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Jesse Little Moving to BJ McLeod Motorsports for 2021

Jesse Little will return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2021, but with a new team.

Little will drive BJ McLeod Motorsports’ No. 78 in the series, the team announced Dec. 8.

In 2020, Little drove in his rookie Xfinity season for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller in its No. 4.

“BJ & Jessica (McLeod) have placed and amazing opportunity in front of me,” Little said in a team release. “The strides that BJ McLeod Motorsports has made since its inception just a few short years ago are incredible. As the motorsports landscape continues to shift, I felt that it was important to align myself with an organization that acknowledges that shift and is working hard to improve all aspects if the organization. The foundation that has been laid by those before me, and those currently here is solid and we’re going to build on that foundation in a big way this year. I can’t wait to get started.”

Added team owner BJ McLeod, ‘We’re excited to have Jesse join our organization. He is a great addition to our team as we continue to grow and improve on and off the track. Jessica and I have great people working with us at BJ McLeod Motorsports and Jesse adds to that. He is a team player with support from fantastic partners, we are looking forward to the journey ahead of us.”

Little noted in the release that he may be able to run select NASCAR Cup Series races with Live Fast Motorsports, McLeod’s new Cup team with co-owner Matt Tifft, if sponsorship allows. Currently, McLeod has been announced as the team’s full-time driver in its No. 78.

BJMM plans three full-time entries in 2021 in Xfinity, with Ryan Ellis and Josh Bilicki announcing part-time roles at the team so far. In 2020, the organization operated the Nos. 5, 78 and 99.

Little scored two top 10s in 2020 in Xfinity, finishing 19th in points. He also drove three Camping World Truck Series races.

JDM has not yet announced any drivers for 2021.

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Rutherford is the managing editor of Frontstretch, a position he gained in 2015 after serving on the editing staff for two years. At his day job, he's a journalist covering music and rock charts at Billboard. He lives in New York City, but his heart is in Ohio -- you know, like that Hawthorne Heights song.

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