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Macy Causey, a 14-year-old York County girl, made history Saturday when she became the youngest female to race at Langley Speedway.
Causey competed in the Late Model Division at Langley Speedway in the Pomoco Auto Group 100, completing 94 of 100 scheduled laps and finishing 13th out of 18 racers.
The young driver started near the back of the pack after qualifying in 16th-place on the pole.
Coming into the race, Causey’s father and amateur race car driver, Rette Causey, preached safety and hoped his daughter would get her feet wet on the tricky track.
“We set a goal prior to the race to go out there and be smooth, consistent and finish the race and make this a learning experience,” Rette Causey said. “As she always has, she accomplished her goal and now we can build from this experience going forward.”
It did not take long for Macy Causey to get a feel for the difficulty of Langley Speedway. The race was restarted twice after a driver spun out in turn three on the first attempt and four drivers, Causey included, got tangled up on the second attempt.
The third time was the charm as the racers managed a clean first lap.
Causey soon found herself in another tough position on lap eight as the back-left portion of her car was hit as a result of a larger crash that knocked two other drivers out of the race.
The force from the impact of another car forced Causey to skid along the wall, but she quickly pulled herself off and made her way to pit road during the caution for some quick repairs that included duct taping the back-left section of her car.
With no injuries resulting from the crash, Causey left pit road and continued racing.
After the messy start, the race calmed down with no more cautions over the remaining 92 laps.
After being lapped twice early, Causey heeded her father’s advice and settled in toward the back of the pack, racing conservatively and getting used to the speed of Langley Speedway.
With eight laps remaining, a spark plug wire came loose in Causey’s car that caused the young driver to bow out of the race two laps later, coming up six laps short from finishing all 100 laps.
Despite not finishing the race completely, Rette Causey already sees the potential in his daughter as a competitive racer.
“Macy has a natural talent in that she is very smooth, patient and methodical in her approach to everything,” he said. “This pays off in the sport of NASCAR Racing.”
Causey will strap on her racing helmet and take to the track again for her second competition at Langley Speedway at 7 p.m. April 18.
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