and have a good run. "I love Dover,” added Little. The track is wicked fast with tight corners and a huge transition over the bridge in Turn 2 that gives you an exhilarating feeling. It’s a race that everyone really pays attention too.” Little has four K&N starts at the “Monster Mile.”, earning the pole in 2014. Little will be sponsored by NASCAR Technical Institute Through a campus-based school system, NTI offers specialized technical education programs and students learn everything you need to know to work on a wide variety of vehicles. “Being around NASCAR my entire life, I’ve been fortunate to know how the NTI program works and how it makes a difference for its students,” added Little. “They’ve been a great partner of mine for years and I hope we can end the season like we started the season with a strong finish.” READ FULL PRESS RELEASE ......
 
 
Bristol Race, July 17, 2016

Camping World Truck Race
  
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Carolina Nut Facebook Contest for Bristol! 
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Carolina Nut Facebook Contest at Bristol. Contest winners were randomly drawn by Jesse -- see video posted on Facebook!
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Mooresville, NC (August 16. 2016): Jesse Little is a big fan of Bristol Motor Speedway and the third-generation driver looks to change his luck at the 0.533-mile oval in Wednesday night’s UNOH 200.  Little and his team Rette Jones Racing have combined their efforts again for Bristol with Hattori Racing Enterprises (HRE) which puts Little aboard the No. 81 The Carolina Nut Co. / Sumitomo Toyota Tundra.   Little, a NASCAR Next alumnus has prior experience at Bristol in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, earning the Pole last year.   Jesse's Pre-Race Quotes: “I’m stoked to head to Bristol Motor Speedway for Wednesday's race,” said Little "we are incredibly appreciative of the opportunity to partner with Hattori Racing Enterprises and The Caroline Nut as the Sponsor.  “We’ve been fast, just had some bad luck in the races that have hurt us in the finishing department,” added Little. “As a driver, I know what it takes to be competitive at Bristol.  You have to be patience, but you have to have a good handling car or truck, you just want to be able to get off the corners where you can carry the speed down the straightaways while trying to avoid the chaos around you.  We’re hoping we can get our truck qualified somewhere in the top-15 and then work on it from there. It looks like it’s going to be a pretty strong pack of trucks this week, so we’ll see what we can do in practice and apply that to qualifying and give it our all during the race.”  READ ENTIRE PRESS RELEASE......

About The Carolina Nut Co: For more than 60 years The Carolina Nut Co. has used unique handcrafted family recipes to create gourmet nut flavors for every nut lover. Located in Henderson, N.C., The Carolina Nut Co. is a family-owned company that is spreading its delicious nut creations throughout the nation.

 
Iowa Race, July 29, 2016
K&N East Pro Race

(Mooresville, NC (July 15, 2016):   Jesse Little had fond memories of Iowa Speedway. 
The third-generation driver earned his second and most recent NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win at Iowa Speedway last year.   Iowa Speedway is one of the few events on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series schedule where the series combines the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West divisions together for a battle of their own.  Jesse's Pre-race quotes: "Iowa Speedway last year was a good race for us,” said Little. “We didn’t have a reason to be disappointed, because in all retrospect, we left there as winners, but it wasn’t on our exact terms. We had a really good car and I’m hoping we can do the same on Friday night with Rette Jones Racing.   "The last race at New Hampshire was a bummer, the race didn’t turn out like we planned with our No. 29 Chad Little Outdoor Power Equipment Toyota – or as a team. We tried to push the envelope with a completely different chassis set up and it just didn't work.  But, that’s behind us. We learned from it and we’re focused on what’s out the windshield."   READ ENTIRE PRESS RELEASE......

 Loudon Race, July 16, 2016
K&N East Pro Race

Mooresville, NC (July 15, 2016): Little and his No. 29 Rette Jones Racing team join the rest of the K&N East invaders this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for their ninth race of the season, but Little returns as a previous race winner at the 1.0-mile oval. In a limited NASCAR schedule for Rette Jones Racing this season, Little competed at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, and while his K&N season debut in Alabama delivered a third-place finish, Little knows to be in position to win again – he must first be near the front.   Jesse's Quotes for Loudon: “I’ve been looking forward to this coming weekend for a long time,” said Little. I picked up my first win the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in New Hampshire in 2014 with Chad Little Outdoor Power Equipment on board and I’m fortunate to have them help out again for this year’s race. I feel confident in myself along with my Rette Jones Racing that we have what it takes to send our Toyota Camry to Victory Lane.  The track really suits my driving style where we reach high speeds, but also have to driver the corners similar to that of a short track. Matt (Noyce, crew chief) knows the feeling I’m looking for and we’ve spent a lot of time this week bouncing ideas off each other. New Hampshire here we come." READ ENTIRE PRESS RELEASE.... 


