Herrera began his sprint car racing career in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1986 Johnny was named World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year. He won the WoO "Most Improved Driver" award in 1991.
In 1995, he won the sprint car track championship at Knoxville Raceway. Herrera won the 1996 King's Royal sprint car race with a collapsed top wing. He earned the $50,000 winner's purse by leading all 30 laps.
In 2002 and 2003, Herrera joined drove the 2W for former NASCAR crew chief Billy Wilburn, and won the first night out in the car during a preliminary World of Outlaws race the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The driver has recently raced in non-winged racecars in the United States, and he has won the Roger McCluskey Classis at Tucson's USA Raceway.
Johnny Herrera was points champion in 2007 in both SCOA (a winged sprint car series based in Arizona) and Hollywood Hills Speedway Non winged class.
Herrera raced for Larry and Lori Woodward in 2009 at Knoxville in the