Jesse Little

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Jesse Little
Jesse Little (cropped).jpg
Little at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2018
Born (1997-04-15) April 15, 1997 (age 22)
Sherrills Ford, North Carolina
Awards2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Rookie of the Year
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
2 races run over 1 year
2018 position70th
Best finish70th (2018)
First race2018 Quaker State 400 (Kentucky)
Last race2018 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
Car no., teamNo. TBA (JD Motorsports)
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
31 races run over 5 years
Truck no., teamNo. 97 (Diversified Motorsports Enterprises)
2019 position26th
Best finish19th (2018)
First race2015 Lucas Oil 200 (Dover)
Last race2019 Ford EcoBoost 200 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 7 0
Statistics current as of November 15, 2019.

Jesse Little (born April 15, 1997) is an American professional stock car racing driver and team owner. Son of Chad Little, he currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving a Chevrolet Camaro for JD Motorsports, and part-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 97 Ford F-150 for Diversified Motorsports Enterprises.

Racing career[edit]

A native of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina and a third-generation racer, Little began his racing career in quarter midgets at the age of 7,[1] moving up to Bandoleros in 2007 and Legends cars in 2009.[2] He won the 2010 USAC Eastern Focus Young Guns midget car championship,[3] and in 2011 competed in the UARA Stars late model series.[2]

K&N Pro Series East[edit]

Little made his debut in NASCAR competition at the age of 15, competing in seven K&N Pro Series East events in 2012;[4] driving a family-owned No. 97 Chevrolet,[5] he was the youngest driver ever to start a race in the series.[2] He returned to the K&N Pro Series East full-time in 2013, driving for Coulter Motorsports;[6] he finished in the top 10 eight times on his way to the series' Rookie of the Year award. He returned to K&N East competition again in 2014, winning his first race at New Hampshire. Little raced in the K&N East series on a part-time basis in 2015, winning at Iowa Speedway with Hattori Racing Enterprises.

Gander Outdoors Truck Series[edit]

In 2015, he added a limited schedule in the Camping World Truck Series in a partnership with ThorSport Racing.[7]

In 2016, he joined his uncle's Truck Series team, JJL Motorsports. He made two attempts in the fall races at Texas and Homestead finishing 20th and 18th respectively.

In 2017, Little and JJL returned, running 4 races. The first one was at Dover, where he finished 14th. He then finished a season best 8th in Iowa. Little next raced at Bristol, continuing his strong performance, finishing 13th. His last start of 2017 came in Phoenix, where he was involved in a late race crash, finishing 18th.

In 2018, Little expanded his schedule to 9 races.[8] He finished with six top tens, the highest finish a 6th at Iowa, his best finish to date in the Truck Series.

In 2019, Little increased his Truck schedule again, planning to run 12 to 15 races in the newly renamed Gander Outdoors Truck Series.[9]

Monster Energy Cup Series[edit]

In July 2018, Little joined Premium Motorsports for his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, driving the No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and finishing 35th.[10] Little later joined Gaunt Brothers Racing at Bristol, also finishing 35th.[11]

Xfinity Series[edit]

On November 7, 2019, JD Motorsports announced Little would race full-time for the team in the NASCAR Xfinity Series starting in 2020.[12]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Monster Energy Cup Series[edit]

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 MENCC Pts Ref
2018 Premium Motorsports 7 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV KAN CLT POC MCH SON CHI DAY KEN
35
NHA POC GLN MCH 70th 01 [13]
Gaunt Brothers Racing 96 Toyota BRI
35
DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM

Gander Outdoors Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NGOTC Pts Ref
2015 Team Little Racing 97 Toyota DAY ATL MAR KAN CLT DOV
30
TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI
30
NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX
15
PHO HOM
14
42nd 87 [14]
2016 Rette Jones Racing 30 Toyota DAY ATL MAR KAN DOV CLT
DNQ
35th 62 [15]
81 TEX
19
IOW GTW KEN ELD POC
Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota BRI
17
MCH MSP
MB Motorsports 63 Chevy CHI
29
NHA LVS TAL MAR
JJL Motorsports 97 Toyota TEX
20
PHO HOM
18
2017 DAY ATL MAR KAN CLT DOV
14
TEX GTW IOW
9
KEN ELD POC MCH BRI
13
MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO
18
HOM 33rd 110 [16]
2018 Ford DAY ATL
8
LVS MAR DOV
9
KAN CLT
16
TEX IOW
6
GTW
7
CHI KEN ELD POC MCH BRI
26
MSP LVS
15
TAL MAR TEX
7
PHO HOM
9
19th 275 [17]
2019 DAY ATL
23
LVS
19
MAR TEX
13
DOV
29
KAN CLT
14
TEX IOW
22
GTW
21
CHI KEN POC ELD MCH BRI
32
MSP LVS TAL MAR PHO
DNQ
HOM
17
26th 149 [18]

