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Paducah Showdown
Paducah International Raceway | Paducah, Kentucky
Saturday, June 03, 2023
Race Recap  

SHIRLEY STRIKES BACK: Brian Shirley Wins Fourth USA World 50 at Paducah

For the second consecutive night, the battle to the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series checkered flag came down to Brian Shirley and Kyle Bronson. But this time, it was Shirley who came out on top.  

The Chatham, IL driver inherited the lead from Bobby Pierce on Lap 34 and held off Bronson to earn his first Series win of 2023 Saturday at Paducah International Raceway 

Bronson, the pole sitter, jumped out to the lead early in the race, with Pierce chasing him down.  

The “Smooth Operator” kept the pressure on until Bronson jumped the cushion in Turns 1 and 2, allowing Pierce to sneak his Longhorn Chassis underneath the #40B on Lap 21.   

Pierce held on through several restarts and started to pull away until he made contact with the Turn 4 wall on Lap 33.  

That contact led to a flat right rear tire, ending his chances for a second win in three days and handing the lead to Shirley with 16 laps to go. 

When the race resumed, Shirley held off Bronson and Dennis Erb Jr. through Turn 2, allowing him some breathing room. 

Brian Shirley, Dennis Erb Jr., and Kyle Bronson
Brian Shirley takes the lead and holds off Dennis Erb Jr. and Kyle Bronson/Josh James photo

But once the Brandon, FL driver cleared the defending champion, it was another battle between best friends—this time for $15,000. 

Bronson used the outside line to close on Shirley, cutting the lead to three car lengths with five laps to go.  

However, as the two approached the lap car of Dustin Walker, Shirley snuck by the #14W on the top while Bronson got caught behind him on the bottom, losing both his momentum and his chance to win. 

Shirley held on from there, scoring his fourth USA World 50 victory at Paducah and seventh World of Outlaws Late Models triumph. 

Brian Shirley
Brian Shirley now has 4 USA World 50 Victories at Paducah International Raceway/Josh James photo

“I’ve been lucky enough to win this race a couple of times,” Shirley said. “For them to bring it back; The history in Kentucky, to have a big race in Kentucky is really cool.  

“All in all, it’s just really good for my team. My car owner, he puts a lot of money and a lot of effort into this race team. So, to get the win for them and all the sponsors that do help us is huge and lets them know that we’re really working hard.” 

Despite multiple flat tires appearing throughout the race, Shirley only worried a little. Instead, he was focused on the checkered flag, hoping it would be his night. 

“I was definitely a little nervous, but at the end of the day, it’s going to boil down to whether it was my night,” Shirley said. “I was out there, and I was thinking about it a little bit, and I was kind of messing up. So, I was like. You know what? You’ve got 15 laps to go, do the best that you can do, and if it’s your night, it’s your night.” 

Bronson held on for second, his third consecutive World of Outlaws podium. 

“I feel like we put the wrong tires on,” Bronson said. “And I zigged when I should’ve zagged when we caught that lap car late in the race, and that would’ve been my option to slide him there.  

“It’s good when we can come here and run second and leave frustrated. Overall, we’re happy with our weekend. Three podiums in three days, and that’s what it takes to get back going in the points.” 

Series points leader Chris Madden finished third after starting 13th.  

The Gray Court, SC driver said he would’ve liked to go with a different tire combination but decided based on his starting position. 

“We had to make sure we got a few cars on the restarts and get ourselves in position and just maintain,” Madden said. “If I had started up front, I would’ve done a different tire combination, but starting where I did, I did something to help me on restarts because, in big places like this, you’re not just going to pull out and pass somebody.” 

Madden’s podium helped extend his points lead to 40 points over Bronson, Nick Hoffman, and Pierce, who are tied for second. 

Hoffman crossed the line fourth, his third consecutive top five, and four-time Series champion Brandon Sheppard rounded out the top five.  

Bobby Pierce bounced back to finish eighth.  

Brian Shirley and Kyle Bronson battled for a checkered flag for two straight nights, with each of them coming out on top once. But on Saturday, Shirley stood tall and has bragging rights the next time they compete with the World of Outlaws. 

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models head to 81 Speedway on Friday and Saturday, June 23-24, including a $30,000 finale. Then, the Series heads North to Nebraska for a trip to Off Road Speedway in Norfolk, NE on Sunday, June 25. 

 If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action live on DIRTVision – either online on with the DIRTVision App.

