Family-man, Levi Shirley shares life in Dodge City and on the racecourse in Episode 139


Want to know about the women in Levi’s life? He tells all about Lently, Layla, and Loretta in this conversation with Big Rich. Watching this kid grow up in racing has been a pleasure, from XRRA to Dirt Riot to racing internationally and KOH, Levi is a good egg – listen in on your favorite podcast app.

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4:10 – chances are if you’ve ever had a steak, it’s from my area

9:01 – the effort you put in is what you are going to get in results

13:11 – I love motors for good reason, because I didn’t have to wake up every morning and feed them

22:41 – that car was a pivotal moment for me, I had to put my heart and soul into this

28:06 – I learned the brakes on the left and not to let that right foot do everything

35:55 – we opened up a baby naming book and counted down 81 names, the number was Layla, that’s how we named the car

40:00 – …and I’m like, Shannon Campbell just told me to drive his car!

49:39 – my favorite race track would be Glen Helen


[00:01:47.090] – Big Rich Klein

on today’s episode of Conversations with Big Rich, we have Levi Shirley. Levi is a young man, still a young man in my eyes. Got started in rock racing with XRRA and MoRoc. Never did any of the extreme rock crawling, at least with us with WE Rock, but may have done something at Hannibal or something, but we’ll get into all that now. He races Ultra4. He’s a family man with kids, a great wife, and resides, I think, still in Dodge City, Kansas. So, Levi, thank you so much for coming on board and sharing your life and history with us.

[00:02:30.890] – Levi Shirley

Yeah, absolutely. Thank you. So happy that you asked me to be here. Happy to tell a little bit of my story here and I’ll try not to forget about to talk about too much and yeah, Rich, thank you so much for having me on.

[00:02:48.160] – Big Rich Klein

Well, remember, you can never talk too much because I do have this thing called the edit button. And if you start to wander on in conversations, don’t worry about it because it’s all interesting. So let’s get started. And the first question I’m going to ask you, and I think I know the answer to this, but where were you born and raised?

[00:03:10.940] – Levi Shirley

Yeah, so I was born in Dodge City, Kansas and still live here. Active resident here, went to kindergarten, high school and even college right here in Dodge City, Kansas. So kind of a not fitting place for somebody that loves rock sports to live. But yeah, it’s a great community to be in, great place to live and raise a family.

[00:03:48.360] – Big Rich Klein

Yeah, I’ve been out to your old house and to your parents place and we really love it there, especially when the wind is blowing in the right direction. Anybody that doesn’t know Dodge City is really they have meat packing houses there or processing and lots of cattleyards.

[00:04:10.790] – Levi Shirley

Yeah, there’s some figure like that. Within about a 50 miles radius of Dodge City, Kansas, we supply something like 75 or 80% of the beef to the world. So, to put that in perspective, just in Dodge City, Kansas, there are two packing houses that kill about 6000 head of cattle a day a piece. So just in Dodge City, Kansas, there’s 12,000 head that get processed per day. And then there’s two more packing plants about 40 to 50 miles to the west of us that do the same numbers. So chances are, if you’ve had a steak, it’s from my area we’re pretty proud of and our whole industry and all of our majority of our lives revolve around something to do with cattle.  READ MORE


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