THOMPSON – It’s said practice makes perfect.
Don’t tell that to Jesse Gleason. Maybe no practice is the way to make things go.
Gleason was unable to get any practice time behind the wheel of his Limited Sportsman ride Thursday at Thompson International Speedway, though it didn’t seem to affect the Lisbon driver.
Gleason won the 20-lap Limited Sportsman feature.
Scott Sundeen of Douglas, Mass. was second and Corey Fanning of Mapleville, R.I. third.
It was the second victory of the season for Gleason, who thanked his brother Brent for taking the car out in practice.
“I don’t think we were the fastest out there, but luck was on our side and restarts were too,” Gleason said. “That’s what we needed to win, restarts to separate us from the field.”
Gleason went by Steve Kenneway for the lead on lap 12 and never trailed again.
In the 25-lap New England Truck Series event, it was Zach Sylvester of Lebanon showing he’s a quick learner of the division.
Sylvester finished third in his series debut last Saturday at the Waterford Speedbowl and Thursday he got his first victory in the division.
“We were running a lot better last week than we thought we would,” Sylvester said. “We’re just kind of learning together and getting things prepared.”
Cam McDermott won for the sixth time in eight events this year in the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature.
Troy Talman of Oxford, Mass. was second and John Studley of Framingham, Mass. third.
McDermott will take a 24-point lead in the standings over second place Studley going into next week’s final points event of the season.
“It’s definitely comfortable,” McDermott said. “We’ve been in this situation before. We’ve got to make sure that we come out on top. We’re going to go home this week and check every nut and bolt on that car and make sure it’s ready to go.”
Damon Tinio of Mendon, Mass. won the 25-lap Late Model feature.
Tinio inherited the lead when Glenn Boss and Rick Gentes wrecked together in a battle for the lead late in the event. Gentes ended up 9th and Boss 10th. The two will go into the final points race of the year, a 40-lap feature next Thursday, tied at the top of the standings. Each has three wins this year.
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