King James Captures 2nd Driver's Holiday Challenge Title


James MacDonald winner of the 4th annual Driver's Holiday Challenge

Photos – courtesy Carter Gimblett

London, December 10, 2023 -- The 4th annual Driver’s Holiday Challenge at The Raceway turned into the James MacDonald show Sunday as the two-time O’Brien Award winner captured five of the 10 races in the competition and took home the trophy for the second time in the event’s young history.

MacDonald made a statement early with a sweep of the daily double behind Matts Tuition and Mach Jacobs. He then clicked in race 5 with Scarlet Dragon and in race 7 with Favaro Seelster before capping off his big afternoon in race 8 behind Southwind Bayou.

MacDonald finished the competition with 104 points, finishing 10 ahead of Tyler Borth who had a pair of winners on the day. MacDonald and Borth also captained teams of four in the competition and it was Team MacDonald – consisting of Jason Ryan, Paul MacKenzie and defending champion Nat Day – narrowly edging out Team Borth – consisting of Dan Clements Garret Rooney and Daryl Thiessen – by just two points (248-246).

“It was an awesome day,” reflected MacDonald during an interview afterwards by COSA TV’s Robert Reid Jr. “We had a great team and were cheering each other on all day. We all had fun with it for sure and it’s all for a great cause.”

The five-win day extended MacDonald’s lead in the national driver standings as well, bumping his total to 412 – putting him 20 ahead of Tyler Borth who sits at 392 for the season.

Sunday’s event raised an estimated $15,000 in toys and cash donations for Toys for Tots. More than $50,000 has been raised for the local charity since the initiative began in 2020.

The Raceway continues its busy holiday schedule with live racing this Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 5:50 p.m. Fans are reminded that the always popular Boxing Day program is back on December 26th and 12:55 p.m. and the New Year’s Eve card is scheduled for December 31st at 7:30 p.m.

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