THOMPSON – On June 15 at Thompson Speedway, Brent Gleason scored his first career Limited Sportsman victory at Thompson Speedway.
Big brother Jesse Gleason, a former multi-time winner in the division celebrated heartily that night.
But Wednesday it was time for big brother to get back to the top.
Jesse Gleason drove away from Brent Gleason over the cloasing laps to win the 20-lap Limited Sportsman feature Wednesday at Thompson.
It was the first 1-2 finish in the division for the brothers from Lisbon.
“It’s amazing,” Jesse Gleason said. “My brother and I, … we are the tightest set of brothers. When I see him running right behind me I know I can trust him. I know if he can get position on me I’m not going to mess with him either. He earned his earlier victory. He’s such a good driver. He’s made me so proud this year. I’m beaming with pride that he won and I’m beaming with pride that he finished second. But I was going to win this race no matter what.”
Scott Sundeen of Douglas, Mass. was third.
Jesse Gleason had to hold off the division’s all-time winningest driver, Larry Barnett before the caution flew on lap 14. On the restart Barnett had issues and fell back, allowing Brent Gleason to move to second.
But Brent Gleason was left chasing big brother over the final six laps.
“I hate it, I wanted to win,” Brett Gleason said. “But I love it. It’s something we’ve dreamed about our whole lives. Childhood racing go-karts in my uncle’s yard. Anything we’ve ever done we’ve competed against each other. To finish 1-2, that’s kind of a dream. If you’re going to race with your brother in the same division you want to finish 1-2.”
Lloyd Anderson Jr. of Wauregan scored his first career Late Model victory in the 25-lap feature for that division, but the celebration was short-lived.
Anderson was later disqualified from the victory for issues with his right front suspension, handing the win to Matt Lowinski-Loh of Milford, Mass. Rick Gentes of Woonsocket, R.I. was moved to second and William Wall of Shrewsbury, Mass. to third.
Dave Trudeau of Mansfield came from the back of the field to win the 15-lap Mini Stock feature. It was the fourth victory of the season for Trudeau, the reigning division champion.
Christopher Viens of Putnam was second and Wayne Burroughs Jr. of Oakdale third.
Corey Barry of Plainfield won the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature.
Wes Prucker of Stafford was second and Marcello Rufrano of North Haven third.