Hometown – Cambridge, OH, Reside in Concord, NC
Racing Nickname – Hillbilly Deluxe
Birthdate – 9/15/78
Family – Amber Jane Long (Wife) & Madison Dawn Long (Daughter)
Personal Vehichle(s) – 2007 Chevy 3500 dually, 2017 Toyota Tundra
Favorite Music Group – Eric Church
Favorite TV Show – Game of Thrones/Walking Dead
Favorite Sports Team – Pittsburgh Steelers/Ohio State Buckeyes
Superstitions At The Race Track – Green and Peanuts
If You Could Change One Thing In Racing, What Would You Change – Tire Costs- do away with all Team Tire Deals and charge everyone the lower cost that would exist.
What Is The Most Under Rated Thing In Racing – Importance of fans- butts in seats & also importance of a great crew chief
What Is The Most Over Rated Thing In Racing – Latest’s Craze/New product or idea of the week
If You Could Start Your Racing Career Over, What Would You Do Different –Spend more time testing/practicing
What Race That you Haven’t Won Would You Like To – Fastrak World Championship at Virginia Motor Speedway
Years Racing – Driving 10 years, been involved with dirt racing all my life.
Career Wins – 30
Most Memorable Racing Moment – Winning the Shrine 100 this year at Carolina Speedway and winning Fastrak Tourning race at Tyler County Speedway.
Most Forgettable Racing Moment – Braking the transmission yoke in the 2nd race of 3 at Bulls Gap during the Fastrak Grand Nationals in 2009- that part cost me about $15,000 in point money
Meaning Behind Car Number – #55- has been the Long Family racing # since the 50’s and 60’s. #75 is when I run for Wesley Page, it is his family’s racing number.
Future Racing Plans – Continue to run the Fuel Series with the 525 Engine package and also compete in the larger Crate events in the region
Plans After Racing Career – Always hope to be involved in racing in some way shape or form
If I Wasn’t Racing Today, I’d Be – Going stir crazy and aggravating my wife
Your Racing Idol – My dad, Tye Long, he raced for over 25 years and won around 300 races
Your Favorite Track – That I have raced at- Wythe Raceway. That I have been to- Fairbury American Legion Speedway
Your Web Address – www.mattlongracing.com
Class / Series – Crate LM- Fastrak and SECA
Engine Builder – GM- Crate 604
Chassis Builder – Rocket
Sponsors – Mello Yello, Circle K, Heintz Performance, VP Racing Fuel, F&K Rod Ends, JRI Shocks, Wesley Page Racing and WP Shocks, Rocket Chassis, Keyser Manufacturing, K&N Filters, Dirtwrap, Team Clay, Jim Cook Transmissions, Simpson, Stock Car Steel
Special Mentions – My family- without their involvement in racing for some many years, I would never be where I am now- my current job and driving a LM. Also like to thank my crew for their endless hours of work and their families for putting up with all the time away from home