In Memory of
Adam Shields

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


At Press Time:
PEAK team just finished three races in a row with the conclusion of the NHRA Gatornationals and will now take a month long break. The team returns to the track in Richmond, Virginia on April 20.


Race Schedule and Results


Market: Richmond
Track: VMP
Event: Lucas Oil Regional
April 20 - 22




2018 Season Schedule

Pomona, CA
Auto Club Raceway
Lucas Oil Winternationals
February 8-11
Results: Round one

Belle Rose, LA
No Problem Raceway
LODRS Regional
March 2-4
Results: Runner Up

Gainesville, FL

Gainesville Dragway
LODRS Regional
March 9-10
Results: WIN!

Gainesville, FL
Gainesville Raceway
Amalie Oil Gatornationals
March 15-18
Results: Semi-finals

Richmond, Virginia
Virginia Motorsports Park
LODRS Regional
April 20-22

Charlotte, NC
ZMax Raceway
Four Wide NHRA Nationals
April 27-29

Commerce, GA
Atlanta Dragway
Atlanta NHRA Nationals
May 4-6

Mohnton, PA
Maplegrove Raceway
LODRS Regional
May 25-27

Chicago, IL
Route 66 Raceway
Fallen Patriots NHRA
Route 66 Nationals
Jegs All Star Race
May 31-June 3

Norwalk, OH
Summit Dragway
Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
June 21-24

Lebanon Valley, NY
Lebanon Valley Dragway
LODRS Regional
June 29-July 1

Atco, NJ
Atco Dragway
LODRS Regional
August 3-5

Brainerd, MN
Brainerd Int’l Raceway
Lucas Oil Nationals
August 16-19

Indianapolis, IN
Lucas Oil Raceway
Chevrolet Performance
US Nationals
August 29-Sept. 3

Epping, NH
New England Dragway
LODRS Regional
September 7-9

Mohnton, PA
Maplegrove Raceway
Dodge NHRA Nationals
September 13-16

Charlotte, NC
ZMAX Dragway
NHRA Carolina Nationals
October 12-14

Las Vegas, NV
The Strip at Las Vegas
Toyota NHRA Nationals
Oct. 25 - Oct. 28

Las Vegas, NV
The Strip at Las Vegas
LODRS Regional
November 1-4

Pomona CA

Auto Club Raceway
AAA Auto Club Finals
November 8-11

12 Nationals / 8 Regionals

LODRS (Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series)



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Duane Shields Reaches Semi Final Round at Gatornationals

Gainesville FL - Duane Shields, didn’t make it to the NHRA Gatornationals Winner’s Circle this time but still had a good weekend by making it to the semi-finals before getting stopped by a loss of traction. “I’m disappointed. We were on a roll and thought we were heading for another final round appearance but it didn’t work out this time” Duane said.

Duane qualified the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster in the top half of the field with a scorching 5.22 at 274 MPH. His qualifying run was good for 4th in the final run order of the Top Alcohol Dragster class.

In round one, Duane easily disposed of Robin Samsel. Duane was on his game and won the round at both ends of the track as he beat Samsel off the line with an 0.053 to his 0.084. At the finish line it was Duane taking the win with a 5.29 at 271 MPH to Samsel’s valiant 5.34 at 264 MPH.

In round two, Duane faced off with Jordan Vandergriff. At the hit, Vandergriff got the stating line advantage but didn’t have the power to over come the PEAK Dragster as Duane made up for the slight starting line deficit instantly with a potent 5.23 at 276 MPH to Vandergriff’s slower 5.37 at 273 MPH.

In the semifinals, Duane raced Josh Hart. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the close race that everyone was expecting. Hart got the starting line advantage and never looked back as he scored the victory with a 5.27 at 273 MPH. Sadly for Duane, he immediately went up in smoke at the tap of the throttle and had to reluctantly conceded the race. “The weather warmed up and the track got a little tricky and we lost traction. Some of the cars that were running hard all weekend began to smoke the tires as well” Duane said.

The PEAK team will take a brief break after three races in a row and then return to action April 20-22 when they move on to Virginia Motorsports Park for a Lucas Oil Regional event. 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.


Duane Shields and PEAK Team Wins Gainsville Regional Event

Gainesville FL - Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster improved over last week’s runner up finish to grab a big win at the NHRA Lucas Oil Regional event held one week prior to the Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals contested at the same track. The win ends a long drought for one of drag racing’s more popular stars in the Top Alcohol Dragster category. “I hate to say how long it’s been since we won last, but it feels really good to get the win for my team and my sponsors” Duane said after the event.

Duane qualified 6th in a very competitive field with a 5.29 at 276 MPH. “It didn’t start out well, there were some delays so we only got two chances to qualify. We had to abort the first run so on the second run we had to concentrate on just getting into the show. It was a really tough field with seven cars in the 5.30’s or better” Duane said.

In round one, Duane took on Jackie Fricke fresh off her win over Duane last week in Belle Rose. At the hit, Duane got off the line first with a 0.063 to Fricke’s 0.073. Duane never trailed and took the stripe with a stout 5.23 at 276 MPH over Fricke’s competitive 5.34 at 270 MPH. “We stepped it up in the first round and kept the same tune up in the car the rest of the race” Duane explained.

In the semifinals, Duane raced Justin Ashley. As the cars left the starting line, Ashley had a great 0.021 light but that was it as he had problems and shut off early. Meanwhile, Duane kept his consistency going with a 5.24 at 275 MPH to win the round and go on to the finals for the second week in a row.

In the final round, Duane faced Jeff Veale who was also having a very consistent weekend. On paper, it looked to be a very tight race as both teams had similar performances throughout the day. As the lights came down, Veale made the most of it with an 0.017 reaction time to Duane’s decent 0.023. As predicted, it was a close race all the way to the finish line with Duane getting a well deserved win with a 5.27 at 274 MPH to Veale’s close 5.34 at 280 MPH. “It was a good race and there was a lot of maintenance after every round. Dana, Josh and Jason worked really hard to be sure we were ready for each round all weekend” Duane said.

The PEAK team will be looking forward to the Gatornationals coming up later this week. “Between the win today and the runner up finish last week we have a lot of momentum going into the Gators” Duane pointed out. The PEAK Race team would like to thank their sponsors PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their continued support.

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