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Autograph SessionName: Brian J. Shirley
Birthdate: April 2, 1981
Hometown: Chatham, IL
Marital Status: Married to Shannon Shirley
Children: Two daughters, Brinley & Drue
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 175 lbs
Nickname: Squirrel
Fav. Movie: Days of Thunder
Fav. Music: Stay tuned for the “Squirrel Mix”
Hobbies: Motorcycles, Golf, Playstation, Rollerskating

Brian was one of the most promising young motorcycle aces in the American Motorcycle Association’s flat track ranks and netted various championships and honors including the highly coveted “600cc AMA National Championship” and “AMA 600cc National Hot Shoe Championship” titles. A racing injury sidelined Shirley in 1999 and his two-wheel career came to a sudden end in 2000. The talented young racer seized an opportunity to compete in stock cars and soon returned to his winning ways. In his first full season of competition in dirt racing’s premier super late model division, Brian won a track championship and “National Rookie of the Year” honors with the largest dirt sanctioning body – United Midwestern Promoters (UMP). After only two years in the highly competitive late model ranks, Brian took his #3s team on the road with the Northern Allstars Late Model Series, which is co-owned by NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader, and yet again claimed top honors as the series’ “Rookie of the Year” and “National Champion”.

2012 Summer Nationals Win

In 2005, the native Illinoisan was offered an opportunity to partner with two legendary powerhouses in the dirt late model industry – chassis builder, CJ Rayburn, and Illinois’ business owner and racing benefactor, Ed Petroff and Petroff Towing. Shirley joined the stable of fellow Rayburn/Petroff teams including 5-time “World 100” winner and 2005 Stacker 2® World of Outlaws’ Late Model Champion Billy Moyer; 2005 U.M.P. Summernationals’ Champion Shannon Babb; and a host of other championship-backed teams that even includes 2-time NHRA Top Fuel Champion Larry Dixon. The guidance and structure offered by the veteran mentors and teammates allowed Brian to continue to excel and hone his talents behind the wheel. The team competed with all major racing tours including the Stacker 2® World of Outlaws’ Late Model Series and Lucas Oil DirtCar Series on the national level, regional tours such as the Northern Allstars, UMP Challenge of Champions and marquee special events such as the month-long summer tour-de-force UMP Summernationals, Knoxville Late Model Nationals, Dirt Track World Championship. The #3s visited victory lane seven times including three clean sweeps and 24- year-old Shirley claimed his largest career win at the UMP SUmmernationals’ $10,000 Finale/Birthday Race at Oakshade (OH) Raceway.

The #3s team will be back in action in 2006 once again competing in a variety of national, regional and special events as well as the full U.M.P. Summernationals Tour.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2013 STATS:

-Tuckasee Toilet Bowl Classic / Mars Racing Series


2012 STATS:

Events – 64
Wins – 12
Top  5s – 39
Top 10s – 47

-UMP Summer Nationals Champion
-UMP National Points Champion
-Midwest Speed “Driver of the Year”
-Checkers/Wreckers “Driver of the Year”
-Quick Six Dash for Cash presented by Richard Robinson
-Budweiser Super Late Model Series (2)
-5th Annual Don Bohlander Tribute / Corn Belt Clash Series
-Herald & Review 100
-Show-Me 100 Manufacturers Dash
-Summer Nationals Wins: Brownstown, IL / Peoria, IL / Macon, IL / Fairbury, IL / Quincy, IL


2011 STATS:
Events – 47
Wins – 5
Top  5s – 15
Top 10s – 26

-Tri-State Challenge Win: Paducah, KY
-Prarie Dirt Shootout: Fairbury, IL
-15th in $100,000 Dream: New Weston, OH (90 Competitors Participating)
-6th in $50,000 USA Nationals: New Richmond, WI
-11th in $40,000 Knoxville Nationals: Knoxville, IA (62 Competitors Participating)
-Local Wins: Farmer City, IL (2) / Granite City, IL


