Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Shock Value

Bill at Red River Co-Op Speedway last Monday. Photo credit: Tim Johnson.

After three more top tens last week, including a runner-up and fifth place finish, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 McPhillips Toyota/OMG Candy Millar Powered MasterSbilt by JMR, had a “gloves off” kind of week, fighting an ill handling race car for three straight nights.

The three race stretch started on Thursday night at the Norman County Raceway in Ada, Minnesota, with the Northern Late Model Racing Association. Bill started second and finished third in the heat behind veterans Don Shaw and Mike Balcaen. Bill redrew the ninth starting spot for the feature, finished eleventh after wrestling an ill handling car due to shock problems that would continue to plague him the next two nights.

Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, started fifth and finished third in his heat, making the invert, getting the fourth starting spot for the feature. Bill ran second on the first two laps, and ran the fastest lap of the race, at thirteen and a half seconds, at just under 129 KPH. On lap three, Bill slid off the top of turn three, falling to the back of the field. Bill restarted 17th, and started climbing from there. He was back to 15th, on lap four, and back to the top ten on lap six. He was up to ninth on lap twelve, but lost two spots late to finished eleventh.

Finally on Saturday night at the Jamestown Speedway, in Jamestown, North Dakota for another race with the Northern Late Model Racing Association, Bill started on the pole of the heat, but again shock problems struck again, as Bill wrestled the car home to a sixth place finish. Bill started 16th in the feature and made a couple of passes early, running most of the race in 14th until a caution with six to go gave him another chance to make a few more passes. Bill was quick to miss a stack up in front of him on the first restart, but on the next restart, and in the final six laps, he passed six cars to finish eighth, collecting his fourth hard charger award with the series this season, in just ten races.

Bill has two wins, twelve top fives, and 18 top tens in 24 nights of racing this season. This week starts on Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, then ends with a visit on Saturday night to the Hibbing Raceway, in Hibbing, Minnesota, with the Northern Late Model Racing Association.

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.