In Memory of ...
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.



Race Schedule and Results


Market: Southern California
Track: Auto Club Raceway
Event: Winternationals
Feb. 9-12




2017 Season Schedule

Pomona, CA
Auto Club Raceway
Circle K NHRA
February 9-12

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

Gainesville, FL

Gainesville Raceway
LODRS Regional
March 10-12

Gainesville, FL
Gainesville Raceway
Amalie Oil Gatornationals
March 16-19

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

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

Reading, PA
Maplegrove Raceway
LODRS Regional
May 26-28

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

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

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

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

Atco, NJ
Atco Dragway
LODRS Regional
August 4-6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pomona CA

Auto Club Raceway
AAA Auto Club Finals
November 9-12

12 Nationals / 8 Regionals

LODRS (Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series)


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PEAK Team Takes Semifinal Finish at NHRA Carolina Nationals

Charlotte - Duane Shields hoped to improve on his runner up finish last week at Tri-State Raceway but had to settle for a semifinal finish at the NHRA Carolina Nationals held at ZMax Dragway near Charlotte. Duane qualified his PEAK A/Fuel dragster in the no. 2 position with an impressive 5.27 at 278 MPH.

In round one, Duane raced Tom Fox Jr. who qualified 15th. Fox got the starting line advantage but it didn’t matter as the Dana Hopewell horsepower in the PEAK entry kicked in and carried Duane to a decisive 5.34 at 276 MPH to Fox’s 5.49 at 261 MPH.

In the quarter-finals, Duane met up with Mia Tedesco. As the lights on the tree came down it was Tedesco out first but Duane’s PEAK Dragster ran like a rocket ship and scored the win with a 5.36 at 274 MPH to her 5.54 at 267 MPH to advance to the semifinals.

In the semis, Duane took on Shawn Cowie who traveled all the way to Charlotte from Western Canada. At the hit, both cars left nearly together with Cowie getting a very slight advantage with his .073 to Duane’ s close .075 light. It continued to be a tight side-by-side battle as both cars approached the finish line with Cowie taking the stripe by less than a car length. Cowie rang up a 5.31 at 272 MPH to Duane’s close 5.34 at 273 MPH.

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 2016.


Duane Shields’ Surprise Visit to Iowa Yields a Pole Position and a Runner Up Finish

Duane Shields made a surprise visit to the Midwest in order to compete at the NHRA Lucas Oil Regional event being held at Tri-State Raceway in Earlsville, Iowa. In the pits there was an impressive line up of professional looking teams in both the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car class and the PEAK team’s unplanned visit complimented the big row of semi trailers.

Duane qualified on top with a 5.32 at 278 MPH and would face James Stevens, of Gothenburg, Nebraska who qualified with a 5.57 at 262 MPH to place him sixth on the ladder going into the first round.

As the cars launched, Stevens got a little too eager and red lit. Even though the race was already won for Duane, both cars made a race out of it and Duane stopped the clock with a 5.32 at 275 MPH to Steven’s 6.18. In round two, Duane received a single because it was a short field. On the second round bi-run Duane rang up a strong 5.31 at 274 MPH.

In the finals it was USA vs. Canada as Duane took on Gord Gingles from Winnipeg MB. Unfortunately for Duane, the PEAK Dragster lost traction on the run which allowed Gingles to cross the finish line first and win the event. “We spun the tires out there aways but congrats to Gord Gingles and to Rich McPhillips for clinching the Eastern Region Championship” Duane said.

Duane would like to thank his great sponsors: PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their continued support in 2016.


PEAK Team Enjoys a Strong Performance at the Chevrolet Performance NHRA US Nationals

Indianapolis - Everything was pointing towards another trip to the winner’s circle at the Chevrolet Performance NHRA US Nationals for the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster team. They took the number three qualifying position, made plenty of sub 5.30 runs and the PEAK Dragster set low ET of the first round. But sadly Duane’s good karma ended in round two when he was stopped by Shawn Cowie.

Duane began the marathon race known as Indy by qualifying third with a 5.26 at 278 MPH which is usually a good position on the ladder to start from but this was Indy after all so there were no easy rounds.

In round one, the Nevada veteran took on Buddy Domingue who qualified in the 14th position. At the start Duane got the lead on Domingue right out of the box with an 0.069 reaction time to his 0.089. Duane was on a lightning quick pass and scored the quickest run of the round, a sizzling 5.25 at 280 MPH to Domingue’s very respectable 5.31 at 270 MPH.

In the quarter finals, Duane took on Canadian Shawn Cowie who was behind the wheel of a blown alcohol dragster. Both cars left together with Cowie getting a slight 0.081 lead to Duane’s close 0.085. Cowie maintained his lead with Duane in close pursuit all the way to the finish line but Cowie was able to reach the stripe first and took the win with a 5.28 at 275 MPH to Duane’s close 5.30 at 278 MPH. “No win at Indy this year. We dropped a cylinder at 5. seconds into the run which slowed us down but the car’s still running good” Duane said.

Next, the PEAK team moves on to Charlotte for the NHRA Carolina Nationals. 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 2016.


Duane Shields Goes to Final Round at Brainerd

Brainerd MN - While it might have been a short field where just ten cars entered the Top Alcohol Dragster class at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, it wasn’t a short field on Duane Shields’ side of the ladder as he had a tough opponent every round before he was eventually stopped by Joey Severance in the finals. “Everyone there was tough so you had to bring your A-game to this race. You couldn’t take anyone lightly” Duane said. Duane’s PEAK A/Fuel Dragster qualified third with a highly competitive 5.29 at 273 MPH.

In round one, Duane took on Mia Tedesco who is enjoying a respectable season going into this race. At the launch Tedesco had the better reaction time but she immediately lost traction and shook the tires giving Duane an easy trip to the finish line. Duane won the round with a 5.28 at 276 MPH to move on to the second round. “These A/Fuel Dragsters are very touchy and we all have to go out there with a very competitive tune-up. But that also increases your chances of overpowering the track and losing traction like Mia did” Duane said.

In the second round, Duane met up with Robin Samsel. As the cars rocketed off the starting line, it was Duane who was out first with an 0.065 to Samsel’s 0.091. Duane shook violently but was able to maintain his lead and take the stripe. Duane clocked a 5.55 at 274 MPH to Samsel’s off pace 5.98 at 269 MPH. “That was our lucky round win. The car shook really hard and I had to pedal twice but we still won the round” Said Duane.

In the semi-finals, Duane raced new comer Megan Meyer who is the daughter of former World Champion Randy Meyer. Duane was out first with an 0.074 to Meyer’s 0.083 but once again traction problems played into the race. Meyer had to coast as she blazed the tires while Duane made his best pass of the weekend with a sizzling 5.25 at 279 MPH to Meyer’s 10.24 at 74 MPH.

In the final round, Duane faced the reining World Champion Joey Severance. As the lights came down Severance got off the line first with an 0.045 to Duane’s 0.071. Duane was on the start of another great pass while out of nowhere he smoked the tires and had little choice but to concede the race. Severance recorded a winning 5.27 while Duane idled to the finish line. “We were totally shocked since the car never smoked the tires all weekend and here we were in the final round and it did it. We had a short turn around time before the finals and we never changed a thing from the prior run. Joey will probably win the Championship this year so it would have been nice to have made a good run against him” Duane said.

While the team was obviously disappointed, Duane remained optimistic that the final round appearance will make for a good springboard into the historic US Nationals held on Labor Day weekend. “This was our first national event final of the year and the PEAK Dragster is running consistent so this should give us some momentum going into Indy” 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 2016.


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