Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Top Ten, Heat Win Streak Continues


Bill on his way to a convincing heat win last Friday at River Cities. Mike Spieker photo.

It has been a solid first half of his 20th season as Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Lucas Oil Millar Engines powered MasterSbilt by JMR, scored two more heat wins, a fastest lap, and two more top tens last week.

On Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, Bill was originally scheduled to start fifth in his heat race. But a late entry split the field into three heats, moving Bill to the third starting spot in his heat race.

Bill wasted no time moving forward, winning his heat in style. And in doing so, Bill was the only driver in twelve-and-a-half second range, putting down a 12.584 second lap.

Bill’s high point average placed him in the eight starting spot in the main event. Bill started the event going four-wide with Mike Balcaen, Ryan Corbett, and Shane Edginton, while continuing to lap on the high side of the speedway.

Space was at a premium, however, as cars running in close quarters made for little passing on the quarter-mile bullring.

Bill continued to wage war with the previous trio and Ricky Weiss throughout the first half of the race. Bill was able to make his was around Brandon Fuller as Joey Pederson closed in on the spoiler of the 2 car around the halfway point.

Bill moved to the bottom of the track at this point as the field began to move around lapped traffic. Bill went three-wide with Fuller and Pederson, eventually passing Fuller at the line as the field took the checkered flag.

The feature went green-to-checkered, in an event that last just over four minutes.

A bit of a frustrating end to a promising start, as the 2 car also sustained some body damage for the third consecutive week.

On Saturday night the NLRA, a series that has been plagued by rainouts in previous years at the Greenbush Race Park, stole one back from Mother Nature. A brief shower at just after four o’clock, didn’t slow the race program, as Bill won yet another heat race.

Bill started outside the front row in the main event, and battled with Brad Seng, Joey Pederson, and Ricky Weiss during the next twenty caution free trips around the high-banked quarter-mile Greenbush oval.

The only caution of the weekend came with five laps remaining, and after the final five rounds, Bill came under the checkered flag in the fifth spot.

Bill has won all but two heats thus far this season, and is yet to finish outside the top ten.

Stat Attack:

Bill has two podiums, five top fives, and seven top tens, in seven nights of racing this season.

What’s Ahead:

Bill will return to the River Cities on Friday, in a Northern Late Model Racing Association event that will be broadcast live on Midco Sportsnet. Bill won last year’s broadcast on Midco Sportsnet at River Cities.

Sponsor of the Week – Lucas Oil

Lucas Oil Products was founded by trucker Forrest Lucas and his wife Charlotte in 1989, with the simple philosophy of producing only the best line of lubricants and additives available anywhere. Since its inception, Lucas has steadfastly adhered to this corporate objective. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas has established itself as a top selling additive line in the American truck stop industry.

Lucas also produces a heavy duty line of products for the industrial and agricultural markets, and is also one of the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry. Lucas has long been directly involved in the American racing industry through multiple vehicle sponsorships and racing event promotions, at all levels. Seeing a need for better lubricants in this industry, the Lucas people went to work again. The end result being a line of high performance engine oils and gear oils that are second-to-none in the racing industry.

Bill Mooney Racing would like to thank: OMG candy, Lithia Toyota of Grand Forks, Emerson Duty Free, Lucas Oil, Weed Man, Travel Manitoba, Erickson Motors, Winnipeg Hearing Centres, Paintball Paradise, Maaco Auto Painting, Bill Mooney Construction and Repair, Big Ticket Events, and Millar Racing Engines, for their support.