PLACERVILLE, CA: Drama in Dirt Riot racing? Absolutely! Never a lack of it, especially as the final round of the Central Series at Canyons Offroad Park in Fredericksburg, TX started to take shape. Not only is it a very competitive racing group, but it was also the last race to determine the Central Season Points Winners. The winner of the Dirt Riot Pro 4400 class, and the custom made Canyons Offroad Park belt buckle, was Brian Shirley and the overall winner of the Central Series is Levi Shirley, but as simple as that sounds it never is. “The race at the Canyons Offroad Park in Fredericksburg is never boring; long twisty canyons, lots of flat tires, and storybook finishes that you just never know what to expect.” said Rich Klein, President and founder of W.E. Rock Events. “We really appreciate everyone that came out and made this year’s Central Series such an amazing battle to the end! We will be telling these stories for years to come.”
Twenty-one year old Levi Shirley has been having a taxing season with Dirt Riot, he’s either at the top of the podium, or trying to finish a single lap. As last years Central Series and National Series winner, nothing seems to come easy this year. The final round of the Central Series Pro 4×4 4400 class race was no exception. Levi started the race on the pole position and held the lead for most of the day, three hours in to the race, one of the Dirt Riot staffers called in “Levi’s out of gas!” He was about 1/2 mile from the checkered flag. The other Lucky Dog race team member, his dad, Brian Shirley was running in second place, but was a full two minutes behind. Levi needed to finish 30 seconds ahead of Brian to win the race. The next call in was, “You are never gonna believe what’s headed your way!” Rounding the last bend, the two Lucky Dog cars were coming straight towards the finish line, Levi in the front with Brian pushing him! A great finish to be sure, but crossing as they did gave Brian the win, less than 30 seconds behind Levi. Congratulations to Tony Arledge for his first podium finish taking placing third. Adam Carter took fourth with local Crawling Chaos Shawn Inman in fifth. Doug Kahlsrom took sixth and Crawling Chaos Carl Langerhans finished seventh. Clay Glistrap finished early with car issues putting him in eighth, Kyle Bruso finished earlier in ninth and Matt Burkett took tenth.