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Shields Racing lands two new major sponsors, Muscle Milk and Clean Boost for the 2020 season! Plus the new schedule is out whch includes new races and dates! See it below!

 

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Market: Los Angeles, CA
Track: Auto Club Raceway
Event: Winternationals
Date:
February 2020
TV: FS1

 

 

 

2020 Season Schedule

Pomona, CA
Auto Club Raceway
Lucas Oil Winternationals
February 6-9
Results:

Belle Rose, LA
No Problem Raceway
LODRS Regional
Feb28 - March 1
Results:

Gainesville, FL

Gainesville Dragway
LODRS Regional
March 5-8
Results:

Gainesville, FL
Gainesville Raceway
Amalie Oil Gatornationals
March 12-15
Results:

Baytown, TX
Royal Ruple Raceway
Houston NHRA Nationals
April 17-19
Results:

Charlotte, NC
ZMax Raceway
Four Wide NHRA Nationals
April 24-25
Results:

Atco, NJ
Atco Dragway
LODRS Regional
May 1-3
Results:

Mohnton, PA
Maplegrove Raceway
LODRS Regional
May 22-24
Results:

Epping, NH
New England Dragway
LODRS Regional
June 19-23
Results:

Norwalk, OH
Summit Dragway
Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
June 25-28
Results:

Lebanon Valley, NY
Lebanon Valley Dragway
LODRS Regional
July 3-5
Results:

Brainerd, MN
Brainerd Int’l Raceway
Lucas Oil Nationals
August 14-16
Results:

Indianapolis, IN
Lucas Oil Raceway
Chevrolet Performance
US Nationals
Sept. 2-7
Results:

Mohnton, PA
Maplegrove Raceway
Keystone NHRA Nationals
September 17-20
Results:

Charlotte, NC
ZMAX Dragway
NHRA Carolina Nationals
Sept 25-27
Results:

Richmond, VA
Virginia Motorsports Park
LODRS Regional
October 9-11
Results:

Dallas, TX
Texas Motorplex
NHRA Dallas Nationals
October 15-18
Results:

Las Vegas, NV
The Strip at Las Vegas
Toyota NHRA Nationals
Oct. 29 - Nov. 1
Defending Champion
Results:

Las Vegas, NV
The Strip at Las Vegas
LODRS Regional
November 6-8
Results:

Pomona CA

Auto Club Raceway
AAA Auto Club Finals
November 12-15
Results:

11 Nationals / 8 Regionals

LODRS (Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series)

 

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Duane Shields and Muscle Milk Team up for 2020 Season

Duane Shields, the 2011 NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster National Champion, is excited to team up with Muscle Milk for the 2020 season. The multiyear agreement will allow Shields to showcase the Muscle Milk brand to fans on the NHRA national and regional circuit. With 20 races planned in 2020, the goal is to put the 280 mph, #poweredbymusclemilk, A-fuel dragster in the winner’s circle.

“I’m proud to bring a new partner to NHRA drag racing. It’s great to team up with the company that helped build the protein category and that remains a leader in the industry.” Duane said. Muscle Milk is a line of protein products that include ready-to-drink shakes, powders and bars that are designed for anyone looking to help optimize their athletic performance on or off the field.

CleanBoost Performance Motor Oil (https://www.combustionusa.com/70w-racing-oil.html) has also joined the team. “Brett Winberg, with CleanBoost was one of the first people I called, he has the performance oil to get us in the winner’s circle. They make motor oil that simply is the best for nitro cars. We have used CleanBoost and found that our bearings look like new. With better lubrication, we will certainly reduce parts attrition.” Duane said.

Long-time sponsors, Brad Anderson Enterprises, NGK Sparkplugs, and GRP Connecting Rods are all returning this season. “I’m grateful that I’m surrounded by the premier manufacturers in the racing industry. They provide the parts we need and give their customers first class service” Duane added.

With seven Regional/Division Championships combined with his National Championship, Duane and his Dana Hopewell led team have proven they know how to win. “In 2020, we have the funding, we have the right parts, and we have the best team to compete for another NHRA Top Alcohol championship” Duane said.

