About Jesse Little

Jesse Little is no stranger to the sport of auto racing.  Jesse was introduced to racing at a very young age and from a unique perspective as his dad was also a race car driver.

Jesse’s Dad, Chad Little, drove the #97 John Deere car for Roush Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series.  Ever since Jesse can remember, he’s either been at a race or in a race car.   His Dad constantly reminds him “to finish first, you must first finish, learn how to race, when to race and who to race against”.

Jesse started racing competitively when he was seven, starting in the Quarter Midgets. Jesse then progressed through the Bandolero’s, Legends, Midgets, NASCAR Late Models and NASCAR K&N Pro series.  Jesse has won at each level of competition.

2009 Highlights – Legends car:  3rd place in first ever race, top 5 in points in first full season, 2nd place in Dirt Nationals.

2010 Highlights – Point Champion for the USAC Midget series.   In his first season racing a Late Model car, Jesse clinched his first win in only his 2nd start at Orange County Speedway on June 26th, 2010.  Jesse won 8 races in 2010 and competed in 20 races.   He also had 5 poles, 10 front row starts, and 16 Top 5 finishes.

2011 Highlights – In order to gain experience in Late Model racing, Jesse competed at several different tracks in 2011.    Jesse also made a car number change in 2011, running a number that is familiar to the Little Family – #97.  That was the number his Dad ran in the Cup series while driving for the Roush Racing organization.  In 2012, Jesse earned a pole at  Greenville Pickens Speedway and seven top 5 finishes.   Jesse finished 3rd in only his third start in the UARA Late Model Series at Hickory Motor Speedway.   In October, 2011, Jesse competed in the largest Late Model race in the nation as the youngest driver to ever race in the prestigious Martinsville 300.

2012 Highlights –  Jesse made NASCAR history as the youngest driver to start a NASCAR K&N race at the age of 15 years, Richmond International Speedway.   In 2012, Jesse started 7 K&N Pro races finishing 3rd at Greenville-Pickens and 5th at Rockingham Speedway.  At Rockingham, Jesse led 33 laps becoming the first 15 year old to lead laps for a NASCAR K&N Pro race.   Jesse also ran several Late Model races in 2012 earning 3 poles, 6 top five finishes, and 11 top ten finishes.   Heading into the 2013 season, Jesse had over 48 feature wins.

2013 Highlights – Jesse raced his first full season in the NASCAR K&N East Pro Series.  He finished 9th in the point standings and earned the prestigious ROOKIE OF THE YEAR title by 3 points.   Jesse made history by joining a select group of drivers in K&N Pro Series East series to earn Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors  – READ PRESS RELEASE by NASCAR    Jesse is also the second member of his family to be named the top rookie in NASCAR K&N Pro Series action.  His father, Chad Little, earned the rookie award in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in 1986 and the overall series title in 1987 before going on to a career that spanned more than a decade at the top levels of NASCAR racing.  In 2013, Jesse earned 5 Top-5 finishes and 7 Top-10 finishes, which included a 2nd place finish at the season finale for the K&N WEST series.

2014 Highlights – Jesse competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, finishing 6th in the championship standings.   In 2014, Jesse competed in 19 K&N Pro series races and had an impressive season with 13 Top 10’s, 7 Top 5’s, 2 poles and 1 win. Jesse was also selected as one of the NASCAR NEXT drivers for 2014-15, a 2 year program that recognizes up and coming talent and NASCAR’s next superstars.

2015 Highlights –  Jesse’s first K&N race was Bristol where he set a new track record earning the Pole award on April 18th, 2015.   Jesse competed in six K&N east races in 2015, collecting 2 top-5 finishes, 2 top-10 finishes and a win at Iowa on July 31st, 2015.  Jesse also made his Camping World Truck Debut in 2015 at Dover, where he showed his talent with practice speeds in the Top 5 and qualifying in the Top 10; however Jesse’s debut race ended in an early-race accident on lap 33. Jesse also competed in the Texas and Homestead Camping World Truck races in 2015,  where he finished both races in the Top 15.   NASCAR NEXT –  In 2015, Jesse was again selected as one of the drivers for the NASCAR NEXT program.   NASCAR Next is a program that recognizes up and coming talent in the sport – drivers selected are limited to 2 years in this program. This was Jesse’s second and final year in the NASCAR Next class – Congrats Jesse on this accomplishment!!

2016 Highlights –  Jesse raced 4 K&N races and and 4 Camping World Truck races.  For the K&N races in 2016, Jesse finished in the Top-5 for three out of the four races.  In the K&N season finale at Dover, Jesse finished 2nd place in an impressive run through the field showing off his driving talent!  Additionally, Jesse brought home a 3rd place finish at Mobile, 7th place finish at Iowa, and 17th place finish at Loudon.    For the Camping World Truck Series in 2016, Jesse competed in 4 races with his family owned Truck.  His practice and qualifying efforts raised eyebrows with Top 10 and Top 15 efforts.  Being on a limited budget with his family owned truck, Jesse was incredibly appreciative for the opportunity to align with ThorSport for technical assistance.  This alliance allowed Jesse to gain experience and be more competitive on  the track.  In all 4 starts in the Camping World Truck Series in 2016, Jesse was able to finish in the Top-20 with his best finish at Bristol, posting a 17th place finish after an impressive 11th place qualifying effort.

In 2017, Jesse will race a limited number of Camping World truck races. The NASCAR Next Alumnus is looking for a full time ride in the Camping World Truck or Infinity series, but needs to finds sponsors/investors to assist in his goal to be a full time driver.  Races will be dependent on financial support from sponsors and investors.