Refreshed JJL Motorsports, Jesse Little ready for ISM Raceway battle

AVONDALE, Ariz.: Set to return to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) scene for the first time since competing at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in August, JJL Motorsports and driver Jesse Little are refreshed and confident heading into the penultimate race of the season at ISM (Ariz.) Raceway.

Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 will be the organization’s ninth start of the season and Little’s second in the heart of the desert. In his previous start at ISM Raceway – Little qualified 24th and contended for a top-10 finish before being a victim in a late race accident that left him with an 18th place finish.

“To say that I’m excited to get to Phoenix would be an understatement,” said Little. “It has been a couple of months now since our last race and we couldn’t be more pumped up then to get going here soon.

“Phoenix has always treated me well going back to the K&N car and even my one start I made there in the truck. This JJL Motorsports Ford will hopefully have the speed we seek and help have a competitive top-10 night.”

Planning to compete at Phoenix on Friday night and next weekend’s season-finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) International Speedway, the Sherrills Ford, N.C.-native is confident his team can finish what they started two years ago in Avondale.

“The layout will be a little different since the last time I was there, but I still think that the track will drive pretty similar,” added Little.

“Since August, we’ve been working hard on our two trucks getting them ready for Phoenix and Homestead. I think our preparation will pay off in practice and qualifying and hopefully a strong finish can carry us to the last race of the season with a lot of momentum.”

While Little’s team led by veteran crew chief Bill Henderson has been diligently preparing for the final 350 miles of the season, and the recent announcement of the sale of JJL Motorsports at the end of the season is nearing completion.

The No. 97 team is expected to continue to operate in 2020 under the leadership of a new owner.

Further details of the team’s plans for next season will be announced next week leading into Homestead-Miami Speedway race weekend.

“I’m really happy that my NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series team will have a new owner in the garage next season,” said team principal Jason Little.

But before the keys are passed on to new ownership – Jesse Little is focused on making the final 284 laps of the season the best it can be.

Long-time JJL Motorsports partner Skuttle Tight, a Willmar, Minn.-based manufacturer that offers two insulted attic access systems that are easy to install joins the team for their 10th race of the season.

“We are excited to once again be partnering with JJL Motorsports and Jesse Little for this week’s Phoenix race,” offered Skuttle Tight president Chad Kompelien. “We find this marketing partnership as a great avenue to market our products to all of the fans of NASCAR.

“Jesse and the team do a great job for us and we are excited for this Friday night’s race in Arizona.”

Jesse Little added, “I can’t stress enough how thankful I am for all of our supporters and partners this year. I owe it to each and every one of them to finish the year on a high note and give it all we have.”

Little, the son of former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Chad Little will make his 31st career Gander Truck Series start on Nov. 8 and hopes to secure his eighth career top-10 finish.

Additionally, JJL Motorsports welcomes back associate partners Grindstaff Rub and Parker Fibernet for the next-to-last race of the season.

The Lucas Oil 150 (150 laps | 150 miles) is the 22nd of 23 races on the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Nov. 8 from 8:05 a.m. – 8:55 a.m. A final practice has been etched in from 9:35 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 3:05 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 6:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Mountain).

For more on Skuttle Tight, please visit skuttle-tight.com or by calling 1-866-SKUTTLE. Also, visit them on Facebook (Skuttle Tight Inc.) or on Twitter @SkuttleTight.

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JJL Motorsports seeks new owner for 2020 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season

SHERRILLS FORD, N.C.: Officials from JJL Motorsports announced today that team owner Jason Little and driver Jesse Little will exit the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series under the JJL Motorsports banner following the season-finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway on Nov. 15, 2019.

Jason Little will depart the ownership role to facilitate a new position within the industry.

NASCAR Next alumnus Jesse Little is exploring opportunities in either the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) or Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) next season.

“I’ve really enjoyed the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series over the last five years and I’m very proud with what this family-owned team has been able to accomplish,” said Jason Little.

“Moving forward, both Jesse and I are looking for new ownership to take over the JJL Motorsports team intact and look forward to discussing with anyone interested in taking the reins and competing in the series during the 2020 season and beyond.”

