Shirley Sweeps Weekend at Granite City and Peoria!!!
13, 2014) Brian Shirley, of Chatham, Illinois, enjoyed
a tremendous weekend on April 11-12, as he scored a pair of Super
Late Model victories in the Land of Lincoln! On Friday night at
Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois, Brian was the class
of the field all night and swept the racing festivities at the
St. Louis area facility. After winning his heat race and the dash,
Brian also claimed the $1,200 winner's check in the feature by
besting Michael Kloos, Randy Korte, Scott Weber, and Billy Laycock!
On Saturday evening, the action shifted further north to Peoria
Speedway in Peoria, Illinois for the 7th Annual 'Don Bohlander
Tribute.' Brian won his heat race in preliminary action to earn
the pole position for the UMP DIRTcar Series main event. The popular
driver known as "Squirrel" then came out on top of the
A-Main to pocket the $3,000 top prize over Jason Feger, Scott
Schmitt, Billy Drake, and McKay Wenger!
Teammate Jason Riggs was also in action twice over the April
11-12 weekend and the Harrisburg, Illinois native racked up a
pair of top ten efforts. On Friday night in Granite City, Jason
ran third in his heat race and was up to fifth in the main event
before a tight racecar caused him to fade to an eighth place finish
in the regular weekly program. At the famed Eldora Speedway in
Rossburg, Ohio on Saturday evening, a $5,000 payday was on the
line in the 'Spring Nationals,' which was sanctioned by the American
Late Model Series. Jason qualified fifteenth fastest during time
trials, finished fourth in his heat race, and later picked off
eight competitors during the 25-lap sprint to record a solid seventh
place showing. Full results from the busy weekend can be accessed
online at www.tricityspeedway.net,
Pair of Top Tens for
Riggs Motorsports to Start April
(April 6, 2014) Brian Shirley was back in Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series action on Saturday evening, April 5
at Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, Louisiana. The single-day visit
to Ark-La-Tex drew 51 competitors, all of whom were vying for
the $10,000 top prize. Brian clicked off the eighth quickest lap
in Group B during qualifying and later grabbed the third and final
transfer spot through his heat race. After rolling off from the
outside of the eighth row in the 50-lapper, "Squirrel"
blasted past nine competitors en route to a strong seventh place
showing in the Pelican State.
Unfortunately, the rest of the weekend was a wash for the cars
and stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Both $10,000
to win showdowns - scheduled for Friday at Jackson Motor Speedway
in Jackson, Mississippi and for Sunday at Outlaw Motorsports Park
in Muskogee, Oklahoma - succumbed to inclement weather. Brian,
who hails out of Chatham, Illinois, emerged from the April 4-6
weekend ninth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings.
Full results from Saturday's tilt at Ark-La-Tex Speedway can be
accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Teammate Jason Riggs also beat Mother Nature once this past weekend,
as he was in Dirt Late Model competition on Saturday night, April
5 at Federated Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri. A weekly UMP
DIRTcar Series show was held at the St. Louis area facility and
a $1,500 winner's check was on the line. Jason climbed five spots
in his heat race to finish fourth, which locked him into the inside
of the fourth row for the start of the A-Main. The Harrisburg,
Illinois native then hung around the top ten throughout the race
and eventually settled for an eighth place performance. Full results
from Federated Raceway at I-55 can be viewed by pointing your
web browser to www.i55raceway.com.
Jason Riggs Fifth in
Thaw Brawl at LaSalle Speedway!
30, 2014) Jason Riggs and Brian Shirley both brought
their Riggs Motorsports mounts to LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle,
Illinois on Saturday, March 29 for the 3rd Annual 'Thaw Brawl,'
which was co-sanctioned by the UMP DIRTcar Series and the American
Late Model Series (ALMS). Jason timed in third fastest in his
group during the qualifying session and later finished second
in his heat race behind only teammate Brian Shirley. After rolling
off from the outside of the fourth row in the $15,000 to win main
event, Jason sported a fast racecar throughout the attrition-filled
75-lapper. The Harrisburg, Illinois native worked his way up to
third in the running order before eventually settling for a strong
fifth place effort behind only winner Dennis Erb, Jr., Bobby Pierce,
Ryan Unzicker, and Scott Bloomquist.
