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Adam Shields

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

 

 

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Market: Richmond, Virginia
Track: Virginia Mts Park
Event: Lucas Oil Regional
Date:
April 21-23
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2017 Season Schedule

Pomona, CA
Auto Club Raceway
Circle K NHRA
Winternationals
February 9-12
Results: Quarterfinals

Phoenix, AZ
Wild Horse Pass Raceway
LODRS Regional
March 3-5
Results: Semifinals

Gainesville, FL

Gainesville Raceway
LODRS Regional
March 10-12
Results: Round one

Gainesville, FL
Gainesville Raceway
Amalie Oil Gatornationals
March 16-19
Results: Round one

Richmond, Virginia
Virginia Motorsports Park
LODRS Regional
April 21-23
Results:

Charlotte, NC
ZMax Raceway
Four Wide Nationals
April 29-30
Results:

Reading, PA
Maplegrove Raceway
LODRS Regional
May 26-28
Results:

Norwalk, OH
Summit Motorsports Park
Summit Racing Equip. Nationals
June 22-25
Results:

Lebanon, NY
Lebanon Valley
LODRS Regional
June 30 - July 2
Results:

Chicago, IL
Route 66 Raceway
Route 66 NHRA Nationals
Jegs All Star Race
July 6-9
Results:

Epping, NH
New England Dragway
LODRS Regional
July 21-23
Results:

Atco, NJ
Atco Dragway
LODRS Regional
August 4-6
Results:

Brainard, MN
Brainard Int’l Raceway
Lucas Oil Nationals
August 17-20
Results:

Indianapolis, IN
Lucas Oil Raceway
Chevrolet Performance
US Nationals
August 30-Sept. 4
Results:

Charlotte, NC
ZMAX Dragway
NHRA Carolina Nationals
September 15-17
Results:

Reading, PA
Maple Grove Raceway
Keystone Nationals
Sept. 15-17
Results:

Dallas, TX (optional)
Texas Motorplex
AAA Texas Fall Nationals
October 12-15
Results:

Las Vegas, NV
The Strip at Las Vegas
Toyota Nationals
October 26 - Nov. 29
Results:

Las Vegas, NV (optional)
The Strip at Las Vegas
LODRS Regional
November 2-3
Results:

Pomona CA

Auto Club Raceway
AAA Auto Club Finals
November 9-12
Results:

12 Nationals / 8 Regionals

LODRS (Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series)

 

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PEAK RACE COVERAGE

Shields Comes Up Short at the Gatornationals

Gainesville - The 48th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals weren’t too kind to Duane Shields and the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster team. Unfortunately, they suffered a close first round loss to end a three race stanza which included a regional event in Phoenix, Arizona and a pair of races in Gainesville, Florida.

Even with the loss, Duane was still on his game qualifying in the top half of another tough field as the seventh seed with an impressive 5.27 at 279 MPH. “The conditions were so good in Gainesville that it could make anyone into an instant hero. Everyone in the class stepped up so we gave the car a more aggressive tune up. But that increases the risk of losing traction” Duane said.

In round one, Duane took on reining East Coast Regional Champ, Rich McPhillips, who qualified tenth with a 5.31 at 266 MPH. As the dragsters left the line, McPhillips got the starting line advantage but then got slightly out of the grove allowing Duane to nearly close the gap but McPhillips crossed the finish line before Duane was able to pass him. McPhillips rang up another 5.31 at 270 MPH over Duane’s 5.39 at 278 MPH. “It shook early into the run so I had to pedal. The 5.39 is the slowest we have run since the beginning of the season in Pomona. But this is a race where consistency could have won. I’m disappointed but I have to say that I’m really proud of my team. They have really worked hard over the last three weeks and have done a great job” Duane said.

The PEAK team now takes a short break before returning to action April 21-23 in Richmond VA for a Lucas Oil Regional event. “This break comes at the right time so we can regroup and do some testing before the next race in Richmond. We need to step it up in order to stay with the top cars in the class” he said. As always, Duane would like to thank his sponsors PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises.

 

Duane Shields Runs Hard and Consistent at Gainesville Regional

Duane Shields ran flawless at the NHRA regional event held at Gainesville Raceway in his PEAK A/Fuel Dragster. The event is a precursor to the Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals held the following weekend. Duane stayed in the ultra competitive 5.20’s on every pass and looked like a favorite to win the race. The problem was everyone else could have been favored to win too as the top seven cars in the eight car field were all in the 5.20 zone. “It’s getting harder as there are no easy rivals. A lot of the best cars are here from out of the region because of the Gatornationals next weekend and to get a good tune up, but we never shy away from the top performing cars” Duane said.

Duane, qualified fourth with an impressive 5.260 at 274 MPH and faced Rich Bourke in the first round. Bourke qualified fifth with a close 5.263 at 274 MPH so it was anyone’s race going into eliminations. As the lights came down on the tree, Bourke got a slight starting line advantage but Duane was right with him the entire length of the track. At the finish line it was Bourke scoring the win with a 5.20 at 279 MPH to Duane’s close 5.26 at 274 MPH. “He saved his best run of the weekend for us. We didn’t expect him to go out and run a 5.20 but he did” Duane said.

This week the team will stay in Gainesville to get ready for the Gatornationals. Duane and the PEAK team will be looking for slight changes to squeeze a little more power out of the car but it won’t be much. “Right now, we are competitive with the top cars but running in the 5.20 and not winning is frustrating. There really isn’t much more room to tune since we’re right at the top now but maybe we can get a little more out of it for the Gators” he said. Duane would like to thank his sponsors PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises.

 

Shields Goes to Semifinals and Makes Big Performance Gain in Phoenix

Duane Shields got his performance edge back by breaking into in the elite 5.20 zone at the NHRA regional race in Phoenix AZ. “I’m very happy to see that the PEAK team is making good progress. We tested before the race and have a new team member setting the clutch. The car made competitive runs and we didn’t hurt anything so it was a great weekend for us” Duane said.

Duane qualified third with a stout 5.31 and faced James Stevens in round one. Stevens qualified fourth with a 5.34 so on paper it looked to be a close race. Stevens got off the starting line first but Duane made a blistering run as he stopped the clock with a victorious a 5.28 at 276 MPH over Stevens’ respectable 5.37 at 266 MPH to advance to the semifinals.

In the semis, Duane took on Shawn Cowie who knocked off Johnny Ahten in round one. As the lights came down, both cars left together with Cowie getting a slight edge with a .065 reaction time to Duane’s .066. It was a great side-by-side race with Cowie holding on for the win as he rang up a 5.24 at 275 MPH to Duane’s valiant 5.29 at 275 MPH. “Shawn ran well and deserved to win. He went on to win the race and congrats to him. His tuner, Norm Grimes knows how to tune a car very aggressively” Duane said.

The PEAK team now heads east for two races in Florida beginning with a regional event in Gainesville followed by the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. “We run well in Gainesville and I hope to have better results at the regional event next weekend. The wins will come if we keep running well” Duane said.

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 2017.

 

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.

 

 

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