This has been a big week for York High freshman Macy Causey, a 14-year-old whose 2015 season already includes one top-five finish in the Late Model Division at Langley, where she was ninth overall in the standings in nabbing Rookie of the Year honors.
Causey learned earlier this week that she is the youngest driver ever to be invited to the NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) Combine, scheduled for Oct. 19-21 at Langley. The combine provides an opportunity for 22 ethnically diverse and female drivers to work their way up the racing ladder by competing for a spot on the NASCAR-sponsored Rev Racing team.
Rev Racing develops drivers in K&N Pro Series East and Late Model cars.
In addition, Causey will compete this weekend for the first time at Martinsville Speedway in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, one of the most prestigious Late Model races in the country. Among the other Langley drivers expected to run are Matt Waltz, Justin Carroll and Brenden Queen.
“I’m really excited and relieved to be the youngest driver picked for the (D4D) combine,” Causey said. “Coming on the heels of Martinsville, it makes me nervous but excited.
“My grandmother (Langley legend Diane Teel) was the first woman to start at Martinsville in a NASCAR-sanctioned race.”
As such, Causey will race at Martinsville with a sticker reading “33 Years in the Making, Following in Nana’s Footsteps, Martinsville Speedway 1982-2015.” The sticker features the No. 19 car Teel drove in a 1982 Grand National (now Xfinity Series) race at Martinsville and the No. 33 Causey drives.