Brian was also poised for a solid run in the 'Thaw Brawl,' as
he qualified second quickest in his group prior to scoring the
heat race triumph. After drawing the pole position before the
75-lap main event, Brian ran second during the early stages of
the race before suffering terminal mechanical issues. The Chatham,
Illinois ace pulled up lame on lap 22 with rear-end problems on
his Rocket racecar and was forced to retire from the 'Thaw Brawl'
in the seventeenth spot. Full results from LaSalle Speedway can
be viewed online at www.lasallespeedway.com.
Riggs Motorsports Invades
Brownstown for Icebreaker
23, 2014) The Riggs Motorsports team trekked to the
legendary Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana on Saturday,
March 22 for the 17th edition of the 'Indiana Icebreaker,' which
was sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and paid
$10,000 to the winner. Brian Shirley clicked off the eighth fastest
lap in Group B during the qualifying session prior to finishing
fourth in his heat race behind only prelim winner Earl Pearson,
Jr., Ray Cook, and Jared Landers. After starting from the outside
of the eighth row in the 50-lap main event, Brian finished the
caution-free affair in the nineteenth position. The Chatham, Illinois
native still finds himself tenth in the latest LOLMDS point standings
following the trip to Brownstown.
Teammate Jason Riggs was also in action at the 1/4-mile fairgrounds
facility on Saturday evening. Jason ran eighth in his loaded heat
race prior to advancing up to fourth in his B-Main. Unfortunately,
only the top three runners in each of the consolation events transferred
into the 'Indiana Icebreaker,' which meant that Jason was one
mere spot out of a coveted transfer position. Full results from
Brownstown can be accessed by pointing your web browser to www.lucasdirt.com.
Jason Riggs Returns to
16, 2014) Jason Riggs was the lone Riggs Motorsports
chauffeur in Dirt Late Model action over the weekend, as he traveled
back to Clarksville Speedway in Clarksville, Tennessee on Saturday,
March 15. The remaining 31 circuits of the rain-postponed 'Tuckasee
Toilet Bowl Classic' was held and Jason was one of the nine drivers
that returned to complete the event. Unfortunately, the Harrisburg,
Illinois native suffered a flat tire on his #81jr Rocket entry
and was placed eighth in the final rundown of the $2,500 to win
A regular program was also held on Saturday evening at the Volunteer
State oval. Jason ran third in heat race action, which locked
him into the inside of the third row for the start of the $1,000
to win A-Main. Jason was then able to move up a single position
during the UMP DIRTcar Series feature to claim a solid fourth
place showing behind only victor Ryan Unzicker, Terry English,
and Riley Hickman. Full results from both weekend tilts can be
accessed online at www.clarksvillespeedway.com.
Brian Shirley Cashes
$2,500 in Rain-Shortened Win!
9, 2014) Brian Shirley, of Chatham, Illinois, picked
up his first win with Riggs Motorsports on Saturday evening, March
8 in the 10th Annual 'Tuckasee Toilet Bowl Classic' at Clarksville
Speedway in Clarksville, Tennessee! Brian won his heat race in
preliminary action and was out front on lap nine of the A-Main
when a rain shower halted the 40-lapper. The decision was made
by track and MARS DIRTcar Series officials to postpone the remainder
of the special event and the field was paid half of the advertised
purse due to the shortened race. The driver known as "Squirrel"
claimed the $2,500 victory over Ryan Unzicker, Riley Hickman,
Jesse Stovall, and Tony Jackson, Jr.!
Teammate Jason Riggs was also in action on Saturday at Clarksville,
as he ran fourth in his stacked heat race prior to notching a
tenth place finish in the rain-shortened feature event. On Friday
night, both Riggs Motorsports drivers also competed for the $3,000
paycheck in the 'Tuckasee Toilet Bowl Classic' weekend opener.
Brian won his heat race before finishing a strong runner-up in
the 20-lap A-Main behind only victor Riley Hickman. Jason, who
hails from Harrisburg, Illinois, also won his heat race and eventually
netted an impressive fourth place outing in the MARS DIRTcar Series
main event. Full results from Clarksville Speedway can be viewed
online at www.clarksvillespeedway.com.
DIRTcar Nationals Results
from Volusia Speedway Park
22, 2014) The 43rd edition of the 'DIRTcar Nationals'
officially came to a close tonight at Volusia Speedway Park and
Brian Shirley had his sole focus on the $10,000 payday. Brian
qualified sixteenth fastest in Group B during WOOLMS time trials
before finishing sixth in his heat race and fifth in his B-Main.
