Bill Mooney Racing Recap – A Successful Seitz Memorial Weekend

Bill as part of the parade laps before the tenth annual Seitz Memorial feature. Mike Spieker photo.

Looking to reverse the bad luck he has had at the John Seitz Memorial in the past, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 McPhillips Toyota Millar Powered MasterSbilt by JMR, finished second on Thursday night, and rebounded after finishing seventh in his heat race to make the show in the B Main.

On Thursday night, the tenth annual John Seitz Memorial kicked off with the sixth annual ‘Prelude to the Johnny’ which serves as the NLRA season finale. Sunshine in the afternoon gave way to cloudy skies that threatened to wreak more havoc on the River Cities Speedway, as over twelve centimeters of rain had fallen on the area in the past week.

A pair of rain delays not only made the pit area more of a mess than it already was, despite efforts by the track crews to work it in, but it made the racing surface very fast at first, then pretty rough at the end. Bill started second, and finished third to Don Shaw in the heat race, handing Bill the twelfth starting spot in the main event.

Bill spent the first third of the race battling for position with fellow Canadians Mike Martin and Aaron Turnbull, as Bill restarted ninth after a lap eight caution. Bill moved to seventh on the restart, and remained there until another caution for AJ Diemel with eleven laps remaining.

It was then when Bill saw all the drivers ahead of him fighting for the same lane on the inside. The 2 car quickly took it’s place in it’s usual home on the very top of the track, and in doing so, saw Zach Naastad, Steve Laursen, Don Shaw, and Brad Seng fall victim to the 2 car, as it rocketed to third spot in the two laps after the caution.

Bill then set his sights on one of South Dakota’s best gassers, David McDonald, for second. After a five lap door-to-door battle, Bill took the second spot. Another runner-up finish to Wissota national point leader Dustin Strand is how the race ended, as the pair have been all but inseparable since mid July.

On Friday night, Bill drew the sixth starting spot for his heat race, but the late models went after the sprints, that dried the track surface in short order. By the time the 2 car rolled out for the fourth heat, there wasn’t much left to grip on to, so Bill would be relegated to running a B Main the next night.

Bill started seventh, and needed to move into the top four to qualify for the main event. Some of the best drivers in Wissota country were lined up in Bill’s B Main. Drivers like Scott Ward, Dustin Strand, former national champion Zach Johnson, just to name a few.

Bill moved by Zach Naastad at the start, then spent seven laps running faster laps than Cody Skytland. Bill was finally able to move by for fifth on lap nine, and set his sights on Shane Edginton for the final transfer spot. Bill moved into that spot on lap eleven, and continued on to qualify for the big race.

Bill started 23rd in the main event, and one of the main objectives for the 92 lapper was to stay out of other racers accidents. Two years ago during his last start in the race, Bill was caught up in a wreck that saw Zach Naastad and Steve Anderson roll over. The year before that, Bill was eliminated from the race after Jeff Provinzino ran him over in turn two.

Bill spent the first half of the race the preceded the fuel stop racing with some big names. Nick Anvelink, along with South Dakota natives David McDonald and Scott Ward were drivers that Bill raced with for position. Bill had the leaders on his tail starting on lap 15, but ran laps that were as fast, and sometimes faster that the leaders.

At the fuel stop on lap 32, Bill was 23rd, but on the first caution after the stop on lap 38 when third running Steve Laursen slid off of turn three, Bill got his lap back, and spent the next 44 laps of non stop racing resuming his battles with Scott Ward and Steve Anderson, while passing Steffen Snare.

After the final caution on lap 81, Bill spent the final laps battling David McDonald for position. Bill ended the race 17th, which is his best finish at the Seitz. Bill finished 17th in 2013 as well, but ended the race in one piece, completing 91 laps.

2016 Stat Attack:

Bill has two wins, ten podiums, 14 top fives, and 23 top tens in 29 nights of racing this season.

What’s on Tap:

Bill will get to take a week off from racing, before returning to the track at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg on Saturday night, September 24th.

Sponsor of the Week – McPhillips Toyota

McPhillips Toyota’s family automotive experience spans over thirty years for Jim Cornwall, our Dealer Principal who opened our dealership in 1996. He has experience at both the manufacturers’ level and in the dealer network. The last twenty years have been spent in Winnipeg and Jim’s son, Darrell Cornwall, has helped his father bring success to our dealership for the last 19 years. McPhillips Toyota’s principal business is to exceed your expectations when buying a new, pre-owned, or leased vehicle as well as provide superior service and parts. Our staff members come to work each day with one focus in mind – your total satisfaction with every department within the dealership.

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