Rollie MacDonald

Roland "Rollie" MacDonald (born February 4, 1944) in Pictou, Nova Scotia is a Canadian businessman, racing team owner, and former racing driver. MacDonald is the owner/President of King Freight Lines Limited.[1]

Rollie MacDonald
Born (1944-02-04) February 4, 1944 (age 76)
Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada
Achievements1983 MASCAR Championship
1986 QUASCAR Championship
2005 Maritime Pro Stock Tour Champion
Awards2005 Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame
2009 Maritime Motorsport Hall of Fame
Riverside Wall of Fame

King Freight LinesEdit

MacDonald started the excavating company MacDonald's Excavating in 1975. The transportation side of the business quickly outgrew the excavation side of the business, and the company was rebranded King Freight Lines Limited in 1986 to better reflect the company's new direction.[2]

King Freight Lines now operates mainly as a transcontinental transportation company that services Canada and the United States, however they still do excavation work on the side.

King Freight Lines is a member of the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA), as well as the Nova Scotia Trucking Safety Association (NSTSA).[3]

Racing careerEdit

Early careerEdit

MacDonald built his first race car in 1965, a ’55 Pontiac, and started his racing career that year at Mountain Raceway, a dirt track near New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. He would then go on to rack up 21 straight victories at Mountain Raceway. In 1977, while trying to pick up his 22nd straight win, MacDonald's car struck the outside in what is considered the worst crash in the history of Maritime racing. MacDonald would spend a month in hospital following the crash.[4]

MacDonald went on to compete in the MASCAR series, winning the series championship in 1983.

In 1986 he teamed up with fellow Maritime racing legend Junior Hanley, taking one of Hanley's cars to Quebec and winning the QUASCAR Championship.

NASCAR Busch North SeriesEdit

In 1993, MacDonald purchased a Busch Grand National Oldsmobile from Jimmy Spencer and raced in the Busch North Series forming MacDonald Motorsports.[5] MacDonald made his Busch North Series debut at the 1993 New Hampshire 75 at New Hampshire International Speedway. He started the race in 18th, and finished in 24th, two laps down.[6]

Over the next two seasons MacDonald competed in a total of six races, with five of them coming at New Hampshire. However, his best finish was 15th in his only start at Apple Valley Speedway in the 1994 Fisher Snowplow / Minute Mount 150.[7]

King RacingEdit

 
Rollie MacDonald racing side-by-side with Ricky Craven at the 2007 IWK 250 at Riverside International Speedway

MacDonald formed King Racing in 1998 and continued to race on a part-time schedule, while quickly hiring two-time MASCAR Champion Scott Fraser as the team's full-time driver.[8] In 1999 the pair competed at the World Series Of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, a series of 10 races in 10 nights at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Franser would win two of the ten feature races, and go on to finish third in the overall points standings. The team also won two of the six MASCAR races they entered.[9]

In 2000 the team made their ASA National Tour debut at Chicago Motor Speedway. The team's debut was an impressive one, Fraser started on the outside pole on his way to an 8th-place finish. Two starts later the team picked up their first top five finish, finishing fifth at Jennerstown Speedway. In total the 2000 season was a success, with Fraser picking up two top fives and four top tens in six starts.[10]

That was enough to convince the team to run the full schedule in 2001 ASA season. The season started out well, With Fraser picking up three top five finishes, in the team's first four starts. Unfortunately that's where the success ended, and a series of crashes and mechanical failures would limit the team to just 13 starts.[11]

Following the unfortunate passing of Scott Fraser in fatal snowmobile accident in Wentworth, Nova Scotia on March 20, 2004, MacDonald decided to return behind the wheel full-time.[12][13]

MacDonald won the 2005 Maritime Pro Stock Tour Championship, 21 years after his first career championship predecessing MASCAR series.

MacDonald stepped out of the car for good following the 2012 Maritime Pro Stock Tour, turning driving duties of the #13 King Racing Chevrolet over to 16-year-old Denver Foran for the 2013 season.[14]

Motor racing resultsEdit

Maritime Pro Stock TourEdit

IWK 250 resultsEdit

Year Make Finish Team
2007* Chevrolet 23 King Racing
2008 Chevrolet 25 King Racing
2009 Chevrolet 25 King Racing
2011 Chevrolet 23 King Racing

* Event run as part of the Pro All Stars Series

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Homepage". King Freight Lines Limited. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  2. ^ "Company Profile". King Freight Lines Limited. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  3. ^ "Memberships". King Freight Lines Limited. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  4. ^ "Born On This Day - Rollie MacDonald". Canadian Auto Racing Blog. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  5. ^ "Born On This Day - Rollie MacDonald". Canadian Auto Racing Blog. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  6. ^ "1993 New Hampshire 75". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  7. ^ "Rollie MacDonald NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  8. ^ "Rollie MacDonald". Riverside International Speedway. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  9. ^ "Scott Fraser's Racing Career". Scott Fraser Racing. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  10. ^ "Scott Fraser 2000 ASA National Tour Results". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  11. ^ "Scott Fraser 2001 ASA National Tour Results". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  12. ^ "Rollie MacDonald". Riverside International Speedway. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  13. ^ "Scott Fraser: 1970 - 2004". King Freight Lines Linited. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  14. ^ "MacDonald putting faith in Foran". NG News. Retrieved 2015-09-01.