Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Three More Top Fives

Bill at work in his office last Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway. Photo credit: Tim Johnson.

After collecting a second place finish and a pair of fourth place finishes, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 McPhillips Toyota/OMG Candy Millar Powered MasterSbilt by JMR, will look to carry a renewed momentum into another miniseries of four races in as many nights this weekend.

On Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg, Bill started started fifth in the heat race and finished third, running the fastest lap in his heat for the third straight week, running a lap time of 17 and a half seconds, at 125 and a half km/h. In the main event, Bill shared the front row with Mike Balcaen at the start, with Bill winning the drag race to turn one. Bill lead the first two laps, but Ricky Weiss took the lead on lap three. Bill finished second, while running the second best lap of the feature, just 45 one hundredths off of Weiss’ fastest lap. During the intermission of the nights’ proceedings, Bill’s father Pat was inducted into the Red River Co-Op Speedway Hall of Fame with Pete Vernaus, Al Delaine, and Lou Kennedy.

On Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, Bill started third in the heat race and finished second behind Brad Seng. In the feature Bill started fifth, and quickly put Steffen Snare behind him on the initial start. Bill then battled with Mike Balcaen for third for the duration of the event, in a battle that featured some intense weaving through lapped traffic on the quarter-mile bullring at River Cities. Bill finished fourth, collecting yet another top five finish.

The three race stretch ended on Saturday night with the make-up of the postponed event at the Devils Lake Speedway near Doyon, North Dakota, with the Northern Late Model Racing Association. In the heat race, Bill started third, and finished second to NLRA point leader Mike Balcaen. In the feature Bill started fourth, and was running a close second to Ricky Weiss as the pair approached lapped traffic before the halfway point of the 25 lap race. It looked like Bill would be able to make a play for the lead in traffic and win his second feature in Devils Lake in just three tries, but the caution came out on lap twelve. On the restart, Bill and Brad Seng started a battle that looked like you were looking at a negative of a photograph, with Bill, a customary rim-rider, on the bottom of the track, and Seng, a customary “catfish” running on the top of the track. Bill finished fourth again, stretching his top five streak to four, with five in his last six races.

Bill has three wins, 17 top fives, and 23 top tens in 31 nights of racing this season. This week features three more races, starting on Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg, continuing on Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, and ending with the Labour Day Double Header at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, 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, MasterSbilt Chassis by JMR, Appraisal Pro, Winnipeg Hearing Centres, Belle Fosh Signs, McCaughan Everflow Eavestroughing, and Pizza Ranch of Grand Forks, for their support.