Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Solid Runs During A Hectic Schedule

Bill speeds down the front stretch at River Cities last Friday. Mike Spieker photo.

In the midst of the longest stretch of the season, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Future Tint and Stripe Millar powered MasterSbilt by JMR, has been solid, scoring top tens in every race this month.

Last Friday night at River Cities, Bill finished second in his heat race and started sixth in the feature. Close quarters action followed the green flag, as Bill would be the middle of a three-wide sandwich on both ends of the ‘Bullring’. When all was said and done, Bill was in the top five, making his way past Jeff Hapala and Cole Schill on the opening round.

Hapala fought back to Bill’s inside for fifth as the pair caught Travis Roberson for fourth, while being caught by Don Shaw who was running sixth. Bill took fourth and pulled away until a pair of cautions on lap eight.

Bill was stuck with the inside on the double file restart, eventually costing him three spots after a spirited battle with Dustin Strand for fifth. Third to seventh could have had a blanket dropped over them, as Bill closed back in and went three-wide with Pederson and Strand, passing both and Ryan Mikkelson with four laps remaining, finishing fourth.

Bill’s strongest night of the four races he ran came at the River Cities Speedway on August 4th. A very healthy 21 car field entered the evenings proceedings, with another poor draw handing Bill the seventh and final starting spot in his heat race.

Bill wasted no time moving forward, passing four cars on the first lap, including splitting the middle between two cars in turns one and two, before heading down the back stretch in the third spot.

Bill’s rebound from the poor draw garnered him the sixth starting spot in the main event. At the drop of the green, Bill backed up his heat race split of two cars, accomplishing the feat again in the same spot, continuing down the backstretch in the fourth spot. Poor track conditions bit Bill in the next set of corners. Bill reigned the 2 car back in and continued on in the fourth spot, fending off Dustin Strand for the spot.

By lap five, Bill had made his way past Tom Corcoran and Travis Robertson to move into the runner-up spot. Bill and Strand continued their battle around the half way point, before Strand took the spot for good on lap twelve. Bill finished the race in the third spot for another top five at the speedway.

In NLRA action two weeks ago, Bill won his first hard charger award of the season with the series in Ada, MN. Bill started 19th in the 24 car field, and charged up to the tenth spot. After getting all the way to Jamestown the following Saturday to get rained out for the second time of the week after the Fargo rain out the previous Wednesday, Bill made his debut at the Sheyenne River Speedway in Lisbon, ND.

The skies didn’t look much better than they did before the rain started to fall in Jamestown, but mother nature allowed the series to make it’s first visit to Lisbon in eleven years.

Bill started and finished third in his heat race, then redrew the eleventh starting spot for the main event. The narrow track started taking rubber not to long into the 25 lapper. Bill, however, was able to climb to the eighth spot before the field settled into their bumper-to-bumper formation for the last half of the race.

Stat Attack:

Bill has three wins, 17 top fives, and 22 top tens, in 24 nights of racing this season. He sits second in points at the Red River Co-op Speedway, just five markers back of Mike Balcaen. He’s also fourth in the standings at both the River Cities Speedway, and with the Northern Late Model Racing Association. Bill is also twelfth in the Wissota national points race.

What’s on Tap:

Another three race stretch with the NLRA lies ahead for Bill and the 2 crew. Thursday night, the series races at the Red River Co-op Speedway in Winnipeg, before heading back south to the River Cities Speedway on Friday with the World of Outlaws. The weekend ends on Saturday at the Devils Lake Speedway near Doyon, ND.

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Bill Mooney Racing would like to thank: Winnipeg Hearing Centres, OMG Candy, Weed Man, Lucas Oil, Pioneer Window & Door, Emerson Duty Free, Lithia Toyota of Grand Forks, Paintball Paradise, Maaco Auto Painting, Erickson Motors, Budget RV of Grand Forks, Curtis Carpets, Millar Racing Engines, MasterSbilt by JMR, Bill Mooney Racing Race Cars & Parts, Pizza Ranch of Grand Forks, McPhillips Toyota,, Future Tint and Stripe, and True Value Hardware of Grafton, for their support.