Bill Mooney Racing Recap – A Weekend Of Comebacks

Bill turning laps at the Devils Lake Speedway last Saturday night. Mike Spieker photo. 

It was a wild weekend for Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Lithia Toyota of Grand Forks MasterSbilt by JMR, as he came back from a mechanical issue on Friday to score a hard fought top ten.

Last Friday night, Bill headed back to the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks for the second week of weekly competition at the high-banked, three-tenths mile “Bullring.”

The good luck streak at the draw window continued, as he followed up his number one draw from the opener, with a three, placing him on the pole of a heat race.

That’s where the luck came to an end, as the 2 car started to smoke as he pulled onto the River Cities clay. It looked as though the worst had happened, as he pulled immediately off the speedway. Bill and Brian Bork were able to diagnose the problem in the area of the power steering.

After that was fixed, Bill prepared to roll off in the twentieth position in the twenty lap main event.

Following a brief caution on the initial start, Bill and Dustin Strand, who also had problems in his heat race, started slicing through the field, making it past Jim Harris and Bryce Reimer, and began battling Brody Troftgruben early on in the event.

Bill’s progress was halted shortly thereafter, as he started on the bottom, then moved up to the top, searching around the dry-slick surface to find his way around more cars.

After a pair of cautions, one of which involved Bill, as he had to spin to avoid another driver. Luckily, everyone running behind him avoided contact, and Bill continued on in the middle of the pack.

On the final restart, Bill got past Brandon Fuller, Jeff Hapala, and Ryan Kereluk, to move into eighth. Bill finished the event pulling even with Strand in each set of corners in the remaining circuits, ending up in the eighth spot.

On Saturday night, Bill headed west to the Devils Lake Speedway for the Golden Hammer Classic. Bill started third in his heat race, but slipped back to fifth early on in the race.

After a caution half way through, Bill threw a slidejob that briefly earned him the lead, but a lack of grip at the top of the third-mile, high-banked Devils Lake oval, caused him to slip back to fifth. One final pass of Troy Schill at the end of the race earned him the fourth spot in the heat, and the tenth starting spot in the main event.

After taking spots from Jesse Teunis and Mike Balcaen in the first ten laps of the third lap Golden Hammer Classic, Bill moved up to eighth after Tom Corcoran fell to misfortune with ten circuits complete.

Bill ran around the top on the restart, going three-wide with Ryan Corbett and Balcaen, once again, moving past both drivers, while also chasing Troy Schill back down to move into sixth before the final restart with seven laps remaining.

Bill and Troftgruben battled door-to-door for the second time in as many nights, a clean and exciting battle that ended with a seventh place finish for the driver of the 2 car.

Stat Attack:

Bill has three top tens in three nights of competition thus far this season.

What’s Ahead:

Bill will return to River Cities on Friday night for the NLRA show, that runs alongside the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.

Sponsor of the Week – Lithia Toyota of Grand Forks

At Lithia Toyota of Grand Forks, they want your experience to always be positive. From the moment you step inside their showroom and find the latest Toyota Corolla, Camry, Tundra, RAV-4 and Prius models on display, they’re here to help put you behind the wheel of the right new or used vehicle for you.

Lithia Toyota of Grand Forks offers a wide range of other services as well, which you’ll experience from the moment you choose your next car. For instance, their team of Toyota lease and loan specialists make it a priority to help you drive home in the vehicle you’ve chosen on your terms.

Even after you leave their dealership as a new owner, they aim to please by offering comprehensive care via their car service and repair center. Buying or leasing a vehicle from them ensures that you get top-notch maintenance as they use quality certified Toyota parts that you can buy, as well. It’s just another way they look out for you, and further your connection with your ride.

Bill Mooney Racing would like to thank: Lithia Toyota of Grand Forks, Emerson Duty Free, Lucas Oil, Weed Man, Travel Manitoba, Erickson Motors, Winnipeg Hearing Centres, Maaco Auto Painting, Future Tint & Stripe, Bill Mooney Construction and Repair, and Big Ticket Events, for their support.

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