Shirley Stars In Wild West Shootout

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Brian Shirley en route to victory at Arizona Speedway. (Mike Ruefer photo)
Brian Shirley en route to victory at Arizona Speedway. (Mike Ruefer photo)

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. — Brian Shirley raced away from the field during the closing laps to win the opening round of the Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout at Arizona Speedway Saturday night.

Shirley took the lead when leader Ricky Thornton Jr. slipped out of the groove on lap 29 and led the remainder of the 40-lap event to bank the $5,000 top prize.

Frank Heckenast finished second, with Thornton, Brandon Sheppard and Chris Simpson rounding out the top five.

Lucas Schott won the modified feature.

The finish:

Brian Shirley, Frank Heckenast Jr., Ricky Thornton Jr., Brandon Sheppard, Chris Simpson, Chase Junghans, Ricky Weiss, Johnny Scott, Jimmy Mars, Garrett Alberson, Bobby Pierce, Stormy Scott, Mike Spatola, Justin Duty, Earl Pearson Jr., Clay Fisher, Brian Birkhofer, Kyle Beard, Terry Phillips, Cody Laney, Ryan Gustin, Mitch McGrath, Blair Nothdurft, Tony Toste, Cade Dillard.