Mahaney Beats Bachetti With Late Pass

Timing in life is everything, including racing. 

Mike Mahaney got a well-timed caution on Friday night during the Afton Motorsports Park season opener. The caution erased a full straightaway advantage for defending track champion, Andy Bachetti, while placing Mahaney on his rear bumper. Mahaney made sure to make the most of the chance.

At the green Bachetti didn't get a great start allowing Mahaney to stay with him. As they raced into turn one, Bachetti went high with Mahaney filling the whole on the bottom. Some contact was made with Mahaney exiting turn two as the leader.

"I got to second with five to go and Andy Bachetti was well over a straightaway in front of me," stated Mahaney. "I felt like I had a fast car but I was too patient getting through traffic. When we finally got there and got a yellow with two to go, that was my opportunity."