Austin MacDonald set for racing at Riverside


PICTOU — Austin MacDonald is preparing for his first Pro Stock Tour race this Saturday in James River.

MacDonald turned 16 last Wednesday, so he is now old enough for the tour and will contest the Lucas 150 honours at Riverside International Speedway.

He will sport the familiar No. 13 usually reserved for his grandfather Rollie MacDonald’s entry that has been driven for the last few years by Cassius Clark from Maine, but Clark is not racing at Riverside.

MacDonald completed a busy weekend with races on Friday at Scotia SpeedWorld in Enfield and over the weekend at the Speedway 660 facility in Geary, N.B., near Fredericton.

He was fourth in the Legends during his first racing engagement in Enfield.

He was in third place and fighting for second spot in the Legends race on Saturday in Geary but could not finish when the muffler broke.

Both Clark and MacDonald raced on Sunday in the McLaughlin 250 feature, with MacDonald sporting the No. 13M on his machine.

Clark finished second in the $10,000 feature in Geary after previously winning the 2019 IWK 250 on July 15 at Riverside and the CAT 250 on August 10 at SpeedWorld.

MacDonald ended up 10th in the McLaughlin feature.

“There was not a mark on the car,” Rollie MacDonald beamed after the race.

Austin MacDonald raced over a 10-week stretch in the Legends class in the southern U.S. in what is called the Summer Shootout in the Legends class and its Young Lions Division for drivers aged 12 to 16.

He also raced in the eight-day series in February during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida.

He is entering Grade 11 at Pictou Academy.

Austin MacDonald will be driving the familiar No. 13 this weekend at Riverside International Speedway in James River. (File photo)