latemodelamerica.com - May 22 - Vermilion Co. Speedway
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Shirley Rides New Platform to Monster Series Win at Vermilion County

By Rob Lee

DANVILLE, Ill. - May 23. It is amazing what a change of scenery, chassis-wise, can do.

Brian Shirley had his new Pierce chassis dialed in en route to the UMP Monster Midwest Late Model Series victory Sunday at Pierce’s Vermilion County Speedway. Shirley led all 30 laps after starting on the pole and picked up $2,000 for the win.

"Bob Pierce and I came together on this about three weeks ago," Shirley said in Toyota of Danville Victory Lane. "This was the first night out and I couldn’t have asked for anything more."

Shirley topped Jeep VanWormer, Brian Harris, Ryan Unzicker and Eric Smith at the checkered flag. But the Chatham, Ill. pilot knew Michigan’s Van Wormer was the biggest challenge.

"I knew Jeep was going to be tough to beat. I was glad we could run top and bottom when we had to. The track was really racey."

The battle at the beginning was nearly three-wide at times between Shirley, VanWormer, Ryan Unzicker and Kent Robinson. A couple cautions benefitted Shirley to keep him on the point early and he pulled away at the end.

Harris made the trip from Davenport, Iowa and was looking for his third win in three nights after victories at his hometown track and Peoria, Ill. His car got better as the race progressed and he moved past Unzicker for third on Lap 21.

Finish - Vermilion Co Monster Tour 

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