Nashville II: Johanna Long preview

Long Ready for Return to NCWTS Competition Pensacola, Florida Native Anxious to Tackle New Track, Step Outside Comfort Zone MOORESVILLE, N.C. (August 3, 2010) - The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) will make its second trip to Nashville...

Long Ready for Return to NCWTS Competition
Pensacola, Florida Native Anxious to Tackle New Track, Step Outside Comfort Zone

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (August 3, 2010) - The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) will make its second trip to Nashville Superspeedway for the running of the Nashville 200. The event will mark Johanna Long's second race in NCWTS competition.

Long drove the No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports-fielded Tundra at O'Reilly Raceway Park (ORP) last July, starting 15th and finishing the day in 17th-place. Returning with the same team, Long hopes that her experience at ORP will propel her to a stronger finish in Saturday's Nashville 200.

Long has already collected an impressive list of racing accomplishments. At only 18 years old, she touts Late Model championships in the Blizzard Series and Gulf Coast Series from the 2009 season. Long won five of the 36 events she ran en route to her championships and captured the pole for the esteemed Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in 2009. Long also competed in two ARCA events last season.

Long will be carrying two special sponsors on her Tundra this week. Adorning her truck bed will be the decals of country music singer Sunny Sweeney.

Long wants to thank everyone from her hometown, Pensacola, Florida. The Long family appreciates the city's support throughout Johanna's racing career and is showing their gratitude by donating the space on the 15 truck's hood to the city of Pensacola. They hope everyone has a chance to visit the city that has been so loyal and important in Johanna's development.

Long Comments on Nashville Superspeedway:

"I can't wait to get back in a truck. I had so much fun last time. It took about half of the race at ORP before I felt like I was getting the hang of it. I was starting to find my groove and understand the handling characteristics of a truck just as the race was ending. That has me really excited about going to Nashville. I know I still have a lot to learn, but I feel like we're heading in the right direction and it has me anxious to hit the track.

"I've never raced at a track like Nashville (Superspeedway). I'm excited about the challenge. I've been racing on mostly flat tracks with Late Models for a while now. It will be fun to step outside of my comfort zone and attempt something new.

"I finished 17th in my last race (ORP). I'm aiming for a top-15 this week. It will be a new track for me, but hopefully my learning curve won't be quite as steep as my first race. Now that I have an event under my belt, I'm hoping we can do a little better than last time. My team is a great bunch of guys and they're all very talented. I know we can get the job done."

-source: bbm

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