Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Beating The Rain (And Everyone Else!)

Bill with crew chief Jamie Beatty in victory lane at River Cities last Friday night. Mike Spieker photo.

The day before the 17th anniversary of his first win at the River Cities Speedway, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Lucas Oil Millar Powered MasterSbilt, picked up his sixth career late model win in Grand Forks.

Another late departure from Winnipeg saw the 2 car leave the city at quarter to five, but finally a good draw was waiting at the other end of the trip as Bill lined up outside the front row with four-time Wissota national champion Ricky Weiss.

After an odd start saw all the cars skate through the turn, a weird silence followed with all the cars off the gas, but the field roared back to life, with Bill cruising to victory by nearly a full second over Weiss, while putting down a twelve-and-a-half second lap, at 138 km/h.

Rain threatened most of the afternoon and during the race program, putting the whole night in doubt. Sprint Cars run after the Late Models as a usual feature at River Cities, with track rules stating that all classes must complete their heats for features to be made up if the races are rained out. Sprint car driver David Glennon flipped into the catch fence during the second heat, causing a 30 minute delay, in a heat race that lasted 45 minutes overall.

Fortunately the following heat, and the B-Mod B Main went by with a few more cautions, but fortunately the rain never came. None-the-less, some tense moments, knowing there was a third place starting spot in the feature on the line.

At the start of the feature, Bill made his way past front row starters Jeff Hapala and Dusty Peterson at the start, and lead at the completion of lap one. Bill then went door-to-door with two-time and defending NLRA, and reigning track champ, Dustin Strand. The pair approached a freight train of lapped traffic on the high side in turns three and four on lap six.

The pair was making good progress through the traffic, until lap eleven when Bill and Robert Bladow made significant contact in turn two on lap. Bill, however, was still able to get a good bite off the corner, and remained the leader, albeit with some dented body work on the 2 car.

For the third straight week, a caution came out with six or fewer laps remaining. This week there were four laps remaining, but unlike the previous two weeks, Bill got off to a great start, and beat Strand to the line by nearly a full second at the finish. Bill, once again, put down the best lap of the race, a 13 second lap at 133 and-a-half km/h.

2016 Stat Attack:
Bill has one win, two podiums, two top five, and three top tens in four nights of racing so far this season.

What’s On Tap:
Bill Mooney Racing is scheduled to return to action this Thursday night, June 2nd, with the season opener at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg after last Saturday nights rainout, and continues on Friday night, June 3rd, at the River Cities Speedway.

Sponsor of the Week – Lucas Oil
Lucas Oil Products was founded by trucker Forrest Lucas and his wife Charlotte in 1989, with the simple philosophy of producing only the best line of lubricants and additives available anywhere. Since its inception, Lucas has steadfastly adhered to this corporate objective. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas has established itself as a top selling additive line in the American truck stop industry.

Lucas also produces a heavy duty line of products for the industrial and agricultural markets, and is also one of the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry. Lucas has long been directly involved in the American racing industry through multiple vehicle sponsorships and racing event promotions, at all levels. Seeing a need for better lubricants in this industry, the Lucas people went to work again. The end result being a line of high performance engine oils and gear oils that are second-to-none in the racing industry.

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.