CASE Construction Equipment Feature (50 Laps): 1. 3S-Brian Shirley[5]; 2. 40B-Kyle Bronson[1]; 3. 44-Chris Madden[13]; 4. 9-Nick Hoffman[7]; 5. B5-Brandon Sheppard[11]; 6. 25F-Jason Feger[19]; 7. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[10]; 8. 32-Bobby Pierce[3]; 9. 11-Gordy Gundaker[8]; 10. 19R-Ryan Gustin[14]; 11. 96V-Tanner English[2]; 12. 97-Cade Dillard[4]; 13. 1ST-Johnny Scott[15]; 14. 25-Shane Clanton[6]; 15. 54-David Breazeale[9]; 16. 36-Logan Martin[16]; 17. 14W-Dustin Walker[24]; 18. 31-Kye Blight[21]; 19. 99-Dylan Thompson[17]; 20. 54D-Dane Dacus[18]; 21. B1-Brent Larson[12]; 22. 18-Matt Cooper[22]; 23. 30-Todd Cooney[23]; 24. 99G-Hunt Gossum[20] FOX FACTORY HARD CHARGER: Jason Feger [+13] 

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Feature Results
15+43SBrian Shirley 500.000Running150$15,000
21-140BKyle Bronson 50-0.64420Running146$7,000
313+1044Chris Madden 50-4.570Running144$4,000
47+39Nick Hoffman 50-4.795Running142$3,500
511+6B5Brandon Sheppard 50-5.430Running140$3,200
619+1325FJason Feger 50-8.171Running138$3,000
710+328Dennis Erb Jr50-8.181Running136$2,700
83-532Bobby Pierce 50-8.81313Running134$2,500
98-111Gordy Gundaker 50-9.674Running132$2,300
1014+419RRyan Gustin 50-10.533Running130$2,200
112-996VTanner English 50-11.2621Running128$2,100
124-897Cade Dillard 50-12.020Running126$2,000
1315+21STJohnny Scott 50-13.681Running124$1,700
146-825Shane Clanton 50-14.184Running122$1,600
159-654David Breazeale 50-14.897Running120$1,400
1616036Logan Martin 50-16.952Running118$1,300
1724+714WDustin Walker 48-2 LapsRunning116$1,200
1821+331Kye Blight 43-7 LapsDNF114$1,200
1917-299Dylan Thompson 39-11 LapsDNF112$1,200
2018-254DDane Dacus 22-28 LapsDNF110$1,200
2112-9B1Brent Larson 14-36 LapsDNF108$1,200
2222018Matt Cooper 13-37 LapsDNF106$1,200
2323030Todd Cooney 12-38 LapsDNF104$1,200
2420-499GHunt Gossum 1-49 LapsDNF104$1,200
FOX Factory Hard Charger: Jason Feger
Last Chance Showdown 1 Results
12+125FJason Feger 100.00010Running0$0
21-199GHunt Gossum 10-1.915Running0$0
34+131Kye Blight 10-2.602Running0$0
45+118Matt Cooper 10-5.149Running0$0
56+138Thomas Hunziker 10-7.381Running100$110
68+251Dean Carpenter 10-9.864Running100$110
710+314WDustin Walker 10-12.043Running0$0
89+110Ronnie Cooper 10-13.712Running100$110
93-630Todd Cooney 3-7 LapsRunning0$0
107-381JJack Riggs 1-9 LapsRunning100$110
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11040BKyle Bronson 80.0008Running
22096VTanner English 8-2.849Running
35+29Nick Hoffman 8-5.275Running
44028Dennis Erb Jr8-5.574Running
53-244Chris Madden 8-7.599Running
68+236Logan Martin 8-8.256Running
76-199GHunt Gossum 8-9.524Running
87-131Kye Blight 8-9.839Running
99081JJack Riggs 8-11.514Running
1010014WDustin Walker 8-13.450Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11097Cade Dillard 80.0008Running
23+13SBrian Shirley 8-2.448Running
32-111Gordy Gundaker 8-5.150Running
440B5Brandon Sheppard 8-5.405Running
55019RRyan Gustin 8-6.834Running
67+199Dylan Thompson 8-8.395Running
76-125FJason Feger 8-8.951Running
88018Matt Cooper 8-11.995Running
99051Dean Carpenter 8-12.944Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11032Bobby Pierce 80.0008Running
22025Shane Clanton 8-2.284Running
33054David Breazeale 8-4.888Running
440B1Brent Larson 8-7.676Running
56+11STJohnny Scott 8-9.249Running
65-154DDane Dacus 8-10.328Running
77030Todd Cooney 8-11.629Running
88038Thomas Hunziker 8-12.787Running
99010Ronnie Cooper 8-16.220Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
11540BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL15.2940.000
2997Cade Dillard Robeline, LA15.319-0.025
3832Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL15.436-0.142
4296VTanner English Benton, KY15.437-0.143
5111Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO15.442-0.148
61225Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA15.454-0.160
7644Chris Madden Gray Court, SC15.472-0.178
8133SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL15.493-0.199
92154David Breazeale Four Corners, MS15.570-0.276
10328Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL15.571-0.277
1120B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL15.585-0.291
124B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN15.670-0.376
1379Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC15.701-0.407
142419RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA15.718-0.424
151854DDane Dacus Lakeland, TN15.744-0.450
161999GHunt Gossum Mayfield, KY15.766-0.472
17525FJason Feger Bloomington, IL15.771-0.477
18261STJohnny Scott Las Cruces, NM15.776-0.482
191031Kye Blight Katanning, WAU15.777-0.483
201199Dylan Thompson Paducah, KY15.805-0.511
211630Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA15.832-0.538
222536Logan Martin West Plains, MO15.977-0.683
232318Matt Cooper McKenzie, TN16.134-0.840
242738Thomas Hunziker Bend, OR16.188-0.894
251781JJack Riggs NOLENSVILLE, TN16.212-0.918
261451Dean Carpenter Coldwater, MS16.360-1.066
272210Ronnie Cooper McKenzie, TN16.405-1.111
282814WDustin Walker Polk, MO17.209-1.915
Hot Laps Results
1296VTanner English Benton, KY15.0190.000
2997Cade Dillard Robeline, LA15.046-0.027
3133SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL15.110-0.091
41225Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA15.114-0.095
52536Logan Martin West Plains, MO15.238-0.219
679Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC15.254-0.235
7644Chris Madden Gray Court, SC15.276-0.257
8111Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO15.292-0.273
9525FJason Feger Bloomington, IL15.303-0.284
10832Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL15.308-0.289
112419RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA15.327-0.308
121540BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL15.369-0.350
134B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN15.448-0.429
14261STJohnny Scott Las Cruces, NM15.503-0.484
152154David Breazeale Four Corners, MS15.516-0.497
161854DDane Dacus Lakeland, TN15.554-0.535
171999GHunt Gossum Mayfield, KY15.593-0.574
181630Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA15.618-0.599
19328Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL15.634-0.615
201199Dylan Thompson Paducah, KY15.679-0.660
211031Kye Blight Katanning, WAU15.770-0.751
222738Thomas Hunziker Bend, OR15.879-0.860
231451Dean Carpenter Coldwater, MS16.044-1.025
242318Matt Cooper McKenzie, TN16.124-1.105
2520B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL16.171-1.152
261781JJack Riggs NOLENSVILLE, TN16.188-1.169
272210Ronnie Cooper McKenzie, TN16.276-1.257
282814WDustin Walker Polk, MO16.952-1.933
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

