Mason Massey will lead the majority of the NASCAR Xfinity Series calendar for DGM Racing in 2022, the biggest season of his career. The move to a new team is a big change, but the “family atmosphere” at DGM Racing will help with the transition.
The Georgia native spoke to Heavy on Jan.4 about his stint at DGM Racing and the lightning process of signing a deal to take back the No.91 for a multitude of races. Massey explained that DGM Racing owner Mario Gosselin expressed tremendous confidence in him and his ability to compete, which certainly attracted him to the team. However, one of the most significant factors that led to his agreement was the amount of effort the whole Gosselin family put into the DGM Racing store.
“That’s kind of what drew me to Mario [Gosselin] because I saw how hard they work, ”Massey told Heavy. “And it’s a family atmosphere there. This is a bit like how I was running when I arrived. My family just traveled and my dad made me work on the racing car. It was a very big family affair.
“I’m really, really excited about what they have in store for the next year,” Massey added. “They worked hard and tried to improve. And they did very well last year too. So it was very attractive and I was really happy to sign.
Massey will gain experience on several tracks
Now in his third year in the Xfinity series, Massey has experience on multiple tracks. For example, it has multiple starts at Richmond Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway, and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Although each of his travels on these tracks has gone without training or qualification.
The 2022 season will mark a significant change for Massey as he will have both practice and qualifying sessions ahead of the Green Flag waves. The training time will help Massey adjust to some of the newer tracks, but qualifying will be much more important.
“I also like coming back to qualifying because it’s easy to go in the hole,” said Massey. “You know, it seemed like every race last year was started 30-35th. Just the way they got us lined up. It was difficult to progress, but with the return of qualifying I think we could get a better starting place and a better chance of arriving.
Some tracks stand out as the best options
Massey has not raced on all tracks on the Xfinity Series circuit due to his previous schedules, but he has made progress on others. He is already looking forward to returning to some tracks due to solid tracks in the past or simply due to major changes.
“I think the repave in Atlanta is going to be interesting,” Massey said. “I think they’re going to have to slow us down a bit because we’re going way too fast, unrestricted. I think they’re going to do something there that’s probably going to become like a Daytona, at least for a few years.
“I am really excited to be returning to Richmond and Darlington. I had my two best runs there last year. We finished 18th in Darlington and 17th in Richmond so I’m really excited to go back and see how we’re doing in Mario’s business. I feel like we can be a little better and hopefully aim for a top 10. ”
As Massey heads into his first season with DGM Racing, he will continue to study cinema and spend time in the simulator. He will also incorporate advice he has received from other NASCAR pilots. BJ McLeod and Matt Mills were two men who contributed to the steep learning curve of stock car racing, especially as Massey approached new tracks. Ross Chastain of Trackhouse Racing has provided his own knowledge, which Massey will try to use in his first season with DGM Racing.
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