Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Remarkable Runs Despite More Woes

Bill getting a good bite off the bottom of turn four in Winnipeg last Thursday night. Speedway Shots photo.

It was a week of extreme highs and lows for Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Erickson Motors Miller powered MasterSbilt by JMR, as a pair of hard charger awards were overshadowed by another pair of misfortunes.

On Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway, Bill started the week with some good luck for a change, as a draw of 14 at the draw made for a rare bit of luck to begin a race night.

Bill started third in his heat race, and finished second to Ricky Weiss. Another stroke of luck saw Bill redraw the best number he could possibly get, a five redraw put him inside row three for the main event.

Bill ran the bottom at the start, going three-wide with Walt Morris and Shane Edginton in the first pair turns of the race.

Bill won the battle, coming out third at the end of the first lap. Bill fell back to fourth on the second round, as Ricky Weiss edged him out at the flag stand at the end of the second circuit.

After a lap six yellow for Morris, Bill restarted on the bottom of the double-file restart, with Shane Edginton to his outside.

Bill got a great jump on the restart, returning to the third spot after passing Mike Martin in turns one and two on the restart.

Martin fought back however, and took back the final spot on the podium. Bill then spent the next handful of laps fending off advances by Shane Edginton and Mike Balcaen.

With the race half complete, another yellow flag flew. The ensuing double-file restart saw Bill share a row with Edginton, once again. This time, however, Bill was forced to the outside, and on the restart, Bill went four wide with Martin, Edginton, and Balcaen, eventually falling back to sixth.

Bill then went three wide with Aaron Turnbull and Shane Holden down the backstretch on the eleventh circuit. The third caution of the event erased that battle, and Bill was put to the bottom of the next double-file, to the inside of Turnbull.

Bill got another great jump off the bottom, going three-wide with Martin and Edginton, re-emerging into the top five after another pass on Martin. Shortly thereafter, Turnbull muscled his was around Bill for fifth.

Bill spent the rest of the race in sixth, despite a final caution, until he exited turn four for the final time.

Coming to the checkered flag, the 2 car broke a yoke that holds the driveshaft in the car, relegating him to a ninth place finish.

On Friday night at River Cities, and with a new driveshaft and yoke in Frankenstein, Bill started and finished in the fifth spot, burying him back in the 13th starting spot in the main event.

In the first five circuits, Bill moved past Brandon Fuller, Troy Schill, Steve Anderson, and Edginton to move into the top ten.

At he halfway point, He made another pass on Brody Troftgruben to move in the seventh spot. On the following circuit, Bill sailed past Travis Robertson for sixth. Bill spent the remainder of the last half of the race knocking on the door for fifth, but came up short of getting to Brad Seng to score another top five.

He ended the race with his first hard charger of the weekend, scoring a sixth place run after starting 13th.

On Saturday, the NLRA returned to the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN, and Bill, once again, prepared the 2 car in another typical late afternoon rain shower, which has become the norm for an NLRA show in Greenbush.

Yet another poor draw buried Bill in yet another heat race, but he was making his way forward early from his sixth place starting spot.

Bill had gone 20 years of stock car racing without rolling a car, until the June 29th rollover at River Cities. For the second time in a month, Bill found himself up-side-down, as the rear end of the 2 car snapped around, and he went over the turn three banking, eventually rolling.

As soon as Bill and the 2 car returned to the pit area, he was swarmed by fellow racers looking to lend a hand. Fellow Late Model competitor Jesse Teunis, former 2 crew member Justin Bronk, eventual Modified feature winner Rick Delaine, and Ryan Kereluk and his crew, immediately ceased preparations on their owns cars, and came over to help Bill and his crew guy Brian Bork.

When all was said and done, Frankenstein returned to the track, starting in the 15th and final spot in the main event.

Bill guided his wounded mount around the high-banked quarter-mile oval for six laps, before a caution flag flew. On the restart, Bill made his way around a five car pileup, again damaging the right rear of the 2 car.

Bill continued on, however, restarting in the seventh spot, eventually making one more pass on current River Cities and NLRA point leader Dustin Strand for sixth. That’s where Bill ended the race, securing yet another hard charger award with the series.

Special Thanks:

We can’t put into words how thankful we are to Jesse Teunis, Justin Bronk, Rick Delaine and Ryan Kereluk and his crew, who dropped what they were doing and rushed over to help Bill and our crew guy Brian Bork. These guys took time away from their programs on a night that they were also competing, to help a fellow competitor. We can’t thank you enough for everything you guys did!

Stat Attack:

Bill has two podiums, six top fives, and eleven top tens, in twelve nights of racing this season.

What’s Ahead:

Bill will be away from the track again this week, as he repairs the car from the latest rollover.

Sponsor of the Week – Erickson Motors

Erickson Motors is a family owned business and have been providing maintenance and repairs to cars and light trucks for over 50 years in the city of Winnipeg. They have an excellent service facility that is fully equipped with the most up-to-date equipment available. Their service staff is continuously enrolled in training to keep on top of all the latest technology in the automotive industry. They provide service to vehicles from the 1920’s to today’s models in their facility. They do their best to ensure that they practice good environmental awareness so that they produce the least amount of waste disposal while servicing their customer’s vehicles.

They are a member of the Auto Value Service Centers Network. This provides them with access to excellent training, quality products, and competitive pricing on these products. Also, thru their affiliation they are able to provide the Confidence plus 1 year, 20,000 kilometer warranty that is good in Canada and/or the U.S.A. free of charge.

Bill Mooney Racing would like to thank: OMG candy, Lithia Toyota of Grand Forks, Emerson Duty Free, Lucas Oil, Weed Man, Travel Manitoba, Erickson Motors, Winnipeg Hearing Centres, Paintball Paradise, Maaco Auto Painting, Bill Mooney Construction and Repair, Big Ticket Events, and Millar Racing Engines, for their support.