Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Highs And Lows On Night Two At River Cities

Bill on his way to another heat win last Friday at River Cities. Speedway-Shots by Mike Spieker photo.

After a win one week prior at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Winnipeg Hearing Centres Millar powered MasterSbilt by JMR, scored another top ten after a late spin.

After a good draw of four out of 100, Bill started on the pole of his heat race. Bill went on to win by over half a second, while recording the best lap of the night. The lap was just over twelve seconds, at 140-and-a-half km/h.

Bill said of the heat win, “It was nice to start on the pole, and the car was great! You never know, when you’re out front, how hard you have to run. So, I guess, if the cars good, you go as hard as you can.”

Due to Bill’s win one week prior, his point average was very good. The better your point average is, the further back you start in the main event. Bill’s point average handed him the eighth starting spot in the main event. Bill fell back to ninth before the first caution of the race on lap five, and back to eleventh before a pair of cautions the tenth circuit.

After misfortunes to a few drivers during those pair of cautions, Bill restarted in the sixth spot as green flag action resumed.

Bill quickly took the final spot inside the top five from Joey Pederson shortly thereafter, but Pederson gained the spot right back on the very next round. The pair continued their battle, as they both moved past Tom Corcoran to move themselves solidly inside the top five.

As Bill closed in on both Pederson and Ryan Corbett with five laps remaining, the 2 car got loose at the bottom of turn one, eventually spinning completely around in turn four. That brought out the final caution of the event, sending Bill to the rear of the field.

Bill, however, was able to salvage a top ten out of the night’s action, as he made it by a trio of cars, charging from 13th to tenth in the final four laps.

Bill’s thoughts on the feature, “I just couldn’t seem to catch a break in the first half, but after a mid race caution, lanes seemed to open up a bit, and I was able to slip by a few cars. I was running a little hard and just used up the rr [right rear tire.] Just driver error.”

Bill was able to shake down the 2 car for the first time last Saturday at practice day at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg. “Practice went well. The track was dry, and that’s what we were hoping for. We tried a few things and made some headway I think. We’ll see in a couple weeks when the season starts up here.”

What’s on Tap:

Week three of weekly action this Friday at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks.

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Bill Mooney Racing would like to thank: Winnipeg Hearing Centres, OMG Candy, Weed Man, Lucas Oil, Pioneer Window & Door, Emerson Duty Free, Lithia Toyota of Grand Forks, Paintball Paradise, Maaco Auto Painting, Erickson Motors, Budget RV of Grand Forks, Curtis Carpets, Millar Racing Engines, MasterSbilt by JMR, Bill Mooney Racing Race Cars & Parts, Pizza Ranch of Grand Forks, McPhillips Toyota,, and Future Tint and Stripe, for their support.