PEAK RACE COVERAGE
Duane Shields Glad to be Back in the Driver’s Seat at 2017 Winternationals
After a five month absence from NHRA national event competition, Duane Shields returned for the 57th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, CA. “It feels good to be back after a long break and I want to thank our sponsors PEAK Antifreeze, NGK Spark Plugs and GRP Connecting Rods for their continued support in 2017” Duane said.
Duane qualified tenth with a 5.52 at 272 MPH and was paired up with Casey Grisel in the first round of eliminations. As the lights came down, Grisel was a fraction of a second too quick off the starting line and went red. Meanwhile, Duane was on a good run but still had to pedal on the way to the finish line. Duane posted a 5.40 at 275 MPH for his first round win of the 2017 season.
In round two, Duane was scheduled to race against Randy Eakins but in a rare occurrence Duane’s A/Fuel dragster was unable to start due to an error. “We’re a much better team than the results indicated and we’re disappointed the car did not start because our performance had improved on every pass. But keep in mind, it’s the beginning of the season and it’s only one race” Duane said.
Next, the team plans to do some testing prior to their first regional race in Phoenix at the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park on March 3-5.
PEAK Team Takes Semifinal Finish at NHRA Carolina Nationals
Charlotte - Duane Shields hoped to improve on his runner up finish last week at Tri-State Raceway but had to settle for a semifinal finish at the NHRA Carolina Nationals held at ZMax Dragway near Charlotte. Duane qualified his PEAK A/Fuel dragster in the no. 2 position with an impressive 5.27 at 278 MPH.
In round one, Duane raced Tom Fox Jr. who qualified 15th. Fox got the starting line advantage but it didn’t matter as the Dana Hopewell horsepower in the PEAK entry kicked in and carried Duane to a decisive 5.34 at 276 MPH to Fox’s 5.49 at 261 MPH.
In the quarter-finals, Duane met up with Mia Tedesco. As the lights on the tree came down it was Tedesco out first but Duane’s PEAK Dragster ran like a rocket ship and scored the win with a 5.36 at 274 MPH to her 5.54 at 267 MPH to advance to the semifinals.
In the semis, Duane took on Shawn Cowie who traveled all the way to Charlotte from Western Canada. At the hit, both cars left nearly together with Cowie getting a very slight advantage with his .073 to Duane’ s close .075 light. It continued to be a tight side-by-side battle as both cars approached the finish line with Cowie taking the stripe by less than a car length. Cowie rang up a 5.31 at 272 MPH to Duane’s close 5.34 at 273 MPH.
Duane would like to thank his sponsors PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their continued support in 2016.
Duane Shields’ Surprise Visit to Iowa Yields a Pole Position and a Runner Up Finish
Duane Shields made a surprise visit to the Midwest in order to compete at the NHRA Lucas Oil Regional event being held at Tri-State Raceway in Earlsville, Iowa. In the pits there was an impressive line up of professional looking teams in both the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car class and the PEAK team’s unplanned visit complimented the big row of semi trailers.
Duane qualified on top with a 5.32 at 278 MPH and would face James Stevens, of Gothenburg, Nebraska who qualified with a 5.57 at 262 MPH to place him sixth on the ladder going into the first round.
As the cars launched, Stevens got a little too eager and red lit. Even though the race was already won for Duane, both cars made a race out of it and Duane stopped the clock with a 5.32 at 275 MPH to Steven’s 6.18. In round two, Duane received a single because it was a short field. On the second round bi-run Duane rang up a strong 5.31 at 274 MPH.
In the finals it was USA vs. Canada as Duane took on Gord Gingles from Winnipeg MB. Unfortunately for Duane, the PEAK Dragster lost traction on the run which allowed Gingles to cross the finish line first and win the event. “We spun the tires out there aways but congrats to Gord Gingles and to Rich McPhillips for clinching the Eastern Region Championship” Duane said.
Duane would like to thank his great sponsors: PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their continued support in 2016.
PEAK Team Enjoys a Strong Performance at the Chevrolet Performance NHRA US Nationals
Indianapolis - Everything was pointing towards another trip to the winner’s circle at the Chevrolet Performance NHRA US Nationals for the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster team. They took the number three qualifying position, made plenty of sub 5.30 runs and the PEAK Dragster set low ET of the first round. But sadly Duane’s good karma ended in round two when he was stopped by Shawn Cowie.
Duane began the marathon race known as Indy by qualifying third with a 5.26 at 278 MPH which is usually a good position on the ladder to start from but this was Indy after all so there were no easy rounds.
In round one, the Nevada veteran took on Buddy Domingue who qualified in the 14th position. At the start Duane got the lead on Domingue right out of the box with an 0.069 reaction time to his 0.089. Duane was on a lightning quick pass and scored the quickest run of the round, a sizzling 5.25 at 280 MPH to Domingue’s very respectable 5.31 at 270 MPH.
In the quarter finals, Duane took on Canadian Shawn Cowie who was behind the wheel of a blown alcohol dragster. Both cars left together with Cowie getting a slight 0.081 lead to Duane’s close 0.085. Cowie maintained his lead with Duane in close pursuit all the way to the finish line but Cowie was able to reach the stripe first and took the win with a 5.28 at 275 MPH to Duane’s close 5.30 at 278 MPH. “No win at Indy this year. We dropped a cylinder at 5. seconds into the run which slowed us down but the car’s still running good” Duane said.
Next, the PEAK team moves on to Charlotte for the NHRA Carolina Nationals. Duane would like to thank his sponsors PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their continued support in 2016.
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