With defending Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars champion Jake Matheson’s planning to move to the Super Late Models in New England, the Fast Friday Legends Cars division is ready to crown a new champion in 2019.

The division is known for building drivers who have moved to Seekonk’s NASCAR Saturday night program, including former champion Nick Lascuola, who ended up in the Late Models before going touring with his Super Late Model.

With a new season closing in, it’s going to be hard to bet against Josh Parsons as the favorite to earn his first title. Parsons visited Victory Lane last year and looked to be on path to grab his first title before a wreck late in the year ended his chances to become champion. But, the Carver, Massachusetts, driver isn’t going to let that disappointment slow him down. Parsons will be back to chase the championship and with supporters on his side and an extreme confidence in his setup, Parsons is going to be a threat. Can he breakthrough to the number one spot in the division when the season ends?

Brendon Hammann is the other clear favorite to contend for the title. Hammann put together his best campaign to date in 2018, finishing consistently towards the front of the field, but coming up just short of Victory Lane. Hammann is part of the crew for Gerry DeGaspere Jr. on NASCAR Saturday night, but ever since his itch to get behind the wheel became a reality, he’s been gaining speed. The North Smithfield, Rhode Island, native is going to challenge Parsons, but will likely need to find the winner’s circle if he wants to earn enough points to be champion.

As usual, the Legends Cars are going to also be the place for talent moving from the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero to make a name for themselves. Devin Deshaies is the driver that stands out amongst this years early list, as Deshaies takes the jump to the Legends Cars after dominating the Bandolero Bandit division en route to the title in the last two years. Deshaies, who skipped over the Bandolero Outlaw class, is going to try to get his feet wet in a car that requires a little bit better reaction time and handling ability. His dad, Jonathan, is also registered in the No. 64X, so it’s possible the father and son duo will race together at some point during the season.

Other Bandolero drivers making the step include Isaiah Newcomb, who won last year in the Bandit division, and RJ Marcotte, who was a front-runner in the Bandit division as well. These three drivers — along with some others who will join them — are going to try to show fans that they can compete with the best of the Fast Friday night program.

In the early stages of registration, Mason Tessier is another name that stands out. Tessier is a former Seekonk Youth Racing Association champion in the Bandolero Outlaw division and already has some experience in the Legends Cars from last year. Ben Amado, Alex Machado, Marissa Plante, Jacob Burns and Thomas Murray are also some drivers who have declared they plan to compete.

The 2019 Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars season gets underway as part of the Fast Friday opener on Friday, May 31. The opening race of the season is slated for 25 laps.