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September 20, 2013

Go-karts: Family racing passion extends to 17-year-old Laura Long

By Shawn Wood

For The Daily Item

SELINSGROVE -- When she was just seven years old, Laura Long, of Selisngrove, wanted to race a go-kart.

Her father, Jeremy Long, made her wait and ask for two more years before she finally got here wish.

Long, 17, a senior at Selinsgrove High School, is the granddaughter of the 1992 Selinsgrove Speedway 410 sprint car Rookie of the Year, Chris Long, and her uncle is three-time 358 sprint car track champion, Blane Heimbach.

Long, who races in the Lite division for go-karts at the Selinsgrove Raceway Park, was recently named one of the captains for the Seals girls basketball team. She also competes in track and field in the triple jump, high jump and she just started working with the javelin.

"I really wanted to make sure that she was ready to race, that is why I let her wait to ask for two years," Jeremy Long said. Laura Long has been racing since 2005 and has moved up from the rookie cage division to the Lites this year. She is third in the current point standings and has a chance to finish runner-up if all goes well in the remaining races.

"We would go and watch my uncle Blane race and my dad and pap took me to see some friends race go-karts and I got interested just from watching them race," she said.

She noted the her uncle gets to watch her race every now and then and his advice to her is to keep the pedal to the metal.

"The season has been going pretty good so far," she said. "We are close to getting that first win."

Long has not won a go-kart title but has had a top-five finish in points in the Flat 350 class, which is her best points finish to date.

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