Brian Shirley

Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL) – Lucas Oil Midwest LateModel Racing Association (MLRA) – Championship Weekend – October 14th-15th, 2022. (Mike Ruefer photo)


Brian Shirley

Shirley finishes second in Lucas Oil MLRA finale at Tri-City

Friday night found Bob Cullen Racing pilot Brian Shirley in action at Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, Ill.) for the two-day event to close out the 2022 campaign for the Lucas Oil Midwest LateModel Racing Association (MLRA). (Mike Ruefer photos)

Drawing 33 Late Models, Shirley laid down the sixth-fastest time in his group before placing third in his heat. Starting the preliminary feature in 11th, Brian advanced through the field seven spots in the 30-lapper to register a fourth-place finish. He followed Trevor Gundaker, Logan Martin, and Gordy Gundaker across the line with Jason Feger coming in fifth.

On Saturday, Brian secured his spot into the $7,000-to-win MLRA finale with a heat race victory. Earning the fourth-starting position, Shirley overtook Billy Moyer for the lead on the 10th circuit held the top spot for the next 24 circuits. A late race slider by another competitor dropped him to second when the checkered flew, trailing Logan Martin to the checkers with Rusty Schlenk rounding out the podium.

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