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Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Sixth Place Finish Highlights Seitz Memorial Weekend

Bill on his way to his heat win at the Seitz Memorial last week. Mike Spieker photo. 

It was a successful weekend for Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Lithia Toyota of Grand Forks MasterSbilt by JMR, as he scored his best finish in the John Seitz Memorial 92 lap main event, grabbing sixth on the final lap.

After a rainout on Thursday night, Bill headed into night one of the 12th annual John Seitz Memorial with a good draw, a seven out of 100, which put him on the pole of the third qualiying heat for the 92 lap, $9,200-to-win main event on Saturday night.

The rain made the track very fast, and very narrow, but Bill capitalized early, taking the lead from Jeff Hapala. Bill lead all twelve laps, scoring his first Seitz Memorial heat win.

Bill’s performance was good enough for the sixth star...

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Bill Mooney Racing Preview – 12th Annual John Seitz Memorial

 

Bill heading to the scales after his heat at the Red River Co-op Speedway a few weeks ago.
Speedway Shots photo.

This weekend, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Lucas Oil Millar powered MasterSbilt by JMR, will be a busy man, as he will aim to race three features in as many days, including trying to earn a berth into the 92 lap, $9,200-to-win John Seitz Memorial at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks.

Last Friday night at the River Cities Speedway, Bill finished a strong third in the heat race, and was preparing to roll out fourth in the feature, but the rains came, postponing the event until the opening night of the 12th annual John Seitz Memorial, which kicks off on Thursday night.

Thursday also is the Northern Late Model Racing Association (NLRA) season finale at the speedway, wh...

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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, allo...

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Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Solid Return During NLRA Three Race Stretch

Bill at speed at the Red River Co-op Speedway last Thursday night. Speedway Shots photo.

Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Lucas Oil Millar powered MasterSbilt by JMR, bounced back from a blown tire on Thursday to score two more top tens during the three race NLRA swing last week.

Bill started the week last Thursday night at the Red River Co-op Speedway in Winnipeg, where he finished third in a stacked heat race which included Dustin Strand and Mike Balcaen.

Bill redrew the ninth spot for the main event, and had made his way up to sixth with five laps remaining. It was then that Bill started to really come on, as he went high on Balcaen and early leader Kevin Sexton, going three-wide down the backstretch, and into turns three and four.

Balcaen took the high line off of four, so Bill tucked...

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Bill Mooney Racing Preview – Return To The Track (Take Two)

Bill speeds through turn four at the Red River Co-op Speedway two weeks ago. Speedway Shots photo.

This week, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Maaco Auto Painting Millar powered MasterSbilt by JMR, will return to the track after nearly two weeks away due to his most recent roll over.

It’s been nearly two weeks since Bill suffered his second roll over of the 2018 season, when he rolled off the top of turns three and four at the Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN.

With the help of fellow competitors and a hard working crew, Bill was able to return to the track that very night, and pick up the hard charger award, finishing sixth after starting 15th.

Upon further inspection when Bill returned to his shop, the car was too damaged to return to competition without a complete rebuild.

Bill and ...

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Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Remarkable Runs Despite More Woes

Bill getting a good bite off the bottom of turn four in Winnipeg last Thursday night. Speedway Shots photo.

It was a week of extreme highs and lows for Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Erickson Motors Miller powered MasterSbilt by JMR, as a pair of hard charger awards were overshadowed by another pair of misfortunes.

On Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway, Bill started the week with some good luck for a change, as a draw of 14 at the draw made for a rare bit of luck to begin a race night.

Bill started third in his heat race, and finished second to Ricky Weiss. Another stroke of luck saw Bill redraw the best number he could possibly get, a five redraw put him inside row three for the main event.

Bill ran the bottom at the start, going three-wide with Walt Morris and Shane Edgint...

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Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Laps Lead And Another Top Five

Bill digging through turn two at River Cities. Mike Spieker photo.

It was a successful night one in the new car for Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Lucas Oil Millar Powered MasterSbilt by JMR, as he lead a lap, and scored another top five finish.

As most of you who follow us on a regular basis know, Bill doesn’t have the best luck at the draw window. This tradition continued at the River Cities Speedway last Friday, as Bill drew an 85 out of 100, placing Bill in the fifth starting spot in his six car heat race.

As is also the case if you are a regular reader, you know that Bill has historically been a hard charger. Bill also kept this tradition going, as he charged from fifth to second on the opening lap of his heat race.

After a caution flag, and the early leader going pit side shortl...

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Bill Mooney Racing Preview – Second Half Begins Tonight At River Cities

 

Bill putting the new 2 car to the test last Friday at River Cities. Mike Spieker photo.

After a shake down of the new car last week, Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Travel Manitoba Miller Powered MasterSbilt by JMR, will look to start the second half of the season strong tonight at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks.

A week ago Thursday, Bill and his crew finished the new version of the 2 car just before midnight. He decided to bring the car to Grand Forks and race it with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series before going on holiday for a week.

“Frankenstein,” as the car has been named, was 18th quick in time trials and sixth in the heat race...

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Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Long Night Ends With First Rollover In Twenty Year Career

 

Bill heads down the backstretch last Friday night. Mike Spieker photo. 

The night started out with a bad draw, and failed to improve from there on for Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Weed Man Millar powered MasterSbilt by JMR, as a stack up at the bottom of turn two caused the 2 car to rollover.

It was Midco T.V. night at the River Cities Speedway last Friday night, and things got off to an inauspicious start at the draw window, once again, as he drew the 94 pill. The draw being out off 100, meant Bill knew right away he’d be starting towards the back of his heat race.

The problem was exacerbated by heavy rain that fell in the Grand Forks area thoughout Thursday and early Friday morning, making for a very fast, but narrow track.

Bill started sixth, and improved one spot, running fifth...

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Bill Mooney Racing Recap – Top Ten, Heat Win Streak Continues

 

Bill on his way to a convincing heat win last Friday at River Cities. Mike Spieker photo.

It has been a solid first half of his 20th season as Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Lucas Oil Millar Engines powered MasterSbilt by JMR, scored two more heat wins, a fastest lap, and two more top tens last week.

On Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, Bill was originally scheduled to start fifth in his heat race. But a late entry split the field into three heats, moving Bill to the third starting spot in his heat race.

Bill wasted no time moving forward, winning his heat in style. And in doing so, Bill was the only driver in twelve-and-a-half second range, putting down a 12.584 second lap.

Bill’s high point average placed him in the eight starting spot in the main event...

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