Set to embark on their final NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) race under the JJL Motorsports banner, driver Jesse Little hopes to deliver a strong showing in Friday night’s season-finale Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.
Little, the Sherrills Ford, N.C. native is poised to make his ninth Truck Series start of the season and fourth at Homestead’s South Florida 1.5-mile track.
For the NASCAR Next alumnus, he hopes to deliver and capitalize on another trip to Miami and build on the team’s ninth-place finish last November.
“I can’t believe Homestead is here,” said Little. “I am blessed to have another opportunity to compete in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and the chance to drive this No. 97 Diversified Utility Group Ford F-150. Homestead can be a challenging track, especially as the track transitions throughout the day, but hopefully we can take our notebook and apply it this week and get a strong finish in JJL Motorsports’ last race.”
For the 23rd race of the season, Little will be supported by the Diversity Utility Group LLC.
Founded in July 2013, Diversity Utility Group is a turnkey general contractor specializing in fiber optic telecommunications construction consisting of new build, maintenance, cellular towers for wireless providers, residential and commercial applications and more.
“To have the Diversified Utility Group LLC as the partner for JJL Motorsports this weekend at Homestead means the world to me and that is probably understated,” said president Logan Puckett.
“It certainly is a reminder that hard work and dedication does pay off and anything is possible if you set your mind to it and It also serves as motivation to continue to keep pushing and keep working hard towards our future goals.
“Also, having been based in the Carolinas historically we are hoping this will bring some brand awareness to our company in Florida and the Southeast as a whole.”
For Puckett, his experience at Homestead though is just the beginning.
He has purchased the assets of JJL Motorsports and will debut the team in 2020 as Diversified Motorsports Enterprises.
The team plans to run a limited schedule next year starting with the season-opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in February with Little as the team’s primary driver.
“I am really looking forward to taking over an outstanding program that JJL has put together as it provides a great foundation to build on and hopefully grow,” added Puckett. “I think the growth potential is what excites me the most.
“I am certainly looking forward to the challenge that this provides, and I hope that I can bring some value to the team and ultimately it would be awesome if I can bring value to the sport as a young owner with a fresh outlook.”
For Little, 22, who was announced last week as the new full-time driver for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller in the NASCAR Xfinity Series is thrilled to see Puckett take the reins of the team.
“I’m honored to represent Diversified Utility Group this weekend at Homestead,” added Little. “Logan has been so excited about the opportunity to enter the Truck Series as an owner in 2020, but to have his company be a part of our last race under the JJL Motorsports banner as a sponsor is even more awesome.
“Hopefully we can have a good performance for him on Friday night before looking ahead to 2020.”
Additional, JJL Motorsports welcomes back associate partners Skuttle Tight, Grindstaff Rub, Visit Kingsport and Parker Fibernet for the final race of the season.
The Ford EcoBoost 200 (134 laps | 201 miles) is the 23rd of 23 races on the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Nov. 15 from 9:05 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. A final practice has been etched in from 10:35 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 4:35 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).
— JJL Motorsports —
So thankful to get to race the Trucks again in 2020. I can’t wait to get to work & help build the program into a race winning one. I want to thank @LPuckett_97 for believing in me. Can’t wait for Daytona!! https://t.co/63L92XNLMV
— Jesse Little (@jesselittle97) November 12, 2019