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Race Schedule and Results


Market: Las Vegas, NV
Track: LVMS
Event: Toyota Nationals
Nov. 7 - 10




2019 Season Schedule

Pomona, CA
Auto Club Raceway
Lucas Oil Winternationals
February 7-10
Results: Quarterfinals

Belle Rose, LA
No Problem Raceway
LODRS Regional
March 1-3
Results: Postponed

Gainesville, FL

Gainesville Dragway
LODRS Regional
March 7-10
Results: Semifinals

Gainesville, FL
Gainesville Raceway
Amalie Oil Gatornationals
March 14-17
Results: Semifinals

Charlotte, NC
ZMax Raceway
Four Wide NHRA Nationals
April 26-28
Results: Semifinals

Mohnton, PA
Maplegrove Raceway
LODRS Regional
May 24-26
Results: Event Champion!

Chicago, IL
Route 66 Raceway
Fallen Patriots NHRA
Route 66 Nationals
Jegs All Star Race
May 30-June 2
Results: Semifinals

Norwalk, OH
Summit Dragway
Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
June 20-23
Results: Semifinals

Lebanon Valley, NY
Lebanon Valley Dragway
LODRS Regional
June 28-30
Results: First round

Atco, NJ
Atco Dragway
LODRS Regional
August 2-4
Results: Semifinals

Brainerd, MN
Brainerd Int’l Raceway
Lucas Oil Nationals
August 15-18
Results: First round

Indianapolis, IN
Lucas Oil Raceway
Chevrolet Performance
US Nationals
August 28-Sept. 2
Results: Quarterfinals

Epping, NH
New England Dragway
LODRS Regional
September 6-8
Results: Semi finals

Mohnton, PA
Maplegrove Raceway
Express Lane NHRA Nationals
September 12-15
Results: Semifinals

Richmond, VA
Virginia Motorsports Park
LODRS Regional
October 4-6
Results: Semifinals

Charlotte, NC
ZMAX Dragway
NHRA Carolina Nationals
October 11-13
Results: First round

Las Vegas, NV
The Strip at Las Vegas
Toyota NHRA Nationals
Oct. 31 - Nov. 3

Las Vegas, NV
The Strip at Las Vegas
LODRS Regional
November 7-10

Pomona CA

Auto Club Raceway
AAA Auto Club Finals
November 14-17

11 Nationals / 8 Regionals

LODRS (Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series)


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Duane Shields Loses a Close Battle Against Cowie in Charlotte

Charlotte - Duane Shields didn't have the weekend he was hoping for in spite of a nice qualifying effort. Duane qualified seventh with a 5.24 at 276 MPH and drew Shawn Cowie who had to stay alive in order to win the Championship. 

As the lights came down it was Cowie out first with a .026 to Duane's .058.  It was a close race but at the top end of the track Duane's PEAK Dragster broke loose and headed close to the centerline which scrubbed some time off the run. Meanwhile, Cowie was on a straight pass and crossed the finish line first with a 5.29 at 277 MPH over Duane's close 5.31 at 272 MPH.  "It seems like it's always the draw that gets us. Most of the match ups we could have won. Cowie had to find a way to win since he's in the hunt for the Championship. The car shook and moved around and you can either pedal or go along for the ride and risk hitting a cone. I chose to go along for the ride to try and win" Duane said.

The team now moves to the west coast for the last three races of the year in Las Vegas and Pomona. "We have a new car we will be testing starting in Vegas. We are still be counting points but we are solidly in the top ten so we'll see where we land" Duane said.  Duane would like to thank his marketing partners Duane would like to thank his marketing partners PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK Spark Plugs, GRP Connecting Rods, Brad Anderson Enterprises, Hot Wheels Car Care Products, SRI and Clean Boost for their support.

PEAK Team Runs Big Numbers During Eliminations in Richmond

Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster along with his competitors made some epic runs during eliminations this past weekend at the Lucas Oil Series Regional event at the Virginia Motorsports Park. Duane qualified fourth in the Top Alcohol Dragster class with a respectable 5.23 at 275 MPH and he would only improve from there.

