Mason Massey had a huge weekend at Montgomery Motor Speedway this past weekend in the 49th Annual Alabama 200. Not only did he finish fifth (his first Super Late Model top five) but he ran top three much of the day until a flat tire forced him to race back through the star-studded field.
Mason was right in the hunt with eventual winner Chase Elliott as well as other veterans such as Bubba Pollard and Augie Grill.
For Mason, the 2012 champion of this huge and prestigious event, the weekend was a big success despite not defending his title.
“This was just the fifth race together for Josh (Hamner, Mason’s crew chief) and I. I’m really proud of him and our whole team because we were good from the time we unloaded on Friday right through the race’s end on Saturday. We are still experimenting with some different things to find even more speed and comfort for me. We had a flat tire, which was a problem several racers had as well, so the fact that we still ended up top five was awesome.”
Mason talked specifically about the level of competition in the Southern Super Series. “These drivers are some of the best that Super Late Model racing has to offer anywhere,” the 16-year-old said. “When you have guys like Bubba (Pollard), Daniel (Hemric) Augie Grill, Chase Elliott and the others it makes it hard just to qualify up front let alone race for wins. It’s like an all-star race every week and you have to bring your best effort and be there at the end. We did that today and I’m thankful to God as well as to my team and my sponsors for helping make this all possible.”
The next scheduled event for Mason and his team will be September 20th at Five Flags Speedway.
Mason’s website is located at
www.MasonMassey.com. Fans can also follow him on Facebook at Mason Massey Racing and on Twitter at Mason_Massey.
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 the 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 Special Olympics – Georgia 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