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Little Devastated After Early Exit in Truck Debut

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DOVER, Del. – Jesse Little’s anticipated Camping World Truck Series debut lasted a disappointing 34 laps in the Lucas Oil 200.

Little was running 10th when he got loose off of Turn 2 and made contact with the No. 15 of Mason Mingus. The No. 97 Carolina Nut Company Toyota struck the inside backstretch wall at Dover International Speedway before the trucks of John Wes Townley and Justin Jennings piled in.

Little, competing for ThorSport Racing, was running 10th at the time.

“I just made a rookie mistake, I just got loose. I should have known better. I knew how much the air affected these trucks,” Little said after he was released from the infield care center. ‘I shouldn’t have taken a chance that early in the race.

“I hate it for my guys; I hate it for Carolina Nut. We’ll try to do everything we can to hopefully come back or something and rebuild. It’s a bummer. We had a great truck, but I shouldn’t have done that.”

The 18-year-old son of former Sprint Cup Series driver Chad Little, Jesse is a NASCAR Next driver who has been racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West. He was even using the same number his dad, now the Managing Direction, Technical Inspection/Officiating of the Truck Series, once did.

With a lone win in the K&N Pro Series East at New Hampshire last year, Little was eagerly entered Dover with an opportunity at his first national series start. After showing speed during the single practice session on Thursday, he qualified ninth early Friday afternoon.

Little was visibly upset inside his Toyota Tundra after the accident as the heartbreak of the moment set in. Officially, Little was credited with a 30th place finish.

“It was just all the hard work and all the hours put into it gone for a stupid mistake,” he said. “I hate it for everybody. I totally, totally knew better. I just lost it for a second. That’s racing.”

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Kelly Crandall

Kelly Crandall is Central Penn College graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications. She’s been professionally writing about NASCAR for the last seven years, having started as one of the original members of Bleacher Report when the site launched before moving to Speedway Media for three years. Crandall is the Executive Managing Editor of POPULAR SPEED, who honed her skills by contributing to numerous other sites as well as Internet radio shows. Crandall is an NMPA member and a native of Spotswood, New Jersey.

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