Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Top Ten At Seitz Memorial Stolen With 20 Laps To Go

Bill flies down the front stretch at River Cities during the John Seitz Memorial last weekend. Mike Spieker photo.

Heading into the biggest race of the season, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 OMG Candy Millar powered MasterSbilt by JMR, showed he had one of the fastest cars, but a top ten evaporated into thin air in the waning laps of Saturday night’s finale.

Thursday night, an all to common occurrence, a draw of 93 out of 100, slated Bill in the ninth starting spot in his heat race. Bill wasted no time moving forward, moving the 2 car up to sixth at the end of the first lap, fifth on lap two, and fourth on lap three. After a door-to-door brawl with Shane Holden, Bill made it all the way to third at the end of the race. Bill ran the fastest lap of the heat, a lap at just under 13 seconds at 138-and-a-half Km/h.

Bill started twelfth in the main event, and was running eleventh on lap five when Chad Mahder spun while running sixth. Bill spent the week leading up to the Seitz Memorial weekend fitting new tin on the 2 car, so his quick reaction to get woed up and not end up part of the wreck was a welcome sight.

On the restart, Bill was running in eight, having taken the spot from Scott Ward. The car was tight in the middle of the corners, but he spent the majority of the race running with former Seitz Memorial winners AJ Diemel and Pat Doar. Bill finished twelfth, a strong start to the weekend.

On Friday night, a better draw placed Bill on the outside of the front row with Dustin Strand. Strand, who won six times at River Cities, and collected the track title, was no match for Bill early, as the 2 car built a sizable advantage early.

Heats at the Seitz are 15 laps in length, and due to that, Bill had to work traffic with two to go. Bill cleared the lapped car, but the break in the momentum was all Strand needed to steal the win on the final lap.

The runner-up in the heat was good enough to clinch a berth into the ‘Go Hard or Go Home’ Pole Dash. Bill was able to move from twelfth to tenth after a spirited battle with Shane Edginton.

On Saturday night, Bill rolled out for his hot lap session for cars locked into the main event, and when all was said and done, the 2 car was the fastest of the 18 lock ins, putting down a 12.764 lap at 136 Km/h.

Bill started tenth in the main event, and ran the top of the track. The 2 car navigated the treacherous cushion well, climbing all the way to sixth at the fuel stop on lap 32.

Bill was stuck with the bottom on the restart after the fuel stop and fell back to 13th, but moved back up top and climbed back inside the top ten before a caution with twenty laps remaining.

That yellow for Curt Gelling on lap 73 put Bill on the outside of the double file restart with 20 to go. Having a run at ninth at the drop of the green, Bill was run off the top of turn one. Another caution came out, and Bill was erroneously credited with the yellow. Bill took the 2 car pit side for a 16th place finish, which is still a personal best at a race that has bought all sorts of bad luck in the past.

Stat Attack:

Bill has three wins, 18 top fives, and 25 top tens, in 36 nights of racing this season.

What’s on Tap:

A week off before three races at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg ends the 2017 campaign.

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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, Future Tint and Stripe, and True Value Hardware of Grafton, for their support.

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