On the heels of their fifth top-10 finish of the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season, Jesse Little and JJL Motorsports head to Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway, site of Friday night's season-finale looking to end their season - the same way it started, with a top-10 finish in its Skuttle Tight Ford F-150.
The Ford EcoBoost 200 will mark the team's ninth race of the year and while much of the season has been considered an arousing success, the Sherrills Ford, N.C.-based team isn't losing sight of the bigger picture.
"Honestly, I'd love to win," said driver Jesse Little. "Our team is the strongest its been all year. We have a lot of great support and our trucks are fast. I'm eager to get to Homestead and get down to business, but I honestly think we can be a sleeper on Friday night and contend for the win."
Of course, Homestead marks the Championship 4 race for the Truck Series and while Little says respect of the championship contenders is important, he also knows Friday night's race offers another chance to keep his family-owned team in the spotlight.
Little, 21, will make his third start at Homestead and first since 2016. In his two previous starts at the 1.5-mile speedway, he earned a best finish of 14th in 2015, while earning a best starting spot of 12th two years ago.
This weekend, Little hopes to improve the bottom line.
"I enjoy racing at Homestead, it's a racers race track," he explained. "The track is going to change a lot from the start of the day to the end of the race - but that will help make it exciting. Handling will be crucial as the best handling car will be able to pass trucks.
"My crew chief Matt (Noyce) has a good setup and we're just looking forward to getting down to Florida and doing our business."
Like Texas, Little's truck will be sponsored by Skuttle Tight, a Willmar, Minn.-based manufacturer that offers two insulted attic access system that are easy to install.
In addition to Skuttle Tight and Grindstaff Rub. Co., Little's No. 97 Ford F-150 will have support from Ford Performance and Performance Friction Corporation (PFC) Brakes.
JJL Motorsports owner Jason Little says the organization continues to prepare for the 2019 season is hoping to compete full-time, but the team needs additional partners for next year to make it happen.
"The team continues to showcase its program and search for new partners who can benefit from participation in the 2019 Gander Outdoors Truck Series," said Little. "We believe we have one of the strongest teams out here competing in the Truck Series and offer a very compelling return for our partners.
"When we analyze sponsorship metrics from Joyce Julius & Associates, the industry source for accurate exposure and value measurement of sponsorship programs and branding efforts JJL Motorsports and Jesse Little continue to be one of the top performers in the Truck races we run said Little."
"It's a challenge to find business and marketing partners but we will continue to work hard to compete for top-fives and wins every race. It's been very exciting to see the improvement in the team and Jesse's performance this season finishing consistently in the top-10 and competing for wins at tracks like Atlanta, Dover, Iowa, Las Vegas and Texas.
"Looking forward to seeing what the team can do at Homestead and close out the year with another impressive performance."
Stay tuned to JJL Motorsports' social media accounts early in the week for two opportunities to attend the season finale at Homestead as guests of Jesse Little and the team.
The Ford EcoBoost 200 (134 laps | 201 miles) is the 23rd of 23 races on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Nov. 16 from 8:35 a.m. - 9:25 a.m., while final practice is set for 10:05 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 3:45 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m. with live coverage on FS1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).
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