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Jesse Leo


Jesse Leo drives the #3 Hornet Class car.  He lives in Neoga, IL.  His home track is Charleston Speedway.

He started racing in 2002 in the Hornet Class at Charleston Speedway after starting in Demo Derbies at the age of 16 but also going to the races, every week, at Charleston Speedway.  He decided, while in college, to use his experience and build a race car.  His first win was in 2003 in the Hornet Class at Charleston Speedway.  Career highlights include Points Championship in the Hornet Class at Charleston in 2003.

The thrill of racing for Jesse is to have pride in knowing that he built and drove a car consistently enough to be Points Champion.  His most exciting racing moment was his first Heat race win and racing 3 wide against childhood friends, who used to race bicycles against each other.  He's most proud of having his car close to totaled and managing to fix it and be ready to race the next week.


Grandpa Jim Campbell, Mom Carla Yingst, Step dad Jerry Yingst, Cousin Cameron Finney, Girlfriend Amanda Severson, Brother Alfonso Leo, Sister Missy Leo

Jesse's racing hero is Dale Earnhardt.

Of racing, Jesse says, "Racing  has given me focus in a positive perspective, taught me good sportsmanship (sometimes Mom has to remind me), led me toward my degree in Automotive Technology, and brought my family together consistently once a week for 8 years!".

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