Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Long Nights During The Dog Days

Bill on his way to a heat win at River Cities last Friday. Mike Spieker photo.

After a third place at Devils Lake salvaged a tough stretch one week prior, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Winnipeg Hearing Centres Millar Engines powered MasterSbilt by JMR, had the same luck last week, going from the front to the back on consecutive nights.

Last Thursday at the Red River Co-op Speedway in Winnpeg, started fifth in the heat race and charged all the way up to second.

Bill started fourth in the main event, and was in third at the exit of turn two. Bill split Mike Balcaen and Walt Morris. Bill slid up in front of Morris, but the pair made contact, flattening Bill’s left rear tire.

The crew got the tire changed, and Bill rejoined the race at the tail of the field. Bill moved back into the top ten from the 13th spot on lap four. Bill moved past Mike Martin for seventh on lap six, and by Rick Fawcett for sixth on lap eleven.

A couple rounds later, Bill was working lapped traffic when he and one of the lapped cars made contact on the front stretch. Bill was able to continue on from another near disaster to finish in the sixth spot.

Friday at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, Bill started outside the front rwo in his heat race, and won, earning him the pole for the feature.

Bill and Joey Pederson lead the field to the green flag, with the latter taking the point at the start. The pair stayed one-two through the races first two cautions on laps two and seven.

Bill had closed the gap to a few tenths at the line to complete lap twelve, when he went for a pass for the lead in turn two the next lap. The pair made contact sending Pederson spinning, bringing out the races third caution. Bill was charged with the caution and sent to the tail.

Bill made up a couple spots in the remaining laps, coming home with a 13th place finish.

On Saturday, Bill and the rest of the NLRA made another pilgrimage to the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN. Bill and 15 other drivers parked and unloaded their cars in the pit area, just to see a persistent mist cancel the race at eight o’clock. This was the fourth time the series has been rained out in Greenbush in the last nine attempts.

Stat Attack:

Bill has three wins, 18 top fives, and 24 top tens, in 29 nights of racing this season. Bill is still second in points at the Red River Co-op Speedway, and fourth in the standings at both the River Cities Speedway, and with the Northern Late Model Racing Association.

What’s on Tap:

The week starts at the Red River Co-op on Thursday, with one last tune-up before the Seitz Memorial at River Cities on Friday, with two nights with the NLRA at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN capping off the weekend.

Sponsor of the Week - Winnipeg Hearing Centres

Founded in 1943, Winnipeg Hearing Centres has offered the best in hearing health care to Manitobans for over 70 years. They are proud to be a family-operated business with strong ties to their community.

A tradition of customer service excellence and a team of only the most highly qualified hearing health professionals has allowed them to grow into Manitoba’s leading provider of quality hearing health care. Their six hearing centres service all of Winnipeg and surrounding rural communities. They are extremely proud that, each day, more and more Manitobans place their confidence in the Winnipeg Hearing Centres team to care for their hearing health needs.

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,, Future Tint and Stripe, and True Value Hardware of Grafton, for their support.