(Douglasville, Ga.) August 13, 2013 – Super Late Model rookie Mason Massey ran in his first ever 300-lap race over the weekend and it was one of short-track racing’s “crown jewels”. Against some tough competition, the 16-year-old and his team overcame some mechanical issues to finish 13th in the World Crown 300 at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Ga.
“Overall it was not bad for my first ever 300-lap race,” Mason said. “We unloaded our Special Olympics – Georgia Super Late Model on Friday afternoon and were pretty good off the trailer. We lost a little bit handling-wise throughout practice that day and into the next morning. We didn’t know what to expect in qualifying. I went to crank it up to pull out, and it wouldn’t start. The guys changed the battery and the start switch in a matter of minutes and we finally got out there and qualified 18th. The race started out pretty good. I was trying to figure the right line to run where my car would handle the best. The guys had some awesome pit stops and gained us a few positions on pit road. We unfortunately were not able to get our last set of tires so I was just holding on to what I had till the end of the race.”
Mason is mighty anxious to get to his next race in two weeks, the Alabama 200 at Montgomery Motor Speedway. Why?
“Because I’m the defending champion,” Mason says with a smile. “We’re all looking forward to getting back there and doing our best to make it two in a row!”
About Mason Massey
Mason Massey is a 16-year-old racer out of Douglasville, Georgia. In 2013, Mason is competing in the Southern Super Series, a multi-track series for Super Late Model stock cars that is centered in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Alabama.
His team is led by crew chief Josh Hamner and his marketing partners include Special Olympics – Georgia, Sunoco Race Fuel and Mary Lee Properties.
Strong in his Christian faith and dedicated to giving back and sharing with others, Mason can often be found with his race car at events for the Georgia Special Olympics as well as other civic and church-related organizations.
Entering his 12th season of racing, Mason accumulated over 40 wins in Quarter Midgets , 100+ victories in Bandoleros and 75 wins in Legends cars before moving to the Late Models.
In 2012, Mason won twice in the Late Model, taking the checkered flag in only his sixth start and then again at the 48th Annual Alabama 200, both at Montgomery Motor Speedway.
In total, Mason has won over 200 races in his career along with 12 championships, (including three Thursday Thunder Championships at Atlanta Motor Speedway) and holds over 11 track records.