DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. – 16-year-old Mason Massey will make his Super Late Model debut in the 37th Annual Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway March 17.
The Georgia-native will be racing out of the AROB Performance Group’s shop with former NASCAR Crew Chief Gene Roberts. Roberts has worked with drivers including Bill Elliott, Joey Logano, David Ragan, and Beau Slocumb.
“I am extremely excited for this next step in my racing career,” said Massey. “Running a Super Late Model is incredible enough, but being able to work with Gene Roberts is an awesome opportunity. We have been working hard during the off season and we are ready to really show what we can do this year both in Supers and a in few ARCA starts.”
The Rattler will be a test for the young driver. Not only is the race long compared to what he is used to, but a live pit stop will also be required, and the competition is always fierce.
For the rest of 2013, Massey will be running for the Rookie of the Year title in the new 16-race, five-track, Southern Super Series. He has also received an invitation for the nationally televised, star-studded Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown invitational race at Richmond (Va.) Int’l Raceway on April 25. In addition, the team plans to run the historic Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in December and a limited ARCA schedule throughout the year.
“I’m truly excited about working with Mason this season,” said Crew Chief Roberts. “I’ve watched Mason develop as a driver from his early Bandos and Legends series efforts. I am confident with Mason’s success, up to this point, he will continue to be consistent now that he has progressed to Late Models. Mason’s future looks very bright.”
Last year, Massey ran a Pro Late Model and earned his first two wins, both coming at Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL); the first of which came in only his sixth career start and the second was in the famous 48th Annual Alabama 200 where he is now the youngest driver ever to win.
He also competed in his Legends car and topped his season off by winning the Legends Pro Division National Championship race at Atlanta Motor Speedway (GA).