Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Top Five At RRCS; When It Rains, It Falls; Surviving Alex

Bill in Victory lane at the I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls last Friday night. Mike Spieker photo.

After a regular night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway on Thursday night, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 McPhillips Toyota/OMG Candy Millar Powered MasterSbilt by JMR, used a Friday rain out at River Cities to collect a big victory at the I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.

On Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg, Bill started fifth in the heat race and finished fourth. Bill started third in the feature, and was second through the first two corners, before running nearly four wide with Walt Morris, Paul Veert, and Dustin Strand shortly after. Bill lost fourth to Ricky Weiss, and then resumed his battle with Morris and Mike Balcaen for sixth. Balcaen passed Bill, with Bill putting Morris behind him, before taking fifth back from Paul Veert, where he remained for the next ten laps before Kevin Sexton caught up to him. Bill and Sexton swapped fifth and sixth for the final five laps, with Bill taking fifth at the end of the race.

On Friday, the plan was to race at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks like every other week, but a pair of thunderstorms around the noon hour cancelled the evenings race program. So why not, with the NLRA racing in Alexandria over the weekend anyway, head down to the I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, Minnesota? It would be just the second time that Bill would wheel the 2 car around the three-eighths mile, wall-surrounded oval, after an eighth place run on June 26th. Bill finished third after starting fifth in his heat race, and started third in the main event. Bill ran the first two circuits in second behind Kevin Robertson, before losing a spot to Brad Seng on lap three. Bill and Seng moved to the front of the field on lap four, after Robertson made contact with Seng, sending the pair spinning into the infield. That brought out a caution, with Robertson being sent to the tail of the field. After the restart, Seng began building a lead, that was about 15 car lengths at its’ height, before he caught lapped traffic around the halfway point on the glass-smooth, rubber-down track. On the final lap Bill shot around the outside of Seng on the backstretch, while the pair was dealing with lapped traffic, to steal the victory at the line by just under three tenths of a second, over the stout 21 car field. If you’re scoring at home that puts Bill winning average at .500 in Fergus Falls, where he will be the defending late model winner at the speedway until next May.

Next up was the Labour Day Double Header at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, Minnesota, with the Northern Late Model Racing Association. On night one Bill finished third  in his heat after starting fourth, with the feature being postponed due to rain until Sunday afternoon. Bill started eleventh in the feature, and was as high as fifth before a long red flag stop due to a crash in turn four. On the restart Bill’s car slid high, causing him to lose four spots, ending up with a ninth place finish. Later on Sunday night, Bill started in the eighth and final spot in his heat, and brought out a caution with one lap in. The track had just been watered, making cornering a treacherous prospect. Bill rebounded on the restart and finished fourth, giving him the 14th starting spot in the main event. In the feature, Bill ran most of the race behind former Wissota national champion Zach Johnson, finishing in the twelfth spot. The torture test of the big half mile cost Bill a left side door, a shock, a spring, and four tires during the 60 laps he ran.

Bill has four wins, 19 top fives, and 26 top tens in 35 nights of racing this season. This week features three nights at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, starting with the ‘Prelude to the Johnny’ season finale for the Northern Late Model Racing Association on Thursday night, and the 9th annual John Seitz Memorial on Friday and Saturday.

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.