Tara Longnecker of Ogden, the first female driver to qualify for the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main event at Super Nationals, had her car on display and signed autographs during a Friday afternoon session in the fan zone.
Already a 10-year racing veteran at the age of 19, she’s in her third Northern SportMod season after a lengthy go-kart stint. Nicknamed Taradactyl – flying dinosaurs are a prominent part of her race car scheme – by a friend in high school, she’s glad to become part of Super Nationals history and looks forward to taking the green flag in Saturday’s big show.
“I’m glad I was able to get qualified on Monday,” she said. “We can watch the races and take more time getting our own car ready.”
Boone is Longnecker’s home track and she’s appreciated the quality of competition that’s allowed her to hone her skills behind the wheel.
“Learning how to be consistent has really been the big thing for me this year. You have to learn how to hit your mark every time,” Longnecker said. “No one can teach you how to do that. It’s something you have to learn yourself.”
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