Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Motor Racing Network Welcomes Dustin Long

Motor Racing Network has added veteran NASCAR journalist Dustin Long to the editorial staff of its website. 

Beginning the week of April 22, Long will be a regular contributor to – adding volume to “The Voice of NASCAR” with a writing style and a level of expertise that’s made him one of the most trusted reporters in the industry. 

“Dustin brings a wealth of experience to our team and is a well-respected member of the NASCAR community,” said MRN Director of New Media Tony Rizzuti. 

Long is a former president of the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) and is currently a member of the voting panel for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. His work has appeared in USA Today and The New York Times. He’s written a weekly NASCAR column for Sports Illustrated’s website,, and was the racing beat writer for the Landmark Communications chain of newspapers from 1999-2011. 

Motor Racing Network has worked very hard over the last few years to increase its presence in the digital arena,” said MRN President and Executive Producer David Hyatt. “We’ve been successful in doing so with a redesigned website, a dynamic lineup of exclusive online content and sharp reporting. Dustin Long adds editorial depth to our NASCAR coverage and we’re proud to have him on the team.” 

Long was named Writer of the Year by the NMPA in 2011. In addition to his award-winning work in NASCAR, he’s covered the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens and a variety of college and high school athletics. Long also has authored a children’s book on the history of the Daytona 500 and another book titled “The Petty Family Album: In Tribute to Adam Petty.” 

“I’m thrilled to be part of the Motor Racing Network team,” Long said, “and excited about what MRN is doing with its website to provide NASCAR fans with the most complete coverage of the sport.” 

Long is a 1991 graduate of Indiana University, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in history. He and his wife, Amy, reside in Huntersville, N.C.


  1. Michael in SoCal5:38 PM

    Right on! Welcome Justin. Dug your Backseat Driver's Council work, and all the updates you provide. Congratulations!!

  2. Dennis7:13 PM

    Is this why we have no Fan Council voting anymore? I really enjoyed participating in that. I don't know who payed attention to it, but I really felt like that was a forum that showed some true statistics from viewers around the country. (Not just race attendees)