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Texas Motor Speedway, June 10th, 2016
Camping World Truck Race
Jesse finishes P19 at Texas!   Jesse's quotes:  "Had a blast racing at Texas, but just missed the set-up at the start and then had a tire go down when we picked up a piece of aluminum, which took us down 2 laps.   The dreaded aero tight on the big tracks is a real challenge, but  at the end of the race, we were running lap times in the top ten.   I know what we need to work on for the next one and learned alot with drafting and aero.   We'll take the 19th but so looking forward to getting back in this Truck again as I know we can run in the top ten for sure"



Texas PRESS RELEASE -  (June 8th, 2016):   Little and Rette Jones Racing have combined their efforts for Texas with Hattori Racing Enterprices (HRE) which puts Little behind the No. 81 The Carolina Nut Co Toyota Tundra.   "We are incredibly appreciative of the opportunity to partner with Hattori Racing this weekend at Texas", said Little.  Shige Hattori has done a good job building his team this season and I hope we can continue to help build that foundation with a good run on Friday night".     Last October in a partnership with ThorSport Racing, Little made his third series start finishing a respectable 15th at Texas.   Mark Rette will call the shots for Little - "I've said it time and time again, Jesse is a wheelman and I'm glad he's behind the wheel" said Rette. 

READ ENTIRE PRESS RELEASE.....


Jesse with car owner, Jason Little at Texas Motor Speedway

 Charlotte Motor Speedway, May 20th, 2016
Camping World Truck Series

Mother Nature wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Since qualifying was rained out, Jesse did not get to race Charlotte as he needed to qualify with no owners points.   This team is determined and had prepared a great car so we will be back soon to attempt another Camping World Truck race.  Special Thanks to The Carolina Nut Co.
, our awesome team for their hard work, and everyone who helped support us at Charlotte!!

We are heading to Texas for our next Camping World Truck race!




View our Pictures from Thursday's Practice


 

Mooresville, NC (May 13, 2016):   Officials from Rette Jones Racing (RJR) announced today that the Mooresville, North Carolina-based team will field a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry for third-generation Jesse Little in next Friday night’s NC Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. 

For his first truck run of the 2016 season, Rette Jones Racing has formed a technical alliance with Sandusky Ohio’s ThorSport Racing with the two teams working closely together throughout the week in preparation for Little’s fifth career NCWTS start and first at the 1.5-mile speedway.

The Carolina Nut Co. who backed Little in his NCWTS debut last year at Dover (Del.) International Speedway will reprise their role and support the 19-year-old in his series return since the season-finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway last November. 

Jesse's Quotes: “I’m excited to finally announce my return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” said Little. “I’m extremely appreciative of this opportunity with Rette Jones Racing and ThorSport Racing for the chance to compete at Charlotte Motor Speedway next weekend. We’ve work hard over the past couple of months putting our No. 30 The Carolina Nut Co. Toyota Tundra together with hopes we can go to Charlotte and have a successful night.  “I can’t begin to express what it means to me to have The Carolina Nut Co. supporting me in my truck return. We didn’t get the outcome we wanted last year at Dover, but this is a new opportunity to deliver and everyone at Rette Jones Racing is determined to do so.”

Mark Rette Quotes: “Jesse is an unbelievable talent,” said Rette. “I’ve been around him a lot and he can get the job done. For us, it just made sense to put this program together for Jesse and build on this new partnership with ThorSport Racing. Undoubtedly with their success and accolades on the race track, it’s something for our organization to stride for. We’re looking forward to Charlotte and what’s ahead after that and hope we can turn some heads along the way.

Read Entire Press Release......


  Bristol Motor Speedway - April 16th, 2016
K&N East Series
race will air tape delayed on NBC Sports Friday, April 22nd

Bristol Update - Jesse's Quotes:  "Unfortunately, I was involved in a wreck during group qualifying when the car in front of me spun. We do not have a back-up car and my car was damaged beyond repair.  The track is just so narrow and tried my best to avoid him, but there was just no where to go. I'm very disappointed and hate it for my sponsors and team - We were so pumped going into this race and car was SUPER FAST in practice. We would have had the car to beat again at Bristol, just bad luck 2 years in row now. This track is one of my favorites so I will be back to conquer it. My next race will be Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Camping World Truck series on May 20th. Thanks for all your support!" Jesse Little


Bristol Sponsors:
Rette Jones Racing is proud to welcome a partnership with NASCAR Technical Institute (NTI) and Universal Technical Institute (UTI) for the full season. Through a campus-based school system, UTI offers specialized technical education programs under the banner of several brands, including NASCAR. In addition to NASCAR Technical Institute and UTI, Rette Jones Racing also welcomes Performance Friction Brakes, Racing Electronics, Penske Shocks, and Mac's Speed Shop as associate sponsors.

