Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Playing Catch-Up

Bill on the gas during the Monday night make-up race at the Red River Co-Op Speedway.
Photo Credit: Tim Johnson

What was supposed to be three nights of racing in as many days, turned into three races in five days, as Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 McPhillips Toyota/OMG Candy Millar Powered MasterSbilt by JMR, picked up three more top tens after suffering setbacks in each race.

The night of racing was washed out on Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg just as the Street Stocks were running their heats, postponing the event to Monday. On Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, it was Mid-Season Track Championship night. The line-ups were set straight up by points, so Bill started third in his heat race behind Mike Balcaen and Brad Seng. Bill finished third, and with the features lined up straight up by heat race finish, Bill would start eighth in the main event.

Bill slid off the track in turn three on lap two, and restarted in the 15th and final position on the lead lap. He spent the next five laps improving two spots after that restart, but after another caution on lap eight, he really started to make up ground. On the restart, he improved three more spots, to move back into the top ten. He then moved past Josh Johnson and Mike Johnson on consecutive laps to move into eight. Four laps later, Bill made one last pass on Tom Corcoran to move into seventh, where he ended the race.

Saturday night marked Bill’s return to the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, Minnesota, as the Northern Late Model Racing Association was making its’ final appearance at the track this season. Bill was the hard charger the last time he raced in Greenbush in 2011, finishing fourth after starting twelfth. Last Saturday night, Bill won his heat from the third starting spot over Steffen Snare and Mike Balcaen, and redrew the third starting spot for the main event. Bill was shuffled back to sixth on the start, but began working his way back to the top three, passing early leader Dustin Strand. Bill was putting some distance between himself and Strand, but he slid high in turns one and two, allowing Strand to take third back. After that, a lapped car that had just made contact with race leader Brad Seng, caused a stack up that included Bill, causing him to lose two more spots to Mike Balcaen & Joey Pederson. He began playing catch-up for the second time in the race, and regained fifth from Pederson at the end of the feature, collecting another hard fought top five.

Finally on Monday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway, Bill finished third in his heat race, giving him the sixth starting spot in the main event. At the start of the feature, Bill took third from Kevin Sexton on lap two. After a caution on lap three, Bill lined-up beside Ricky the restart, and kept third for the next four laps. It was then that Bill slid off of turn one, and fell back to sixth place. He stayed in sixth for the next four laps, while reeling in Mike Martin, Calgary native Stuart Hayward, and Kevin Sexton again. Four laps later he was back in third when Mike Balcaen broke while leading, erasing a nearly 14 second disadvantage to the leaders. Bill restarted second, and finished a close second to Ricky Weiss, and took over the track point lead by one point over Mike Balcaen.

Bill has two wins, twelve top fives, and 17 top tens in 21 nights of racing this season. This week starts on Thursday night at the Norman County Raceway in Ada, Minnesota, with the Northern Late Model Racing Association. Racing continues Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND, then a visit on Saturday night to the Jamestown Speedway, in Jamestown, North Dakota, again with the Northern Late Model Racing Association, where Bill was a winner in his old Fegers chassis over veteran John Kaanta in 2011.

Bill Mooney Racing would like to thank: McPhillips Toyota, OMG Candy, Lucas Oil, Emerson Duty Free, Classic Trailer Sales, Weed Man, Curtis Carpets, Paintball Paradise, Maaco Auto Painting, Millar Engines, Bill Mooney Construction, Valley Powder Coating, Ohlins and MasterSbilt Chassis by JMR, Appraisal Pro, Winnipeg Hearing Centres, Belle Fosh Signs, McCaughan Everflow Eavestroughing, and Pizza Ranch of Grand Forks, for their support.