Sad news from the
Shields Family

It is with great sadness that yesterday our son, A-train Adam Shields, was involved in a motorcycle vs car accident that took Adam’s life from here on earth to our Heavenly Father’s kingdom. The outpouring of support is helping Whitney Shields, Betsy Shields, and I through this unbelievable time. Thanks for all the prayers.

- Duane

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Market: Pomona, CA
Track: Auto Club Raceway
Event: NHRA Winternationals
Date: February 2016

TV: FOX Sports1

 

 

 

2016 Season Schedule

Pomona, CA
Auto Club Raceway
Circle K NHRA
Winternationals
February 11-14
Results:

Gainesville, FL

Gainesville Raceway
LODRS Regional
March 11-13
Results:

Gainesville, FL
Gainesville Raceway
Amalie Oil Gatornationals

March 17-19
Results:

Charlotte, NC
Z MAX Dragway
4 Wide Nationals

April 22-24
Results:

Virginia
Virginia Motorsports Park
LODRS Regional
April 29-May 1
Results:

Reading, PA
Maplegrove Raceway
LODRS Regional
May 27-29
Results:

Norwalk, OH ***
Summit Motorsports Park
Summit Racing Equip. Nationals
June 23-26
Results:

Lebanon, NY
Lebanon Valley
LODRS Regional
July 1-3
Results:

Chicago, IL
Route 66 Raceway
Route 66 NHRA Nationals
Jegs Allstar Race

July 7-10
Results:
Jegs All Stars: Runner up

Epping, NH
New England Dragway
LODRS Regional
July 22-24
Results:

Atco, NJ
Atco Dragway
LODRS Regional
August 5-7
Results:

Brainard, MN
Brainard Int’l Raceway
Lucas Oil Nationals
August 18-21
Results:

Indianapolis, IN
Lucas Oil Raceway
Chevrolet Performance
US Nationals

August 31-Sept. 5
Results: First round

Charlotte, NC
ZMAX Dragway
NHRA Carolina Nationals
September 16-18
Results:

Reading, PA
Maple Grove Raceway
Keystone Nationals
Sept. 29 - October 2
Results:

Dallas, TX

Texas Motorplex
AAA Texas Fall Nationals
October 13-16
Results:

Las Vegas, NV
The Strip at Las Vegas
Toyota Nationals
October 27-Nov 30
Results:

Las Vegas, NV
The Strip at Las Vegas
LODRS Regional
November 3-6
Results:

Pomona CA

Auto Club Raceway
AAA Auto Club Finals
November 10-13
Results:

12 Nationals / 7 Regionals

LODRS (Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series)

*** Unknown at this time

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PEAK RACE COVERAGE

PEAK Team Experiences a Tough Way to End a Great Season in Pomona

It was a hard way to end a great season as Duane Shields, the Defending Champion in Top Alcohol Dragster, did not qualify for the Auto Club Finals, the last NHRA event of the season. Auto Club Raceway in Pomona was the scene of another tough field where 24 cars were gunning to get into a 16 car field. Historically, even some of the toughest fields have not been a problem for the popular driver from Las Vegas but this weekend the traction gremlins were out in force every time the PEAK Dragster approached the starting line.

In the first stanza, the PEAK Dragster shook the tires causing Duane to pedal. Duane recorded a 5.47 at 268 MPH on the run which put him in the ominous thirteenth position. In the second round, Duane shook the tires again and slid down to the fifteenth position with an ironically quicker time of 5.39 at 271 MPH. While a 5.39 is usually quick enough to qualify at most national events, this was an exceptionally quick field and the PEAK team knew the 5.39 likely wouldn’t hold by the end of the third and final round of qualifying.

As expected, the final qualifying round was do or die for the PEAK team but they were confident that they would make a good enough pass to stay in the show but sadly it wasn’t to be. The car launched hard but then shuttered and blew the tires off just before mid track, ending a year long streak of qualifying at each race the PEAK team entered.

All things considered, the PEAK team had a very good year by winning two national events back to back in Charlotte and Reading. They also clinched the Eastern Regional Championship by winning four races in Gainesville, Virginia, Reading and Epping. Overall, the team finished in third place nationally. Duane would like to thank his sponsors PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for supporting the team in a big way in 2015.

 

 

PEAK Team has Another Good Outing - This Time at the Las Vegas Lucas Regional Event



The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event held in Las Vegas is the last NHRA regional event of the year and one of the biggest with over 840 cars competing. In additon, most of the Top Alcohol teams stay over from the Toyota NHRA Nationals held the weekend prior to compete one last time on the regional level whether they are in the points hunt or not.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway is Duane Shields’ home track and the PEAK team pulls out all of the stops to qualify for this difficult eight car field where it’s not unusual to see two dozen Top Alcohol Dragsters trying to squeeze into an eight car field. “This is a very tough race. There were teams that went to the final round last weekend that didn’t even qualify for this race” Duane said. To add to the pressure there was a good turn out of local fans and friends that picked up free tickets to the race from Shortline Express stores.

Duane qualified 4th with a 5.320 at 272 MPH and drew Championship contender Joey Severance in the first round. Severance qualified 5th with a nearly identical 5.329 at 266 MPH. As the lights came down Duane was off the line first with a stellar 0.021 reaction time to Severance’s respectable 0.030. As both cars moved off the concrete pad, Severance experienced some tire shake which increased Duane’s lead which he would never relinquish. At the finish line it was Duane taking the win with a 5.34 at 271 MPH to Severance’ 5.76 at 207 MPH.

In round two Duane faced Shawn Cowie, another tough blown alcohol racer from the Northwest Division. At the hit, it was Cowie off the launch pad first with an 0.081 to Duane’s 0.104. Both dragsters were side by side all the way down the Las Vegas strip in an exciting race. At the top end of the track Cowie nipped Duane at the stripe by just inches! “It was a great race. I wish that I would have had a better light but you know what? I’m very happy with the car’s performance and that’s what I look at. We had to sit out the third qualifying session due to a malfunction but we still qualified fourth and we could have easily been bumped out of eliminations had the car not ran so well in the other qualifying sessions” Duane said.

Duane and the PEAK team will now head west to Southern California where they are the defending Auto Club Finals Champions. “The car ran respectable here both weekends and now we’ll move on to Pomona and see if we can finish off the year on a high note. We always seem to do well in Pomona. Then we will start getting ready for next year” Duane explained. Duane would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for supporting his team this season.

 

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