Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Win 2 And Hard Charger 2 For Car 2

Bill with his family and crew chief Jamie in victory lane at River Cities. Mike Spieker photo.

After making some gains with the new car last week, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Belle Fosh Signs Millar Powered MasterSbilt, scored another feature win, a runner-up, and another hard charger award.

Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg, Bill tallied another heat win from the third starting spot over Kevin Sexton and Mike Martin, while running a race best lap at just over 19 seconds at 115 Km/h for an average speed.

Bill started sixth in the main event, and had raced up to fourth, but he was stuck on the bottom on a double file restart after a lap five caution. Bill fell back to seventh by the end of the race, as the new car hasn’t acclimated to the home track just yet.

Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, Bill drew the pole for the heat race, which he won by three-tenths of a second over Dustin Strand. Bill ran a race best lap at just under 13 seconds at nearly 135 Km/h for an average speed.

Bill saw the green fly from the pole position in the main event, and four-and-a-half minutes later, he’d be pulling into victory lane, as the race went green to checkered, for his first win in the new car, in just its’ sixth race.

Although Bill officially lead every lap, there were consecutive laps in the waning moments of the race when Balcaen had the lead on the backstretch and through turns three and four, before Bill muscled back by on the outside to lead at the line.

Bill ran the high line for most of the race, but made what was probably the race winning move with five laps to go, as he had to beat Balcaen to the low side in turns one and two to put Adam Fischer, who was running the cushion, a lap down.

The checkered probably came out just in time, as Tom Corcoran and Brandon Fuller were battling side-by-side for position in front of the lead trio.

Bill told John Roberts in victory lane, “(The car) was a little bit tight, but that’s kinda the way the racetrack was, you had to get up on the wheel and get on that cushion. The thing about leading here is like, you can’t take a breath for half a lap, i mean the competition is right on you, as I saw Mike’s door a couple times.”

Bill continued, “To win a race here is real tough, and were really, really happy when we can get one done, we had a rough couple weeks, with wrecking a car here a few weeks ago, and put together another one, and we’ve been struggling with it a little bit, but I think we found some stuff for here, and then were struggling at home, but were still working on it, we ain’t giving up that’s for sure.”

After thanking his sponsors, Bill said of River Cities, “Its always lots of fun to win here, this is by far second to none our favorite place to race, and we have a lot of fun, especially when you’re sitting up here.”

Saturday night at the Devils Lake Speedway with the NLRA, rain showers throughout the morning and the afternoon, forced the pits to be moved to the grass behind the grandstand. Bill started and finished third in the heat race, as the track was one lane and hammer down after all the rain.

Bill was slated to start ninth in the feature, and as more laps were put on the track from the other classes of cars, the track widened out, allowing for some movement throughout the field.

Bill ran ninth through the first two circuits, but had a couple of passes erased by a pair of cautions. Bill made those passes stick on the restart, however, as he made it past Steve Anderson on lap three, then Zach Naastad and Paul Mueller on lap four. Bill charged into the top five on lap six as he moved past Ryan Corbett.

Bill made it around Tom Corcoran on lap nine, then made it a trio of Manitoba racers battling for position, as he, Shane Edginton, and Mike Balcaen went three-wide for the fourth spot in lapped traffic with two laps remaining. When all was said and done, Bill was the one with the second spot over Edginton and Balcaen, earning his second consecutive hard charger award.

2016 Stat Attack:
Bill has two wins, five podiums, eight top fives, and twelve top tens in 16 nights of racing this season.

What’s on Tap:
Another three race stretch this week starts on Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway, continues on Friday night at the River Cities Speedway, and wraps up on Saturday night with the NLRA at the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN.

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Bill Mooney Racing would like to thank: Winnipeg Hearing Centres, OMG Candy, McPhillips Toyota, Lucas Oil, Emerson Duty Free, Classic Trailer Sales, Paintball Paradise, Weed Man, Curtis Carpets, Maaco Auto Painting,, Erickson Motors, Belle Fosh Signs, and Future Tint and Stripe, Millar Engines, Bill Mooney Construction, and MasterSbilt by JMR, for their continued support.