Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Another Night At Home, Another Impressive Charge, And Another Second At Devils Lake

Bill running the cushion at River Cities. Mike Spieker photo.

After seeing a sure top five finish ruined last week, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Millar Engines MasterSbilt, finished another three race stretch with three more top tens, including a runner-up finish, and one of the better charges from the back you will ever see.

Thursday in Winnipeg, Bill started and finished the heat race in fifth, handing him the tenth starting spot in the main event. Bill made it past Kevin Giesbrecht on the first lap, and was subsequently alone on the track working the bottom line, before he caught Dave Smith a few laps later.

A potential pass was negated, however, due to a spin on lap seven by Jeff Pritchard. Bill lined up to Smith’s outside on the ensuing double file restart.

Bill avoided disaster on the restart, as Walt Morris caused a five car pileup when he cooked it into turn one a too hard, and spun himself into Shane Edginton, also collecting Pritchard, Paul Veert, and rookie Adam Magas. The fracas left Bill with no other option to jump over the banking to avoid the pileup.

Bill resumed his battle with Smith for seventh on the restart, running the bottom, and taking the spot as they crossed the line at the end of the lap. Bill continued on the bottom until just after the half was point, when he went to the top, allowing Smith to close back to within a few lengths. Bill pulled away from Smith and Veert in the waning laps, finishing seventh.

On Friday at River Cities, an impressive 31 car field, coupled with another stellar draw of 190 out of 200, buried Bill back in the seventh starting spot in the heat race. He climbed up to fifth, earning him the 19th starting spot in the main event.

Bill was stuck on the bottom in thick traffic at the start, but he moved past the Smiths, Dave and Matt on lap two, and Adam Fischer on lap three. From there he was able to move to the top. Bill then put on an impressive charge through the middle of Tom Corcoran and Shane Edginton, as the trio went three wide.

Bill passed Corcoran on lap five, and Edginton on lap six, while checking up for Jeff Hapala who got a touch loose on the exit of turn four. Bill was forced to go three wide again in the middle as Corcoran closed in, but he stayed ahead of Corcoran’s No. T1, while passing Cole Schill and beating Hapala to the line at the completion of the ninth circuit.

If once wasn’t impressive enough, Bill decided to try it again, so he split the middle of Zach Naastad and Jason Storbakken, passing the former on lap 15, and the latter on lap 16. Now if something has worked two previous times, why not do it a third time! Bill split Ryan Corbett and former World of Outlaws regular Pat Doar, passing Corbett on lap 17, and Doar on the final lap, finishing eighth, in an impressive five minute display as the race went green, white, checkered.

On Saturday at Devils Lake, Bill won his heat by a straightaway, while putting down the fastest lap of the night at just under 14 seconds, at just over 139 km/h for an average speed.

Bill started on the pole, and took the point at the start. Strand caught, and past the 2 car, and lead at the line at the end of lap two. Bill regained the lead, however, on lap three. Bill then began to pull away from the field.

As Bill caught the back of the field, and started lapping cars around lap five. The first few lapped cars were lapping around the bottom, which was good for Bill, as Strand had to move to the cushion to try to stay within striking distance.

The next wave of lapped cars were running the cushion, causing Bill to have to abandon the top and start working cars on the low groove, allowing Strand eat into Bill’s lead.

After two more cars went a lap down, Bill was able to take to the cushion again, as a third wave of cars were running low on the track, ready to be lapped. Bill then gained a lead of about a straightaway with nine laps remaining, when the yellow flag fell for Layne Opstedal and Tom Corcoran, who were stacked up at the bottom of turn three.

Strand took the lead on the restart, as Bill had to fight to keep second as Mike Balcaen and Donny Schatz pulled up to Bill’s spoiler. Balcaen took second on laps 18 and 19, with Bill regaining the spot as they came by the flagstand with five laps to go.

Bill regained his momentum on the cushion with four laps remaining, and pulled to the tail of Strand’s No. 71 in turns one and two, but the rear end of the 2 car got loose, allowing Strand to pull away again.

For the second time in three nights, Bill had to drive off of turn one, as a three car pileup blocked the track. Once the mess was cleared, the restart produced the same results as the previous restart, with Strand building a lead, and Balcaen briefly taking second from Bill.

The races third and final caution flew as the field came to the stand for what would’ve been the white flag. For the third restart in a row, Strand lead, and Balcaen was second for a few seconds, but Bill was able to take second for good on the final lap, his second second place finish at Devils Lake to Dustin Strand this season.

2016 Stat Attack:

Bill has two wins, seven podiums, ten top fives, and 18 top tens in 24 nights of racing this season.

What’s on Tap:

Bill is scheduled to race Thursday at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg, and Friday at the River Cities Speeedway, both with the NLRA. Bill enters Friday’s race as the defending winner of that event.

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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.