Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Top Ten Streak Continues Heading Into Seitz Weekend

Bill charges out of turn two at River Cities. Speedway Shots photo. 

The regular season is now complete for Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Lucas Oil MasterSbilt by JMR, as he sets his sights on this weekend’s John Seitz Memorial at River Cities, after stretching his season long top ten streak to sixteen last Friday night.

Last Friday at the River Cities Speedway, Bill got to the track just after seven after working all day, but it was track championship night at the ‘Bullring,’ meaning the heats lines up by the seasons point standings.

Bill lined up third in the third and final heat, and got past Brody Troftgruben to finish second, earning him the sixth starting spot in the main event, as the features on the final week of regular competition in lined up by heat finish.

Bill remained sixth for the first two laps before a caution on the third circuit around the high-banked, quarter-mile oval.

This put Bill on the inside of the ensuing Delaware double-file restart, as the race returned to green flag conditions. The restart was scrapped shortly thereafter due to a pileup at the back of the field.

On the second try at the restart, which ended up being the only two cautions of the event, Bill resumed his battle with Tom Corcoran. The pair switched lanes from the first pair of laps, as Bill now worked the low side of the track.

Bill was able to move past Corcoran to move into the top five at the conclusion of lap eight, which was followed by a return to the cushion.

Bill ran the next six laps unchallenged, as he tried to reel in the leaders, eventually using the bottom of turns one and two, while remaining on the cushion in three and four.

With six laps remaining, Corcoran moved back to Bill’s inside as the pair were joined by Brody Troftgruben and Ryan Corbett, while also having to begin dealing with lapped traffic.

Corcoran was able to regain fifth, while Bill was beat back to the finish line at the conclusion of the twenty lapper by Troftgruben, leaving Bill with a seventh place finish.

That run was good enough to stretch the season long top ten streak to sixteen-for-sixteen.

This weekend, Bill will head back to River Cities for the final time this season, as it’s already John Seitz Memorial weekend. Bill survived a rough Saturday afternoon in the postponed NLRA finale, to score his best Seitz Memorial result, a sixth place run.

The weekend begins on Thursday with the NLRA finale, known as the ‘Prelude to the Johnny.’ Action continues on Friday with qualifying heats, and hopefully a berth into the ‘Go Hard or Go Home’ pole dash. Racing concludes on Saturday night with the consolations and the 92 lap, $9,200-to-win feature.

Stat Attack:

Bill has three podiums, five top fives, and sixteen top tens in sixteen nights of competition so far this season.

What’s Ahead:

Bill heads to the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, for the final time this season, for the 13th annual John Seitz Memorial.

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: Lithia Toyota of Grand Forks, Emerson Duty Free, Lucas Oil, Weed Man, Travel Manitoba, Erickson Motors, Winnipeg Hearing Centres, Maaco Auto Painting, Future Tint & Stripe, Bill Mooney Construction and Repair, and Big Ticket Events, for their support.