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Johanna Long finishes 17th in her NASCAR debut...

Johanna Long came a long way in 200 laps. In her NASCAR Camping World Series debut, Long demonstrated a knack for stock car racing in Friday night's AAA Insurance 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park. She proved to be a quick study and showed she is ready to race with the series' top talent. Long finished the night in 17th-place.

On the first green flag run, Long worked to settle into her truck and find the racing groove that suited her best. Her truck became "way too tight through the center." The caution flag waved on Lap 85 and gave her crew an opportunity to correct the handling. They changed her tires, topped off the fuel cell and made a track bar adjustment. She returned to the track in 23rd-place.

Green flag action returned on Lap 91. Long's lap times improved considerably and became more consistent on the ensuing run. Long picked up two positions, moving up to 21st-place before the next caution halted the pace on Lap 141. She made a trip down pit lane where her crew performed routine service on the No. 15 Tundra and sent her back on the track. She rejoined the field in 22nd-place.

The field took the green on Lap 148. Long continued to show a growing aptitude of the NCWTS and clicked off five positions before taking the checkers. She finished in 17th-place.

"Our truck was really good tonight," said Long. "On our first run, I was trying to learn the truck and get a feel for the track. I made a lot of mistakes that put us back in the field. I felt a lot more comfortable as the race went on, though. I wish we could have restarted it at Lap 100. My crew did an awesome job and I'm really glad that I get to work with them. I can't wait to hit the track in Nashville."