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The past year for York High freshman and local racing phenom Macy Causey has been somewhat of a whirlwind.
In April, 15-year-old Causey competed in her first race at Langley Speedway in the Late Model Division and became the youngest female to ever race at the track. In August, Causey earned her first top-five finish in the Late Model Division at Langley.
She later earned Langley Speedway Rookie of the Year honors and was invited to compete in NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Combine in October.
As her racing has improved, so has her recognition. On Friday, Causey was honored with NASCAR’s ninth annual Young Racer Award, which is awarded to minority or female drivers between ages 8 and 15 who is involved in some aspect of competitive racing.
Causey and four other award recipients were honored during NASCAR’s Annual Diversity Awards held in Daytona, Fla., home to one of NASCAR’s most iconic races, the Daytona 500.
“It was really cool. I’ve never been to anything so important,” Causey told WYDaily shortly after receiving her award Friday afternoon. “It was an honor to accomplish something like this early in my career.”
After spending the first hour of Friday’s banquet eating and meeting some of NASCAR’s most influential people, including NASCAR President Mike Helton, Causey took the stage to receive her award and give a brief speech to those in attendance.
During her speech, Causey spoke about the importance of her grandmother Diane Teel, who became the first woman to win a NASCAR-sanctioned event in 1978 at Langley Speedway.
With the inspiration of Teel, Causey has pursued her dream of being a professional racer since she began racing at 8 years old. Despite often being the youngest and only female driver in some of her races, Causey has never backed down in the male-dominated sport of auto racing.
She also thanked NASCAR for introducing her to its Drive for Diversity Program, which holds its annual Drive for Diversity Combine at Langley Speedway, when she was 10 years old.
Reminiscing about how far she has come as a racer, Causey said she was in complete awe about how her career has panned out to this point.
“As far as I’ve gone in the past two years from being locally awarded to being noticed by NASCAR, I wonder how far I can go in the future,” she said. “I want to see where [racing] takes me.”