Paducah Showdown
Saturday, June 03, 2023
Paducah International Raceway
4445 Shemwell Ln
Paducah, Kentucky 42003 

Event Description
The World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models return to Paducah International Speedway for the first time since 2007. Catch the action on the 3/8-mile bullring!

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Late Model Series, DIRTcar Late Models

To Win Amount

Feature Laps Length

Event Schedule
2PM Pit Gates Open
4PM Registration Opens (closes at 6PM)
5PM Grandstands Open
6PM Driver's Meeting
6:30PM World of Outlaws CASE Late Models Hot Laps
Open Wheel Modified Hot Laps
World of Outlaws CASE Late Models Low-E Insulation Qualifying - 2 Laps
Street Stock Hot Laps
Opening Ceremonies
World of Outlaws CASE Late Models Heat Races - 8 Laps
Open Wheel Modifieds Heats
Street Stock Heats
World of Outlaws CASE Late Models Redraw
World of Outlaws CASE Late Models Last Chance Showdowns - 10 Laps
Open Wheel Modifieds Last Chance Showdown (If Needed)
Street Stock Last Chance Showdowns (if needed)
World of Outlaws CASE Late Models Feature - 50 Laps
Open Wheel Modified Feature
Street Stock Feature

**Schedule Subject to Change**
*All times Central

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Ticket Options  
Options And Prices
General Admission: $40
Veteran and First Responder Admission: $35
Kids General Admission: $10
Pit Pass: $50

Pit Age Requirement
There is no age restriction in the pits. Anyone 17 years of age or younger will need to fill out a minor waiver form and be accompanied by an adult.

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount

Pit Age Limit
There is no age restriction in the pits. Anyone 17 years of age or younger will need to fill out a minor waiver form and be accompanied by an adult.

Track Info  

Paducah International Raceway
4445 Shemwell Ln
Paducah, Kentucky 42003 

Track Phone
(270) 775-1202

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size

Sprint Car Track Record
12.825 by Joey Saldana on 04/17/2009

Late Model Track Record
15.294 seconds by Kyle Bronson on 6/3/2023

Track Map
Competitor Info  
Competitor Downloads

Tire Rules
Left Front, Left Rear & Right Front Tire:
Hoosier (90) NLMT2, (90) NLMT3, (90) LM20, or (90) LM30

Right Rear Tire:
Hoosier (92) NLMT3, (92) NLMT4, (92) LM30, (92) LM40

**Grooving & Siping will be allowed**

Competitor Info
Left Front, Left Rear & Right Front Tire:
Hoosier (90) NLMT2, (90) NLMT2, (90) LM20, or (90) LM30
Right Rear Tire: Hoosier (92) NLMT3, (92) NLMT4, (92) LM30, (92) LM40
**Grooving & Siping will be allowed**

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