Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Close To A Win, Comeback To Keep Streak Alive

Bill cruises through turn two at River Cities last Friday. Speedway Shots photo. 

It was an eventful weekend for Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Lucas Oil MasterSbilt by JMR, as a fourth place run at River Cities that looked like it could have been a win, was followed by a comeback from a wreck at Devils Lake to keep the top ten streak alive.

Last Friday night, Bill made the trip back to the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, another good draw put Bill on the pole in his heat race, as he eventually finished second to veteran Tom Corcoran.

That run was good enough to put Bill back near the front of the main event, as a third place start was to follow. At the beginning of the race, Bill used the bottom of the high-banked, quarter-mile Bullring to move past Brody Troftgruben into second.

Soon after that, Bill resumed his battle with Corcoran again, staying on the bottom and pulling even with Corcoran’s T1 machine. On the third circuit, Bill lead down the backstretch as Corcoran powered back by heading into turn three.

In the first ten laps of the scheduled twenty lapper, Bill lead off of turn two on multiple occasions, though he never did quite lead at the flag stand.

Bill then had Brad Seng and Dustin Strand to deal with, as the pair reeled him in at the halfway point.

Seng grabbed the lead, but Bill, Corcoran, and Strand started a three way battle for second. The line Bill was running was not in his favor in the waning laps, as lapped traffic quelled his progress, ending in a fourth place finish.

On Saturday night, Bill joined the NLRA at the Devils Lake Speedway near Doyon, ND. A sixth place start ended with a fourth place finish in his heat race.

After starting seventh in the main event, Bill was just outside the top five on lap seven, when Jesse Teunis slowed in the inside of turn two. Bill climbed up over the left rear off Teunis’ ailing mount, causing significant damage to both cars.

Bill returned after changing a right rear tire, lining up 15th on the restart. With four laps remaining, and running eleventh, Bill made it past Rapid City’s Lyndon Bolt to finish tenth, keeping his season long top ten streak alive.

Stat Attack:

Bill has two podiums, four top fives, and twelve top tens in twelve nights of competition so far this season.

What’s Ahead:

The week features another go at the River Cities Speedway on Friday night.

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: 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.