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NASCAR Helps Future Stars Climb The Ladder

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The NASCAR Next program gives young drivers the opportunity to build skills that will help them become the stars of tomorrow.

“It’s highlighting the younger generation, the next generation, next set of up and coming racers that will someday be the Jeff Gordons and Jimmie Johnsons of the Sprint Cup Series,” said Jesse Little, NASCAR K&N Series driver.

All 12 drivers in the program made their way to Mooresville Wednesday to participate in a go-kart challenge at the GoPro Motorplex.

“"I think today it was all about coming here and spend time with the fans and the media,” said Brandon McReynolds, NASCAR K&N Series driver. “At the end of the day, racing is about having fun and that gave us a good opportunity to come out here midway through the season and sweat a little bit and have some fun and race some go karts against each other."

Drivers in the program are selected based on their racing resumes. Participants are chosen by experienced drivers and executives throughout the sport. NASCAR Next drivers also have to have the desire and potential to make it to the "next level" in the sport.

“The next step would just be being able to run in the national series full time,” said Little. “That would be the next step up from the K&N Series preferably it would be truck and then go into Nationwide and then Cup."

The 2014 NASCAR Next roster:

Cole Custer

Rubén García Jr.

Gray Gaulding

Ryan Gifford

Austin Hill

Erik Jones

Jesse Little

Dylan Lupton

Brandon McReynolds

Ryan Preece

Ben Rhodes

Kenzie Ruston

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