Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Red River Co-Op Speedway Point Leader

Bill at speed at the Norman County Raceway last Wednesday night. Photo courtesy of Mike Spieker.

After nearly a week long road trip that saw a pair of top tens results last week, Bill Mooney driver of the No. 2 McPhillips Toyota/OMG Candy Millar Powered MasterSbilt by JMR, heads into the races on Thursday night as the point leader at the Red River Co-Op Speedway.

First on Wednesday night at the Norman County Raceway in Ada, Minnesota, finished third after starting fifth in the heat race. Bill started ninth in the feature, and was as high as fourth at one point, as he spent the last half of the race battling with Dustin Strand, Cody Skytland, and Cole Schill. Bill was running sixth late in the race, but lost sixth to Strand with three laps to go. Bill finished seventh, his eighth top ten of the season.

Then on Thursday night at Norman County, Bill finished fifth after starting fourth in the heat race, and lined up fourteenth in the main event. The lost spot in the heat later proved to be disastrous, as Bill would line up behind Cody Skytland, who missed the turn in corner three on the opening lap, hit the tractor tire on the inside of the track, and slid up right in front of Bill. The 2 car was heavily damaged, leaving Bill unable to finish the race, the first time this year that that has happened.

Next up was Bill’s debut at the I-94 speedway in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, last Friday night. Bill finished third after starting fifth in the heat for the second time in three days. Bill started twelfth in the main event, but slipped back to 14th on lap three. Bill rebounded, however, and was back in the top ten by lap eight. Bill then set his sights on Cody Skytland, whom he had been in the wreck with the night prior. Bill passed Skytland for ninth on lap 19. Bill made one final pass on Shane Edginton on lap 23, chalking up an eighth place finish in the feature, his ninth top ten of the year.

A pair of good draws highlighted the weekends action, first on Saturday night at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, Minnesota, when he drew the pole for his heat, and finished second to Dustin Strand when the rains came, ending the night.

Finally on Sunday night at the Buffalo River Race Park in Glyndon, Minnesota, Bill won his heat from the pole, and started second in the feature. Bill took the lead from six-time and defending World of Outlaws sprint car star Donny Schatz on lap three, and walked away from the rest of the field. Bill had a quarter lap lead on Schatz when he approached lapped traffic. A pair of lapped cars had the track blocked in front of Bill, allowing Schatz and the rest of the field to close. Bill spun off turn two while trying to pass the lapped car, and had to restart at the back of the field. Bill unable to finish the feature, pulling off the track with six laps to go.

Bill has one win, six top fives, and nine top tens in ten nights of racing so far this season. A more familiar schedules lies ahead this week, as a pair of races are on tap first on Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg with the Northern Late Model Racing Association, and continuing Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND.

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, Pizza Ranch of Grand Forks, for their support.