DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR
announced today that Jesse Little has earned 2013 Sunoco Rookie of the
Year honors in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
Little, a third-generation driver from Sherrills Ford, N.C., edged
fellow first-year competitors Kenzie Ruston and Gray Gaulding for the
prestigious award that has been handed out each year since 1988. The
16-year-old is now among the company of Ricky Craven, Andy Santerre,
Brad Leighton, Joey Logano, Ryan Truex and Kyle Larson – all K&N Pro
Series East champions – who have won the award through the years.
“It’s very surreal, but at the same time I’m accepting of it and
humble about,” Little said of joining such a prestigious list of
drivers. “I think even this year we beat out a bunch of stout
competitors [for the award].
“To look to the future – to be the 2013 Sunoco Rookie of the Year – it gives me great honor to always have that on my resume.”
Little finished ninth in the overall season standings with four top
fives, six top 10s and a best finish of third in June at Langley
Speedway in Hampton, Va. He compiled 92 Sunoco Rookie of the Year points
across the 14-race season, just ahead of Ruston’s total of 89 and
Gaulding’s 87. Read entire Press Release at NASCAR.com hometracks......