Andy Bachetti Scores Big Win in Wade Decker Memorial at Thunder Mountain Speedway; Second Place Finish on Friday at I-88 Speedway  

By Craig Revelle - Finish Line Web Design - September 16, 2014 - It was a busy week for Andy Bachetti and the Bachetti Motorsports team, with a Tuesday night event at Penn Can Speedway for the rescheduled Brett Deyo’s Super Series event labeled Hot Summer Night. On Friday night they traveled to I-88 Speedway in Afton, New York and a Sunday night event at Thunder Mountain Speedway for the Wade Decker Memorial.

Bachetti and the team arrived at Penn Can Speedway for the Hot Summer Night event with the points lead in the Super Series. They were looking for a solid performance to maintain that lead. The night started off well with a second place finish for Bachetti in the qualifier. The 60 lap main event was up next as Bachetti rolled off the starting grid from the 12th position. It was a struggle for much of the race as Bachetti crossed the finish in the same position that he started.

“We just missed the set up”, said Bachetti after the race. “It was a tough race for us, and we come out of here tied for the points lead. We will work hard and come back strong for the Super Nationals next month”.

The team travelled to I-88 Speedway on Friday night looking to get some more experience at the track that will host the Summer Nationals event in less than a month. After a second place finish in the qualifier, Bachetti started the main event from the 11th position and quickly worked his way forward. By the time the race hit the halfway mark, Andy had worked his way to third place, and advanced to second on a lap 19 restart. Just a few laps later, a chunk of mud came into the car and got lodged under the throttle, hindering the car’s performance over the final 15 laps of the race. Bachetti hung on for a second place finish, but disappointed that he was unable to challenge for the win.

“We had a great car, and I think we may have had something for the leader had it not been for the chunk of mud under the pedal”, said Bachetti afterwards. “It was still a great run though, and we are excited about coming back here for the Super Nationals”.

The weekend wrapped up at Thunder Mountain Speedway on Sunday night for the Wade Decker Memorial. Despite his lack of experience at the track, Bachetti was able to go out and win his qualifier, and started third in the main event. The race went under caution on lap one and when it restarted Bachetti quickly moved into the second position and began to mount a challenge for the race lead. Over the next several laps, Andy had challenged for the lead, and took over the top spot on lap 15 just prior to a caution. The scoring reverted back to the last completed lap, and Bachetti would line up from the second position for the restart. When the race resumed, Bachetti’s car jumped the cushion, and he lost a few positions but he was able to battle back and was up to third by lap 26 and regained the second position as they crossed the finish line to complete lap 37. By this time, Bachetti set off to catch the race leader, who was trying to work through heavy lapped traffic. By lap 43, Andy had caught and passed the leader and would go on to cross the finish line first and win the Wade Decker Memorial.

“This one’s for our whole team: we’ve had an up-and-down year, but they’ve stuck behind me,” said Bachetti, following the win. “I never had the opportunity to meet Wade Decker, but you can tell he must have been one heck of a guy with all the cars and people here tonight. I have to thank the Decker’s for all they did to put this show together. We started hitting more of these tracks running the Short Track Super Series,” said Bachetti, who first competed at Thunder Mountain in the track’s May 20 midweek special. “The more you’re in the saddle and you’re out there racing, the better you get. That’s helping us right now.”

This coming weekend, Bachetti will return to Accord Speedway for their King of the Catskills event followed by a stop at Grandview Speedway for the $25000 to win Freedom 76er.

The 2014 Bachetti Motorsports racing season would not be possible without the support of our great sponsors and marketing partners. These include Garrity Asphalt Reclaiming, Steve Hough Motors, 5150 Race Trailers, Bart Contracting Company, Troy’s Garage, Wilkinson Excavating, Bachetti Auto Sales, Berkshire Kitchens, Dempsey’s Auto Sales, FK Rod Ends, Fox Racing Shox, Fastline Performance, Techair, Canaan Auto Supply, King Stone Fabrication, Lombardi Builders, Jacquier Welding, Total Recon, A+C Racing Engines, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Bedell’s Racing Engines, Snap On Tools and Finish Line Web Design.

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