Just One Of Those Weeks For Bill Mooney Racing

Three races in four nights for Bill Mooney Racing produced some rare and unfortunate events.

Racing started on Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway near Winnipeg, MB. Bill, and his No. 2 Freehearingtest.ca Millar powered Rocket, started on the outside of the front row in the second heat of the evening. After running second for the first four laps, Bill would bring out a caution after coming to a stop on the inside of the fourth turn. Bill would restart last, and charge back to the fourth position, one spot shy of the redraw, giving Bill the eleventh starting spot for the main event. During the second caution of the race, after being involved in the opening lap roll over of late model rookie Jeff Hapala, Ricky Weiss repaired his car just enough to return to the track a number of laps down, and drive into the driver’s side door of Bill’s car and promptly return to the pits. The rest of the race was spent battling with Troy Schill, Cole Schill, Steve Anderson, and Brad Seng for the final spots inside the top ten. Bill would end up with the ninth spot, earning him his seventh top ten of the season.

On Saturday night, Bill made his debut at the Hibbing Speedway in Minnesota. A good draw gave him the third starting spot in his heat race. While running third, the driver that was running in second place slid off the top of the track, bringing out a caution. Although he never made contact with the other car, Bill was charged with the caution, and sent to the back of the field, where he would finish the race. Relegated to the back of the first consolation race, Bill was able to improve one position, but his eighth place finish was not enough to directly transfer to the main event, forcing Bill to use an NLRA provisional to start 27th in the feature. Bill made up six spots during the feature, salvaging some points in the season long NLRA points battle.

On Sunday night, the NLRA made its’ debut at the Emo Speedway in Ontario. Bill started fourth in his heat race, and improved two spots, and held off former World of Outlaws series regular Pat Doar for the second spot. In the main event, Bill was running a solid fifth, when two consecutive yellow flags would bunch up the field. In a rare change, the restarts were not delaware double file restarts, like the series regulars have become accustomed to. Bill would end up losing a spot to hard charger of the race, Dustin Strand, and complete the race in the sixth position, his eighth top ten of the season. The first late model race in 17 years at the Emo Speedway was a great success, pleasing drivers, and fans alike.

Bill finished the weekend improving his standing in the NLRA points race, moving up to the fifth spot. Bill has yet to finish outside the top ten in the final NLRA season standings, finishing tenth in 2010, eighth in 2011, and ninth in 2012, while having yet to complete a full campaign with the series.

This week, the schedule calms down a bit, as the Bill Mooney Racing team will once again race at its’ home tracks, Thursday night at the Red River Co-Op Speedway near Winnipeg, and Friday night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND.

This Week in Bill Mooney Racing History: On July 2nd, 2010, in his third late model appearance at the River Cities Speedway, and seventh career late model start overall, Bill would finish in the sixth spot, after starting in the 22nd starting position. Bill also collected his first top five finish in a late model at the River Cities Speedway on June 20th of 2010, finishing fifth, after starting 17th.

Bill Mooney Racing would like to thank: Winnipeg Hearing Center, McPhillips Toyota, Lucas Oil, Canadian Fleet Services, Emerson Duty Free, Liesureliquidators.com, Manitobacarfind.ca, Maaco Auto Painting, Millar Engines, Bill Mooney Construction, Valley Powder Coating, Ohlins and Rocket Chassis, for their support.

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