Race: UNOH 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: 10 of 25 Track: Kentucky Speedway Date: July 7, 2011
Johanna Long and her No. 20 Panhandle Grading & Paving Toyota Tundra will take to the track at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday, July 7, for the UNOH 225. Live coverage of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race will begin on SPEED at 8:00 pm EDT. The race will also be covered on MRN Radio, beginning at 7:45 pm EDT.
Kentucky Speedway – Long will be in good company as she makes her first start at Kentucky Speedway this week, as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will also be visiting the 1.5-mile track in Sparta, Ky., for the first time.
Last Race Recap – Long last raced in the NCWTS at Texas Motor Speedway on June 10. Long scored a career-best NCWTS finish of 11th despite getting caught up in a last lap incident at the fast 1.5-mile track.
No. 20 Panhandle Grading & Paving Toyota Tundra– Following the wreck at Texas, the Panhandle Motorsports team successfully repaired chassis No. 1, allowing Long to run her favorite truck again this week at Kentucky Speedway.
Mid-Season Break – In the four week break in the NCWTS schedule, Long kept busy as she relocated from her hometown of Pensacola, Fla., to Concord, N.C. The move will allow the young driver to be closer to her Panhandle Motorsports team, which is based in nearby Mooresville, N.C. The nineteen-year-old also took a cruise to Haiti, Conzumel and Jamaica with her family to celebrate her recent high school graduation.
Marketing Opportunities – Long and the No. 20 Panhandle Motorsports team are currently seeking marketing partners for the 2011 NCWTS season. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Spire Sports + Entertainment or Panhandle Motorsports.
Johanna Long Quotes:
On Kentucky – “I am really ready to get back behind the wheel of my Panhandle Motorsports truck! I have never been to Kentucky before, but I am looking forward to getting on the track on Wednesday. I am glad I have three practice sessions to learn that place.”
NCWTS Race Schedule: (All Times EDT)
Wednesday, July 6
Practice: 4:00 – 5:00 pm Practice: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Thursday, July 7
Final Practice: 10:00 – 11:00 am Qualifying: 3:05 pm Driver Intros: 7:35 pm Race: 8:00 pm
About Johanna Long: Johanna Long, one of the youngest drivers in the elite NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, races the No. 20 Panhandle Grading & Paving Toyota Tundra for family-owned Panhandle Motorsports. The 19-year-old began racing at the age of eight, quickly moving from go-karts to Legends cars to a Late Model. She made history, becoming the youngest driver and only female to win a track championship at Five Flags Speedway. She went on to win the prestigious Snowball Derby at the track in 2010. For more information on Johanna, please visit www.JohannaLong.com.