Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Highs And Lows On Three Race String

Bill speeds down the backstretch in Jamestown last Saturday. Mike Spieker photo. 

After just two days away from the track, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Classic Trailer Sales Millar Powered MasterSbilt, returned to action for a three race swing.

Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg, Bill finished second after starting second in the heat, giving him the fifth starting spot in the feature. He dodged a spin by Paul Veert on lap two, and raced up to third on lap four after the restart. Bill was the only car on the track trying to make the cushion work, as he held Mike Balcaen and Shane Edginton off until lap eight when the pair made it past, with Bill falling back to fifth. He spent second half of race fighting back and forth with Rick Fawcett, finishing with another top five.

Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, Bill finished fourth in his heat from the seventh starting spot after another stellar draw, qualifying for the redraw. Bill started fourth in the feature, and it was full survival mode after too much watering of the track, and school bus races that left the surface looking like a farmers plowed field which was then sprinkled with bus debris.

Bill lead the first seven laps, and was all but checked out from the rest of the field when Mike Balcaen hooked one of those ruts and rolled. Thankfully Mike was o.k. Strand took the point after the Balcaen wreck and went on to win after he lost a left rear tire, likely due to bus debris left on the backstretch. Bill finished second, while recording another sub twelve second lap at 11.7 seconds at 145 and-a-half Km/h.

On Saturday, after spending four hours checking for damage, and washing all the mud off the car, which included a huge chunk stuck between the shock an the radiator in the right front of the car, Bill traveled to Jamestown for the NLRA opener. BIll started on the pole in the heat race, and fought a loose race car for a fifth place finish, one spot out of a transfer spot. Bill started fourth in the B Main, and finished sixth as the car wasn’t a lot better from the heat.

Bill was scheduled to start 22nd in the main event, but event officials didn’t place him in the right spot at the beginning of the feature, so although the results say he started 22nd, he really started 24th. Bill would be looking to back up his hard charger performance after the fighting the car early in the night in a similar situation as last August in Jamestown. He made it past Paul Mueller on the opening lap, and Adam Fischer on lap three. After a lap four restart, Bill made it around Dusty Peterson and Erik Robertson at the end of lap five, then Jeremy Keller on lap six. Bryce Beck and Allen Kent were the next to fall on lap eight, with Jason Storbakken and Casey Meyer next on the list on lap nine, charging into the top 15.

Bill continued his charge, passing Hank Berry and Shawn Meyer on lap ten. After a caution for Jeff Hapala, Bill made it around the third member of the Meyer clan, veteran Greg Meyer, to move into the top ten. It was at this point when all that hard work went away, as the right rear tire was cut on the 2 car. Bill got it changed with the help of Brad Seng’s crew after Seng’s No. 12S lost a driveline, and got back out just before the green and charged back up to 16th from the rear of the field, but pulled off with seven to go for his first DNF of the year.

2016 Stat Attack:
Bill has one win, three podiums, five top fives, and six top tens in eight nights of racing at this point this season.

What’s on Tap:
Bill Mooney Racing’s busy schedule continues this week with the NLRA at River Cities with World of Outlaw Sprint Cars on Friday night June 17th, and again with the NLRA at newly resurfaced and higher banked Greenbush Race Park on Saturday night June 18th.

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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.