Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Rain and Fours

Bill prior to his feature win at River Cities on May 27. Mike Spieker photo.

After a pair of rain-outs last week, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Emerson Duty Free Millar Powered MasterSbilt, kicked off the home schedule, scoring another top five at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Monday night.

Last weeks cancellations included the second and third rain outs in a row, first on Thursday at the Red River Co-Op Speedway for the second time in five days, and again on Friday at the River Cities Speedway. Monday night’s race was a result of Last Thursday’s rain out, as the speedway typically reschedules races for the following Monday.

The streak of good draws ended at one, as Bill would start fourth in the five car heat race. Bill did fall to fifth for the first pair of laps, but ended up finishing fourth after passing Leo Feeleus on lap three.

Bill started fourth again in the feature. An early caution on the original start for Feeleus and Mike Martin re-stacked the field. On the restart, Bill was looking to take third from Kevin Sexton, but the right-rear of the 2 car slid over the banking on the exit of two, with Bill falling all the way back to seventh. In true Bill Mooney, hard-charging fashion, he got sixth back in short order from Martin at the completion of lap two, and set his sights on Mike Balcaen to return to the top five.

Bill shadowed Balcaen on lap three, and made the pass on Balcaen at the exit of turn four on the inside, while also passing Walt Morris for fourth before the trio reached the flag stand at the end of lap four. Another awkward run on the cushion awaited at the exit of turn two again on lap five, ending with a better result as he started to chase down Sexton again.

Bill steadily reeled in Sexton, and was on his bumper exiting four with three to go. A tricky cushion on the backstretch nearly spelled disaster again for Bill, but he held on once again, and showed Sexton the nose of the 2 car in turn four on each of the final three laps. Bill ended up finishing fourth while holding off Balcaen, the defending and multiple time track champion.

2016 Stat Attack:
Bill has one win, two podiums, three top five, and four top tens in five nights of racing to date this year.

What’s on Tap:
For the second time in four days, the 2 car will race at the Red River Co-Op Speedway again on Thursday night, travel south Friday to resume the schedule at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, before ending the three-race string at the NLRA season opener at the Jamestown Speedway in Jamestown, ND on Saturday night.

Return to a Special Place:
Saturday nights’ NLRA event at the Jamestown Speedway in Jamestown, ND marks a return to the site of Bill’s first NLRA series triumph in August 2011. Bill, driving his old 2004 Fegers chassis, held off the now four-time Wissota national champion Ricky Weiss, and two-time Wissota champ, the legendary “Sheriff” John Kaanta of Wisconsin, for the win. Its’ also the track that Bill lists as his favorite of all the tracks in which he races.

Sponsor of the Week – Emerson Duty Free
Mike Resch, originally from Germany where he was a ski enthusiast, regularly crossed the border into Austria, making purchases at duty-free stores. When he moved to Emerson, Manitoba, he wondered why there were no duty-free shops beyond those in airports. After joining a lobbying effort by the tourism industry in the late 1970s to increase traveler money spent on the Canadian side through duty-free stores, Resch opened the first “land” duty-free shop in Canada in Emerson, on Dec. 15, 1982, and still holds his original licence with the “No. 1″ to prove it.

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.