THOMPSON – On June 1 Phil Jacques lived out a dream when he scored his first career Limited Sportsman feature win at Thompson Speedway.
Sunday the sequel took place for the Dudley, Mass. driver.
Jacques got his second career victory in the 20-lap Limited Sportsman feature Sunday at the Sunoco World Series at Thompson Speedway.
“This is literally 20 years to the day since the first time I set foot here,” the 31-year old Jacques said. “Coming here back then as an 11-year old little kid, seeing all the greats race here, Reggie Ruggiero, Ricky Fuller, Jeff Fuller all of them. Watching them pull into that victory lane and dreaming of that one day. To get one here this year was amazing. To get the World Series is absolutely a dream come true. I could not have imagined this.”
Brett Gleason of Lisbon was second and Corey Hutchings of Salem third. Ryan Waterman of Danielson clinched the division championship with a sixth place finish.
“We were junk yesterday,” Jacquest said. “If you had asked me yesterday if I would be here today I would have told you not a chance.”
The dream was close to becoming a nightmare late in the event for Jacques. He dominated most of the event, but on lap 19 the lapped car of Tom Shea had Jacques backing off, allowing Gleason to nearly take over the top spot.
“I was prepared to do what I had to do,” Jacques said. “I would have put those guys in the wall. Get out of my way. The lead is coming. It’s unfortunate. Sometimes you’ve got to wonder. … It’s a little disappointing.”