Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Third And Second At RRCS To End The Season

Bill exits turn four at the Red River Co-Op Speedway last Saturday. Photo credit: Tim Johnson

The season came to an end last weekend as Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 McPhillips Toyota/OMG Candy Millar Powered MasterSbilt by JMR, collected two more podium finishes during the Prairie Classic at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg.

First on Friday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway, Bill started third in the heat, and finished second, earning him the third starting spot in the feature, as the races started straight-up by heat race finish. Bill’s car pushed a bit on the start, as he went from second to fourth, and began a three car battle with Mike Balcaen and Shane Edginton. Bill fell back from that pair and started racing with Greg Ferris for fourth before a caution for Walt Morris. On the restart Bill’s car pushed again on the restart, and Ferris ran into the back of Bill, causing the right rear tire to go flat, bringing out a caution. As the tire was being changed, Bill missed the original start, but caught a break as a pileup happened on the bottom of four, and Bill made it back out, restarting tenth. Bill took ninth in turn one on the restart, and took eighth from Terry Blacklance on the next lap. Bill went on to pass Mike Martin for seventh two laps later, then passed Walt Morris & Mike Balcaen to move back into the top five. Bill chased down Alberta native Dave Vennard for fourth with eight to go, and began chasing down Greg Ferris again for third. Bill took third in the final 5 laps, but with no more cautions, the top two were un-catchable, but a rebound to third from tenth in 15 laps is a remarkable comeback and accomplishment.

Saturday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway, Bill started fifth in his heat, and steadily made his way forward in the late afternoon sun on the dry four-tenths mile oval, eventually finishing second, and earning the third starting spot in the feature. The high amount of racing over the two days took its’ toll by the time the feature rolled out, as it became a follow-the-leader situation, waiting to see if the driver in front of you made a mistake and slipped up, as the track became one lane around the bottom. Bill was able to climb one spot to finish second, as he got by the previous nights’ winner Shane Edginton at the start. Bill finished second to Mike Balcaen in the point standings at the Red River Co-Op Speedway. Bill is also 15th in the Wissota national point standings, and also finished eighth at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, and sixth with the Northern Late Model Racing Association.

Bill finshed the season with four wins, 21 top fives, and 28 top tens in 39 nights of racing this season. Stats like these are difficult to accumulate without a hard working, dedicated crew. Jamie Beatty, Brian Bork, Justin Bronk, Glenn Duncan, Norm King, and Kyle Koss, make up the two crew, and Bill is especially thankful for all their hard work and sacrifices so he can take the track night in and night out.

Bill is also thankful for his family, his parents Pat and Deb, wife Nadine, daughter Paige, and son Owen, for their constant support and his brother Michael who continues to look out for him from above.

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, MasterSbilt Chassis by JMR, Appraisal Pro, Winnipeg Hearing Centres, Belle Fosh Signs, McCaughan Everflow Eavestroughing, and Pizza Ranch of Grand Forks, for their support.