Brian Shirley

Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH) – Dirt Late Model Dream – June 10th-11th, 2022. (Josh James Artwork)


Brian Shirley

Runner-up finish in Dirt Late Model Dream prelim at Eldora

Brian Shirley and the Bob Cullen Racing team trekked to Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) on Thursday after Mother Nature consolidated the second running of the Eldora Million into a single day event. (Josh James Artwork)

With the 124-car field split into two groups for a pair of $12,000-to-win preliminary features, Brian edged his way into the prelim with the fifth-and-final transfer spot in his heat race. Inching forward two spots in the 25-lap affair, Shirley logged an 18th-place outing.

Later Thursday night for heat races leading up to the Eldora Million, Shirley posted an eighth-place finish in his heat, relegating him into the B-Main for another shot at the $1,002,022-to-win main event. Needing to place second or better, Brian recorded a ninth-place finish.

For the Dirt Late Model Dream XXVIII on Friday afternoon, Brian charged from the third row in his heat race to pick up the 10-lap victory. Earning the pole positon for the preliminary feature, Shirley led 16 circuits before ultimately setting with a runner-up finish when the checkered flag flew. He followed Chris Madden across the line with Tyler Erb rounding out the podium.

On Saturday evening, Shirley grabbed a third-place finish in his heat, which positioned him 18th on the starting grid for the $128,000-to-win Dirt Late Model Dream. He was running in 15th when continuous rain postponed the remainder of the 100-lapper to September 7th.

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