Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Fastest In Three Of Four Races

Bill at speed in Winnipeg last Thursday night. Bill and the 2 car will be at the Pizza Ranch in Grand Forks this Friday from noon to five, and Bill will be there signing autographs from noon to one. Pizza Ranch in Grand Forks is on 32nd avenue, just one block east of I-29 (exit 138). Photo credit: Tim Johnson.

After being the fastest car in three of four races last week, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 McPhillips Toyota/OMG Candy Millar Powered MasterSbilt by JMR, will head into a three race stretch with the NLRA with momentum on his side.

On Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg, Bill started fourth and finished second, while running the fastest lap of the race, an 18 and a half second lap, at 119 km/h. Bill started sixth in the feature, but was shoved off the track by Kevin Sexton in turn one on lap two. Bill, however, was charged with the caution, and had to restart at the tail end of the field. Bill restarted 13th, but raced back inside the top ten one lap later. On lap four, Bill had to run off track in turns three and four to avoid an incident involving two cars that had the track blocked in front of him. Bill lined up ninth on the restart, and as most of the field hunkered down on the bottom, Bill, a customary rim-rider, passed car after car, and was back into the top ten on lap four. Bill was back into the top five on lap eight, and passed Sexton again on lap nine. After another caution, Bill lined up third, but slid off the track on the backstretch and fell back to sixth. Bill started climbing again, and was back into the top five again on lap twelve, and into fourth on the next lap. As Bill approached Mike Balcaen and Sexton again for second, Sexton checked up in front of Bill and spun, with the caution being charged to Bill again, ending his evening.

Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, the night started with maybe the worst draw of the season, a 196 out of 200, stranding Bill in the seventh and final starting spot in his heat race. Bill was sixth after lap one, and fifth on lap three. Bill slid in front of Kevin Sexton in three and four, as the pair was coming to the white flag for the third and final redraw spot for the feature. Bill ran the fastest lap of the heat race, a 13 second lap, at an average speed of just under 134 km/h. In an opposite stroke of luck from the draw for the heat race, Bill redrew the number one, giving him the pole position for the feature. Bill lead the first four laps, and ran in the top three with Dustin Strand and Ricky Weiss for the duration of the race, finishing third. Bill ran the fastest lap of the feature, a twelve and a half second lap, at an average speed of just under 138 km/h.

Bill has two wins, 13 top fives, and 19 top tens in 26 nights of racing this season. This week features a trio of races with the Northern Late Model Racing Association. First on Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg, continuing on Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, and ending on Saturday night at the Devils Lake Speedway near Doyon, North Dakota.

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 MasterSbilt Chassis by JMR, Appraisal Pro, Winnipeg Hearing Centres, Belle Fosh Signs, McCaughan Everflow Eavestroughing, and Pizza Ranch of Grand Forks, for their support.

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