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Bill Shirey (born February 28, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan) is a retired NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver.

Bill Shirey
Born (1932-02-28) February 28, 1932 (age 87)
Detroit, Michigan, United States
NASCAR Cup Series career
72 races run over 4 years
Best finish28th - 1971 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season
First race1969 untitled race (Savannah Speedway)
Last race1972 Texas 500 (Texas World Speedway)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 3 0


Shirey accomplished three finishes in the "top ten" (1970 Richmond 500, 1971 Asheville 300, and 1971 Kingsport 300) and has driven for 9588 laps - the equivalent of 7,398.2 miles (11,906.2 km).[1] He started 24th on average and also finished an average of 24th place.[1] Shirey attempted to qualify for the 1971 Daytona 500 and the 1972 Miller High Life 500 but failed.[1] His total earnings from his NASCAR career were $30,395 ($182,055.65 when adjusted for inflation).

Compared to his meager career earnings, today's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars are generally considered to be multimillionaires after their first full-time schedule.[1] Shirey was a driver/owner for most of the races with occasional employment under former NASCAR owners Dub Clewis, John Keselowski, and David Ray Boggs.[2] While disqualifications are rare in NASCAR, Shirey was handed a disqualification at the 1972 Northern 300 racing event that took place in Trenton International Speedway.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Bill Shirey racing information at Racing Reference
  2. ^ a b Total career information for Bill Shirey at