Big Chief, aka Justin Shearer, is known for starring on the pretty fast racing show Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings. But he has been absent…
The USA’s speediest track racers are back, and the fresh season comes with new cars, new drivers, 15 events, and nearly $900,000 up for grabs.
Viewers tuned in for the first episode of season four, hoping to see Big Chief get his racing gear on and win some prizes, but he was nowhere to be seen.
This left disappointed fans wondering what happened to him, and why he may have pulled out of the Discovery show. We sped up and found out.
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Viewers react to Chief’s absence
Although the launch of Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings has just released a new season, some fans noticed he had not been at Team 405 for a while.
A Reddit thread addressed fans’ concerns about Big Chief’s absence, which involved one user saying:
It can’t just be me that noticed Big Chief doesn’t seem to be Team 405 anymore. Ryan, Shawn, Daddy Dave, Chuck and others out testing, Chief no where to be seen. Daily driver shootout, no Big Chief. I can’t find any Youtube videos of Chief at random tracks testing. No new content on Midwest Streetcars Auto Youtube channel is over a year.
Another wrote: “Chief can go rounds and might luck up and win an NPK event here and there.
“I don’t think he likes participating in things he can’t be competitive at the highest level in.”
One fan had Chief’s back, and said: “Just because he’s not testing at random tracks doesn’t mean he’s not Team 405.
“.He’s not all that interested in NPK’s gruelling schedule.”
Why is Chief not on No Prep Kings?
Big Chief is not racing as often in No Prep Kings, which he usually hosted. This explains why he has been absent from the new Street Outlaws season.
But he did add that he went out of town in the 405 show, hinting that he is likely to be reappearing, but could not say much about the next season.
Rumor had it that he left the show to go to rehab, but actually, reports state that he left due to the exhausting racing schedule.
He told fans on social media that he simply took some time off from the show to relax and focus on his family and the workshop.
Other rumors suggested the show may have let him go, but Justin denied this speculation in April, stating he would return in following seasons.
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What is Big Chief doing now?
Big Chief has still been participating in some races, such as the daily driver event, RC car racing, and a Cash Days RC event that he won.
His Instagram bio still claims he is a ‘”Street Outlaws” RaceMaster, and fulltime goofball/race car driver”, so he’s not given up just yet.
He also offers the public to book him in for races, shows and appearances.
Looking at his Instagram, he is also focusing on his YouTube channel Midwest Street Cars, where he often works on his new car project.
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