When the Late Model Stock Car world descends upon the famous Virginia half-mile of Martinsville Speedway on October 4 for this year’s running of the Martinsville 300, many eyes will be focused on 14-year-old Macy Causey.
Causey, from Yorktown, Virginia, has been racing since she was eight years old. She’s a third-generation racer, following in the footsteps of her parents who both raced, and her grandmother, Diane Teel, the first woman to start a NASCAR XFINITY race in 1982.
The young driver explained that her and her grandmother are very close, and that she often leans on Teel for racing advice.
“Both of my parents raced as well, but my grandmother is the biggest help,” said Causey. “She’s definitely helped me a lot. I’ve gotten a lot of tips from her and my dad.”
Causey normally races at Virginia’s Langley Speedway, where she scored a top five and a few top 10’s this season. She tested at Martinsville for the first time on Wednesday. While the test session was really meant to get Causey acclimated to turning laps on the tricky paperclip, it also gave her a chance to get over the nerves of racing at a track with 60,000 seats before the big event comes.
“It means a lot coming from a local track like Langley to here,” Causey said. “When I first came here it was just so different. The track is much bigger and the stands are so much bigger. Hopefully we can fill them up and hopefully I can have a good race.”
However, Causey did explain that she learned a lot in her time on the track in her No. 33 machine.
“The car was good,” she said. “It was a little loose. “I had to use a lot brakes so that was a little different. I’m just trying to figure out the track.”
Perhaps one way Causey could have learned even more throughout the day would have been if she had her grandmother at the track with her. But unfortunately, Teel was unable to make it to the track for the test session on Wednesday.
“She wanted to come down today to watch me,” Causey said. “She was very teary-eyed when I had to leave to come here because she wanted to be here so badly.”
Causey explained that she has very simple goals for her first ever Martinsville 300.
“Next weekend my main goal is to make the race,” she said. “But if I do then I want to learn a lot, get some experience, and keep the car in one piece.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Rob Blount
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