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Thursday Thunder Champion Aims For Daytona


Atlanta, GA -- As the saying goes: how do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice. Practice. Practice. It's the same in NASCAR.

FOX 5's Chris Clark checks in with Mason Massey, who has his eyes on not Carnegie Hall -- but Daytona!

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Mason Massey Brings Home The Money

Mason and his Bill Elliott Racing team headed South Saturday for Round 2 of The Show Me The Money Series race at Montgomery Motor Speedway. The Jeff Foxworthy Full Force Energy Shot Ford was fast off the trailer. Mason led Round 2 of practice and ended up second fastest all day in the three 30 minute rounds of practice. After qualifying in the 8th position, out of 16 cars, Mason was inverted to start the 100 lap feature from position 3. At the drop of the green flag, he settled into 4th place for the long race. On lap 12, Mason followed the car in front of him through on a pass for the 3rd position. At lap 51, Mason made the pass for 2nd, and then on lap 63 Mason makes his move to take the lead with 37 laps to go.

Mason stayed smooth and drove very consistent laps as the race continued to wind down. With a huge 4 second lead and coming to the white flag, Mason saw what he did not need to see, a caution flag. This would erase the huge lead and set up a green/white/checkered finish for the $5000 prize. Mason was able to hold off all challengers and bring home the money and his first career Late Model victory. After the race, in victory lane, Mason said,"What an awesome night. Man, Ricky (Turner, Crew Chief) had this Jeff Foxworthy Full Force Energy Shot Late Model perfect. It stayed consistent from lap 1 to 100. I just wanna thank Bill Elliott and Jeff Foxworthy for this opportunity. Without them two guys we would not be here in victory lane tonight. I hope we can ride this momentum into next weekends doubleheader at Pensacola and Opp."

Mason's next race will be Thursday at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Thursday Thunder Series in his Legend car as he tries to defend his Championship from 2011. This will be Round 1 of the highly competitive series. The next night, Mason will be behind the wheel of the Bill Elliott Racing/Jeff Foxworthy Full Force Energy Shot Late Model at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida for the Allen Turner Hyundai 100. And on Saturday night, Mason will race the Late Model again at South Alabama Speedway in Opp, Alabama in the Timberback 100.

To follow Mason, you can go to, or in the social media on Twitter @Mason_Massey , or on Facebook at Mason Massey Racing.

Mason has Two Good Runs in Deep South Late Model Racing

Mason headed South for a big weekend of racing with his Bill Elliott Racing Team. The plan was to just get good seat time and learn at two tracks that he had never ran laps on before. Friday, at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, he hit the track running in his Jeff Foxworthy Full Force Energy Shot Late Model. At the end of practice, he was at the top of the speed charts running fast and very consistent lap times. He qualified 8th (out of 18 cars) and was inverted to 3rd to start the race. After running second for the first 31 laps, he made his move and took the lead on lap 32. He led all the way to lap 80 and after a late race restart ended up finishing 8th in his first visit to the track. He had a great run and was very happy with the car and learned a lot during the race. "We did not need to see that last caution," said Mason. "I was trying to lead and save my tires. It is so hard to be leading and being told on the radio to slow down. It goes against everything I have ever done in my racing career, but we will learn from tonight. Overall, we had a great night in our Foxworthy Full Force Energy Shot Late Model. We were able to run up front all night and lead a ton of laps."

After the successful run in Pensacola, the Bill Elliott Racing team loaded up and headed to Montgomery Motor Speedway for Round 1 of The Show Me The Money Series on Saturday. In practice, Mason was again toward the top of the speed charts. In qualifying, he ran a great lap and ended up 4th overall out of 21 cars. He started the 100 lap feature 3rd and ran in the top 5 for the first 65 laps. Unfortunately, during the caution at lap 65 he had to pit to replace his radio which had quit working somewhere around lap 28. After going to the rear, he drove back to a solid 7th place finish, capping off a good weekend for Mason. "Ricky had the car really good at both tracks. I just wanna thank Bill Elliott and the whole crew for a great weekend. We ran real strong at both tracks, and in my opinion, did real good with a rookie driver. Also, thanks to Jeff Foxworthy's Full Force Energy Shot for making all this happen for us. They had some people at the track and I am glad that we could run good for them."

Mason's next race will be Saturday April 7 at Gresham's Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Georgia for the running of the Beau Slocumb Memorial 208. This will be one the biggest events of the year for Pro Late Models paying $10,000 to win. If you are in the area or a fan of Mason's come on out and see a great race.

To follow Mason in the social media, on Twitter go to @Mason_Massey , or on Facebook you can see his fan page at Mason Massey Racing.