Bill Mooney Racing Recap – The Worst Day Of Racing Beats The Best Day At Work

Bill exits turn two at River Cities. Mike Spieker photo. 

Looking to carry momentum from a podium finish two weeks prior, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 McPhillips Toyota Millar Powered MasterSbilt, had a good run despite a long day, and a missed heat race.

After a long day at work, Bill was unable to leave Winnipeg until five o’clock, missing his heat race, relegating him to the 16th and last starting spot in the main event.

Looking at the whole field in front of him and the daunting task at hand, Bill got off to a great start in the feature, making passes on Brandon Fuller, Robert Bladow, and Jason Storbakken by the first turn. Bill then split the middle between Bryce Reimer and Cody Storbakken down the backstretch for an incredible total of five cars passed in just one lap. After a caution for a tangle between teammates Zach Naastad and Dustin Strand, Bill found himself solidly inside the top ten on the restart.

Bill made another pair of passes on John Halvorson and Tom Corcoran to move up to seventh at the end of lap two. Three laps later Bill made his way past Steve Anderson for the sixth position. Bill remained sixth while reeling in Steffen Snare for fifth, running good laps in the middle of the track, as no cushion had built up, on the smoothest track of the season thus far at River Cities.

Just like two weeks ago, a late caution was no help as Bill’s tires sealed over along with being in an even numbered position forcing him to restart on the bottom of the double file restart. Bill lost one spot to Corcoran on the restart, but remained seventh for the final five laps, a good result especially considering the car wasn’t even unloaded until nearly eight o’clock.

BMR Flashback:
17 years ago this week, Bill won his first race in a stock car, at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, went on to win five of eight that season.

2016 Stat Attack:
Bill has one podium, one top five, and two top tens in three nights of racing thus far this season.

What’s On Tap:
Bill Mooney Racing is scheduled to return to action this Friday night May 27th at the River Cities Speedway, and continues with the season opener at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg, on Saturday night May 28th.

Sponsor of the Week – McPhillips Toyota

McPhillips Toyota’s family automotive experience spans over thirty years for Jim Cornwall, our Dealer Principal who opened our dealership in 1996. He has experience at both the manufacturers’ level and in the dealer network. The last twenty years have been spent in Winnipeg and Jim’s son, Darrell Cornwall, has helped his father bring success to our dealership for the last 19 years. McPhillips Toyota’s principal business is to exceed your expectations when buying a new, pre-owned, or leased vehicle as well as provide superior service and parts. Our staff members come to work each day with one focus in mind – your total satisfaction with every department within the dealership.

Bill Mooney Racing would like to thank: Winnipeg Hearing Centres, OMG Chocolaty Clusters, McPhillips Toyota, Emerson Duty Free, Lucas Oil, Classic Trailer Sales, Paintball Paradise, Weed Man, Curtis Carpets, Maaco Auto Painting, AppraisalPro.ca, Erickson Motors, Belle Fosh Signs, and Future Tint and Stripe, Millar Engines, Bill Mooney Construction, and MasterSbilt by JMR, for their continued support.

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