Jason Little believes JJL Motorsports presents the foundation for a new owner(s) to enter the sport at an economical investment.

“We are actively searching for new ownership to purchase the team’s assets and resources as a turn-key Truck program heading into 2020,” Jason Little added. “We believe the team’s equipment, assets, current personnel and resources are a good opportunity for anyone looking to run in the series next year.

“I want to thank all our business and marketing partners for their continued support and really look forward to what the future holds. I plan to work closely with my nephew on business to business opportunities in Motorsports in the coming years.”

“I’m excited about finishing up the 2019 season with JJL Motorsports team and running Phoenix and Homestead at the end of the year,” said Jesse Little.

“I’m currently looking at options to advance my career into the Xfinity and Cup Series and really look forward to what the 2020 season has to offer. I can’t thank my uncle Jason (Little), all our marketing and business partners and my JJL Motorsports guys enough for all the support and we expect to finish the year with a couple of great runs.”

Interested parties are encouraged to contact the team directly at 704.502.1815 or jason@jjlracing.com.

For more on Jesse Little, please like him on Facebook at Jesse Little Racing.

Little tweets too. Follow him @JesseLittle97.

For additional information on JJL Motorsports, please visit JJLRacing.com.

JJL Motorsports, Jesse Little return to Gander Truck Series action at Bristol Motor Speedway

BRISTOL, Tenn.: Returning to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) scene for the first time since World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in June, JJL Motorsports and driver Jesse Little head to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for Thursday night’s UNOH 200 eager for a top-10 finish.

The nearly eight-week break of Gander Truck Series competition has allowed the family-owned JJL Motorsports team to work to regroup and ramp up for not only Bristol, but a busy fall with their No. 97 Visit Kingsport and Skuttle Tight Ford F-150.

“I can’t wait to get back to Bristol,” said driver Jesse Little. “It’s such a cool race track and one of my favorites.  Super excited to have Visit Kingsport and Skuttle Tight on board our JJL Motorsports Ford F150.  I’ve always had a lot of speed at Bristol whether it’s been in K&N or Truck Series competition and I don’t expect anything less on Thursday.”

Being a one-day show puts the pressure on teams like JJL Motorsports and Little to preform, but as the Sherrills Ford, N.C. native notes, his team is ready to thrive under the pressure and deliver a strong finish.

“Bristol is one of those races that everyone keeps an eye on,” added Little. “There’s going to be stiff competition – but I’m confident we’ll have what it takes to be competitive and contend for a strong finish on Thursday night.”

The UNOH 200 also marks Little’s 30th career race in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series since 2015. The second-generation driver will seek his eighth-career top-10 finish.

Announced last week, JJL Motorsports welcomes back Visit Kingsport and Skuttle Tight who will serve as the co-primary marketing partnersfor the 17th race of the season.

Promoting the city’s “Get Into the Outdoors” campaign, Kingsport offers a variety of activities including hiking, biking and zip-lining at Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium, kayaking on the Holston River – or at sunset enjoying the overall beauty of Kingsport while sipping on the city’s original Long Island Iced Tea.

Long-time JJL Motorsports partner Skuttle Tight, a Willmar, Minn.-based manufacturer that offers two insulted attic access system that are easy to install joins the team for their eighth race of the season.

“We are excited to once again be partnering with JJL Motorsports and Jesse Little for this week’s Bristol race,” offered Skuttle Tight president Chad Kompelien. “We find this marketing partnership as a great avenue to market our products to all of the fans of NASCAR.

“Jesse and the team do a great job for us and we are excited for this week’s race at Bristol!”

Little, the son of former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Chad Little is a former pole winner at Bristol for the K&N Pro Series East race in Apr. 2015.

Additional, JJL Motorsports welcomes back associate partners Grindstaff Rub and Parker Fibernet for their 8th race of the season.

Longtime Motorsports veteran Bill Henderson will serve as crew chief.

The UNOH 200 (200 laps | 100.6 miles) is the 17th of 23 races on the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., Aug. 15 from 9:05 a.m. – 9:55 a.m., while final practice is set for 11:05 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Qualifying races are set for later in the day beginning at 4:35 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 8:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).