After receiving a provisional to gain access into the 50-lap feature,
Brian was involved in the caution on lap 20 and retired from the
finale at VSP in the twenty-fifth spot.
(February 21, 2014) Rolling afternoon thunderstorms
forced Volusia Speedway Park officials to cancel this evening's
action at the 'DIRTcar Nationals' presented by Summit Racing Equipment,
setting the stage for a huge finale on Saturday night featuring
the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. The winner of the 50-lapper
tomorrow night at VSP will receive a $10,000 paycheck. More info
can be found online at www.woolms.com.
(February 20, 2014) The World of Outlaws Late
Model Series roared into the Daytona Beach area tonight to sanction
round four of the 'DIRTcar Nationals' at Volusia Speedway Park
in Barberville, Florida. Brian Shirley posted the second quickest
lap in Group B during WOOLMS qualifying prior to scoring the win
in heat race action over Brady Smith, Mike Marlar, and Tim McCreadie.
After drawing the third starting spot prior to the $10,000 to
win main event, Brian unfortunately slowed on lap twenty with
problems and he retired in the twenty-fourth position.
(February 19, 2014) The 43rd Annual 'DIRTcar
Nationals' continued tonight at Volusia Speedway Park with another
UMP DIRTcar Series battle, which boasted a $10,000 top prize.
Brian Shirley clicked off the fastest lap in his group during
time trials prior to finishing fourth in his loaded heat race
behind only Rick Eckert, Eric Wells, and Gregg Satterlee. After
starting the 40-lap feature event from the inside of the seventh
row, Brian eventually netted a fifteenth place performance tonight
(February 18, 2014) Round two of the 'DIRTcar
Nationals' took place tonight at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville,
Florida and another $7,000 winner's check was on the line. Brian
Shirley laid down the sixth fastest lap in his group during UMP
time trials and later moved up to finish third in his heat race
behind only prelim winner Boom Briggs and runner-up John Blankenship.
The Chatham, Illinois ace then rolled off from the inside of the
fifth row in the 30-lap main event and had a solid run going until
slowing on the last lap with problems, which dropped him to fourteenth
in the final finishing order.
(February 17, 2014) A new week and a new venue
for the Riggs Motorsports team, as Brian Shirley made his way
to Volusia Speedway Park for tonight's $7,000 to win 'DIRTcar
Nationals' opener. Brian timed in fourth quickest in his group
during UMP DIRTcar Series qualifying prior to grabbing the fourth
and final transfer spot through his heat race behind Shane Clanton,
Mike Marlar, and Brandon Sheppard. After starting the 30-lap feature
event from the inside of the eighth row, Brian was able to move
forward to earn a respectable eleventh place finish tonight at
from East Bay Raceway Park
15, 2014) The long week at East Bay Raceway Park wrapped
up tonight with the 38th Annual 'Winternationals' finale, which
paid $10,000 to the winner and was taped by the television cameras
of the Lucas Oil Production Studios. Brian Shirley clicked off
the second quickest lap in Group A during LOLMDS qualifying prior
to finishing second in his heat race behind only prelim victor
John Blankenship. After rolling off from the inside of the fourth
row in the 60-lap main event, Brian wound up fifteenth in the
final finishing order at the "Clay by the Bay." Jason
Riggs received a Fast Time Provisional to gain access into the
A-Main and was able to move up seven positions en route to a sixteenth
place performance in his final event of "Speedweeks 2014."
(February 15, 2014) A huge day/night doubleheader
to close out the 38th Annual 'Winternationals' started earlier
this afternoon with a $7,000 to win tilt, which was originally
scheduled for Wednesday and subsequently postponed due to heavy
rain showers. Brian Shirley qualified fifth fastest in Group B
during Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series time trials at East Bay,
ran third in his heat race, and later notched a solid ninth place
outing in the 35-lap main event. Jason Riggs, who hails out of
Harrisburg, Illinois, grabbed the fifth and final transfer spot
through his heat race prior to finishing sixteenth in the daytime
(February 14, 2014) The first Lucas Oil Late
Model Dirt Series points race of the week at East Bay Raceway
Park took place tonight and a $10,000 payday was up for grabs.
Brian Shirley ran fifth in his heat race and later won his B-Main,
but was unfortunately involved in a couple of cautions during
the 50-lapper and wound up twenty-first in the final rundown.
