Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Win Number Three For Car Number Two

Bill in victory lane at River Cities. Bill will be on “Track Talk with Jason Berg” on WDAY 970 out of Fargo at 7:05 Monday night. Mike Spieker photo.

After a disappointing end to the night on Thursday in Winnipeg, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 McPhillips Toyota/OMG Candy Millar Powered MasterSbilt by JMR, rebounded strong, picking up another win at the River Cities Speedway last Friday night, and was, for the second consecutive week, the fastest car in three of the four races he ran.

Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg, it was the Can-Am late model challenge, featuring Northern Late Model Racing Association. Bill took a fifth starting spot in the heat race, and turned it into a runner-up finish, including a race best 19-and-a-half second lap at just under 113 km/h. Bill redrew the sixth starting spot for the feature, and ran a solid fifth for the majority of the race, holding off Brad Seng. Bill was running sixth with two laps to go when he slid off of turn four. Track officials decided not to throw the caution flag, and ended the race after 24 of the 25 scheduled laps, and Bill was scored as the last car on the lead lap, in the twelfth position.

Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, Bill once again would race with the Northern Late Model Racing Association, as the series raced alongside the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars series. Bill drew the pole position for his heat race, and won over Joey Pederson while running a race best lap at just under 13 seconds, at 135 km/h. Bill redrew the pole position for the main event, and shared the front row with Mike Balcaen at the start, with Bill winning the drag race to turn one. Five cautions sprinkled evenly throughout the race kept Bill from having to navigate through heavy lapped-traffic, except when he split George Balcaen and Adam Fischer coming off of turn four with four to go. Bill’s biggest tests came after those cautions, as Dustin Strand would pull even with Bill in turn one at the drop of the green, but Bill was stronger on exit of the corners. When asked about the number of restarts, Bill explained in victory lane that, “I looked up and saw there was ten to go, so I treated it like it was heat race.” Bill also confessed to being a “tired man”, while also being quick to thank crew member Jamie Beatty, and calling the River Cities crowd, “The best fans in all of dirt track racing.” Bill’s win is his third win of the year, third at River Cities, and third NLRA win. Bill was fastest in the feature, with a lap at just over twelve seconds, at just under 142 Km/h.

Bill has three wins, 14 top fives, and 20 top tens in 28 nights of racing this season. This week features a three more races, with races scheduled at the same tracks as last week. First on Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg, continuing on Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, and ending on Saturday night with the make-up of the rained out event at the Devils Lake Speedway near Doyon, North Dakota, with the Northern Late Model Racing Association.

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 and MasterSbilt Chassis by JMR, Appraisal Pro, Winnipeg Hearing Centres, Belle Fosh Signs, McCaughan Everflow Eavestroughing, and Pizza Ranch of Grand Forks, for their support.