Changing Luck: Jesse Gleason Hangs On To Win Rough Limited Sportsman Race At Thompson

THOMPSON – On June 14 at Thompson International Speedway, Jesse Gleason was involved in four wrecks during his day of competition at the track.

Jesse Gleason celebrates at Thompson Speedway

It was the culmination of weeks of frustration through the 2012 season for the Limited Sportsman division driver from Lisbon. It seemed each week this season Gleason had a fast car but bad luck.

Thursday at Thompson Speedway it seemed nothing going was to keep Gleason from victory lane, not even a driver seemingly determined to turn him out of the top spot.

Gleason held off a charging Art Moran III over the closing laps to win the 20-lap Limited Sportsman feature at Thompson.

“Every week we’re the fastest car and we get taken out,” Gleason said “Last week I got in four wrecks. I’ve had enough of it. This is just good for moral because it’s been frustrating.”

Scott Sundeen of Douglas, Mass. was second and Moran, of Preston, third.

Sundeen went to the lead past Steve Kenneway on lap 11 with Moran following to second. On lap 14 Moran started giving Gleason the bumper in the corners, but Gleason was up to the task.

On lap 17 Moran had Gleason sideways coming out of turn four, but somehow Gleason was still able to hold on through the battering.

“I was just thinking ‘Hold the bottom, make them go through me.’ If not, oh well, I did my best, that’s all I can do,’” Gleason said. “He gave me the business quite a few times but he couldn’t get under me, just enough to rattle the cage a little bit. No harm no foul as far as I’m concerned. He had to do better than that to take us out.”

Moran fell to third place on the final lap.

“I gave him everything I could give him,” Moran said. “Towards the end I could feel something going in the front end. My steering was going away. It wouldn’t turn. The last lap I had to let [Scott] Sundeen go because I didn’t want to wreck anybody.”

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