Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Laps Lead And Another Top Five

Bill digging through turn two at River Cities. Mike Spieker photo.

It was a successful night one in the new car for Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Lucas Oil Millar Powered MasterSbilt by JMR, as he lead a lap, and scored another top five finish.

As most of you who follow us on a regular basis know, Bill doesn’t have the best luck at the draw window. This tradition continued at the River Cities Speedway last Friday, as Bill drew an 85 out of 100, placing Bill in the fifth starting spot in his six car heat race.

As is also the case if you are a regular reader, you know that Bill has historically been a hard charger. Bill also kept this tradition going, as he charged from fifth to second on the opening lap of his heat race.

After a caution flag, and the early leader going pit side shortly thereafter, Bill acquired the lead, and won the heat by a straightaway.

Bill was slated to start fourth in the main event, and again, wasted no time moving forward. Bill split the middle of Troy Schill, who was running low, and Jeff Hapala, who was running the cushion.

Bill then set his sights on Brandon Fuller for the lead. He briefly lost the second spot to Joey Pederson, but a caution on the eighth circuit re-stacked the field.

Bill got the best of the double file restart, splitting the middle again, as he took the lead from Fuller as the field charged into turn one. Pederson, once again, used the low line to lead back to the line on lap eight.

Bill built momentum on the high side for the next couple of rounds, but a dive to the bottom, and a slider on Pederson garnered Bill the lead at the end of lap ten.

Bill, Pederson, and Dustin Strand raced in close quarters for the next hand full of laps, until the event’s final caution with seven laps remaining.

This was a caution Bill didn’t need, as he lost second to Strand, then third to Mike Balcaen. Once Bill rebuilt momentum lost after the caution, he and Balcaen waged war for the final spot on the podium. The pair swapped lines, and traded sliders, allowing Brad Seng to close.

When all was said and done, Bill returned to the pits with another top five, and just as important, a race car in that was still in one piece.

Stat Attack:

Bill has two podiums, six top fives, and eight top tens, in nine nights of racing this season.

What’s Ahead:

Bill will race at River Cities on Friday, the a second trip this season to the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN with the Northern Late Model Racing Association.

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