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Jessie Little eager for New Hampshire debut with Coulter Motorsports

Jessie Little eager for New Hampshire debut with Coulter Motorsports

by September 20, 2012 0 comments

Sherrills Ford, N.C. (September 19, 2012)-What was to have been a labor of love for NASCAR K&N East Series driver Jesse Little as he aimed for his Coulter Motorsports debut in South Carolina at the beginning of September gave way to a rain out that pushed back his initial start with the team to this weekend’s G-Oil 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The high school sophomore has had plenty of time to think about his NASCAR K&N Pro Series entry this weekend after a strong practice at Greenville-Pickens Speedway set the tone for a potentially solid outing with his new team.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s G-Oil 100 will be full of opportunities to get back into racing action with his new team, according to Little.

“I’m extremely excited about this weekend and the potential of our Coulter Motorsports team. You get all worked up (at Greenville-Pickens) and then Mother Nature says wait. We know there is nothing you can do about that and we’ll be ready to go back but it sure will make this weekend exciting to see what the team and I can do at this one-mile speedway.”

Little will make his first laps on the famed one-mile speedway with the backing of the Coulter team. While the unknown of what the track will bring for challenges to set-ups is obvious, so to is the eagerness to tackle a new racetrack.

“New Hampshire is a very fast and flat one-mile track with sweeping corners. It doesn’t really compare to anything I’ve run before even though I do have experience on a one-mile track (Rockingham Speedway). The Rock isn’t as flat as New Hampshire that’s for sure but the speed is similar,” Little said. “I’ve run some sweeping half-mile tracks but the flat-track surface will be a new challenge for me. I love a good challenge; it’s one of the best parts of racing. We’re going into the race looking forward to turning the challenge of a new track into a great run for our team.”

Getting a handle on New Hampshire in a short amount of time will be the key, he added.

“I really have to concentrate on getting the feel of the front end of the race car and keeping it underneath me at all times. At any flat track getting the front end to turn is the key and the bigger the corner’s are the more important it will be to get that dialed in, especially with only a short amount of practice on Friday.”

Balancing a good qualifying set-up and a race trim feature that provides a competitive run will be key for driver, crew and crew chief Kris Bowen, Little explained.

“We need to meet in the middle on the set-up for our Chevrolet. Track position is going to be key because flatter tracks generally make it harder to pass. Qualifying will be very important and we know that going into the weekend. At the same time, a good race set-up for 100 laps instead of just one is what will win the race for us, so I believe we will have to meet in the middle with the car’s handling to be ready for anything the track and conditions throw at us.”

Should the team not quite have all it needs there will be no benefit of a pit stop to adjust the car, Little noted. The right approach for the race will be learned through the course of race day.

“Like most races without a pit stop you need to run almost 100 percent every lap and I don’t expect New Hampshire to be any different. We’ll go into the race with a game plan to stay up front. Qualifying is key because we know the importance of starting up front as we can’t risk getting caught to far back (in the field) and not have a caution. I plan to race smart and practice give and take throughout the race.”

Follow Little’s progress in Saturday’s G-Oil 100 at hometracks.nascar.com Fans can also get the latest news on Little through the world-wide web at jesselittle.com or at Jesse Little Racing on Facebook or on Twitter @jesselittle97

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