Bill Mooney Racing Recap – A Pair Of Heat Wins In Return To Track

Bill’s first laps behind the wheel of the new 2 car at River Cities. Mike Spieker photo.

After a four night thrash to put the new 2 car together, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Maaco Auto Painting Millar Powered MasterSbilt, returned to the track last week, scoring a pair of heat wins.

After a rain out at the Red River Co-Op Speedway on Thursday, Bill made his return to action at the River Cities Speedway last Friday night. The new car may have brought a little luck with it as a good draw put the 2 car on the front row of the heat race for a change. Bill fended off challenges by Joey Pederson, who made his return to action just one week prior. Bill won his heat by nearly a second over Pederson.

The changes made to the car between the heat and the feature were undone by an unpredictable track surface. This was also the first time Bill has raced at River Cities since the track decided to put the Late Models last in the running order, after the Sprint Cars. The track was dry slick for the main event, not the “hammer down” sticky and fast track it has been for the majority of this season.

Bill ran third on lap one and fifth on laps two and three, and sixth on lap four before racing with Joey Pederson again. Bill and Pederson made contact, sending Pederson’s No. 7P spinning into the infield, bringing out a caution. Bill was charged with the caution and sent to the back of the field.

It’s nice to have new drivers move into the Late Model ranks to keep the sport healthy, but it’s not so fun running around them, as Bill had to restart behind four rookie drivers. Bill made it past the first three on the restart, but had trouble with the final one. When all was said and done, the 2 car had received a nose job of sorts. Bill had made his way back to eleventh on lap seven, and was running twelfth on lap 13 when he decided to pull the ill handling machine to the pits.

Monday night brought a makeup of the rain out from the previous Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway. Bill Started second in his heat race, and went on to win by two seconds over Shane Edginton.

Bill’s heat win coupled with his three week point average placed him fifth in the main event. Bill fought with Edginton for six circuits from laps two to seven. The pair passed Paul Veert on lap eight, and continued to run together until lap eleven. Bill lost two spots to Dustin Strand and Paul Veert on that lap, but continued to run fifth for the next handful of laps. Bill would lose the fifth spot to Sexton with three to go, and go on to finish in the sixth spot.

2016 Stat Attack:

Bill has one win, three podiums, five top fives, and seven top tens in eleven nights of racing this season.

What’s on Tap:

Another race at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg on Thursday night, then travel south to the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks to race with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, then make his NLRA return as the series resumes its’ schedule at the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, ND, a track Bill hasn’t race on in nearly four years.

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Bill Mooney Racing would like to thank: Winnipeg Hearing Centres, OMG Candy, McPhillips Toyota, Lucas Oil, Emerson Duty Free, Classic Trailer Sales, Paintball Paradise, Weed Man, Curtis Carpets, Maaco Auto Painting,, Erickson Motors, Belle Fosh Signs, and Future Tint and Stripe, Millar Engines, Bill Mooney Construction, and MasterSbilt by JMR, for their continued support.