2nd generation NASCAR driver Jesse Little will make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut on Saturday night as Little will drive the No. 7 Chevrolet for Premium Motorsports in the Quaker State 400 (7:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at the Kentucky Speedway. The car has been driven by Danica Patrick (Daytona 500) and Jeffrey Earnhardt last weekend as Earnhardt took it to a season best 11th place run in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at the Daytona International Speedway.
Kentucky is currently a one-race deal for the Sherrills Ford, N.C. native.
“I’m very humbled by this opportunity to make my Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut this weekend at Kentucky,” said Little. “There’s no expectations for Saturday night’s race other than to take the green flag and see the checkered flag. I would like to thank Jay Robinson for giving me the opportunity to gain valuable experience behind the wheel.”
The second-generation driver, the son of former Cup Series driver Chad Little has had an exceptional season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driving for his family-owned JJL Motorsports team.
In five starts this year, Little has maneuvered four top-10 finishes including a career-best sixth place result at Iowa Speedway last month. Most recently, Little finished seventh at Gateway (Ill.) Motorsports Park with support from Rustic Rub Co. on June 23.
The year started off with an impressive eighth place showing at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway with a marketing partnership with Wings Over North Georgia Air Show (WONG) Air Show.
“We’ve embraced 2018 with a good work ethic and a never-give up attitude and it has paid off for us so far,” added Little. “We’ve been very fortunate to have the support of Wings Over North Georgia Air Show and Rustic Rub Co. and look forward to building on those relationships as the year presses on.
“As for Kentucky, it’s an opportunity for me to gain experience and seat time in the Cup Series and I’m looking forward to driving for Premium and working with crew chief Todd Parrott.”