Bill in victory lane at the River Cities Speedway last Friday night. Rick Rea photo.
After another top five finish at the Red River Co-Op Speedway last Thursday night, Bill Mooney, parked the No. 2 freehearingtest.ca/McPhillips Toyota Millar powered Rocket in victory lane on Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks.
Things started off as normal on Friday night at River Cities, with Bill drawing a high number upon entering the speedway giving him the fifth starting spot out of seven in his heat race. After getting to move up a row after a jumped start by Mike Balcaen, he restarted third, and finished second. By finishing in the top four in the heat, he made the redraw, and received the second starting spot in the main event. He rocketed past pole sitter Brian Lepier on the start, and lead the race clean and clear for the first 12 laps, when Bill came up on slower traffic.
One of the slower cars was running low, the other ran high, creating a virtual road block. Bill cleared them both in turn three with six to go. With two to go in turn three, Troy Schill tried to take the lead on the low side, but made contact with Bill, causing both cars to spin. The caution was charged to Schill, and Bill was given the lead back. Bill lead the final two laps, collecting his first win at the speedway in a late model.
Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway, BIll started on the pole of his heat race, and went on to finish second. Starting fourth in the feature, Bill spent the first five laps of the feature racing with Walt Morris. On lap six the two made contact in turn two causing Morris to spin. Bill restarted fourth and remained there for the duration of the race, his 12th top five of the year.
A rain out Saturday night at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN shortened the labour day double header at the speedway to a one day event. On Sunday night during his heat race, Bill started second, and a soft right front suspension cost him two spots, finish in the race in the fourth position. Starting 16th in the feature, Bill was collected in an early accident with Wisconsin driver Todd Frank, and had to come in to the pits to change a tire. When he came back out, he restarted at the tail of the field, and charged back up to 12th, when a bent arm from the contact earlier in the race, compounded by a rough racing surface, wore a hole in the new tire, forcing him into the pits on lap 40 of the 44 lap main event. The result was his fourth DNF(did not finish) of the year.
Bill’s season stats improved to two wins, thirteen top fives, and 21 top tens in 32 nights of racing. For the second straight week, Bill climbed up one spot in points at the Red River Co-Op Speedway to third place, while finishing the season fourth at the River Cities Speedway. He sits fifth with the NLRA going into the final race of the season. Bill is scheduled to race three straight nights at the River Cities Speedway. First on Thursday night, Bill will race at the 3rd annual prelude to the Johnny, where the NLRA series champion will be crowned. Then on Friday night he will run his 15 lap qualifying heat race for the 7th annual John Seitz memorial, where he will try to clinch a spot in the main event for the third straight year. On Saturday night, he will hopefully get to skip the B Mains, and prepare for 92 laps of racing during the Seitz memorial finale.
Last Fridays’ Victory Not Bill’s First At River Cities:
Friday nights’ victory at River Cities was not Bill’s first at the speedway. During Bill’s rookie season of racing in the Street Stock division in 1999, he won in only his third race in the car on May 28 of that year. He went on to win four more times at River Cities that season. He also won a pair of races in the Super Stock division at the speedway during the NOPA championships two years in a row in 2003 and 2004.
Bill Mooney Racing would like to thank: Winnipeg Hearing Center, McPhillips Toyota, Lucas Oil, Erickson Motors, Ollies Auto, Emerson Duty Free, Liesureliquidators.com, carfind.ca, Maaco Auto Painting, Millar Engines, Bill Mooney Construction, Valley Powder Coating, Ohlins and Rocket Chassis, for their support.