Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Tough Week At The Seitz Memorial

Bill at speed last Thursday night at River Cities. Mike Spieker photo.

After being snake-bit at previous presentations of the John Seitz Memorial race, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 McPhillips Toyota/OMG Candy Millar Powered MasterSbilt by JMR, looked to turn his luck around at the biggest race of the season, but mechanical woes would continue his streak of bad luck at this event for another year.

The three day stretch started on Thursday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, with the 5th annual ‘Prelude to the Johnny’ season finale for the Northern Late Model Racing Association. Bill finished a strong second in his heat race to Chad Mahder, who went on to win the Seitz Memorial on Saturday night. Bill started seventh in the main event, and on a track that was beginning to rubber-over, eventually finished 16th. Bill finished sixth in the NLRA season standings.

Friday night was the beginning of the 9th annual John Seitz Memorial, a race he has qualified for all but once, but with a history of getting caught up in accidents started by other drivers, Bill was due for some better luck, but the streak was about to continue. Bill was scheduled to start fourth in his heat race, but as soon as he took the track, the car wouldn’t take off due to a a coil failure, forcing him out of the heat race before it started.

On Saturday night, Bill was faced with a monumental task. Due to not being able to run his heat race, he would be mired back in the 17th starting spot in his B Main event. He would have to put up a performance that would be similar to his first appearance at the Seitz Memorial in 2010, when he started twelfth, but charged up to fourth, missing the feature by one spot. Once the green flag flew, Bill started passing car after car, bobbing and weaving, zigging and zagging, putting the 2 car down low, then up high, then down low again, getting as high as fifth, eventually finishing sixth. The top three cars transferred from each of the twin B Mains, so Bill would have to run the last chance race. Bill started fifth in the winner take all last chance event, and charged up to second early, stalking leader Blake Jegtvig for most of the race. A late restart with four to go gave Bill one last shot at the win. Bill had pulled even with Jegtvig during the next two laps, but spun while going for the lead with two to go, ending his night.

Bill has four wins, 19 top fives, and 26 top tens in 37 nights of racing this season. No races are scheduled this week, with the next and final races of the season scheduled for Friday night September 25th and Saturday night September 26th at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg.

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.