Little eager to get 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series season underway
SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (February 7th, 2014)
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.
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.
Little, who captured the prestigious Sunoco Rookie of the Year title for the East Series in part from his strong performances from July through October, is not about to let talk of new year challenges set into his race team with a new season on the horizon, he added.
"We had one of the strongest cars in Phoenix (to close out the K&N Pro Series season) on our way to a runner-up finish 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. This team is ready to show that all of the hard work we put in has only strengthen us to battle for race wins and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship in 2014."
Maintaining the crew around Little will be key to continuing the momentum of last year, he said.
"We've got (crew chief) Kris Bowen back with us, along with BJ Tidrick and Brad Pruitt in the shop and for race day that have been part of my racing career for some time so I know that will only help with our goals for the new year."
Having built a reputation as a short-track star, Little proved that he's equally adapt at road course racing and handling the pressures of one-mile ovals.
"I took on the challenge heading into last season that we'd be one of the top teams when the series got to a road course race," Little said. "To make that happen I went out and learned so much about the art of racing in that type of environment. Having run some races on the series in 2012, including Richmond and some of the bigger tracks, we showed what could be done when we had the chance to return to some of those places. Our performances at Dover, Iowa, New Hampshire and Richmond were a big part of being in the chase for the rookie title and a solid finish in the overall points."
Little will have the chance to get plenty of short-track racing under his belt this season as four of his first five starts in the new year will be on tracks of a half-mile or less.
"Those layouts have been good to us for sure and it's a good way to get things going for 2014. Our program has good equipment for the short-tracks and if we have the kind of success we're capable of then it's possible to be on our way to the goal of challenging for race wins and the series championship," Little said.
Back as partners with Little's K&N Pro Series program will be NASCAR Technical Institute, Penske Shocks, Performance Friction Brakes, Racing Electronics, Lyric Motion and Jeans Savers. Little welcomes a new company to his team for the Florida events in two weeks, he noted.
"We're pleased to announce that Vanacore Homes has joined our program for the races at New Smyrna and Daytona. They're a leader in pre-designed homes in the Florida area and we're really excited to have them see value in our team and what we're capable of doing to promote their company. With plenty of media coverage for the opening weekend of racing I'm going to enjoy telling the fans and fellow racers about Vanacore and the chance to learn about their craftsmanship when it comes to building homes."
Fans can follow Jesse's progress by logging on hometracks.nascar.com or by following Jesse on his Twitter or Facebook Page at @jesselittle97 and www.facebook.com/jesselittleracing.