Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Four Wide For The Win Late Turns To Strong Fourth Place Run

 Bill speeds down the front stretch at River Cities last Friday night. Mike Spieker photo.

It was another successful week for Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Paintball Paradise Millar Engines powered MasterSbilt by JMR, as he had a chance at his first win in front of a capacity crowd with the River Cities Speedway last Friday night.

Bill drew the third starting spot in his heat race, in a stacked field that included four Wissota National championships, seven NLRA championships, and nine World of Outlaws Sprint titles, as he was slated to run against the likes of Ricky Weiss, Mike Balcaen, and Donny Schatz.

Bill finished a strong third in the race, and drew the eight chip in the NLRA redraw for the main event.

Bill kept pace with a trio of competitors in front of him, and by lap five, he had made his way past those drivers, as Dustin Strand, Shane Edginton, and Ryan Corbett fell victim to the progress of the 2 car by lap five.

Bill continued to surf around the cushion, until the first pair of caution flags flew one lap later. Bill’s fourth place spot in the order stuck him at the bottom of the following double file restart. He made short work of Edginton and Corbett, and set his sights on the lead trio on the ensuing restart.

As early leader Travis Robertson battled along side Weiss and Schatz for the lead, Bill was able to reel them in, and become a contender for the victory in the first pair of laps after the caution.

Bill moved past Robertson for third down the backstretch, but the former was able to power back around after a minor slip up by Schatz in three and four.

Another caution flag flew around the half way point, and the field went to a single file restart on the following restart.

Bill used the bottom to move past the hard charging Robertson for the final spot on the podium in the first lap after the restart.

Bill then started to reel in the lead duo of Schatz and Weiss, as he kept Robertson behind him on each round that followed, despite a few peeks to the inside by Robertson in his No. 1R machine.

The races’ fourth caution flag flew with a handful of circuits remaining, and the field went back to a Delaware double file restart shortly thereafter. Schatz chose the outside, sticking Bill on the bottom once again. Bill was able to move back to the top, and continue to lap around the cushion for the next series of circuits.

Shortly thereafter, Bill went head-to-head with Strand, once again, with the latter using the low side to take the third spot before the races’ fifth and final caution flag flew with less than five laps remaining.

On the ensuing single file restart, Bill was able to hold his position, after brief challenges by Robertson, as Balcaen, Bill, and Schatz, went three wide for the fourth spot. The prior pair went past Schatz on the final lap to secure the third and fourth positions respectively.

Bill, and the rest of the NLRA were rained out on Saturday at the Devils Lake Speedway.

Stat Attack:

Bill has two podiums, four top fives, and five top tens, in five nights of racing this season.

What’s Ahead:

Bill will head back to the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks on Friday night, then return to the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN on Saturday for the first of three scheduled events with the Northern Late Model Racing Association.

Sponsor of the Week – Paintball Paradise

Paintball is an extreme sport where players try to eliminate opponents by tagging them with paintballs capsules propelled from a paintball gun. It can be played with individual players or teams.

Paintball Paradise was established in 1983 and was one of the first commercially operating paintball facilities in North America. They are passionate about paintball and that passion has stretched over the combined 50 years of competitive paintball that their key management bring to their daily operations. With extensive facilities, regularly hosting team building activities, bachelor / bachelorette parties as well as birthday parties or family gatherings.

Bill Mooney Racing would like to thank: OMG candy, Lithia Toyota of Grand Forks, Emerson Duty Free, Lucas Oil, Weed Man, Travel Manitoba, Erickson Motors, Winnipeg Hearing Centres, Paintball Paradise, Bill Mooney Construction and Repair, Big Ticket Events, and Millar Racing Engines, for their support.

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