Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Top Ten Streak Continues With NLRA At River Cities


Bill drives out of turn two at River Cities last Friday. Speedway Shots photo.

Another week is in the books for Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Emerson Duty Free MasterSbilt by JMR, collecting another top ten at River Cities with the NLRA.

Last Friday, Bill headed to the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks for the third time this season. But this week was different as the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series made their first of two appearances at the Bullring in 2019.

That also means it was a Northern Late Model Racing Association tour event, as Bill headed into the event sixth in points after the series opener at Devils Lake.

Bill drew another good number, a thirty-one, placing him third in the second heat race. After ten laps, Bill finished second behind ten-time Outlaw champion Donny Schatz, then went on to re-draw the four for the main event.

Typically, drawing the outside for the main event is right up Bill’s alley, but on this night, the top wasn’t the place to start. A day in the mid-to-high 30′s, and strong winds made for little grip on the high-banked, third-mile oval.

The first five laps saw a loss of four spots, but with the worst behind him, Bill abandoned the top and started making up ground on the likes of Mike Balcaen, Brad Seng, and Matt Smith for the final spot inside the top five.

As the four drivers worked lapped traffic in the waning laps, Bill and Seng swapped the seventh spot during three of the final seven circuits, but it was Seng who got the best of the battle, as Bill ended the race in the eighth spot.

The run was good enough to move Bill up two spots in the season long NLRA standings, as he is now fourth with the club, and sixth at River Cities.

Through four races, Bill has been happy with the performance of the car, including the night he charged from twentieth to eighth after the power steering problem two weeks ago. “The car has been good, we just need some breaks to go our way.”

He’ll have two opportunities this week to get some good breaks, as he returns to River Cities on Friday, then it’s back west to Devils Lake on Saturday, where the NLRA runs for a second time this season, the sight of one of Bill’s past wins with the series.

Stat Attack:

Bill has four top tens in four nights of competition thus far this season.

What’s Ahead:

Bill will return to River Cities on Friday night, then head to the Devils Lake Speedway for the NLRA show on Saturday.

Sponsor of the Week: Emerson Duty Free

Mike Resch, originally from Germany where he was a ski enthusiast, regularly crossed the border into Austria, making purchases at duty-free stores. When he moved to Emerson, Manitoba, he wondered why there were no duty-free shops beyond those in airports. After joining a lobbying effort by the tourism industry in the late 1970s to increase traveller money spent on the Canadian side through duty-free stores, Resch opened the first “land” duty-free shop in Canada in Emerson, on Dec. 15, 1982, and still holds his original licence with the “No. 1″ to prove it.

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.