In Memory of
Adam Shields

Duane would like to thank all the loyal fans, racers, crew members, officials and sponsors for their support of the Shields family.

 

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The PEAK Team wins the East Coast Regional Championship in 2018, along with the final eastern regional event of the season!
The hot streak continued at Maple Grove where the PEAK car went to the semi-finals.

 

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Market: Charlotte
Track: Z Max Dragway
Event: Carolina Nationals
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2018 Season Schedule

Pomona, CA
Auto Club Raceway
Lucas Oil Winternationals
February 8-11
Results: Round one

Belle Rose, LA
No Problem Raceway
LODRS Regional
March 2-4
Results: Runner Up

Gainesville, FL

Gainesville Dragway
LODRS Regional
March 9-10
Results: WIN!

Gainesville, FL
Gainesville Raceway
Amalie Oil Gatornationals
March 15-18
Results: Semi-finals

Richmond, Virginia
Virginia Motorsports Park
LODRS Regional
April 20-22
Results: First alternate

Charlotte, NC
ZMax Raceway
Four Wide NHRA Nationals
April 27-29
Results: Quarter Finals

Commerce, GA
Atlanta Dragway
Atlanta NHRA Nationals
May 4-6
Results: First Round

Mohnton, PA
Maplegrove Raceway
LODRS Regional
May 25-27
Results: WIN!

Chicago, IL
Route 66 Raceway
Fallen Patriots NHRA
Route 66 Nationals
Jegs All Star Race
May 31-June 3
Results: Quarter Finals

Norwalk, OH
Summit Dragway
Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
June 21-24
Results: Quarter Finals

Lebanon Valley, NY
Lebanon Valley Dragway
LODRS Regional
June 29-July 1
Results: WIN!

Atco, NJ
Atco Dragway
LODRS Regional
August 3-5
Results: Semi-Finals

Brainerd, MN
Brainerd Int’l Raceway
Lucas Oil Nationals
August 16-19
Results: Round One

Indianapolis, IN
Lucas Oil Raceway
Chevrolet Performance
US Nationals
August 29-Sept. 3
Results: Semi-Finals

Epping, NH
New England Dragway
LODRS Regional
September 7-9
Results: WIN!

Mohnton, PA
Maplegrove Raceway
Dodge NHRA Nationals
September 13-16
Results: Semi-Finals

Charlotte, NC
ZMAX Dragway
NHRA Carolina Nationals
October 12-14
Results:

Las Vegas, NV
The Strip at Las Vegas
Toyota NHRA Nationals
Oct. 25 - Oct. 28
Results:

Las Vegas, NV
The Strip at Las Vegas
LODRS Regional
November 1-4
Results:

Pomona CA

Auto Club Raceway
AAA Auto Club Finals
November 8-11
Results:

12 Nationals / 8 Regionals

LODRS (Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series)

 

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Duane Shields Goes to the Final Four at Dodge NHRA Nationals

Reading, PA - Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster had another late round finish as they went to the semi-finals at the Dodge NHRA Nationals held at Maple Grove Raceway. Duane qualified in the upper half of the field with a 5.34 at 273 MPH. Due to the weather forecast and the hurricane striking the Carolinas, several teams chose to sit this race out. But it was nearly a full field as 15 car were on hand for the usual 16 car field.

In round one, Duane raced California’s Julie Nataas in Randy Meyer’s car. As the lights came down Duane was long gone with an 0.023 reaction time to Nataas’ 0.075. At the finish line it was the PEAK Dragster stopping the clock with a strong 5.28 at 275 MPH to Nataas’ valiant 5.32 at 271 MPH.

In the second round, Duane faced Wayne Morris. Sadly for Morris, this race ended before it even started as he red lit which disqualified him immediately. It would not have mattered anyway as Duane was untouchable with a 5.26 at 276 MPH to Morris’ 5.57.

In the semi-finals things got tougher as Duane’s opponent was the JEGS machine driven by Troy Coughlin Jr. At the hit, Coughlin was out of the gate first with a slight 0.050 starting line advantage to Duane’s close 0.058. From the starting line the race was too close to call as both cars were side by side all the way down the 1320. But the win light indicated that Coughlin got to the stripe first with a 5.33 at 273 MPH to Duane’s very close 5.36 at 272 MPH.

Next, the team moves on to Charlotte, NC for the NHRA Carolina Nationals. Duane would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their help.

PEAK Team Sweeps New England Regional and Wins Championship

Epping, NH - Hot off a great showing at the NHRA US Nationals, Duane Shields won his fourth NHRA Regional event of the year at New England Dragway in convincing fashioned. The PEAK Dragster was running consistent and hard all weekend and took home every award that was not nailed down while clinching the NHRA East Coast Regional Championship. Duane set and reset the track ET and MPH record and took the number one qualifying position with a 5.24 at 274 MPH. “It was a clean sweep. We had no complaints about this weekend what so ever” Duane said.

In the first round, Duane received a single run due to an odd number of cars. Still, he didn’t disappoint and posted a stellar 5.22 at 279 MPH to set a new track record in the process.

In the round two, Duane faced Dan Page whom he lost to in the semi-finals at Indy. Page was first out of the gate but got out of shape and made slight contact with the wall. Meanwhile, Duane was on a mission and punched his ticket to the final round with an impressive 5.22 at 278 MPH to Page’s 6.59 at only 139 MPH. Before the final round, it was discovered that the PEAK Team had to replace a cylinder head while also servicing the car. Team members, from another team assisted which allowed the PEAK team to replace the cylinder head in just fifteen minutes!

The hard work paid off and the car was ready for the finals to race Josh Hart in the Advance Auto Parts Dragster. As the lights came down, it was Duane out first with a .058 reaction time to Hart’s .085. Once again the PEAK Dragster flew to the finish line while resetting the track record again with a sizzling 5.21 at 278 MPH to Hart’s 7.47 at 137 MPH. Duane praised his team for a hard fought win. “My guys worked really hard to get this win and you have no idea how much I appreciate it. I also want to thank Augie and Al from John Finke’s for their assistance”. Duane said.

Next, the team heads to Maplegrove Raceway in Reading, PA for the Dodge Nationals. “We are overdue for a national win so I hope we can continue where we left off in Epping” Duane said. Duane would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises.

PEAK Dragster Makes it to the Semi Finals at NHRA US Nationals

Indianapolis - Duane Shields had a strong running car in the Top Alcohol Dragster division at the historic 64th annual Chevrolet Performance NHRA US Nationals. While Duane didn’t get in the Winner’s Circle, the team did everything right all weekend but lost a very close side-by-side race in the semi final round. But that’s Indy, the pentacle of racing where history is made and wins and loses can be remembered for decades.

Duane qualified 9th with a 5.29 at 274 MPH which set up a close first round match up with Megan Meyer. As the lights came down on the tree, it was Meyer out of the gate first with an 0.025 to Duane’s 0.047. Meyer didn’t have much time to enjoy her lead as Duane was able to pull ahead almost immediately and hung on to take the win by a slim 17 foot margin with a strong 5.28 at 276 MPH to Meyer’s close 5.34 at 278 MPH.

In round two, Duane faced the top qualifier Jackie Fricke who dispatched Brandon Greco to the trailer in round one. At the hit both drivers left at the same time with identical 0.069 reaction times. It was Duane once again taking the stripe with a sizzling 5.27 at 275 MPH to Fricke’s 5.36 at 264 MPH to move on to the final four. “That was a good race and a big win! We had identical reaction times and beat the number one qualifier so I’m really happy about the win” Duane said.

In the semifinals, the PEAK Team met up with Dan Page. As both cars left the line it was Duane with the starting line advantage with an 0.045 to Page’s 0.057. However, Page was able to pull ahead and stay in front of Duane long enough to cross the finish line as Duane was closing in with a big MPH charge. Page took a narrow sixteen foot victory and posted a 5.32 at 267 MPH to Duane’s valiant 5.37 at 274 MPH. “It’s a long race and we came up short. We had a great weekend but we wanted to win Indy period. But hey, we won two rounds on Sunday and got to play on Monday. The team did a great job but it just wasn’t meant to be this year.” Duane said.

Next week, the PEAK team returns to the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series for a regional event at Epping, New Hampshire. Duane would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their support.

Intermittent Electrical Problem Sidelines Duane Shields at Brainerd

An intermittent electrical problem had the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster team chasing a gremlin for most of the weekend at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, MN.

Fortunately, the team was able to qualify fifth with a 5.32 at 271 MPH despite the distraction. In round one, Duane’s opponent, James Stevens, advanced to the next round when the electrical problem reappeared and sidelined the PEAK Team from going any further in eliminations. “We are disappointed but sometimes these problems strike out of nowhere. The good news is we have the problem fixed and we’ll be ready for Indy in just a couple of weeks” Duane said.

Duane would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK Spark Plugs, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their continued support. Photo courtesy of Competition Plus.

 

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