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After making his much-anticipated NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut, Jesse Little‘s afternoon at Dover was over in a hurry.
The 18-year-old son of former NASCAR driver Chad Little attempted the Lucas Oil 200 for Thorsport Racing, driving a No. 97 truck that had no series starts entering Dover. Qualifying a surprising ninth, Little was running near the top 10 when his truck got loose underneath Mason Mingus on Lap 32.
At first, the two cars tangled, but didn’t hit anything. However, coming off the exit of turn 2, the pair smacked the inside wall. John Wes Townley, Justin Jennings and Brandon Brown were each involved in the incident, one that angered the sophomore Mingus.
“It looked like the [No.] 97 was driving over his head a little bit,” he said in the garage area, a potential top-10 run for both drivers ruined by the incident. “This early in the race, [Little] shouldn’t put anyone in that situation. This is two weekends in a row that we got wrecked by people we weren’t racing against.”
It is unknown when Little will return to the Truck Series. He announced a part-time deal with the Thorsport organization, which fields full-time entries for back-to-back champion Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter.