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Jesse Little Wrecks, Tangles With Mason Mingus In NASCAR Truck Series Debut at Dover

After making his much-anticipated NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut, Jesse Little‘s afternoon at Dover was over in a hurry.

The 18-year-old son of former NASCAR driver Chad Little attempted the Lucas Oil 200 for Thorsport Racing, driving a No. 97 truck that had no series starts entering Dover. Qualifying a surprising ninth, Little was running near the top 10 when his truck got loose underneath Mason Mingus on Lap 32.

At first, the two cars tangled, but didn’t hit anything. However, coming off the exit of turn 2, the pair smacked the inside wall. John Wes Townley, Justin Jennings and Brandon Brown were each involved in the incident, one that angered the sophomore Mingus.

“It looked like the [No.] 97 was driving over his head a little bit,” he said in the garage area, a potential top-10 run for both drivers ruined by the incident. “This early in the race, [Little] shouldn’t put anyone in that situation. This is two weekends in a row that we got wrecked by people we weren’t racing against.”

It is unknown when Little will return to the Truck Series. He announced a part-time deal with the Thorsport organization, which fields full-time entries for back-to-back champion Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter.

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Joseph started with Fronstretch in Aug. 2014 and worked his way up to become an editor in less than a year. A native of Whitestone, New York, Joseph writes for NASCAR Pole Position magazine as a weekly contributor, along with being a former intern at Newsday and the Times Beacon Record Newspapers, each on Long Island. With a focus on NASCAR, he runs our social media pages and writes the NASCAR Mailbox column, along with other features for the site.

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