NASCAR Next driver set to take on Monster Mile DOVER, Del. -- Sporting a grin from ear to ear, Jesse Little walked into the media center on Thursday at Dover International Speedway ready to take on the weekend. Piloting the No. 97 Carolina Nut Company Toyota for ThorSport Racing, the 18-year-old K&N Pro Series East regular and NASCAR Next driver will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at the Monster Mile on Friday. "I've been looking forward to this weekend for a long time," Little said. "I know this is a family-owned team and we've put a lot of hard work and preparation into this weekend and I think my Camping World Truck Series start at Dover is something that still hasn't hit me yet. But I'm certainly excited and I love coming to this place. I enjoy it very much and I'm looking forward to a great weekend." Sitting side-by-side to Little during the press conference were two of the Truck Series' youngest drivers, 17-year-olds Cole Custer and John Hunter Nemechek . With just a total of 23 starts shared between the two drivers, they offered Little any bit of advice they could give for his first Truck start. "I'd say take it easy, especially the first lap of the race," Custer advised Little. "It's amazing how much the air affects these things. I was honestly scared for my life the first time I did it." In Custer's first start at Dover last season he finished 14th. "Just finish the race," Nemechek told Little with a chuckle. "Run as many laps as you can to get the experience." In Nemechek's first start at Dover last season he finished sixth. Little, Custer and Nemechek are all on this season's NASCAR Next roster and agree that the program has brought the young drivers together. "It makes it enjoyable for us as drivers when we know we have someone we can go to and talk to and they'll understand," Little said. "It makes it easier and at the same time it makes it fun." Manning Little's pit box is another familiar face to the young driver. Harold Holly, a 19-time winning crew chief in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and former pit boss for Little's father, Chad, who is currently NASCAR's managing director, technical inspection/officiating. Holly will be calling the shots during Friday's Lucas Oil 200 (5:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). "Harold and I go way back ... He's always been a great family friend," Little said" "Him and I have great chemistry and that goes the same for the ThorSport guys. It's been great to have their help. I have the ability to lean on (ThorSport teammates) Matt (Crafton) and Johnny (Sauter) and those guys and their knowledge is amazing and I'm definitely going to use that for my advantage and lean on those guys quite a bit this weekend." Lucky for Little, ThorSport Racing teammate Crafton just so happens to be a two-time Camping World Truck Series champion. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Rookie edges Custer, Suarez atop Monster Mile leaderboard RELATED: Practice results Erik Jones rose to the top of the leaderboard Thursday afternoon in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice at Dover International Speedway . Jones, a Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate, turned a fast lap of 155.885 mph around the concrete mile in the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 4 Toyota. He edged NASCAR Next driver Cole Custer , who was second-fastest at 154.819 mph in the JR Motorsports No. 00 Chevrolet. Daniel Suarez , Jones' KBM teammate in the No. 51 Toyota, was third-best at 154.579 mph in the two-hour, 25-minute session -- the lone practice ahead of Friday's Lucas Oil 200 (5:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). Cameron Hayley and Daniel Hemric , another pair of rookies, completed the top five on the leaderboard. Series points leader and two-time defending champion Matt Crafton was 12th-fastest in the ThorSport Racing No. 88 Toyota. Crafton carries a 16-point lead over Jones into the 200-miler, the sixth of 23 races this season. NASCAR Next driver Jesse Little briefly held the top spot on the leaderboard in his No. 97 Toyota, but settled for seventh-fastest ahead of his national series debut. Keystone Light Pole Qualifying to set the 32- truck field is scheduled Friday at 12:45 p.m. ET. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
See where your favorite driver will pit on Friday (5:30 p.m. ET, FS1) The pit stall assignments are out for Friday's Lucas Oil 200 (5:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM) at Dover International Speedway and polesitter Ryan Blaney had his pick of the spots on pit road. Blaney, who is making his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start of 2015, will have the pit stall closest to exit of pit road. The driver of the No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford will also have an opening in front of him when he goes to leave pit road. Erik Jones (starting second), Matt Crafton (starting third), Tyler Reddick (starting fourth), John Hunter Nemechek (starting sixth), Cameron Hayley (starting seventh), Cole Custer (starting 10th), Spencer Gallagher (starting 13th) and Johnny Sauter (starting 16th) will have openings in front of them on pit road. Crafton, the two-time defending series champion, has a 16-point lead on Jones entering this race. Brandon Jones (starting 12th) chose the pit stall closest to the pit road entrance. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Regan Smith holds of Kyle Larson for the win in the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks about his driver Regan Smith winning the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway
Paul Menard talks about his third place finish in the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway.
Kyle Larson talks about his second place finish in the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway.
Regan Smith wins the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway.
Regan Smith talks about his second win of the season for JR Motorsports in the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday.
