First Win of the Season for Bill Mooney Racing

Bill in victory lane at the Devils Lake Speedway.

After a fourth place finish on Thursday and a ninth place finish on Friday, Bill Mooney parked the No. 2 Toyota Millar powered Rocket in victory lane Saturday night during the NLRA series stop at the Devils Lake Speedway near Doyon, ND.

Bill lead all 25 laps on Saturday night at the Devils Lake Speedway, collecting his second career NLRA series win. Bill finally had some luck in the pill draw, and drew the second starting spot for his heat race. On the start he pulled away from Wissota national point leader Dustin Strand, and lead every lap of the heat race. Bill would draw the second starting spot in the feature redraw.

He would pull ahead of pole sitter Kyle Olson and lead the first three laps of the race, before the first of multiple caution flag periods. The good thing about the high number of cautions was that Bill would not have to deal with lapped traffic. The bad thing about having multiple cautions is that Bill had to hold off two of the best multiple times. Brad Seng, and former World of Outlaws Late Model Series regular Pat Doar spent the whole race chasing the 2 car, but were never able to pass him as the car rode the cushion perfectly. Bill said after the race that “it was the best the car has ever felt.” Bill beat Seng, Doar, Strand, and Steffen Snare to the finish line.

On Friday night Bill’s bad draw luck continued, as he drew the seventh starting spot in his eight car heat race. He would have to spend most of the event stuck behind an inexperienced racer in only his second night of racing. Bill would finish seventh in the heat, handing him the 20th starting spot in the main event. The feature was non stop, finishing in seven minutes. Bill passed eleven cars in those seven minutes, making him the co-hard charger of the race. He passed two cars on lap two, three cars on lap 15, and two cars on lap 19. It was his 16th top ten of the season.

On Thursday night Bill recorded his ninth top five of the season at the Red River Co-Op Speedway in Winnipeg. Bill started fifth in his heat, and finished fourth, giving him the second starting spot in the main event. Bill lead the first three laps before Mike Balcaen took the lead, and went on to win the race. The bottom of the track was the place to be, but Bill’s car likes the top better. Low-riders Brad Seng, and Shane Edginton took advantage, and Bill would hold the fourth spot for the remainder of the race.

Bill now has one win, ten top fives, and seventeen top tens. He is fifth in points at the Red River Co-Op and River Cities Speedways, and with the NLRA Late Model Series. Bill is scheduled to race Thursday night in Winnipeg, and Friday night at River Cities. Bill will start no worse than third on Friday in his heat race, as it is track championship night at River Cities, and the racers are lined up straight up by how they sit in the current points 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.