Brian Shirley

Brian Shirley scores eighth win of 2021 at Farmer City


Brian Shirley

Brian Shirley scores eighth win of 2021 at Farmer City

Brian Shirley continued his winning ways on Thursday night by claiming the $5,000 winner’s check in the Mid America Racing Series (MARS) event at Farmer City Raceway. (Ryan Roberts Photography)

The triumph marked the eighth of the 2021 season for Shirley in his Bob Cullen Racing / Thomason Express No. 3s J&J Ventures & Gaming/ Hoker Trucking / XR1 Rocket Chassis / Durham Racing Engine Super Late Model.

“We got rolling on the high side there late in the race at Farmer City (Raceway) and was able to get the lead in lapped traffic and ultimately the win. We were just a little off the whole night at Fairbury. Sometimes it goes that way, but now we are full speed ahead getting ready for Eldora,” Shirley shared.

Brian Shirley lifted the lid on his Labor Day weekend on Thursday afternoon by visiting Farmer City Raceway (Farmer City, Ill.) for the opening round of the MARS Racing Series doubleheader. With 20 cars entered, Shirley registered the seventh fastest lap overall before placing third in his heat race. Earning the seventh-starting position for the feature, Brian tracked down race-leader McKay Wenger with six laps remaining to secure his fourth series victory of the season and eighth overall win of 2021. He took the checkers ahead of Wenger, Tanner English, Shannon Babb, and Jason Feger to claim the $5,000 top prize.

On Friday evening another $5,000-to-win program was on tap at the ¼-mile oval. During heat race action, lingering showers in the area forced the event to be postponed to a future date.

On Saturday evening at Fairbury Speedway (Fairbury, Ill.) for the FALS Super Nationals, Shirley edged his way into the main event with the fifth-and-final transfer spot in his heat race. With $10,000 on the line in the finale, Brian was an early retiree from the 50-lap affair on lap 33. He was credited with a 13th-place finish.

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