Bill Mooney Racing Recap: A New Era Begins

Bill in turn two at River Cities last Friday night. Photo credit: Mike Spieker.

After the season opener at the Red River Co-Op Speedway was rained out on Thursday night, Bill Mooney driver of the No. 2 McPhillips Toyota, OMG Candy Millar Powered MasterSbuilt by JMR traveled south to the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks to open the 2015 season last Friday night.

The new season brings big changes to the 2 crew, including a new chassis and new sponsors. Bill traded in his Rocket chassis for a MasterSbuilt chassis built by Jay McDonald of Fargo, ND. Friday night would be the first time Bill would hit the track in the new car to learn all the nuances of the new machine. The team also welcomes new sponsors OMG Candy, Classic Trailer Sales of Headingley, MB, Weed Man Lawn Care, Paintball Paradise and Curtis Carpets.

When Bill headed on to the track for his first heat race of the season, the track he saw was rough from a series of rain-filled days in the region. Bill started and finished fifth in the heat race, handing him a fifteenth place starting spot for the main event. The track improved a little by feature time, but not enough to make for any big gains as the cushion was still midway up the race track, or less in some places. Bill was however to dodge enough ruts to gain one spot, finishing 14th.

This week starts Thursday night at the season opener at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg, and continues Friday night at the River Cities Speedway before ending the weekend at the traditional season-opening double header with the Northern Late Model Racing Association at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN.

Bill Mooney Racing would like to thank: McPhillips Toyota, OMG Candy, Lucas Oil, Emerson Duty Free, Classic Trailer Sales, Weed Man, Curtis Carpets, Paintball Paradise, Maaco Auto Painting, Millar Engines, Bill Mooney Construction, Valley Powder Coating, Ohlins and MasterSbuilt Chassis by JMR, for their support.

 Bill running through turn two at River Cities. Photos courtesy: Mike Spieker of