Hometown: Chatham, IL
Birthday: April 2, 1981
Car: No. 3s
Team: Bob Cullen Racing
Website: www.brianshirley.com

World of Outlaws History: Brian Shirley returned as a full time driver for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series in 2016 for the first time since 2007. Each year between 2007 and 2016, Shirley competed in more than a handful of races with the Outlaws. At the conclusion of the 2016 season, Shirley placed third on the wins list with three feature wins, ultimately placing ninth in the points standing after an accident in Lernerville leaving him with a concussion. His injury didn’t keep from any series races as he was able to return in time for the World of Outlaws World Finals after his accident.


Other Racing History: Shirley started his racing career much differently than most of his competitors. The Illinois native was one of the most promising American Motorcycle Association’s flat track racers in the country, earning various championships before an injury sidelined his two-wheel racing career. Shirley switched to four-wheels, competing in his first full-time season and earning Rookie of the Year in the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) Late Models in 2002. In 2012, Shirley captured the DIRTcar Summer Nationals title as well as the UMP National Points Champion.


“An Outlaw is somebody who lives how they want to live, laying their own rules – not taking no shit. We do walk in trying to be the best guys in the business and when guys come and try and run with us, obviously we want to be on top. Outlaw? I don’t know. But it’s a good name to have. We just race. The rest is just smoke and mirrors, man.” 


What kind of car do you typically drive around town?

“I drive a Chevy Z71. If someone met me outside of racing they probably wouldn’t even know I was a racecar driver. I’m always working. I own a car lot, so we’re always bidding on cars and working on cars; and I own a bar too, so I have lots of stuff to keep me occupied on top of being a racecar driver. The bar is called Harry’s Adult Daycare. It’s a little neighborhood bar, a lot of low key people in there. It’s a pretty busy place. It’s been a bar for over 40 or 50 years. My car owner owns quite a few bars, so it was a business deal that me and him did.” 


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