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Adam Shields

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

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After a few weeks off the PEAK team goes full throttle which started this past weekend at the Norwalk. Next, the team moves on to a regional event in Lebanon Valley, NY. Then it's off to Chicago for the Routte 66 Nationals!

 

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Market:Lebanon Valley
Track: Lebanon Valley
Event: Lucas Oil Regional
Date:
June 30 - July 2
TV: No TV

 

 

 

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: Postponed

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

Norwalk, OH
Summit Motorsports Park
LODRS Regional
May 19-21
Results: Rain Delay

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

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

Duane Shields Goes to Quarter Finals at Norwalk

After a few weeks off, Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster was back in competition. This time the team was in Norwalk, Ohio at the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Unfortunately, heavy rain was an unwelcome guest on Friday and put everyone at a tuning disadvantage. Still, the PEAK Dragster qualified well with a 5.33 at 273 MPH to land Duane fifth in the qualifying order.

In round one, Duane faced former nostalgia funny car star Kris Krabil who recently made the switch to the long cars. At the hit, Krabil got out of the gate first but his lead didn’t last long as Duane was on a good pass and got the win light with a 5.35 at 270 MPH to Krabil’s valiant 5.43 at 258 MPH.

In the quarter finals, Duane took on fellow west coast racer Chris Demke in the Peen Rite Dragster. At the hit, Duane smoked the tires while Demke was on a clean run which rang up a 5.39 and ended Duane’s weekend. “We backed the car down so we were surprised that it smoked the tires. We will try and improve at the NHRA Regional race next weekend before the Chicago Nationals” Duane said after the event. Duane would like to thank his sponsors PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises.

 

Weather Limits Norwalk Regional Making it a Guessing Game

Norwalk, Ohio - Unseasonable wet weather made the “Cavalcade of Stars” NHRA Regional event a challenge for all competitors to read the track. As a result of the rain, the Top Alcohol Dragster class only got one qualifying pass thus limiting the amount of data collected. But, Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel dragster made the best of it and qualified fourth with a 5.48 at 264 MPH during the exciting one shot qualifying session.

In round one, Duane faced Jared Dreher who qualified fifth with a 5.53 at 242 MPH. As the lights came down, Dreher got an advantage off the starting line. Other than the slight lead, it was a fairly even race all the way down the track with Dreher tripping the win light with a 5.43 at 264 MPH to Duane’s close 5.45 at 270 MPH. “We didn’t give it enough power and it stuck the tires. The track was tight and because we only got one qualifying pass before eliminations we just didn’t have much to work with” Duane said.

The PEAK Team returns to Norwalk, June 22-25 for the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals. Duane would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises.

 

Duane Shields and the PEAK Team Takes Pole Position at NHRA Four Wide Nationals


Photo by Tammy Souza

Charlotte - It was a seesaw battle for the pole position at the NHRA Four Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway and Duane Shields came out on top. Duane started out in the opening qualifying session in the number one position with a 5.34 at 275 MPH blast. In the second session, the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster rang up another 5.34 at 275 MPH but dropped one notch to second in the qualifying order. Then, in the final session Duane was back on top with a sizzling 5.29 @ 273 MPH. “The car is running good right now. We did some testing in Richmond prior to the rainout and took care of a few small problems that we noticed in Gainesville” Duane said.

Because Duane qualified in the pole position he was awarded a solo run in round one during eliminations. In the opening round, Duane made another impressive run scoring a 5.35 at 270 MPH which was low ET for the round.

In round two, Duane raced Justin Ashley from Plainview, NY. At the hit, Ashley got a slight advantage off the starting line with an .036 to Duane’s .043. “I had a close reaction time to his so we didn’t give him a lot to work with at the starting line”. Unfortunately for Duane, his car went up in smoke as it lost traction while Ashley was on a clean run and took the win. “It blind sided us! It was crushing to the whole team. I didn’t have to pedal it all weekend and the car got down the track smoothly on every pass. We didn’t change the tune up and the weather changed only slightly. The only thing that changed was the day. So, maybe the track went away on Sunday when we lost traction” Duane explained.

Next, the PEAK Team travels to Norwalk, Ohio for the Lucas Oil Regional event, May 19-21. “We’re certainly competitive and we can’t back it down because the competition is so tough. It’s just a matter of time before we break through and get a win” Duane predicted. Duane would like to thank his sponsors PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises.

 

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.

 

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