Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Sixth Place Finish Highlights Seitz Memorial Weekend

Bill on his way to his heat win at the Seitz Memorial last week. Mike Spieker photo. 

It was a successful weekend for Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Lithia Toyota of Grand Forks MasterSbilt by JMR, as he scored his best finish in the John Seitz Memorial 92 lap main event, grabbing sixth on the final lap.

After a rainout on Thursday night, Bill headed into night one of the 12th annual John Seitz Memorial with a good draw, a seven out of 100, which put him on the pole of the third qualiying heat for the 92 lap, $9,200-to-win main event on Saturday night.

The rain made the track very fast, and very narrow, but Bill capitalized early, taking the lead from Jeff Hapala. Bill lead all twelve laps, scoring his first Seitz Memorial heat win.

Bill’s performance was good enough for the sixth starting spot in the eight car ‘Go Hard or Go Home’ pole dash. As Bill rolled out for the dash, he noticed he had no oil pressure showing on the gauge. Rather than hurt the engine before Saturday night’s finale, Bill pulled in to diagnose the issue.

Bill, along with his crew, Brian Bork and Jamie Beatty, found that the problem was only that the gauge was bad. After a quick gauge change, Bill was ready to roll out fourth in the make-up feature from the rain out on August 31st.

Bill’s first two starts were good, but a yellow and a red re-stacked the field for a third try to get the race underway.

The third start wasn’t as good as the first two, as Bill fell back to fifth, but he was able to get past Steve Anderson while running the bottom early in the race to move back up to fourth.

After moving up to the middle late in the race, Bill chased down Brody Troftgruben for the third spot.

Bill finished the race on Dave Smith’s tail, coming up just short of a runner-up finish in the make-up feature.

Bill and crew had to re-group for a noon start time on Saturday for Thursday night’s make-up of the ‘Prelude to the Johnny.’

Bill finished fourth in the heat race, and had to scramble to prepare for the B-Main. In the B, Bill was involved in an accident that caused significant damage to the nose of the 2 car. Bill, Brian, and Jamie were able to make enough repairs to take an NLRA provisional to start the main event.

After that feature, the trio went back to work on the 2 car, affectionately named Frankenstein, and had repairs made before five o’clock.

A few hours later, Bill headed out for the Seitz Memorial. At the drop of the green, Bill ran the top, but moved to the bottom with a handful of laps complete, running eighth at the time of the fuel stop at lap thirty.

Bill didn’t have a great restart, and fell all the way back to the twelfth position. After the races final caution on lap 47, Bill had arguably his best start of the season, sailing around the top of the track into the seventh position in one circuit.

Bill spent the next thirty laps hunting down Jeffrey Massingill for the sixth spot. With the laps winding down, and the pair in heavy lapped traffic, Bill made one last gasp effort to get around Massingill.

Bill got a good bite off of turn four on the final lap to rocket past Massingill for the sixth spot at the checkered flag, his best performance at the Seitz Memorial in nine tries.

Stat Attack:

Bill has four podiums, nine top fives, and 18 top tens, in 21 nights of racing this season.

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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, Bill Mooney Construction and Repair, Big Ticket Events, and Millar Racing Engines, for their support.