BJ Mcleod Motorsports Announces First Full-Time Driver for Its 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series Program

Published 12/09/2020, 5:15 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 15: Jesse Little, driver of the #4 KSDT/Series Seating Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series NASCAR Racing Experience 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

As the NASCAR Silly Season approaches its end, another seat was filled for the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series season. Youngster Jesse Little will join the BJ Mcleod Motorsports team as a full-time driver. The 23-year-old is the first full-time driver announced by the team for the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity season.

BJ Mcleod Motorsports fields three cars in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Little, who is the son of former NASCAR Cup Series driver Chad Little, will drive the No. 78 car next year. That car gets a full-time ride with the same driver in 2021 after it was driven by many drivers across the 2020 season.

BJ Mcleod himself drove the car for a few races in the Xfinity Series this year. The team also field the No. 5 and No. 99 cars, but have not announced full-time rides for the same. Ryan Ellis and Josh Bilicki have been announced to run on part-time schedules so far in those cars.


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DAYTONA, FL – FEBRUARY 14: Jesse Little, driver of the #97 Diversified Motorsports Teletrac Navman Chevrolet, during qualifying for the NextEra Energy 250 on February 14, 2020 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

A crucial year for young NASCAR driver Jesse Little

Little will run just his second full-time season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. He ran the 2020 season with JD Motorsports, where he scored two top-10 finishes and finished in 19th place on points. Prior to that, he ran five straight part-time seasons in the NASCAR Truck Series.

Little lauded BJ Mcleod Motorsports for showing tremendous growth in a very short time. He expressed his happiness to join a team that is working very hard to continue to improve.

BJ & Jessica (McLeod) have placed an amazing opportunity in front of me. The strides that BJ McLeod Motorsports has made since its inception just a few short years ago are incredible,” Little said in a statement.

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 of the organization.”


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HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – JUNE 13: BJ McLeod, driver of the #6 KSDT CPA Chevrolet, waits on the grid prior to the NASCAR Xfinity Series Hooters 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on June 13, 2020 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

BJ Mcleod praises Jesse Little

McLeod himself spoke highly of the youngster. “He (Little) is a team player with support from fantastic partners. We are looking forward to the journey ahead of us,” he said.


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Meanwhile, McLeod himself will drive the No. 78 car in the NASCAR Cup Series. He has partnered with former driver Matt Tifft to form Live Fast Motorsports. They also have an alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing to guide them through the process.


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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.