Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Another Top Five And A Hard Charger Award

Bill motors down the front stretch in Fargo last Sunday evening. Mike Spieker photo.

One week after returning to action, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Paintball Paradise Millar Powered MasterSbilt, made big gains with the new car, scoring a top five on Thursday in Winnipeg, and won his first hard charger award if the season on Sunday in Fargo.

On Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg, Bill was again the recipient of another terrific draw, starting in the seventh and final position in the heat race. Bill made it past a couple of drivers making their season debuts at the green, then peeked inside of Mike Martin and Leo Feeleus on the back stretch. He made it past Feeleus on lap two, then began reeling in Martin for third. Bill took third with three to go, and nearly took second from Rick Fawcett as the checkered flew.

Bill started third in the main event, and remained there on lap one as Paul Veert lead, Shane Edginton took second, and Bill bounced through some bumps in turn three, but got a good bite off of turn four to get around Rick Fawcett for third. Bill remained third on laps two and three, with Brad Seng close behind, while running to the inside of Edginton, going door-to-door with him for the first time, in what would prove to be a preview of the duration of the race.

Bill remained third on lap four as Edginton got away a bit. The back end of the two car stepped out a bit on the exit of turn two, as Bill was the only one running the top of the track. Bill beat Brad Seng to the line by two-one-thousandths of a second at the line.

Mike Balcaen made it by the 2 car on the next lap, as the rear end stepped out again at the exit of turn two, falling to fifth on lap five. After the races only yellow at the beginning of the sixth lap, Bill lined up to the outside of Balcaen on the ensuing double file restart. After briefly making it back by Balcaen, and running on Edginton’s back bumper. Balcaen passed them both, while Bill went low on Edginton in turns three and four, making the pass as the pair started down the front stretch.

Bill remained fifth on lap six, however, as Edginton beat him back to the line. The pair remained door-to-door for the next couple of rounds, with Bill passing Edginton for fourth at the completion of lap eight. Edginton looked to the inside of Bill again at the start of the ninth circuit as Bill started to pull away a bit.

Bill remained fourth for the next few laps, as he remained an equal distance ahead of Edginton, and behind Balcaen and Veert, who were battling for second. Edginton was able to show his nose a couple more times with six lap remaining as the pair encountered lapped traffic. Bill was able to open up an bit of an advantage again, until his momentum was interrupted by another pair of lapped cars, and Edginton began to close in once more. Bill beat Edginton to the line by two-tenths of a second with two to go, while Edginton took fourth while the duo came to the white flag. Bill finished the race in the fifth position, his first top five since his return to action.

Friday was originally scheduled to see another trip to the River Cities Speedway with the World of Outlaw Late Models series, but he couldn’t get away from Winnipeg in time. The races were rained out, however, probably saving the 2 car from getting stuck in the nearly flooded pit area.

On Sunday evening at the Red River Valley Speedway, Bill made his first appearance at the Fargo track in nearly four years, as the track had been all but abandoned since August of 2012 until this past April when it was reopened. This race also marked the one month anniversary of the wreck at River Cities that claimed the old car. Another stellar draw saw the 2 car lineup in the sixth spot in the heat, where the car that started in front of Bill was all over the place, running three lanes wide in front of him, relegating Bill to the fifth spot at the finish and into the B Main.

Bill started fourth in the B Main, and drove around then leader Jeremy Keller like he was standing still, while going on to win the race by nearly four seconds, earning him the 17th starting spot in the main event. A 16-and-a-half second lap at just under 129 km/h, was nearly a half second faster than his closest opponent in the B Main.

When a five o’clock start is scheduled you kinda know what you’re in for. The track was like pavement, with dirt peeling off the top side of the track, making it hard to pass. It wasn’t for Bill, however, as when all was said and done, he would end up as the hard charger award winner. Unlike most nights where you find the 2 car on the outside edge of the track, the bottom was the place to be.

Bill had only made one pass on Casey Meyer through lap six, but then made it around Dave Zimmerman for the 15th spot on lap seven. Bill then stalked and passed Kevin Robertson on lap eleven. Bill made it past Jeremy Keller again, whom he beat in the B Main, for 13th on lap twelve. Bill then went around Shawn Meyer for 12th with eleven laps to go. The next lap saw the 2 car pass Steffen Snare for the eleventh position. Bill continued his charge, and began reeling in, and passed the third member of the Meyer clan, veteran Greg Meyer for tenth with six to go. One more car would fall to the 2 car, as Bill passed Steve Anderson for ninth on the final lap.

Bill’s ninth place finish from his 17th starting spot earned him his first hard charger award of the year, an award he won four times on tour last season.

2016 Stat Attack:
Bill has one win, three podiums, six top fives, and nine top tens in 13 nights of racing this season.

What’s on Tap:
This week’s schedule sees the 2 car head to the Red River Co-Op Speedway on Thursday night, another trip south to the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks on Friday night, then the three day stretch ends on Saturday night at the Devils Lake Speedway near Crary, ND with the NLRA, a track where Bill won at in August of 2013.

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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.