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Another NASCAR Next member is set to move up the rankings in 2015.
Jesse Little, turning 18 next month, will make his Camping World Truck Series debut at Dover International Speedway on May 29. Though the team he will race for has yet to be announced, Little posted a picture on Instagram of a Toyota truck being prepared, notifying a fan that his first race will be at the 1-mile track.
It is unknown how many races Little will run this year, although his impending birthday allows him to run tracks over 1.25 miles in length. The goal, as with most young drivers is for him to transition into a full-time Truck Series schedule pending sponsorship.
Little has made 37 starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East since he turned 15 in 2012. Winning the 2013 Rookie of the Year award for his family-owned team, he ran another full schedule in 2014. At New Hampshire, he scored his lone victory to date, ending the year with eight top 10s in the final nine races.
Over the offseason, Team Little Racing and Larry McReynolds Racing created a technical alliance for the No. 97 car. The NASCAR Technical Institute will continue to support his efforts in the Pro Series for the 2015 season.
Little’s father Chad Little was named as managing director, technical inspection/officiating for NASCAR in early February. Previously, he served as managing director for the Truck Series, along with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. The former Cup Series and Xfinity Series driver made 217 starts in NASCAR’s top-tier division, and finished runner-up in the Xfinity Series with six victories in 1995.