Back in the Saddle:
After a 3rd place finish at
Mobile International, Little will attempt his second race of the season in a limited NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule this weekend in the No. 29 NASCAR Technical Institute (NTI) / UTI Toyota Camry.  Little’s limited schedule is hopeful of a six-to-eight race schedule.  With three career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts at Bristol, Little has qualified in the top-10 for all three races, including a pole last April, setting a new track record.  Last year, Little proved to have one of the cars to beat, but a mechanical issue halfway through the race parked his No. 97 car vowing for redemption in his next attempt at the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile.”  

Jesse's PRE-RACE quotes:
"Bristol is one of my favorite race tracks that we go to in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. It’s fast, it’s tight and the laps go by in a hurry. I’ve always had fast race cars, but for one reason or another, we haven’t been so fortunate to have a finish that was an indicator of our speed or potential.  Last year, mechanically failure took us out early after getting the pole with a super fast car.  Hopefully with our strong run at Mobile – we can carry the momentum towards the checkered flag on Saturday.”


 Mobile International - March 12th, 2016
K&N East Series
race will air be tape delayed on NBC Sports Network, 3/17/16 at 7:30 pm
Jesse finishes 3rd place in his first K&N East race for 2016

Read Post Race PRESS RELEASE

Listen to post race interview from NASCAR.com hometracks


Pre Race Information: Event: Mobile 150 presented by the Mobile Sports Authority, Saturday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. Local Time Track: Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway Qualifying: Saturday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m. Local Time Track Length: 0.5-mile paved oval.

Welcome To The Team: Earlier this month Rette Jones Racing announced that third-generation driver Jesse Little has joined the Mooresville, North Carolina-based team for a limited NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule this season. The first of a six-to-eight race schedule lifts off from Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway. RJR is co-owned by successful entrepreneur and race driver Terry Jones.

Meet Jesse Little: Little, the son of former NASCAR driver Chad Little began his racing career in quarter midgets at the age of seven. Moving through the ranks, he moved up to Bandoleros in 2007 and Legends cars two years later. In 2010, Little won the USAC Eastern Focus Young Guns midget car championship and in 2011 competed in the UARA Stars Late Model Series where he enjoyed success.

Just The K&N Facts: In 2012, Little made history by becoming the youngest driver at age 15 to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, making his series debut at Richmond  International Raceway.   In 2014, he  won the K&N Rookie of the Year Title and also in 2014 won his first K&N race at London, NH. In 43 races overall, he has collected two wins, three poles, 12 top-fives and 20 top-10 finishes overall.

Sponsorship Lineup: For the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season, Rette Jones Racing is proud to welcome a partnership with NASCAR Technical Institute (NTI) and Universal Technical Institute (UTI) for the full season. Through a campus-based school system, UTI offers specialized technical education programs under the banner of several brands, including NASCAR.   Students will learn everything you need to know to work on a wide variety of vehicles as part of their core training on top of 15 weeks of NASCAR specific courses to learn racing fundamentals. In addition to NASCAR Technical Institute and UTI serving as co-title sponsors, Rette Jones Racing also welcomes Performance Friction Brakes, Racing Electronics, Penske Shocks and Mac’s Speed Shop as associate marketing partners this season.

Jesse Little, Pre- Race Quotes:

On Joining Rette Jones Racing: “I’m really looking forward to this opportunity with Rette Jones Racing. In the past year, Mark (Rette, co-owner) and Terry (Jones, co-owner) have built a successful program that has shown speed on the race track and the capabilities of winning. Being a part of the team, I look forward to doubling our chances in the races I compete in.”

On Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway Open Test: “We were pretty quick at the test. I was very happy with the way the whole session went. I really enjoy working with Matt (Noyce, crew chief) and we feel like the changes we made since the test will allow us to unload even stronger this weekend.”

On Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway Goals: “Well, we’re going to Mobile to win. This Rette Jones Racing team is capable of doing that. I expect to be racing with my teammate Dominique Van Wieringen a lot at the test, because she was very fast there as well too. We’ll just have to see how everything unravels, but we’re looking forward to the chance of putting our No. 29 NASCAR Technical Institute / UTI Toyota Camry in victory lane.”  

 Mark Rette, co-owner, Rette Jones Racing, Pre-Race Quotes:

“When it comes to racers, Jesse is a pure definition. Jesse’s talent behind the wheel, plus his knowledge of racecars and the business of the sport will be beneficial to our program both on and off the track. A proven winner in K&N, Jesse will also be a great teammate to Dominique and I look forward to seeing them interact and battle on the race track. 

Stay Social with Jesse:  Little is active on Twitter.  You can follow and tweet with him @jesselittle97.  His Team, Rette Jones Racing is also active on Twitter.  Follow them @RetteJones30 

Meet Jesse at Mobile:  On track autograph sessiion from 12:00 to 1:00 on the front- stretch.


 


2015 Race Reports! 
   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
 
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!


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! 

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 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