Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Leaving No Doubt In Winnipeg Drought Buster

Bill in victory lane last Thursday night in Winnipeg. Tim Johnson photo.

For the first time since June 2015, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Maaco Auto Painting Millar powered MasterSbilt by JMR, won at the Red River Co-op Speedway in Winnipeg last Thursday night, winning by nearly five seconds.

Bill drew the fourth starting spot for his heat race, and finished third behind Mike Balcaen and Ricky Weiss. Bill’s point average gave him the fourth starting spot in the main event.

Bill took his customary high line at the start as Shane Edginton, Kevin Sexton, and Paul Veert went three wide for the lead. Bill passed Veert for third at the end of the opening lap, then used the middle of turns one and two to peek to the inside of Edginton for second. The pair drag raced down the front stretch, but Edginton moved ahead down the backstretch. Bill quickly switches lanes, going high in turns three and four as Ricky Weiss spun around behind them.

Bill got the high line on the double file restart, moving past Edginton in turn two, before catching Sexton, whom he passed off turn four. Sexton briefly challenged back in turns one and two, but Bill pulled away down the backstretch by ten car lengths. After that, Bill was never challenged again, eventually winning by nearly five seconds.

“FINALLY!” Bill said after winning the race. “It was really good to that monkey off our back! We have been creeping up on it all year, but just couldn’t get there.”

Bill on winning by as much as he did, “The margin of victory, we don’t put a lot of value in. We’ve had a good car, and been beat like that. Most times there is a series of events that, for the cars chasing the leader, just don’t go their way. A late caution could have changed everything. Like pretty much every win, you have to be good, race smart, and have some luck!

Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, Bill had double features with the Northern Late Model Racing Association. After starting fifth in the heat, he finished fourth, handing him a tall task in the main event, having to make his way up from 14th.

The feature was marred by five caution flags before five laps were completed. Bill, however, was able to make his was all the was up to sixth in the time between cautions. After briefly losing sixth to Zach Naastad, Bill regained the spot on lap six, then set his sights on Donny Schatz for a spot inside the top five.

Bill went back-and-fourth with Schatz for a couple laps, eventually taking the spot for good on lap ten. Lap eleven saw a huge move past three cars. In lapped traffic, Bill passed Ricky Weiss, Joey Pederson, and Ryan Mikkelson to move all the way up to second. Bill continued on in second, maneuvering through lapped traffic for the next half dozen laps, before Schatz caught back up with six laps to go. Schatz took second back before the final caution with two laps left. Bill finished the race in the third spot.

A half-an-hour later, Bill had another 25 laps ahead of him with the running of the NLRA makeup feature. This was the feature that was lost due to rain two weeks prior, during the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series visit.

Bill started ninth, but this race was also plagued by cautions early on. After a third and final caution with two laps in, the race went caution free for nearly twenty laps. Bill ran in the latter half of the top ten until there were nine laps left, when he moved past Edginton for sixth. Two more caution flags flew in the final five laps, one of which saw Bill spinning into the infield after contact with Zach Naastad. Bill restarted fifth after the spin, and held that spot until the end of the race.

Stat Attack:

Bill has three wins, ten top fives, and eleven top tens, in twelve night of racing this season.

What’s on Tap:

This week returns to some normalcy with the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg on Thursday, then River Cities again in Friday.

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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.