|Randy MacDonald (born July 26, 1962 in Oshawa, Ontario), is a driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, as well as an owner of the full-time #81 MacDonald Motorsports car in the Nationwide Series. He is a veteran of all three major NASCAR Series. He is the older brother of former NASCAR racer Teri MacDonald.
MacDonald began racing in his native Canada, and won the Canada ACT Series championship, before moving to North Carolina during the 1990's. He won the American Speed Association Rookie of the Year honors in 1993.
MacDonald made his NASCAR debut in 1986 at Oxford Plains Speedway, finishing 26th after his cooling fan expired. He ran one race apiece over the next few years, before posting his first career top-ten finish at the Goody's 300 in 1991. He ran two races apiece over the next two years in his own #01, his best finish being 16th at Daytona in 1993. After three finishes of 21st or better in 1994, he made his Winston Cup debut that year at North Carolina Speedway, finishing 24th in a car owned by Billy Hagan.
He only ran one race the next year, finishing 23rd at Watkins Glen. In 1996, he declared for NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year honors, and ran three races for Triad Motorsports, his best finish a 24th at Pocono Raceway, but was unable to make a serious challenge for the top Rookie honor. He also made his Craftsman Truck Series debut that year, finishing 30th at North Wilkesboro Speedway for Manison Motorsports.
In 1997, MacDonald debuted his Truck team at Homestead-Miami Speedway, finishing 25th after suffering mechanical failure. He ran ten races the next year for Dick Greenfield, MB Motorsports, and K Automotive Racing, posting an eighth place run for Greenfield at Flemington Speedway. He also made his most recent attempt at a Cup race, when he missed the field at Martinsville in the #85 sponsored by Big Daddy's BBQ Sauce. He began 1999 hoping to run full-time with Greenfield, but sponsorship opportunities did not come through, and he ran three races with Marty Walsh and Rick Ware.
In 2000, MacDonald got sponsorship on his truck from 3M and was able to make his first full-time schedule in NASCAR, posting a sixth-place run at Daytona and finishing 19th in points. Unfortunately, MacDonald injured his neck during the next season, and was forced to sit out most of the year. MacDonald returned in 2002, and split the year between his own team and Troxell Racing, finishing 19th in points. He followed that up with another full-time bid in 2003, posting eleven top-20 runs and finishing a career-best 15th in points. He also made his return to the Busch Series, running five races and having a best finish of 22nd at Daytona.
In 2004, MacDonald made his last Truck race to date, finishing 21st at Daytona. He ran six more Busch races that year, posting a best finish of 24th at Pikes Peak. He made one start in 2005, and three in 2006, running twice for his own team and other for Jay Robinson Racing. In 2007, he made two starts, exiting both races with handling problems. He made an additional pair of starts in 2008 in the #81, his best finish being a 25th.