Big Chief, one of the most popular and charismatic stars of the reality TV show Street Outlaws, has been missing from the screen for a while.
Fans have been wondering what happened to him and why he left the show that made him famous.
In this article, we will explore the reasons behind his departure and what he is doing now.
Who is Big Chief?
Big Chief, whose real name is Justin Shearer, is a street car racer from Oklahoma City. He has been in the OKC street racing scene since he was nine years old when he would ride his bike to watch the races on Route 66. He became the leader of the 405 crew, a group of racers who compete for the top spots on the street racing list. He also became the host and race master of Street Outlaws, a show that follows the lives and challenges of the 405 crew and other street racers across the country.
Big Chief was married to Allicia Shearer, whom he met when he was 18 years old. They have two sons, Corbin and Covil. However, their marriage ended in divorce in 2017, after rumors of Big Chief’s affair with fellow racer Jackie Braasch. Big Chief confirmed his relationship with Jackie in 2018 and they are still together as of 2023.
Passion for Racing
Big Chief has always been passionate about racing and cars. He has gone through a series of cars, all called “The Crow”. His first Crow was a 1972 Pontiac LeMans, which he bought when he was 16 years old. He later upgraded it to a 1969 Pontiac LeMans, which he crashed in a horrific accident in 2015. He survived the crash with serious injuries, but his car was totaled. He then rebuilt his car into a 1969 Pontiac Firebird, which he called “The Crowmod”. He later sold it and bought a 1968 Pontiac Firebird, which he named “The New Crow”.
What Happened to Big Chief on Street Outlaws?
Big Chief has been one of the main attractions of Street Outlaws since its debut in 2013. He was known for his charisma, humor, and competitiveness. He also had a loyal fan base who admired his skills and personality. However, things started to change for him in the later seasons of the show.
Rumors of a Feud with Cast Member
One of the reasons that may have contributed to Big Chief’s exit from Street Outlaws was his alleged feud with Shawn “Murder Nova” Ellington, his longtime friend and rival. The two were partners in their shop Midwest Street Cars, but they decided to split up in 2018. They also stopped racing together on the show and formed their own teams. Some fans speculated that there was bad blood between them, but both Big Chief and Shawn denied any animosity and said they were still friends.
Dissatisfaction with Show’s Direction
Another reason that may have influenced Big Chief’s decision to leave Street Outlaws was his dissatisfaction with the direction and format of the show. He felt that the show was becoming too scripted and commercialized and that it was losing its authenticity and originality. He also felt that the show was focusing more on drama and entertainment than on racing and cars. He expressed his frustration with the show’s producers and network in several interviews and social media posts.
Why Did Big Chief Leave Street Outlaws?
Big Chief officially announced his departure from Street Outlaws in early 2022. He said that he wanted to take some time off from the show to focus on his family, his shop, and his racing career. He also said that he had some creative differences with the show’s producers and network and that he wanted to do things his own way.
Clash with Show’s Producers
One of the main reasons that led to Big Chief’s exit from Street Outlaws was his clash with the show’s producers over some of the rules and regulations of the show. Big Chief wanted to have more control over how the races were organized and conducted, but the producers wanted to follow their own agenda. For example, Big Chief wanted to race on real streets instead of prepared tracks, but the producers insisted on using tracks for safety and legal reasons. Big Chief also wanted to race against new and challenging opponents instead of repeating the same matchups over and over again.
Another reason that caused Big Chief to leave Street Outlaws was his creative differences with the show’s network Discovery Channel. Big Chief wanted to make a show that was more realistic and raw, but Discovery wanted to make a show that was more polished and appealing to a wider audience. Big Chief also wanted to make a show that was more about racing and cars, but Discovery wanted to make a show that was more about drama and personalities. Big Chief felt that the show was losing its essence and identity and that it was not representing the true spirit of street racing.
What is Big Chief Doing Now?
Big Chief has not been idle since leaving Street Outlaws. He has been busy with his own projects and ventures, as well as pursuing his racing career.
His own show “Big Chief 405”
One of the things that Big Chief has been working on since his departure from Street Outlaws is his own show called “Big Chief 405”. The show is a spin-off of Street Outlaws that follows Big Chief and his crew as they race on the streets of Oklahoma City. The show is more independent and authentic than Street Outlaws, as it is produced by Big Chief himself and his partner Jackie Braasch. The show is also more interactive and engaging, as it allows fans to vote for the racers and the matchups they want to see. The show is available on YouTube and Patreon.
Racing Career Updates
Another thing that Big Chief has been doing since leaving Street Outlaws is continuing his racing career. He has been competing in various events and tournaments, such as No Prep Kings, America’s List, and Cash Days. He has also been improving his car and his skills, as well as challenging new and old rivals. He has been posting updates and videos of his races on his social media accounts and YouTube channel. He has also been collaborating with other racers and influencers, such as Ryan Martin, Lizzy Musi, and Cleetus McFarland.