Little returns to Richmond where K&N Pro Series career beganSHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (April 22nd, 2014): Jesse Little, a third-generation NASCAR driver, 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.
"Every time we go to Richmond I will always remember the day I made the field for my first NASCAR K&N Pro Series event and set the record as the youngest driver to do so. I know it's been broken over time but for me it's something that has led Team Little Racing and myself to where we're at today. I dreamed of racing in one of NASCAR's top series and following in my dad's footsteps as K&N Pro Series driver and it all started at Richmond. I can't wait to add to our accomplishments at this track," Little said.
Little heads to Richmond as the reigning NASCR K&N Pro Series East Rookie of the Year and fresh off his first top-5 finish of the 2014 season. That run allowed the 17-year old to crack the top-10 in championship points standings as the series heads to Friday's running of the Blue Ox 100.
Playing a role in Little's preparation for the Blue Ox 100 is the team's need to maintain the momentum of strong finishes.
"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 after multiple testing days over the last two weeks 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.
Known for being one of the most exiting tracks on the series schedule, Little's approach to Richmond will be focused on carrying speed through the corners, he explained.
"Keeping as much speed in the car through the corners is important. If you lose momentum and have to get back to the gas later then everyone else you're just going to lose ground. With only 100 laps you don't' have the option to pit for adjustments. Posting a top 5 in qualifying then having a solid race set-up in the car is what our NASCAR Technical Institute team will work on this weekend."