As the Nick’s Pit Stop Legend Cars hit the halfway point of their season, Joseph Marfeo has been on top of his game and leads the championships standings. Behind the wheel of his Mikey’s Motorsports No. 712, Marfeo holds a 14 point lead in the title chase. With one feature win and multiple top five finishes this season, Marfeo has been one of the quickest cars on the track each Friday night and his consistent finishes have proven to be important.
With new colors this season, Marfeo seems to have found his groove behind the wheel of the INEX Legend. On June 9, he put himself in position and held off Connor Holderbach to score his first career win. Since then, he has continued with strong outings and has put himself at the front of the pack as the division heads for the final seven races of the season. Although he doesn’t have any experience in the middle of a title fight with just a few races left, a car that handles will be crucial as the weather cools down into September — and Marfeo has that.
Close in behind Marfeo is the man they call “The Mop”, Jesse Jakubajtys. Although Jesse is still searching his first career win behind the wheel of his No. 44, he has put together a consistent season to this point. When it comes to the championship chase, the consistent finishes that he has been putting together are paying off. In all but last week’s feature, “Mop” has finished inside the top-10 in every race and has a best finish of third place. He sits 14 points from the lead and if Marfeo slips up just a little, Jakubaitys will be right there to capitalize.
Behind the top two, Josh Parsons will be looking to make up ground over the final stretch of the season. Parsons is third in the standings, 60 points from the top coming off his first career division victory this past Friday. Much like Jakubaitys, Parsons has put together a string of consistent finishes behind the wheel of his Nick Lascuola Racing No. 09. In his last three outings, his worst finish is sixth. Even though he had two consecutive finishes outside the top 20 earlier in the season, it looks as though he is finding his stride.
Currently riding fourth in the championship standings is Connor Holderbach, who has become one of the toughest cars to beat each week. Holderbeach is riding a string of two consecutive top five finishes behind the wheel of his No. 38 and has a best finish of second so far this season. Although he is 66 points from the lead, all he needs is the top few to stumble and he will be right there looking to make a move.
Rounding out the current top five in the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends points standings is Derek Gluchacki, who sits 72 points from the lead with one feature win on the season. Gluchacki found himself carrying the checkered flag on July 14, but has stumbled since, not finishing inside the top-10 in the last three races. Although his Nick Lascuola Racing No. 03 has plenty of speed, the Dartmouth, Mass. driver will be looking to put together a stretch of runs inside the top five to try and close the gap to the top of the championship.
At this point in the season, Brandon Martinez sits sixth in the standings with three feature wins behind the wheel of his No. 12 machine. Brendon Hammann, Luke Lebrun, Shileigh Martinez and Adam Avedisian round out the top 10.
There are seven points races remaining for the division and all of them except one will be 25 lap feature races. On Friday August 25th, Ryan Kuhn, Brandon Martinez, Kevin Nowak and Jesse Jakubaitys will battle it out on the track in a 30 lap feature to decide who will be the Phil’s Propane Triple Crown Series champion.