For all that Visit Kingsport has to offer, please visit visitkingsport.com.

For more on Skuttle Tight, please visit skuttle-tight.com or by calling 1-866-SKUTTLE. Also, visit them on Facebook (Skuttle Tight Inc.) or on Twitter @SkuttleTight.

For more on Jesse Little, please like him on Facebook at Jesse Little Racing.

Little tweets too. Follow him @JesseLittle97.

For additional information on JJL Motorsports, please visit JJLRacing.com.

JJL Motorsports tweets too. Follow them @JJL_Motorsports.

Visit Kingsport to return to JJL Motorsports for upcoming Truck Series race at Bristol

SHERRILLS FORD, N.C.: JJL Motorsports proudly announced today that Visit Kingsport will return as the co-primary marketing partner for driver Jesse Little in the upcoming NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) UNOH 200 race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on Thurs., Aug. 15.

Promoting the city’s “Get Into the Outdoors” campaign, Kingsport offers a variety of activities including hiking, biking and zip-lining at Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium, kayaking on the Holston River – or at sunset enjoying the overall beauty of Kingsport while sipping on the city’s original Long Island Iced Tea.

“I’m really looking forward to having Visit Kingsport back on our truck for Bristol,” said driver Jesse Little. “Bristol is one of my favorite race tracks and to have the support of a local partner makes the race that much important not only for me but for our JJL Motorsports team.

To help promote the partnership, Little and Visit Kingsport will have their No. 97 JJL Motorsports Ford F-150 on display at the Kingsport Race Party in conjunction with the World Long Drive Tour event onMon. Aug. 12, where the duo will also announce the winners of their social media promotion where three winners and a guest will have an opportunity to join Little and his team on the sidelines for a night in Thunder Valley.

“We are proud to partner with Jesse Little and the JJL Motorsports team again this year as the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series takes on The Last Great Colosseum,” said Jud Teague, Executive Director, Visit Kingsport.

“We’re excited to kick off race week with Jesse and his team at the Kingsport Race Party on Monday, August 12, in conjunction with the Tennessee Big Shots World Long Drive event. We hope race fans and first timers alike will take in the UNOH 200 on August 15 and extend their stay to enjoy all of the racing action and discover all that Kingsport and our region have to offer.”

JJL Motorsports also announced that Skuttle Tight, a Willmar, Minn.-based manufacturer that offers two insulted attic access system that are easy to install will also serve as the additional co-primary marketing partner for the 17th NGOTS race of the season.

Little, a NASCAR Next alumnus will make his 30th career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series start at the “World’s Fastest-Half Mile” and fourth overall at Bristol.

Little, the son of former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Chad Little is a former pole winner at Bristol for the K&N Pro Series East race in Apr. 2015.

The UNOH 200 is set for Thurs., Aug. 15 with coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90. Event coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. (ET).

For all that Visit Kingsport has to offer, please visit visitkingsport.com.

For more on Skuttle Tight, please visit skuttle-tight.com or by calling 1-866-SKUTTLE. Also visit them on Facebook (Skuttle Tight Inc.) or on Twitter @SkuttleTight.

For more on Jesse Little, please like him on Facebook at Jesse Little Racing.

Little tweets too. Follow him @JesseLittle97.

For additional information on JJL Motorsports, please visit JJLRacing.com.

JJL Motorsports tweets too. Follow them @JJL_Motorsports.

About JJL Motorsports:

JJL Motorsports is a Driver Development program with a vision to build long-term partnerships with drivers and marketing partners in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and the ARCA Menards Series.

JJL provides a comprehensive driver development program, competition development, and technical services, testing consultation and driver coaching.

In 2019 NASCAR driver Jesse Little and other available drives will be running in select Gander Outdoors Truck Series events and ARCA.

JJL Motorsports and Jesse Little confident about Gateway return

MADISON, Ill. – As the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) treks to World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, Jesse Little and his JJL Motorsports are confident in their ability to duplicate their top-10 performance from last year and they are excited to announce Skuttle Tight, Grindstaff Rub, and Joe’s Pizza & Pasta with be sponsoring their Ford F150 entry in Saturday night’s CarShield 200 presented by CK Power.

