Bill Mooney Racing Recap – July Sweep of NLRA Hard Charger Awards Complete

Bill speeds down the front stretch at the Greenbush Race Park on Saturday night. Mike Spieker photo.

After scoring another feature win and hard charger last week, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Future Tint and Stripe Millar Powered MasterSbilt, scored another hard charger award, winning the award at each of the July NLRA races.

Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg, Bill would draw the sixth and final starting spot in his heat race for the first of three straight nights. Bill made it past Leo Feeleus, Paul Veert, and Walt Morris to earn a redraw spot for the main event.

Bill started fourth in the main event, but the new car is still not adjusting to the race track, as Bill would fall out of the top five on lap two, eventually leading to a DNF (did not finish).

Friday night at the River Cities Speedway, Bill would again draw the sixth and final starting spot in his heat race, and again race up to third, passing Tom Corcoran, and I-94 Speedway regulars Erik Robertson and Jeff Hapala to move into a redraw spot.

Bill started fourth in the main event, and spent the majority of the race battling with Mike Balcaen and Zach Naastad for position inside the top five. Bill was running fourth, and was stuck on the inside line on the races only double file restart on lap six, which cost him two spots to Balcaen and Naastad. Bill finished sixth, however, running laps just a couple of tenths of second off of what feature winner Dustin Strand was running.

Saturday night Bill returned to the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN with the NLRA. He started fifth in the heat, and was, once again, looking for third, and a redraw spot for the third night in a row, but his competition for that spot got loose in the middle of the back straightaway, sending the two car off the track. Bill was charged with yellow and sent to the back of the field. On the restart, the same thing happened again with a different competitor, with Bill falling off back straight, and after being charged with yellow again, foring him to leave the track, relegating Bill to 16th starting spot in the main event.

Heading into the main event, Bill had won the previous two hard charger awards in NLRA competition, and smart money would have made him the favorite to win it again with 25 laps and all but one car in the field starting ahead of him. At the drop of the green, he went around Bryce Reimer on lap three. He then set his sights on Terry Blacklance and Steve Anderson, whom he passed on lap four. After going back and fourth with Anderson for the next few laps, he passed Jeff Hapala on lap nine, Paul Veert with twelve laps to go, and John Halvorson with ten to go.

After the races only caution with six laps remaining, Bill passed Mike Martin on the restart, and became part of a four car battle for sixth, as he, Ryan Corbett, Mike Balcaen, and Shane Edginton went four wide for the position in turn four. Bill made it past Corbett, and fought with Balcaen for seventh in the last four laps. Bill finished seventh, earning his third straight NLRA hard charger award, sweeping the month of July for the award with the series.

Bill’s NLRA Hard Charger Award History:
Bill’s hard charger award streak started in his return to NLRA series competition after a month away, passing seven cars at the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, ND on July 17. Bill then passed eight cars at the Devils Lake Speedway on July 23, the nine more cars at Greenbush last Saturday night. Bill has passed a total of 24 cars in those races.

Bill won the hard charger award four times in NLRA series competition last year, passing 15 cars at the River Cities Speedway on June 19, seven cars at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in July 2, five at Devils Lake on July 18, and eight more at the Jamestown Speedway in Jamestown, ND on August 1.

Remember he had one go away at Jamestown at the NLRA opener this season on June 11, as he had charged from 22nd to ninth, then cut a tire. Bill’s first hard charger award with the series came in his rookie season, as he started in the 24th and final spot in the main event in Jamestown on August 14, 2010, and finished seventh, passing a nearly unheard of 17 cars in a 25 lap race.

2016 Stat Attack:
Bill has two wins, five podiums, eight top fives, and 14 top tens in 19 nights of racing this season.

What’s on Tap:
This week starts with another night of competition on Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway, and continues on Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks.

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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.