Shirley Nets Second Consecutive Mars Racing Series Title

LaSalle, IL (September 29, 2021) – The 2021 Mars Racing Series campaign came to a close this past weekend at Spoon River Speedway and a familiar face was at the top of the standings. For the second year in a row the driver out of Chatham, IL came out on top. Brian Shirley, the driver they call “The Squirrel,” used consistency paired with four wins to secure the title for the second straight year. Despite missing one event due to other race commitments he put together 1o top 10 finishes in 13 events to claim the championship.   Brian started off [...]

Pierce Captures Season Finale at Spoon River

Banner, IL (September 25, 2021) – The Mars Racing Series closed out the 2021 race season with the $5,000 to win Championship Weekend event at Spoon River Speedway. 20 cars filled the Spoon River pit area for the nights racing action.  In Allstar Performance Qualifying it was Bobby Pierce who bested the field with a lap of 13.856 seconds. Jason Feger and Brian Shirley were second and third quick. In Arizona Sport Shirts Heat Race #1 Bobby Pierce took advantage of the pole starting spot and pick up the win. Garrett Alberson and Bob Gardner finished second and third.  Heat Race #2, [...]

Pierce Fends Off Wenger for FALS Win

Fairbury, IL (September 4, 2021) – The Mars Racing Series closed out the Labor Day weekend with the $10,000 to win Super Nationals event at Fairbury Speedway. 29 cars filled the Fairbury pit area for the nights racing action.  In Allstar Performance Qualifying it was Frank Heckenast Jr who bested the field with a lap of 12.965 seconds. Tanner English and Shannon Babb were second and third quick. In Arizona Sport Shirts Heat Race #1 Frank Heckenast Jr took advantage of the pole starting spot and pick up the win. Bobby Pierce and Mike Mataragas finished second and third. McKay Wenger [...]

High Side Charge Propels Shirley at Farmer City

Farmer City, IL (September 2, 2021) – the Mars Racing Series opened up the Labor Day weekend on Thursday night at Farmer City Raceway. The first of a two-night double header at the quarter-mile facility seen 20 late models checked in for a shot at the $5,000 payday. In Allstar Performance qualifying Taylor Scheffler, the driver from Waukesha, WI laid down the fastest lap with a time of 12.544 seconds. Qualifying set up three heat races that would determine the starting line up for the main event.   In Arizona Sport Shirts Heat Race #1 McKay Wenger took advantage of the outside [...]

Shirley Takes Mars Weekend Opener at Peoria

Peoria, IL (August 20, 2021) – Round ten of the Mars Racing Series took place at the Peoria Speedway to kick off a double header weekend. Fourteen late models checked in for a shot at the $3,000 to win event. In Allstar Performance qualifying Mike Chasteen Jr, the driver from Peoria, IL laid down the fastest lap with a time of 12.145 seconds. Qualifying set up two heat races that would determine the starting line up for the main event. In Arizona Sport Shirts Heat Race #1 Ryan Unzicker took advantage of the outside front row starting spot and was able [...]