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.

 

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The PEAK team is on the road with two more races back to back including this weekend in Lebanon, NY at Lebanon Valley Dragway. Then it's on to Chicago for the JEGS All Star race!

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Market: Lebanon, NY
Track: Lebanon Valley
Event: Lucas Oil Regional
Date: July 1-3

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2016 Season Schedule

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

Gainesville, FL

Gainesville Raceway
LODRS Regional
March 11-13
Results: Semi-Finals

Gainesville, FL
Gainesville Raceway
Amalie Oil Gatornationals

March 17-19
Results: Quarter-finals

Charlotte, NC
Z MAX Dragway
4 Wide Nationals

April 22-24
Results: Round One

Richmond, Virginia
Virginia Motorsports Park
LODRS Regional
April 29-May 1
Results: Won Event!

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

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

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:

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:

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

Duane Shields Takes Pole Position Goes to Quarter Finals in Norwalk

Norwalk, Ohio - Overall it was a good weekend for Duane Shields and the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster team at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. They were the top qualifier in the Top Alcohol Dragster class and the car is running stellar. It was all good except for and unexpected change of plans in round two when the car smoked the tires at the wrong possible time thus ending the weekend early for the popular Nevada driver.

Duane qualified on the pole with a 5.30 at 271 MPH which set up a first round appointment with John Gutierrez in round one. It was not an easy race to win even though it appeared to be on paper. Gutierrez got the starting line advantage with an 0.032 to Duane’s 0.087 which gave him an early lead. However, the PEAK Dragster was able to quickly regain the lead and passed Gutierrez in time to grab the finish line stripe. Duane recorded a winning 5.39 at 271 MPH to Gutierrez’s 5.53 at 258 MPH.

In round two, Duane drew Rich McPhillips. At the hit both cars left evenly with McPhillips getting a slight edge. Both cars were side by side when suddenly the PEAK dragster started to lose traction 100 feet out allowing McPhillips to get past him to take the win with a 5.35 at 268 MPH to Duane’s 6.99 at 134 MPH. “It came as a total surprise to us, we did not expect to smoke the tires. Rich went on to win the race so congratulations to him. The PEAK car is running good even in challenging weather conditions like the heat we experienced here in Norwalk. We are confident the car will run good at the next two races in Lebanon Valley and then the JEGS All Star Race in Chicago the following weekend” 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.

 

PEAK Dragster Goes to the Final Round at Maplegrove Regional

Reading PA - Duane Shields, the Defending Champion of both the NHRA national and regional events held at Maplegrove Raceway just missed another trip to the Winner’s Circle at this year’s Lucas Oil Regional where he lost to Rich McPhillips in the final round. Duane qualified third with a 5.34 but was on the outside looking in at the beginning of the final qualifying session. This added a lot of excitement in the grandstands since there was a good turnout of friends and family rooting for Duane. Fortunately, the PEAK team didn’t disappoint the fans as they got the PEAK Dragster into the show during the final session.

To add to the qualifying excitement, the first round was a real squeaker as Duane beat John Finke in a hole shot! Duane had an .062 reaction time to Finke’s .090 and that’s what won the round for Duane even though Finke had a slightly quicker 5.381 to Duane’s ever so close 5.386. “That was a very competitive and close race in the first round especially after being under a lot of pressure just to qualify” Duane said.

In the semifinals, Duane took on Jeff Veale. At the hit, Veale was off the line first with an 0.066 to Duane’s 0.070. As the cars roared down track, the PEAK dragster over powered Veale’s car and took the win with a stout 5.30 at 274 MPH to Veale’s 5.43 at 268 MPH to make it to the finals.

In the final round matched up, Duane faced familiar east coast opponent Rich McPhillips. At the hit Duane struck the tires and went up in smoke. Meanwhile, McPhillips was on a clean pass and took the win. While Duane was glad to have made it to the final round, he was disappointed that his car abruptly lost traction. “We always want to win so I’m obviously disappointed but overall I can’t complain. We qualified for a very tight field and we won the first round on a hole shot and we also had a great run in round two. So, it was still a pretty good weekend for the PEAK team” Duane said.

The PEAK team now moves on to Norwalk, Ohio for the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals, June 23-26. Duane would like to thank his sponsors PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their support in 2016.

 

Duane Shields in the PEAK Dragster Takes First Win of the Season

Richmond, Virginia - After some great performances but no recent trips to the winner’s circle, Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster finally broke through to claim his first victory of the season by winning the NHRA Lucas Oil Regional event in Richmond, Virginia. “So far this year, the results have not matched the performance of the car. For an example, last weekend it was a bad set of tires that caused us to lose the round. So, this weekend there were no obstacles and everything came together. It’s good to finally get the results we know the car is capable of” Duane said.

Duane was on a roll right from the beginning by taking the pole position over a tough eight car field with a very competitive 5.24 at 275 MPH. In the first round, Duane faced the number eight qualifier Richard St. Pierre. At the hit it was St. Pierre out first and he was on a decent run but Duane relied on another incredible performance to seal the win as he ripped off a 5.25 at 276 MPH over St. Pierre’s 5.79 at 245 MPH.

Next, Duane faced another familiar east coast challenger, Dan Mercier, in the semi-final round. As the lights came down both cars left together with Mercier getting a slight 1000th of a second lead. But again, Duane and the PEAK Dragster was no match for his opponent as he scored low ET of the round with a 5.24 at 278 MPH over Mercier’s losing 5.54 at 266 MPH.

Before the final round Duane’s opponent, Rich McPhillips, had to swap engines and the PEAK team patiently waited as long as they could for the McPhillips team to reach the staging lanes. Finally, McPhillips’ dragster came to life and did the burnout but something was wrong with the car and McPhillips was shut off. Duane then was awarded a single for the win. On the final round pass the car launched hard and carried the wheels before it began to shake so Duane lifted and coasted to the finish line for his first win of the year. “If I had to I could have pedaled and saved the run but because it was a single there was really no point in doing that since we already had won” Duane said after the event.

The team now takes a short break until they return to competition May 27-29 for a regional event at Maplegrove Raceway. “Its great to have grabbed a win going into the break. It was a fun race and everyone on my crew did a good job of getting the car ready in time before every round” 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 incredible support this season.

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