Carrying the colors of Grindstaff Rub last June, Little carried his family-owned team to a solid seventh-place finish after starting ninth. This weekend, the Sherrills Ford, N.C.-based team hopes for more of the same.

“I feel pretty good about going back to Gateway in our Skuttle Tight Ford F150,” said Little. “We have a good notebook from last year and we’re upbeat about our on-track performance from Iowa, so I’m very optimistic that we can not only get back to Gateway and repeat our run from last year but perhaps have an even better finish.”

Extending their support this weekend to Gateway is Willmar, Minn.-based manufacturer Skuttle Tight who offers two insulted attic access systems that are easy to install.

“Skuttle Tight decided and is proud to add another race with Little after the success at Iowa and the success throughout Willmar, Minnesota area with several regional based companies,” said company president Chad Kompelien.

Additionally, Grindstaff Rub with their new Kickin Carolina Sauce returns to the organization one year after their debut with Little and company last year in St. Louis.

Founded in 2016 by U.S. Air Force veteran and restaurant entrepreneur Jim Grindstaff, Grindstaff Rub Co. started as a BBQ rub company initially releasing All Purpose and Three Kings rubs, however, the company’s success has evolved into a brand and lifestyle since releasing their own version of a Bloody Mary mix and their new Kickin’ Carolina Sauce.

Now, the Belleville, Ill. company – located just 10 miles east of St. Louis, Mo. – – the heart of Midwest BBQ country, products can found in over 50 retailers within the St. Louis and metro-east area; as well as online at grindstaffrubs.com.

“I’m so appreciative for the continued support of Skuttle Tight, Grindstaff Rub and its new Kickin’ Carolina Sauce, and it’s great to have local favorite Joe’s Pizza and Pasta onboard,” added Little who will make his second start at WWTR. “Without the support of these great companies, we would not be racing. Sponsorship is so difficult today in Motorsports, so we don’t take our relationship with them or any of our partners for granted and hope they will consider doing more races in 2019.  I can’t wait to visit Joe’s Pizza and Pasta Columbia and enjoy the great environment and see all the fans.

“I know our JJL Motorsports team is working hard to bring them a fast, competitive truck so we can end our stretch of races with some momentum on our side.”

For the 11th Gander Truck Series race of the season, JJL Motorsports welcomes Joe’s Pizza and Pasta Columbia (117 N Main St, Columbia, Illinois 62236) onboard in an associate role. And to help kick-off the partnership, Little and his team will display their No. 97 Ford F-150 on Wednesday, June 18, 2019.

From 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. CT, Little will meet and greet with customers, take pictures, sign autographs and unveil a new Skuttle Tight contest that will make someone’s summer more enjoyable.

With a push towards summer attire, JJL Motorsports also offered an updated inventory of items on their official online store which now includes a new tee-shirt design available in several different sizes.

Be sure to stay tuned to JJL Motorsports and Jesse Little’s social media platforms where an upcoming contest will allow you the opportunity to win a pair of Skuttle Tight-themed cornhole boards for your summer extravaganza.

Parker FiberNet, Visit Kingsport, PFC Brakes and Dkota Investments will also be showcased in Little’s 29th career start.

The CarShield 200 presented by CK Power (160 laps|120 miles) is the 11th of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Sat., June 22 from 10:35 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. A final practice session is set for 12:35 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 5:40 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 9:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Central).

For more on Skuttle Tight, please visit skuttle-tight.com or by calling 1-866-SKUTTLE. Also, visit them on Facebook (Skuttle Tight Inc.) or on Twitter @SkuttleTight.

For more on the Grindstaff Rub. Co and their products, please visit grindstaffrubs.com.

To learn more about Parker FiberNet, please visit parkersystems.net.

Visit Dkota Investments online at dkota.biz.

For all that Visit Kingsport has to offer, please visit visitkingsport.com.

For more on Jesse Little, please like him on Facebook at Jesse Little Racing.

Little tweets too. Follow him @JesseLittle97.

For additional information on JJL Motorsports, please visit JJLRacing.com.

JJL Motorsports tweets too. Follow them @JJL_Motorsports.