K&N Pro Series East driver Jesse Little won the first race of his NASCAR career this past weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In case the last name had you wondering, yes, Jesse is a second-generation driver – his dad is Chad Little, the former NASCAR driver with the law degree who now works as the Director of the Camping World Truck Series.
“I grew up in the racing world, and that's really all I know,” said Little in a recent NASCAR teleconference. “I don't know really too many people outside of it. But other than, like you said, my dad and my mom, it's just people that have been close to my dad and have helped him through his career that he's stayed close with and now I'm beginning to build relationships with. That goes for my dad's old crew chief when he was in the Nationwide Series, Harold Holly, who is Joey's crew chief now, Joey Coulter in the Truck Series, to just everybody that helped him, like I said, in his career. Other than that, it's just really been my dad who really just helps me outside of the car and mainly inside.”
Little’s win didn’t come easily, as he was riding in third-place in the last few laps of the event, but he was finally able to breathe easier once the checkered flag flew.
“I didn't have a car that was capable of winning the last couple laps,” said Little, “but the first- and second-place cars were racing very hard, and I saw that, and then I saw the move the second-place driver made on the last lap, and I knew there was a good chance that I was in good contention, and when I saw them wreck, I had a big sense of relief, and once I crossed the checkered flag, I felt like all the pressure was lifted off of my shoulders. It was a really special feeling pulling into victory lane and finally getting everybody that supports me and sticks behind me their first win.”
Little, who was recently named to the NASCAR Next program, is looking forward to the upcoming K&N Pro Series East race on the road course at Virginia International Raceway.
“I love it,” said Little. “I got to do both road courses last year in the K&N Series, and I enjoyed it a lot. It's a lot of fun. It's something different. It was my first time on a road course, and I had a blast. I'm looking forward to going back this year, and hopefully we can build a little bit on our finishing. I've got an idea of it now, so I think going in I'm a lot more confident in myself, and it should be a lot of fun.”
Keep up with Little at his website, jesselittle.com.
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