By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
Ford Performance is making gains in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the season hasn’t even started yet. After gaining ThorSport Racing, JJL Motorsports will follow suit, moving from Toyota Racing’s Tundras to a Ford F-150. JJL Motorsports will use equipment acquired from the now-defunct Brad Keselowski Racing. The team will have Jesse Little behind the wheel for about eight to 10 races.
Little has 13 Truck Series starts, including a ninth-place finish at Iowa Speedway last season. He has driven for his uncles’ (Jason Little) team in about four races each season since 2015. The team has also competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West touring series, scoring one victory in 2014.
“We’re excited about the changes and the future of JJL Motorsports,” said team principal Jason Little. “We’ve been very fortunate to have some great relationships in the Truck Series since our beginning, but 2018 is looking to be our most productive yet both on and off the track.”
On top of the pit box for Jesse Little will be Matt Noyce. Noyce and Little worked together in 2015 and 2016. In five NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts, the duo scored two top-fives and three top-10 finishes. Noyce also led Grant Quinlan to a top-10 finish at New Jersey Motorsports Park in K&N East competition.
“I can’t thank my uncle, Matt and everyone on the JJL Motorsports team enough for making these huge strides,” Jesse Little said. “I can’t wait to get on the track at Atlanta and see what we pull off. We’re putting all of our eggs into one basket this season and I think that focus and dedication will not only allow us to accomplish our goals, but raise the bar even further as the year races on. Can’t wait.”
In addition to doubling the amount of Truck Series races JJL Motorsports competes in, the team will also transition from NASCAR’s touring series to the National level. The team will also compete in select ARCA Racing Series races including one at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“Jesse is going to be a huge part of the JJL Motorsports scope this year, but we’re eager and actively pursing working with other drivers who want to make that next leap in competitive equipment or established drivers looking for competitive equipment,” added Jason Little. “Our focus is the Truck Series this year, but we’re also going to run some ARCA too. For sure, we’re planning to run the ARCA race at Charlotte with Jesse, but that opportunity for someone else to jump in and drive will be an option.”
With their first race planned for Atlanta Motor Speedway, everyone at JJL Motorsports have just over a month to prepare for the Active Pest Control 200.