Four in Four Including The 4444 Ahead For Bill Mooney Racing

It looked like Bill Mooney, driver of the No. 2 Toyota Millar powered Rocket was going to follow his victory up with two top five finishes, but lapped traffic would haunt him during the latter laps of both features he ran last week.

Bill’s week of racing started on Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway just south of Winnipeg. He started fourth in his heat race and finished 3rd putting him in the redraw for the feature. His point average handed him the 7th starting spot for the main event. Before one lap was completed Bill had charged past 3 cars, into the 4th spot. He would lose one spot on lap three and one on lap four, falling back to sixth. He gained both spots back on lap five. Three laps later he passed Paul Veert on the bottom of turns three and four for the third spot, and set his sights on second place. After Bill caught second place running Shane Edginton, the pair would encounter lap traffic. All three cars were running the bottom of the track. Edginton moved the lapped car out of the way in turn four, while Bill had to wait to make his pass on the outside of the back straightaway the next lap. Bill closed on Edginton again with two to go, but time ran out for Bill, coming home third in the feature that went green to checkered with no cautions.

On Friday night Bill once again traveled south to run at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks. Bill would start third in his heat race, a position he earned being the fourth place driver in the points standings at the speedway. He remained third at the end of the race, giving him the fifth starting position in the main event. Starting on the inside at the start, the car starting on the outside had the advantage. Tom Corcoran would take the fifth spot, and Bill would run in sixth for the first dozen laps. Bill took fifth back on lap 13 and began running down Mike Balcaen. With 3 laps to go, Bill would again have trouble with lap traffic. Lapped traffic is supposed to yield to the leaders, but this lapped car raced Bill anyway, got out of shape in front of Bill, causing him to spin to a stop. Bill restarted last, and charged back to 8th in the final three laps.

Bill has one win, eleven top fives, and nineteen top tens in 2013. He climbed up to fourth in points at the Red River Co-Op Speedway and remains fifth at the River Cities Speedway and with the NLRA. Bill is scheduled to race Thursday night in Winnipeg, and Friday night at River Cities. Bill will race Thursday at the Red River Co-Op Speedway and Friday at the River Cities Speedway, before travelling to the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN for the NLRA’s customary labour day double header. A regular NLRA event is scheduled for Saturday night, while Sunday night will feature the inaugural ’4444′ race where 26 cars will have a shot at winning $4,444 for winning the 44 lap main event.

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.