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Young racer known for good attitude
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
June 12, 2013 10:50 AM | 1097 views | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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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Other than being a championship racer, Mason Massey of Douglasville is a normal teenage boy with hobbies and role models that help shape him as a person.

Massey, a rising junior, has been homeschooled by his mother his entire life due to his hectic schedule, but twice a week he does an accredited co-op, similar to private school.

Aside from racing, Massey enjoys playing golf and the guitar. Massey began playing the guitar when he was 10 and said he just “wanted to learn” how to do it. He has been playing golf with his grandfather for three years.

Like most young athletes, Massey has a favorite athlete which he looks up to — NFL quarterback Tim Tebow.

“I like his faith in God. He’s a leader and he always keeps his whole team fired up even if they’re losing. He’s a positive influence,” said Massey.

While Massey considers Tebow to be a good role model, others have seen Massey as one as well.

His father, Mayes Massey, said, “He’s had enough success that it speaks for itself, but when someone tells me how good of a kid he is, that kind of overrides the success.”

According to Delena Massey, her son has been this way since he was a young child. “Mayes would be ready to put him in the car and he would go and shake the hands with all the racers before the race. He wanted to wish them luck and he would do it at the end and tell everyone, ‘good job,’ too,” said Mrs. Massey.

Mrs. Massey said her son was told by mentor and NASCAR driver Cale Gale, “No matter what you do, always leave the track the good guy,” and it has stuck with him.

With Mason Massey racing and training so much, his parents said they love racing now, even though Massey has gotten in wrecks and had some injuries – bruised lung, broken heel, broken wrist, concussions and several car fires.

“It really feels good to see him succeed,” said Mr. Massey.

Mrs. Massey admits she still gets nervous but said she has to trust him when he’s on the track and she feels better now being allowed to wear a headset during the races and can always hear him.
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