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Johanna Long hopes to make name for herself

Updated: August 3, 2012, 6:20 PM ET
By Brant James

NEWTON, Iowa -- Johanna Long was sprawled on the couch in the front of her Nationwide Series hauler at Iowa Speedway this May, disarmed and chatty as her parents sat nearby.

She fidgeted with her phone, perhaps waiting for NASCAR veteran David Green to respond to a question. Her customary spotter wouldn't be at the track that day.

She had just discussed earning respect, being awful at ballet as a little girl and her gratitude for those who had extended themselves ...

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