Teammate Jason Riggs fought ignition problems following hot laps
and was forced to scratch from the entire program.
(February 13, 2014) The 38th edition of the
'Winternationals' continued tonight at East Bay Raceway Park with
a $7,000 to win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series battle, which
was televised LIVE on the MAVTV television network. Brian Shirley
grabbed the third transfer spot through his stacked heat race,
but was later taken out in the 45-lapper by Jared Landers and
was relegated to a disappointing twentieth place effort. Jason
Riggs finished fourth in heat race action to transfer into the
A-Main, but a broken shock caused him to retire in the seventeenth
(February 12, 2014) Officials of East Bay Raceway
Park and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series have postponed tonight’s
events from the 38th Annual 'Winternationals' due to rain. Tonight’s
$7,000 to win showdown is rescheduled for Saturday morning, February
15. Tomorrow night’s - Thursday, February 13 - series program
from East Bay Raceway Park will air LIVE on MAVTV starting at
9:30 PM EST. MAVTV can be found on DIRECTV on channel 214 and
on DISH Network on channel 248. For cable subscribers, please
check the local listings in your area.
(February 11, 2014) Round two of the six-race
'Winternationals' took place at East Bay Raceway Park tonight
and another $5,000 top prize was on the line. Jason Riggs finished
sixth in his heat race and third in his B-Main, which locked him
into the inside of the eleventh row for the start of the 25-lap
feature event. Jason then thrilled the fans in attendance at the
1/3-mile oval by passing ten cars on his way to a solid eleventh
place effort. Brian Shirley ran fourth in his heat race and later
wound up thirteenth in the A-Main at the "Clay by the Bay."
(February 10, 2014) Brian Shirley recorded
his best effort so far in the young 2014 season tonight in the
opener of the 38th Annual 'Winternationals' at East Bay Raceway
Park in Gibsonton, Florida! Brian ran fourth in heat race action
prior to picking off ten competitors during the $5,000 to win
A-Main to finish fourth behind only victor Eddie Carrier, Jr.,
Devin Moran, and Brandon Sheppard. Teammate Jason Riggs once again
narrowly missed out on a coveted transfer spot into the 25-lapper,
which was sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series,
as he wound up seventh in his heat race and fifth in his B-Main.
Super Bowl of Racing
Results from Golden Isles Speedway
8, 2014) The Riggs Motorsports team wrapped up the 2014
edition of the 'Super Bowl of Racing' tonight at Golden Isles
Speedway, as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series once again presided
over a $10,000 to win televised showdown. Brian Shirley ran seventh
in his heat race prior to grabbing the third and final transfer
spot through his B-Main. After starting twenty-second on the grid
in the 50-lap main event, Brian put on a show by passing fifteen
cars en route to a strong seventh place performance in the weekend
finale. Jason Riggs once again had no luck on his side, as he
missed the feature by one spot in his B-Main.
(February 7, 2014) In the 'Super Bowl of Racing'
nightcap tonight at Golden Isles, both Riggs Motorsports drivers
had their sights set on the $10,000 top prize. Brian Shirley finished
fifth in his heat race, second in his B-Main, and later picked
off seven competitors during the 50-lap televised main event on
his way to a thirteenth place effort. Jason Riggs ran ninth in
his heat race and fifth in his B-Main, which unfortunately kept
him out of the feature event at the Brunswick, Georgia facility.
(February 7, 2014) The Riggs Motorsports team
kicked off their 2014 campaign earlier this afternoon at Golden
Isles Speedway, as the rain-postponed $5,000 to win Lucas Oil
Late Model Dirt Series lid lifter was held at the 4/10-mile speedplant.
Brian Shirley ran third in his heat race to advance into the 25-lapper,
but was caught up in a tangle during the feature and finished
fifteenth in the final rundown. Jason Riggs narrowly missed out
on the main event after running sixth in his heat race and fifth
in his B-Main.
(February 6, 2014) Tonight's Lucas Oil Late
Model Dirt Series season opener at Golden Isles Speedway in Brunswick,
Georgia has been postponed until tomorrow morning due to persistent
rain showers. The $5,000 to win event tomorrow morning will serve
as the first race in a big doubleheader at GIS, as the regularly
scheduled $10,000 to win showdown will be held in the evening.
Additional information concerning the twin bill can be accessed
online at www.lucasdirt.com.