Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Two Podiums Highlight Three Race Swing


Bill rounds turn two at River Cities last Friday night. Mike Spieker photo.

It was a successful second week back for Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Millar Engines powered MasterSbilt by JMR, as two podiums highlighted his second three race swing in a row.

On Thursday night at the Red River Co-op Speedway, a string of good draws continued, as Bill got the second starting spot for his heat race. He lead the entire race, holding off a hard charging Shane Edginton at the end of the race, collecting the heat win, and earning the pole for the main event.

Bill lead the first four laps of the main event, but as he and Mike Balcaen raced door-to-door down the front stretch at the beginning of the fifth circuit, a lapped car caused Balcaen to check up, effectively stifling Bill’s momentum, allowing Balcaen to take the lead.

Bill spent the next ten rounds pretty much by himself as Shane Edginton slowly reeled him in. The two fought hard on the low side of the speedway in the waning laps, as Bill crossed the line at the checkers in the third spot. After the race Bill remarked, “that’s probably the best car we’ve had in the slick in a while.”

On Friday night, Bill ran at the River Cities Speedway, where it was track championship night. The heats are lined up by the point standings, and due to Bill’s rough season, he was slated to start seventh in his heat race.

He wasted no time moving forward, using the bottom of the quarter-mile bullring to move up to third by the end of the opening lap. He settled in behind Brad Seng and Mike Balcaen, finishing the race in third, and earning the fifth starting spot in the main event.

Bill fought a tight race car for the entirety of the feature, that nearly went green-white-checkered. He started the race on the bottom for the first handful of laps, but moved up top for the remainder of the race. A restart with two laps remaining set up a single file restart.

A scoring error, and a sloppy restart cost Bill two spots, but he came home in the eighth spot, while gaining some valuable information for the upcoming John Seitz Memorial next week.

On Saturday night, Bill returned to the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN, for the first time since his roll over at the track on July 28th. Bill moved up from the fourth spot to third in his heat race, re-drawing the fifth starting spot for the main event.

Bill spent the first half of the race in another back-and-fourth battle with Shane Edginton for the fourth spot. After one final caution on lap eleven, Bill and Edginton passed Brad Seng to move up to third and fourth, respectively.

Bill spent the last handful of circuits pursuing Joey Pederson for the final spot on the podium. After a close door-to-door battle, Bill ended up scoring the third spot at the races conclusion, his second podium of the week.

Stat Attack:

Bill has four podiums, eight top fives, and 16 top tens, in 18 nights of racing this season.

What’s Ahead:

Bill will get one last opportunity to take to the River Cities Speedway on Friday night to prepare for the 12th annual John Seitz Memorial next week.

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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.