Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Two Top Fives From Deep In The Field

Bill guides the Lucas Oil No. 2 through turn two at River Cities. Speedway-Shots by Mike Spieker photo.

After a solid start of the season in May, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Lucas Oil Millar powered MasterSbilt by JMR, started June with a pair of top fives after staring in the back half of the field.

Last Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg, Bill finished second after starting third in the heat race, handing him the seventh starting spot in the main event.

Bill made it around Shane Edginton and Mike Balcaen at the start of the feature, and was even with Dustin Strand down the back stretch. Balcaen fought back at Bill, however, with Bill low on the track and Mike on the high side, while they both closed in on Kevin Sexton. The pair switched lanes, with Bill losing the position to Balcaen, but making a pass on Sexton for sixth.

Bill closed in on Balcaen again, while the pair closed in on Paul Veert. Balcaen was the first around Veert, and Bill soon followed as Veert spun in turn four with seven laps left. On the restart, Bill was on Shane Holden’s tail, as Sexton peeked to the inside. Sexton and Balcaen made contact, while Holden made contact with Sexton. Bill made it by the latter two, while also closing back in on Balcaen for third. Bill finished the race in the fourth spot.

Bill and crew tried some things on the race car for Thursday night’s race. Of the changes, he said, “We just went a bit far on a couple changes, but we’ll be better this week.”

Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, Bill finished fourth in the heat race after starting second.

Bill moved up to eighth on lap two, where he stayed through two cautions on lap nine and with seven laps to go. Bill passed Tom Corcoran on the bottom of turns three and four with seven laps to go, then passed Zach Naastad on the bottom of turns one and two with six to go. Bill made another pass on Ryan Corbett at the line with five laps to go to move into the top five. By then there was no time left to continue to improve his position, scoring another top five with the late charge.

Bill on his Friday night, “Friday was good considering I screwed up and forgot to change gears from [the gears we run in] Winnipeg for the heat race, which put us way off the pace. We fixed it for the feature and passed some cars.” Bill continued, “I just couldn’t catch any breaks until part way through. Looking for a bounce back week this week to get back to how we started the season.”

Stat Attack:

Bill has one win, five top fives, and six top tens, in seven events of this season.

What’s on Tap:

Once again, the week begins at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg, before heading south to the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks.

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: Winnipeg Hearing Centres, OMG Candy, Weed Man, Lucas Oil, Pioneer Window & Door, Emerson Duty Free, Lithia Toyota of Grand Forks, Paintball Paradise, Maaco Auto Painting, Erickson Motors, Budget RV of Grand Forks, Curtis Carpets, Millar Racing Engines, MasterSbilt by JMR, Bill Mooney Racing Race Cars & Parts, Pizza Ranch of Grand Forks, McPhillips Toyota,, and Future Tint and Stripe, for their support.