Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Strong Start To Home Schedule

Bill on his way to a heat win last Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway. Speedway-Shots photo.

Looking to improve on a tough 2016 campaign at his home track, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Weed Man Millar powered MasterSbilt by JMR, did just that, finishing a strong second last Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg.

Last Thursday night, it was the season opener at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg, and Bill drew the pole for the heat, which he won by a large margin over Kevin Sexton and Rick Fawcett.

Bill redrew the third spot for the main event, starting behind Sexton and Mike Balcaen. After a few cautions during the first portion of the event, the field was able to get into a groove and put some laps down. Bill eventually chose to run the top in turns one and two, and the bottom of turns three and four, gradually eating into Balcaen’s advantage.

The pair closed on the event’s only lapped car, but the lead duo were able to make a relatively easy pass, and continued on to the finish, with Bill solidly in Balcaen’s shadow at the line.

“I’m just happy that our work over the winter has seemed to help our car on the slick in Winnipeg,” Bill said of Thursday night’s race. “It was a real fun race! We would have liked to get by Mike, but we are happy with our start there. It’s definitely something we can build off of, and much better than how we ran there last year.”

Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, another heat win, this time by a two-and-a-half second margin over the defending NLRA series champion Brad Seng. Bill set a blistering pace, running a lap at just over twelve seconds, at 140 km/h. The win put Bill in the invert, which handed him the sixth starting spot in the main event.

He wasted no time at the start of the feature climbing to second to race leader Dustin Strand by the conclusion of the third circuit, where he remained until a caution for Brandon Fuller who broke an axle, which left debris scattered on the front straightaway. Bill caught some of that debris, which flattened a tire, sending him pit side, leading to a DNF (did not finish).

Stat Attack:

Bill has one win, three top fives, and four top tens, in five events of this season.

What’s on Tap:

Once again, the week begins at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg, before heading south for the fifth time this season to the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks.

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Bill Mooney Racing would like to thank: Winnipeg Hearing Centres, OMG Candy, Weed Man, Lucas Oil, Pioneer Window & Door, Emerson Duty Free, Lithia Toyota of Grand Forks, Paintball Paradise, Maaco Auto Painting, Erickson Motors, Budget RV of Grand Forks, Curtis Carpets, Millar Racing Engines, MasterSbilt by JMR, Bill Mooney Racing Race Cars & Parts, Pizza Ranch of Grand Forks, McPhillips Toyota, AppraisalPro.ca, and Future Tint and Stripe, for their support.

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