50 Lap Feature Part of Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series
SEEKONK, Mass. – This Saturday night, the Seekonk Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model division will once again compete in a 50-lap feature. The race will be the second of three in the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown series, but it will also be the fifth annual Mike Marfeo Jr. Memorial event.
Marfeo Jr. passed away in 1998 after a battle with brain cancer at just two years old. He loved spending time with his family, playing with his toy cars, his dad’s tools and driving his tractor around the house.
“Through this memorial race, his name continues to live on,” Mike Marfeo said. “Mikey could open more doors in my life than you could ever imagine. He was only two years old, but he impacted so many people’s hearts and so many people’s lives in his time.”
When Marfeo Jr. was suffering from cancer, his father and family put on multiple car shows in New England to help raise money for those fighting the terrible disease. Oddly enough, Mike’s daughter – Jessica – is a cancer survivor. She fought and survived cancer shortly after Marfeo Jr.’s passing.
At one of the car shows, Jessica chose the Jariah Roderick SYRA car – which was there as a show car — as one of the best appearing for an award. As time passed, and some opportunities came about, Jessica and Jariah ended up engaged to be married.
For Jessica, the Marfeo Jr. Memorial race is all about keeping her brother’s legacy going and giving back to those who helped along the way.
“It’s so important for the community (to have these types of memorial events),” Jessica said. “There are so many people there for you and it’s great to do something like this in memory.”
Heading into Saturday’s feature, multiple different drivers will be searching to continue their success during the 2017 season. Gerry DeGaspere Jr. and Ryan Lineham lead the championship standings in a dead heat at the top. Both drivers have one victory on the season so far and will be looking to add another to the tally.
Defending division champion Dylan Estrella sits third in the standings, just eight points from the top while he still is searching for his first victory of the season. Branden Dion and Vinny Arrenegado complete the current top five.
Rookie of the Year contender Ryan Kuhn and Jake Johnson sit just outside the top five in the standings are looking for their first career wins. Austin Blais and Charlie Rose also have victories so far in the first half of the season at the third-mile oval.
Saturday’s 50 lap Late Model main event is not the only race on the schedule. The NASCAR Whelen All American Series Pro Stocks, Sportsman and Sports Trucks are also going to be in action. The Senior Antique Auto Racers will also take part in the racing Saturday evening. WHJY 94.1 FM radio will also be on hand.
The show begins with qualifying heat races at 6 p.m., followed by the feature racing action. Admission to the front gate is just $14 for adults, with kids 12 and under free. A pit pass Saturday will cost $35 for those without a NASCAR license.
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