Fans can follow us and our sponsors at:
ShieldsRacing.com, www.musclemilk.com, www.combustionusa.com/70w-racing-oil.com, www.ngksparkplugs.com

@Afuelracer1, @musclemilk, @cleanboostoil, @bradandersonent, @officialngksparkplugs, @grpconnectingrods
Duane Shields, Muscle Milk, NGK Spark Plugs, CleanBoost, GRP Connecting Rods

 

Duane Shields Wins Big in Vegas


Duane qualified 9th with a 5.29 and the car improved on every qualifying session. In round one, Duane knocked off Joshua Hart in a tight race with a stout 5.26 to Hart's 5.33.

In round two, Duane had low ET of the round in a showdown with Joey Severance, who broke the national record in qualifying when he ran a 5.12 ET. As the cars left the starting line, Severance shook right at the hit and Duane had the car glued to the track and ran an impressive 5.23 at 273 MPH to take the win.

In the semis, Duane raced Kim Parker who has been successful since switching to A/Fuel from a blown alcohol car. As the cars left the line it was Duane out first with a .052 to Parker's .096. It was a close side-by-side race all the way to the finish line. At the stripe it was Duane with a winning time of 5.27 at 270 MPH to Parker's close 5.30 at 270 MPH. Duane then advanced to his first final round in Las Vegas.



In the finals, Duane raced Julie Nataas and like Duane was in the five twenty zone all through eliminations so it was a close match up. As the lights came down Nataas left the starting line -0.101 too soon. Duane thinking he was late left right behind Nataas while also leaving too quickly with a -.004 reaction time. After Duane completed his run he realized he had won. "I was thinking I had lost because I was late off the starting line and then I heard she had red lit and we won. I was shocked!"

On Friday, the Shields team had their annual BBQ for fellow race teams in the Top Alcohol classes. "It was a great weekend. Friday night was a nice relaxing time and then two of my newest crew members got to experience their first national event win" Duane remarked after the trip to the Winners Circle.

Duane would like to thank all his sponsors, PEAK, GRP, NGK Spark Plugs, BAE, Clean Boost for their support.

 

Duane Shields' Season Concludes with Long Time Sponsor PEAK

Pomona - While the NHRA Auto Club Finals is mostly about crowning season Champions, it's sometimes a final race for long time sponsors, drivers or personnel. In the case of PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, they have chose to take their marketing ideas in a different direction and the sportsman teams whose contracts expired at the end of the year were not renewed for 2020. This was sadly the case for Duane Shields who just completed his final race with PEAK this past weekend.

Duane qualified in the second position in his new Chase Copeland built dragster and raced Chris McNicol in the opening round. Duane got out on McNicol with a .031 to McNicol's .064 reaction time. Duane would ended up beating McNicol at both ends of the track with a stout 5.29 at 272 MPH to McNicol's 5.59 at 214 MPH.

In the second round, Duane took on Casey Grisel. At the hit, Duane went up in smoke due to a loose hose that sprayed fuel all over the back tires. Grisel was on a great run and ended Duane's chances of winning the final national event of the year. "We were fighting a few minor bugs all weekend and the leaky hose ended the race for us. We are going to miss PEAK after having them onboard for the last seven years. They have been a good sponsor but we will be back next season with a new look and new marketing partners" Duane said.

As mentioned, Duane would like to thank his marketing partners PEAK, SRI, GRP Connecting Rods, Clean Boost, NGK Spark Plugs and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their incredible help during the 2019 season.

Duane Shields Takes Early Round Exit at Vegas Regional Event

After a big win at the Dodge NHRA Nationals last weekend, Duane Shields' fortunes were reversed at the NHRA Regional event held the following weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Duane was eliminated in round one after a great qualifying effort.

Duane was briefly the number one qualifier of an epic Top Alcohol Dragster field where everyone had to run in the 5.20's just to get into the field. Duane was topped by Joey Severance in the last stanza and Duane ended up second in the qualifying order with a decent 5.22 at 272 MPH.

In round one, Duane was paired up with James Stevens. At the hit it was Duane out first with an .055 to Stevens' .101. After Duane got out of the hole he began to lose traction giving Stevens an insurmountable lead. Stevens took the win with a 5.37. "We had a mechanical problem but were happy with how well we qualified. A lot of good cars didn't get in the show." Duane explained. 

The PEAK team will now move on to the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona for their final race of the 2019 season. "We are excited to return to Pomona with a new car and are looking forward to the 2020 season beyond that" 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 support.

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.

 

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