Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Learning Curve At River Cities

Bill at speed in turn two at River Cities last Friday night. Mike Spieker photo. 

In what is the earliest start to a season since he started racing late models, Bill Mooney driver of the No. 2 Winnipeg Hearing Centres Millar Powered MasterSbilt, began the year learning the nuances of his new car at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, rebounding from an early spin to finish 13th.

Bill, notorious for poor draws when he arrives at the track, started out the year continuing that tradition drawing the sixth starting spot in his heat race. Bill went on to finish fourth behind veterans Steve Anderson, Mike Balcaen and seven-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion Donny Schatz.

Bill started eleventh in the main event, and had raced up to ninth by lap six. Bill was running Donny Schatz and multiple time River Cities and Northern Late Model Racing Association champion Brad Seng, when he hooked the burm on the inside of turn four and spun the 2 car, bringing out the caution flag.

Bill restarted in the 19th and final position in the running order on the restart, behind Matt Sparby and Jeff Hapala, whom he had passed in his heat race. Bill made short work of Hapala, as Sparby got away, but he then put Kevin Robertson behind him, then Williston’s Jason Storbakken. Bill ended the race battling Robertson for 13th, making that final pass with four to go. Bill was still the seventh fastest driver of the race, with his best lap clocking in at just over 14 seconds at 122 Kmh.

What’s on Tap

Bill Mooney Racing is once again scheduled to take on the River Cities this Friday night, May 6th.

2015 Refresher

Bill finished the 2015 season with four wins, 21 top fives, and 28 top tens in 39 nights of racing.

Return to White

Last Friday night was the first time Bill raced a white car at River Cities since starting last in his B Main at the 2010 John Seitz Memorial. Bill finished third, which was just one spot shy of transferring to the main event. Bill finished behind three time national champion Curt Gelling, improving nine spots in the 15 lap event on the sun parched River Cities Speedway on that September afternoon.

Sponsor of the Week – Winnipeg Hearing Centres

Founded in 1943, Winnipeg Hearing Centres has offered the best in hearing health care to Manitobans for over 70 years. They are proud to be a family-operated business with strong ties to their community.

A tradition of customer service excellence and a team of only the most highly qualified hearing health professionals has allowed them to grow into Manitoba’s leading provider of quality hearing health care. Their six hearing centres service all of Winnipeg and surrounding rural communities. They are extremely proud that, each day, more and more Manitobans place their confidence in the Winnipeg Hearing Centres team to care for their hearing health needs.

Along with Winnipeg Hearing Centres, Bill Mooney Racing would like to thank: OMG Chocolaty Clusters, McPhillips Toyota, 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, MasterSbilt Chassis by JMR, Appraisal Pro, Belle Fosh Signs, for their continued support.

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