Out Of The Shadow: Brent Gleason Wins Limited Sportsman Special Event At Thompson

Brent Gleason (in car) is congratulated in victory lane by his brother Jesse after winning the Limited Sportsman feature Sunday at Thompson Speedway

THOMPSON – When Jesse Gleason celebrated victory in the Limited Late Model feature on April 10 at the Thompson Speedway Icebreaker, he gave much of the credit for the win to his brother Brett.

Brent Gleason of Lisbon spent much of his winter rebuilding his brother’s car in preparation for 2017.

“He takes the car out and wins with it,” Brent Gleason said. “I was like ‘Crap, now I’m in his shadow again.’ I had to go beat him again.”

Sunday Brent Gleason used the second event of the season, the biggest of the year for the division, to show he hasn’t fallen behind his brother.

Brent Gleason drove away from the competition over the closing laps to win the Pepsi Long Distance 30-lap Limited Sportsman feature Sunday at Thompson Speedway.

Ryan Waterman of Danielson was second and Chris Meyer of Norwich third.

“The biggest race of the year for us,” Brent Gleason said. “The biggest. The biggest purse, the longest distance. And the crowd was really good.”

The closing laps saw Waterman, Meyer and fourth place finisher Shawn Monahan battling heatedly door-to-door while Brent Gleason left them behind.

“If you can beat those guys, you’re beating the best,” Brent Gleason said. “Because they are not only good drivers – albeit a little bit eccentric from time to time – but they’re warriors. If you can beat the warriors then you’re really doing something right.”

After Jesse Gleason finished seventh in the feature, he was one of the first people to arrive in victory lane to offer congratulations.

“I’ve spent two years every night in my shop trying to get this thing right,” Brent Gleason said. “My brother and I are so close, I’m not going to keep any secrets from him. I just give him everything I know and he does the same for me. He’s mentored me through the years and he taught me how to drive these cars. … I owe a lot to him. It’s all his blood, sweat and tears that got us here. He’s what paved the way for me to be here.”

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