2010 STATS:
Events – 48
Wins – 12
Top  5s – 10
Top 10s – 11
Fast Time – 7

-6 Monster Midwest Wins: Lincoln, IL / Farmer City, IL / Danville, IL / Granite City, IL (2) / Kankakee, IL
-Fall Nationals: New Weston, OH
-SRRS Win: Clarksville, TN
-Summer Nationals Win: Charleston, IL
-Prarie Dirt Shootout: Fairbury, IL
-Local Wins: 2


2009 STATS:
Events – 35
Wins – 3

-USA World 50: Paducah, KY


2008 STATS:
Events – 55
Wins – 6
Top 5s – 16
Top 10s – 28

-Summer Nationals Wins: Sedalia, MO / Brownstown, IN / Lincoln, IL
-USA World 50: Paducah, KY
-2nd in Summer Nationals Points
-4th in UMP National Points
-6th in the World 100: New Weston, OH
-8th in Hillbilly 100: Middlebourne, WV


2007 STATS:
Events – 60
Wins – 9
Top 5s -24
Top 10s – 35

-9th in WoO Points and ROY Runner Up
-1st WoO Win: Lincoln, IL
-3rd at the Show-Me 100: West Plains, MO
-Runner-Up at the Pittsburgher 100: Imperial, PA
-Qualified for the Dream in 1st Attempt: New Weston, OH
-Track Record Holder: Drummondville, QC Canada
-Tri-Track Challenge Win: Pevely, MO


2006 STATS:
Events – 63
Wins – 12
Top 5s – 28
Top 10s – 38
Quick Times – 5
Heat/Dash Wins – 19

-$35,000 Knoxville Nationals: Knoxville, IA
-Larry Phillips Memorial: Lebanon, MO
-USA World 50: Paducah, KY
-Tri-Track Challenge Win: Pevely, MO
-Illinois Fall Nationals: Springfield, IL
-3 UMP/MARS Clash Tour Wins
-8th in UMP National points


2005 STATS:
-One of 24 competitors to qualify for the famed Lucas Oil Knoxville Late Model Nationals
-$15,000 Kevin Roderick Memorial Runner-Up
-Highest Paying Career Win (To Date) at the UMP Summer Nationals Finale/”Birthday Race” at Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, OH
-4th in UMP Summer Nationals Points
-First Attempt at the Full 29-event, Month-Long Summer Nationals Tour


2004 STATS:
-NALMS Champion
-NALMS ROY
-3rd in NALMS Illinois Speedweek Points
-3rd in NALMS Indiana Speedweek Points
-9th in UMP National Late Model Points (1,063 Competitors Participating)
-3rd in UMP Challenge of Champions Series Points
-8th in UMP Indiana State Championship Points
-2 NALMS Wins
-3 UMP Wins: Summernationals (1)


2003 STATS:
-16th in UMP National Late Model Points (1,091 Competitors Participating)
-7th in UMP Illinois State Championship Points
-3rd in UMP Challenge of Champions Series Points
-6 UMP Wins


2002 STATS:
-11th in UMP National Late Model Points (1,193 Competitors Participating)
-3rd in UMP Illinois State Championship Points
-UMP ROY
-Macon Speedway Late Model Track Champion
-Bud Shootout Win
-2 UMP Wins
-First Full Season in Dirt Late Models


2001 STATS:
-Embarked on Auto Racing Career in UMP Modifieds


1999 STATS:
-Injured While Competing for the AMA Title


1998 STATS:
-AMA 600cc National Champion
-AMA 600cc National Hot Shoe Champion
-IMDA Rider of the Year


1996 STATS:
-AMA 500cc District 17 Champion
-500cc Track Champion
-AMA 250cc District 17 Champion
-250cc Track Champion


1995 STATS:
-AMA 125cc National Champion
-AMA 125cc Florida State Champion
-AMA 125cc District 17 Champion