K&N Pro Series East[edit]

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 NKNPSEC Pts Ref
2012 Team Little Racing 97 Chevy BRI GRE RCH
11
IOW
18
BGS GRE
17
LGY CNB COL IOW NHA
23
DOV
22
GRE
3
CAR
5
20th 210 [19]
2013 BRI
14
GRE
16
PEN
26
RCH
16
BGS
5
IOW
14
LGY
3
COL
12
IOW
4
VIR
11
GRE
7
NHA
6
DOV
5
RAL
16
9th 449 [20]
2014 NSM
18
DAY
12
BRI
13
GRE
4
RCH
10
IOW
16
BGS
16
FFL
6
LGY
9
NHA
1
COL
4
IOW
10
GLN
5
VIR
8
GRE
9
DOV
23
6th 546 [21]
2015 Toyota NSM GRE BRI
25
IOW
3
BGS LGY COL NHA
11
DOV
30
21st 184 [22]
Hattori Racing Enterprises 1 Toyota IOW
1
GLN
13
MOT VIR RCH
2016 Rette Jones Racing 29 Toyota NSM MOB
3
GRE BRI
Wth
VIR DOM STA COL NHA
17
IOW
7
GLN GRE NJM DOV
2
21st 161 [23]
2017 JJL Motorsports 97 Toyota NSM GRE BRI
23
SBO SBO MEM BLN TMP NHA 34th 55 [24]
Hattori Racing Enterprises 01 Toyota IOW
10
GLN LGY NJM DOV

K&N Pro Series West[edit]

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 NKNPSWC Pts Ref
2013 Team Little Racing 97 Chevy PHO S99 BIR IOW L44 SON CNS IOW EVG SRP MMP SMP AAS KCR PHO
2
49th 42 [25]
2014 PHO IRW S99 IOW KCR
5
SON SLS CNS IOW EVG KCR
3
MMP AAS PHO
4
21st 121 [26]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kaminski, Steve. "Jenison-based business teams with third-generation NASCAR driver". September 25, 2013. Grand Rapids, MI: The Grand Rapids Press. Accessed 2013-10-19.
  2. ^ a b c "Jesse Little". NASCAR.com. Accessed 2013-10-19.
  3. ^ "Clauson Feted During USAC Banquet". December 4, 2010. National Speed Sport News. Accessed 2013-10-19.
  4. ^ "Jesse Little Carving Out His Own Career". September 10, 2013. National Speed Sport News. Accessed 2013-10-19.
  5. ^ Courchesne, Shawn. "Jesse Little, Son Of Whelen Modified Tour Series Director Chad Little, To Compete In K&N Pro Series East In 2012". October 12, 2011. Hartford, CT: Hartford Courant. Accessed 2013-10-19.
  6. ^ "Jesse Little joins Coulter Motorsports K&N Pro Series East Team". August 17, 2012. Spokane, WA: The Spokesman-Review. Accessed 2013-10-19.
  7. ^ Pace, Doug. "Behar to test with Rev Racing". October 4, 2013. Spokane, WA: The Spokesman-Review. Accessed 2013-10-19.
  8. ^ "JJL Motorsports set for increased NASCAR Truck Series presence in 2018". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN Internet Ventures. January 22, 2018. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  9. ^ "Jesse Little; JJL Motorsports set to return to Trucks in 2019 – JJL Motorsports". Retrieved 2019-02-17.
  10. ^ Boarman, John (July 10, 2018). "Jesse Little making MENCS debut at Kentucky". Tireball Sports. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  11. ^ Long, Dustin. "Gaunt Brothers Racing expanding its schedule". NASCAR on NBC. NBC Sports. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  12. ^ "JD Motorsports with Gary Keller tabs Jesse Little to race full time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2020". JD Motorsports. November 7, 2019. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  13. ^ "Jesse Little – 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  14. ^ "Jesse Little – 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  15. ^ "Jesse Little – 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  16. ^ "Jesse Little – 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  17. ^ "Jesse Little – 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  18. ^ "Jesse Little – 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  19. ^ "Jesse Little – 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  20. ^ "Jesse Little – 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  21. ^ "Jesse Little – 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  22. ^ "Jesse Little – 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  23. ^ "Jesse Little – 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  24. ^ "Jesse Little – 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  25. ^ "Jesse Little – 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  26. ^ "Jesse Little – 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved October 31, 2018.

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