In the opening round, Duane raced east coast standout Jackie Fricke. As the cars left the starting line it was Fricke out first with an .059 to Duane's .076. But the PEAK Dragster took care of the slight deficit as Duane dominated the race with a sizzling 5.17 at 277 MPH over Fricke's decent 5.25 at 274 MPH. 

The PEAK Team then went into the semifinals with confidence after their 5.17 in round one. However, they would face Dan Mercier who was all over the board with an unreal 5.12 in qualifying but then slowed to a 5.90 in round one. As the lights came down, it was Mercier out of the box first with an .045 to Duane's .109. As both cars flew down the Virginia track, neck and neck it was Mercier taking the stripe with an 5.16 at 282 MPH to Duane's very close 5.18 at 280 MPH. "We lost a good race to Mercier. We can’t complain. We will go to Charlotte next week with a great running car" Duane said. 

Duane would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK Spark Plugs, GRP Connecting Rods, Brad Anderson Enterprises, Hot Wheels Car Care Products, SRI and Clean Boost for their ongoing support.


Duane Shields Turns in Solid
Performance in Reading

Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster turned in a very respectable performance at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, PA. Unfortunately, the PEAK team came up just a little short in the semifinals. Duane qualified second with an unreal 5.18 at 278 MPH. "The 5.18 sent a message that we can compete with anyone across the country" Duane said.

In round one, Duane raced Earl Nichols. Duane left first to cover Nichols with an .047 to his .063. At the top end it was Duane taking the win light with a 5.30 at 275 MPH to Nichols' 5.75 at 252 MPH. 

In the second round, the competition got a little tougher with Duane facing east coast veteran Robin Samsel. Once again it was Duane out of the box first with an .083 to Samsel's close .087. Duane kept the lead and took the stripe with a strong 5.24 at 275 MPH to Samsel's 5.36 at 268 MPH to move onto the semifinal round.

In the semifinals, it was the PEAK team taking on the JEGS dragster of Troy Coughlin Jr. As the lights came down on the tree it was Coughlin out first with an .069 to Duane's .089. Even so, the PEAK Dragster was in the lead before Coughlin was able to gain just enough momentum to capture the lead and take the victory with a 5.22 at 279 MPH to Duane's valiant 5.24 at 277 MPH. "It was hotter today and we wanted to avoid smoking the tires with a safe tune up but we still gave him a run for his money. He just had a little better day than we did but that's racing" Duane said. 

The PEAK team will take three weeks off before heading on to Richmond, Virginia for a Lucas Oil Regional event on October 4-6. "We're running good overall but we really need a win to correlate with the car's strong performance. We'll move on to Virginia and see what we can do there" Duane said. The team would like to recognize PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK Spark Plugs, GRP Connecting Rods, Brad Anderson Enterprises, Hot Wheels Car Care Products, SRI and Clean Boost for all of their efforts in supporting Shields Racing.


PEAK Dragster Low Qualifier at
New England
Dragway Regional

Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster was the number one qualifier in the Top Alcohol Dragster class at the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series regional event held at New England Dragway. Duane took the pole with an impressive 5.22 blast at just over 274 MPH. 

In round one, Duane faced no. 8 qualifier Bruce Horner from Bergenfield, NJ. The race was not even close as the PEAK Dragster took off like a rocket leaving Horner behind as he fought traction problems. Duane was on a great run and stopped the clock with a 5.28 at 228 MPH.

In the semifinals, Duane was up against Canadian driver Dan Mercier.  As the lights came down on the tree, Duane had the better reaction time but shook and smoked the tires resulting in an aborted run. Mercier moved on to the finals with a 5.43 win.

The PEAK Team will now be traveling to Reading, PA this week for the Express Lane NHRA Nationals held at Maple Grove Raceway. Duane would like to thank his marketing partners PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK Spark Plugs, GRP Connect


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