Johanna Long Is The Nationwide Rookie With An Impressive Past

By Christy Valdez

In the Nationwide Series the spotlight has been on Danica Patrick and Travis Pastrana. In the Rookie of the year standings, Austin Dillon and Cole Whitt are on top but what about Johanna Long.

Long has been quietly rising up within the NASCAR world but has gone unnoticed within the media circuit. As a female racer she has been compared to the rest of the women who compete. Don’t count out the young driver, as she already has championships under her belt.

Prior to her NASCAR career Long won several titles including the 2010 Snowball Derby. Other championships include the Pro Late Model track championship at Five Flags Speedway in her hometown of Pensacola, Florida.  Within a year of that win she also became a Super Late Model car champion.

During her time in the Camping World Truck series she ran for Rookie of the Year honors. Within two seasons she managed to get her career best starting position of Fifth at Daytona. Her first personal best was at Texas in 2010 where she qualified ninth and a year later she got her career best finish of 11th at that very same track.

This season Long is competing in her first Nationwide season. So far she has managed to get three top 20 finishes in six races. She finished in 20th at Richmond, finishing on top of Danica Patrick and a debuting Travis Pastrana. Her Best Finish was 19th at Las Vegas.

As a young driver making her way up in the racing world, Long has made progress. She can be one of the surprise stories in the Nationwide season.  Long has proven that she can keep up with the rest of the field, proving that she can be a future contender.


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