Bill Mooney Racing – Seitz Weekend Recap

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Bill and Mooney Racing Crew Member Brian Bork during the fuel stop at the Seitz Memorial

Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Toyota Millar powered Rocket raced three nights in a row at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks for the seventh John Seitz Memorial.

On Thursday night it was the NLRA season finale. Another bad draw put Bill in the 8th starting spot in his heat race. He charged to the front, he was third by lap three, and second by lap four, finishing 2nd to Wisconsin veteran Steve Laursen. Bill drew the seventh spot for the main event, but lost a few spots early due to a rough cushion between turns on and two. He spent most of the race running against some of the best in the business, finishing 11th after battles with Don Shaw, John Kaanta, and Jake Redetzke.

On Friday night, Bill started 5th, a hard fought battle with southern Minnesota veteran Rick Schroeder, finished 3rd. Bill started 13th in the Pole Dash, but slipped back to the 16th and final position in the running order for nine of the first eleven laps. On lap 12 of 20, a caution for Pat Doar put Bill in 15th. Bill passed Troy Schill on the restart for 14th. He put Dustin Strand behind him on lap 15 for 13th. Three laps later on a green-white-checkered restart, Bill passed Lance Matthees and Adam Hensel, and maintained an advantage on defending Seitz Memorial winner Brady Smith, finishing eleventh, giving Bill the eleventh starting spot in the Seitz Memorial 92 lap finale.

On Saturday night Bill avoided having to run either of the B Mains for the third straight year. He hit the track for the first time just before eight o’clock for his practice session. Bill started eleventh, slipped back to 18th on lap twelve, but made up a few spots passing Chad Mahder for 15th on a lap 15 restart was 14th at the lap 32 fuel stop. Bill and Mahder swapped positions for most of the next 15 laps before Bill put Mahder, and Cody Skytland behind him for 14th at the lap 32 fuel stop. On the restart Bill resumed his battle with Cody Skytland until Brady Smith entered the picture. After losing a spot to Skytland, Bill raced Smith for 14th until Smith put a bit of a rude slide job on Bill coming out of turn four on the 43rd lap. Skytland Smith, and Bill remained in the 13th through 15th positions until lap 61 when Brady Smith retired from the event. Bill and Skytland swapped positions on final time on lap 62, before Skytland pulled away. Bill raced with Mike Balcaen for the remainder of the race, finishing 17th.

This years appearance in the Seitz Memorial feature was Bill’s third straight, and third out of the four he has competed in. He has improved his career bests at the event every season. In 2010 He started 12th in the final B Main, and charged up to the third postition, falling one spot shy of transferring to the feature. Bill Finished 24th in 2011 and 22nd last year, but ¬†was unable to finish either race.

No Racing is scheduled for Bill Mooney Racing this weekend, the first week with no races since May. Only two races remain, a double header at the Red River Co-Op Speedway on September 20th and 21st. Bill current sits 3rd in the point standings in Winnipeg, after finishing 5th with the NLRA last Thursday. He is also currently 16th in the Wissota National point standings.

Bill Mooney Racing would like to thank: Winnipeg Hearing Center, McPhillips Toyota, Lucas Oil, Erickson Motors, Ollies Auto, Emerson Duty Free,,, Maaco Auto Painting, Millar Engines, Bill Mooney Construction, Valley Powder Coating, Ohlins and Rocket Chassis, for their support.

Another photo of Bill and Brian at the fuel stop.