| 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
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. 29 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
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.
| 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
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.”
Read Entire Press Release......
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.
| Bristol Motor Speedway - April 16th, 2016
K&N East Series
race will air tape delayed on NBC Sports Friday, April 22nd
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
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
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
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
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.