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Teen racecar driver competing in late-model cars
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
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Mason Massey of Douglasville shows off one of his cars. Massey has raced competitively since age 5.
Mason Massey of Douglasville shows off one of his cars. Massey has raced competitively since age 5.
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Mason Massey, 16, has been racing since he was 5 years old, won over 200 races and signed to Bill Elliott Racing in 2012.

A Douglasville resident and son of Mayes and Delena Massey, Massey competed in a race June 1 in Montgomery, Ala., in the Southern Super Series 125 Presented by ARbodies at the Montgomery Motor Speedway, racing a late model car.

Massey was unable to finish the race due to a collision on the track that put him out after finishing 85 of 125 laps.

“I was in fifth then caught a flat. I pulled in and aired up and wrecked about 10 laps later…Two cars in front of me tangled up and spun. I checked up (hit the brakes) and the car behind me pushed me into all them,” said Massey.

The Southern Super Series consists of 16 races, on five tracks in four states – Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.

Massey traveled to Nashville, Tenn., to compete on April 6, but due to engine trouble was unable to race. He did however compete in Montgomery on May 4, completing 123 laps and finishing 12th, also having some engine trouble.

He plans to race again June 22 in Irvington, Ala., at the Mobile International Speedway.

Massey began racing after watching his uncle, Marty Massey, and “wanted to be like him.”

He started racing in a quarter midget, getting up to 35 mph on a track one-20th of a mile long. His first win came at age 5 in his fourth ever career race at the Bill Thomas Raceway in Cumming.

“I forgot a lot of it, but I remember it felt pretty good,” said Massey.

While racing quarter midget Massey won 40 races and set three track records including the local and all-time track record at Bill Thomas Raceway in the Junior Stock Division. In 2005 Massey earned the title of Carolina Clash Cup Champion in Salisbury, N.C.

At 6, Massey finished eighth of 109 racers at his first national championship race, the 2003 quarter midget grands in Indianapolis, Ind..

Since then Massey has upgraded to three different levels, racing a bandolero at age 8, legend at age 11 and late models since last year on dirt and asphalt.

Racing bandolero Massey has more than 100 wins and set six track records. Massey has more than 75 wins racing legend, including the 21st Annual Legends Asphalt Nationals Pro division in October 2012. Racing late models Massey won the 48th Annual Alabama 200 in Montgomery, Ala., in September 2012, making him the youngest to ever win this race.

Massey is partnered with Special Olympics Georgia and sponsored by G-Force Racing Gear, Sunoco Racing Fuel and Mary Lee Properties.
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