Vehicles in all three national series to sport organization's decal Race Centers: Sprint Cup " XFINITY " Camping World Truck For the first time since the season-opening races at Daytona International Speedway , all three national series -- NASCAR Sprint Cup , XFINITY and Camping World Truck -- will race on the same weekend at Dover International Speedway this Friday through Sunday. Heading into Sunday's FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM), 63 teams across all three series will proudly display the Autism Speaks puzzle piece decal on their vehicles throughout the weekend. Denny Hamlin , driver of the No. 11 FedEx Cares Toyota, will also include Autism Speaks artwork on his car's primary FedEx Cares paint scheme. Hamlin and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth have launched a text-to-pledge campaign to help raise awareness for Autism Speaks. Through Sunday, fans are encouraged to make a donation by texting RACING to 30644 to get started. Visit www.AutismSpeaks.org/Racing for more information. In total, 27 drivers from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, 16 drivers from the NASCAR XFINITY Series and 20 drivers from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series are participating: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Jamie McMurray – No. 1 McDonald's/Cessna Chevrolet Austin Dillon – No. 3 DOW Chevrolet Kevin Harvick – No. 4 Ditech Chevrolet Alex Bowman – No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet Sam Hornish Jr . – No. 9 Twisted Tea Ford Danica Patrick – No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet Denny Hamlin – No. 11 FedEx Cares Toyota Tony Stewart – No. 14 Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevrolet Clint Bowyer – No. 15 AAA Insurance Toyota Greg Biffle – No. 16 Safety-Kleen Ford Ricky Stenhouse Jr . – No. 17 Ford Ecoboost Ford Kyle Busch – No. 18 Skittles Toyota Matt Kenseth – No. 20 Dollar General Toyota JJ Yeley – No. 23 Dr. Pepper Toyota Jeb Burton – No. 26 Maxim Fantasy Sports Toyota Paul Menard – No. 27 Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet Ryan Newman – No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet Brian Scott – No. 33 ACME/Kraft Singles Chevrolet Kurt Busch – No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet Kyle Larson – No. 42 Target Chevrolet Aric Almirola – No. 43 WinField Ford Michael Annett – No. 46 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet AJ Allmendinger – No. 47 Scott Products Chevrolet Justin Allgaier – No. 51 Fraternal Order of Eagles/AccuDoc Solutions Chevrolet David Ragan – No. 55 Aaron's Ford Martin Truex Jr . – No. 78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet Matt DiBenedetto – No. 83 Burger King Toyota Camry NASCAR XFINITY Series Brian Scott – No. 2 ACME/Kraft Singles Chevrolet Ty Dillon – No. 3 WESCO Chevrolet Darrell Wallace Jr . – No. 6 Ford EcoBoost Ford Blake Koch – No. 8 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Toyota Camry Cale Conley – No. 14 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Toyota Camry Jeff Green – No. 19 TriStar Motorsports Toyota Camry Eric McClure – No. 24 Reynolds Wrap Toyota Camry John Wes Townley – No. 25 Zaxby's Chevrolet Austin Dillon – No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet Brennan Poole – No. 42 DC Solar Chevrolet Dakoda Armstrong – No. 43 WinField Ford David Starr – No. 44 Zachry Toyota Camry Jeremy Clements – No. 51 RepairableVehicles.com/AllSouthElectric.com Chevrolet Chris Buescher – No. 60 Roush Performance Products Ford Brendan Gaughan – No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Peyton Sellers – No. 97 Vroom Brands Chevrolet NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ryan Ellis – No. 1 MAKE Motorsports Chevrolet Tyler Young – No. 2 Randco Industries/Young's Building Systems Chevrolet Erik Jones – No. 4 Special Olympics World Games Toyota John Wes Townley – No. 5 Zaxby's Chevrolet Norm Benning – No. 6 Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet Ray Black, Jr. – No. 7 ScubaLife.com Chevrolet Korbin Forrister – No. 8 Green Light Racing Chevrolet John Hunter Nemechek –No. 8 MeetBall Chevrolet Jennifer Jo Cobb – No. 10 POW-MIAFamilies.org Chevrolet Ben Kennedy – No. 11 Local Motors Toyota Cameron Hayley – No. 13 Cabinets by Hayley Toyota Daniel Hemric – No. 14 California Clean Power Chevrolet Timothy Peters – No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Broken Bow Records Ford Ryan Blaney – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford Travis Kvapil , – No. 50 BurnieGrill.com Chevrolet Daniel Suarez – No. 51 Arris Toyota Justin Boston – No. 54 ROKMobile.com Toyota Matt Crafton – No. 88 Rip It/Menards Toyota Johnny Sauter – No. 98 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff/Curb Records Toyota FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule