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Pomona, CA
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February 7-10
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May 30-June 2
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October 4-6
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Duane Shields Makes it to Semis in Both the Route 66 and All Star Race

Chicago - Duane Shields and the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster team had a good outing at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals. While they didn't come away with the win, they took the number one qualifying position and lasted through the semifinals in their sponsor's hometown. This event is also the home of the JEGS All Star race for the NHRA sportsman classes. It is contested during qualifying prior to the national eliminations. Duane represented the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series' eastern region. Prior to the race, the team was treated to a BBQ while displaying the PEAK Dragster at the Old World Industries headquarters.

JEGS All Stars Race:
In the first round of the All Stars, Duane defeated Josh Hart in a close race. Duane was out of the gate first with an 0.060 light to Hart's 0.074. Duane was able to take the win with a 5.31 at 275 MPH to Hart's competitive 5.38 at 273 MPH.

In the semis things got interesting as Duane faced Joey Severance. Shortly into the run the win light came on in Severance's lane which caused Duane to let off the throttle thinking he had just red lit. But Duane didn't red light. It turned out a moth had broke the timing beam at the top end which caused the win light to come on in Severance's lane before he even got to the finish line. The NHRA would not rerun the race which highly disappointed Duane. 

Route 66 Nationals Eliminations:
In the first round of the national race, Duane was matched up with Marina Anderson. At the hit it was Anderson who got out of the gate first. However, she did not have the power to seal the deal and Duane took the victory with a 5.39 at 274 MPH over Anderson's slower 5.46 at 250 MPH. 

In round two, Duane called on Oregon's Garrett Bateman.  Bateman knew he would need the whole package including a good reaction time to beat the PEAK team but he went red in the process and automatically handed the win over to Duane. It would have been a close race had everything played out. Duane ran a stout 5.21 at 278 MPH to Bateman's close 5.23 at 274 MPH.

After Duane's 5.21 the PEAK team looked unstoppable in the semifinals when they raced Chris Demke.  As the lights came down Demke was off the line first with an 0.039 to Duane's 0.090 and never lost the lead as he rang up a 5.22 at 275 MPH to claim the win over Duane's 5.30 at 275 MPH. "The car shuttered and I had to slightly pedal. Even so it was a good representative weekend for the PEAK team" Duane said after the race. 

The PEAK team now takes a short three week break before heading to Norwalk, Ohio for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, June 20-23. 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 Wins Maple Grove Lucas Oil Regional Event

Duane Shields takes his first win convicingly at the Lucas Oil Regional in Reading PA

Reading PA - Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster took out number one qualifier Troy Coughlin Jr. in a hole shot to win the NHRA Lucas Oil Regional at Maple Grove Raceway. Duane's starting line reaction time made the difference in the win as Coughlin had a slightly quicker run. The victory was Duane's first Lucas Oil Regional win of the year. 

The PEAK Team qualified second in the Top Alcohol Dragster class with a stout 5.23 at 279 MPH and took on Dan Mercier in the first round. Unfortunately for Mercier, he was late getting out of the gate with an 0.115 light giving Duane full advantage with a quicker 0.063. At the top end, Duane took the stripe with a powerful 5.26 at 276 MPH to Mercier's decent 5.33 at 278 MPH.  

In the semis, Duane faced Earl Nichols. Once again, Duane left on his opponent with an 0.052 reaction time to Nichols' 0.062. Duane maintained the lead and took the round win with a sizzling 5.30 at 276 MPH to Nichols' valiant 5.43 at 247 MPH.

In the finals, Duane created an impressive hole shot win over Troy Coughlin Jr. At the hit, Duane rang up a .051 to Coughlin's .081 to get the starting line advantage. Both cars were side by side down Broadway with Duane taking a narrow victory with a 5.205 to Coughlin's quicker 5.203. "It was a tight match up in the final as Coughlin outran us when racing his opponents in the previous rounds. We knew we would have to step it up in the finals to win and we did. It also helped that I was having a good driving weekend" Duane said. 

The PEAK Team could not have picked a better regional event to win at than Maple Grove Raceway. "It was a lot of fun because there is a great group of people who live in the area that follow us throughout the year. We enjoyed winning the race and getting them in the winner's circle with us" Duane mentioned.

This week, the team rolls into Chicago for the combination Route 66 Nationals and the Jegs AllStar race. "It's always good to get a win right before the Allstar race. But first we are looking forward to visiting Old World Industries which is the headquarters for PEAK. There will be a car show and we will get a chance to meet the employees while we are there" Duane said. 

The team 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.


PEAK Team Reaches Four-Wide Finals in Charlotte

Charlotte - Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster reached the finals in the Top Alcohol Dragster class at the 10th annual NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. The PEAK Team had a great running car all weekend but just came up a little short in the final round against Julie Nataas who won her first NHRA national event.  

Duane qualified second with a scorching 5.22 at 280 MPH which paired him up against Jeff Veale in the first round. At the hit, Veale got a slight starting line advantage but he went up in smoke. Meanwhile, Duane was on a solid run and stopped the clock with a 5.27 at 274 MPH blast to move into the next round.

In round two, Duane faced tough east coast contender Dan Mercier.  Unfortunately for Mercier, he red lit and then backed out of it. Duane was on another great run and rang up a 5.32 at 278 MPH to easily advance into the semi-final round. 

In the semifinals, Duane took on tough Canadian competitor Shawn Cowie. Duane was out of the gate first with an .039 to Cowie's .070. Duane's lead only got larger as Cowie lost traction and went up in smoke. At the finish line Duane rang up another great run as he scored a 5.34 at 276 MPH to make it into his first final round appearance of the year.

In the finals, Duane faced Julie Nataas who qualified fifth with a 5.27 at 274 MPH so both drivers were closely matched. As the lights came down it was Duane out of the box first was an .079 reaction time to Nataas' .086. In spite of the lead at the starting line, Nataas' was able to power past the PEAK dragster and take the stripe with a 5.26 at 277 MPH over Duane's very competitive 5.33 at 277 MPH. 

Next, the PEAK team moves on to Maplegrove Raceway for a Lucas Oil Series event, May 24-26.  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 continued support.

 

PEAK Team Makes it to Gator Semis but was Looking for More

Gainesville FL - Duane Shields, a three time Gatornationals Champion, looked like he was bound for another trip to the Winner's Circle at the 50th  Annual Amalie NHRA Gatornationals. But out of the blue, his A/Fuel Dragster uncharacteristically lost traction in the semifinal round. "I'm taking this loss a bit harder than most. We wanted to win the 50th annual race more than any other event in the past two years but it wasn't meant to be" Duane said following the conclusion of the race. 

Duane qualified in the top half of the field with an impressive 5.20 at 275 MPH to land in the number 4 spot. In Saturday's opening round, Duane faced Jered Dreher. Duane had no trouble defeating Dreher by two tenths of a second as he scored a fine 5.23 at 274 MPH over Dreher's 5.46 at 260 MPH.

In the quarterfinals, Duane was matched up with Tom Fox. This would be a much closer race than the opening round as both cars left the starting line close to the same time with Duane getting a slight edge with an .081 to Fox's .089. The PEAK Dragster never trailed and beat Fox by less than a car length with a 5.27 at  275 MPH to Fox's valiant 5.30 at 271 MPH to advance to the final four.

The PEAK Team had to wait until Sunday for their semifinal match up against Mike Bucher who had qualified on the bump and thus far was having a hey day in eliminations. As the lights came down, Duane lost traction just as he hit the throttle and was forced to abandon the run.  Meanwhile, Bucher was on a trouble free run and took the win with a 5.36. Duane was not happy with the results. "There was no reason for our car to have smoked the tires. We had the same set up in it from Saturday when we ran consistently in the 5.20's. We had a conservative tune up and the conditions were nearly the same. We felt really good going into Sunday believing we could win this race. It was just a different day" Duane said. 

The PEAK team will be off for several weeks before returning to action at the Four Wide NHRA Nationals, April 26-28.  "With the next race being a month a way we will have time to analyze and evaluate why it lost traction" 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 incredible support.



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