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The PEAK Dragster made a 5.18 qualifying pass in Reading! It was a solid effort that eventually lead to an impressive semifinal round appearance.

 

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Market: Richmond, Va
Track: Virginia Motorsports
Event: Lucas Oil Regional
Date:
Oct. 4 -6
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2019 Season Schedule

Pomona, CA
Auto Club Raceway
Lucas Oil Winternationals
February 7-10
Results: Quarterfinals

Belle Rose, LA
No Problem Raceway
LODRS Regional
March 1-3
Results: Postponed

Gainesville, FL

Gainesville Dragway
LODRS Regional
March 7-10
Results: Semifinals

Gainesville, FL
Gainesville Raceway
Amalie Oil Gatornationals
March 14-17
Results: Semifinals

Charlotte, NC
ZMax Raceway
Four Wide NHRA Nationals
April 26-28
Results: Semifinals

Mohnton, PA
Maplegrove Raceway
LODRS Regional
May 24-26
Results: Event Champion!

Chicago, IL
Route 66 Raceway
Fallen Patriots NHRA
Route 66 Nationals
Jegs All Star Race
May 30-June 2
Results: Semifinals

Norwalk, OH
Summit Dragway
Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
June 20-23
Results: Semifinals

Lebanon Valley, NY
Lebanon Valley Dragway
LODRS Regional
June 28-30
Results: First round

Atco, NJ
Atco Dragway
LODRS Regional
August 2-4
Results: Semifinals

Brainerd, MN
Brainerd Int’l Raceway
Lucas Oil Nationals
August 15-18
Results: First round

Indianapolis, IN
Lucas Oil Raceway
Chevrolet Performance
US Nationals
August 28-Sept. 2
Results: Quarterfinals

Epping, NH
New England Dragway
LODRS Regional
September 6-8
Results: Semi finals

Mohnton, PA
Maplegrove Raceway
Express Lane NHRA Nationals
September 12-15
Results: Semifinals

Richmond, VA
Virginia Motorsports Park
LODRS Regional
October 4-6
Results:

Charlotte, NC
ZMAX Dragway
NHRA Carolina Nationals
October 11-13
Results:

Las Vegas, NV
The Strip at Las Vegas
Toyota NHRA Nationals
Oct. 31 - Nov. 3
Results:

Las Vegas, NV
The Strip at Las Vegas
LODRS Regional
November 7-10
Results:

Pomona CA

Auto Club Raceway
AAA Auto Club Finals
November 14-17
Results:

11 Nationals / 8 Regionals

LODRS (Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series)

 

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Duane Shields Turns in Solid
Performance in Reading

Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster turned in a very respectable performance at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, PA. Unfortunately, the PEAK team came up just a little short in the semifinals. Duane qualified second with an unreal 5.18 at 278 MPH. "The 5.18 sent a message that we can compete with anyone across the country" Duane said.

In round one, Duane raced Earl Nichols. Duane left first to cover Nichols with an .047 to his .063. At the top end it was Duane taking the win light with a 5.30 at 275 MPH to Nichols' 5.75 at 252 MPH. 

In the second round, the competition got a little tougher with Duane facing east coast veteran Robin Samsel. Once again it was Duane out of the box first with an .083 to Samsel's close .087. Duane kept the lead and took the stripe with a strong 5.24 at 275 MPH to Samsel's 5.36 at 268 MPH to move onto the semifinal round.

In the semifinals, it was the PEAK team taking on the JEGS dragster of Troy Coughlin Jr. As the lights came down on the tree it was Coughlin out first with an .069 to Duane's .089. Even so, the PEAK Dragster was in the lead before Coughlin was able to gain just enough momentum to capture the lead and take the victory with a 5.22 at 279 MPH to Duane's valiant 5.24 at 277 MPH. "It was hotter today and we wanted to avoid smoking the tires with a safe tune up but we still gave him a run for his money. He just had a little better day than we did but that's racing" Duane said. 

The PEAK team will take three weeks off before heading on to Richmond, Virginia for a Lucas Oil Regional event on October 4-6. "We're running good overall but we really need a win to correlate with the car's strong performance. We'll move on to Virginia and see what we can do there" Duane said. The team would like to recognize PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK Spark Plugs, GRP Connecting Rods, Brad Anderson Enterprises, Hot Wheels Car Care Products, SRI and Clean Boost for all of their efforts in supporting Shields Racing.

 

PEAK Dragster Low Qualifier at
New England
Dragway Regional

Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster was the number one qualifier in the Top Alcohol Dragster class at the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series regional event held at New England Dragway. Duane took the pole with an impressive 5.22 blast at just over 274 MPH. 

In round one, Duane faced no. 8 qualifier Bruce Horner from Bergenfield, NJ. The race was not even close as the PEAK Dragster took off like a rocket leaving Horner behind as he fought traction problems. Duane was on a great run and stopped the clock with a 5.28 at 228 MPH.

In the semifinals, Duane was up against Canadian driver Dan Mercier.  As the lights came down on the tree, Duane had the better reaction time but shook and smoked the tires resulting in an aborted run. Mercier moved on to the finals with a 5.43 win.

The PEAK Team will now be traveling to Reading, PA this week for the Express Lane NHRA Nationals held at Maple Grove Raceway. Duane would like to thank his marketing partners PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK Spark Plugs, GRP Connect

 

Tough Quarterfinal Finish Ends Shields' Quest for Indy Win


Indianapolis is the city where racing legends are made and race wins will complete a driver's career. It's no different in NHRA's Top Alcohol Dragster class because a win at the Chevrolet Performance NHRA US Nationals is just as important to each driver and their peers as it is in any other form of racing. Overall, Duane Shields, the driver of the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster had a great weekend performance wise but sadly went down to defeat in a very close race in the quarterfinals. 

Duane qualified seventh with a respectable 5.29 at 276 MPH. "We were satisfied with our qualifying position. In fact, I pedaled it in the third round of qualifying and still ran a 5.30 so I know we can compete with anyone out here" Duane said. 

In the opening round, Duane took on Mike Bucher. At the hit Duane had a better reaction time and got out on Bucher with an .061 to his .105. Duane never lost the lead and ran his best ET of the weekend, a sizzling 5.23 at 276 MPH to Bucher's 5.33 at 242 MPH. 

Moving on to the quarterfinals, Duane was matched up with Megan Meyer. As the lights came down it was Meyer out first with an .048 to Duane's .063. Meyer was able to maintain the lead in a tight race. At the finish line it was Meyer taking the win with a 5.23 at 272 MPH to Duane's 5.29 at 274 MPH. The margin of victory was approximately 29 feet between the two cars. "We wish we would have won the round but we slowed down and she stepped up. The best cars race at Indy and are all running good. We'll go on from Indianapolis and try to win a few more races before the end of the season" Duane said.  

Next, the PEAK Team moves on to Epping, NH for a Lucas Oil Regional event on September 6-8. Duane would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK Spark Plugs, GRP Connecting Rods, Brad Anderson Enterprises, Hot Wheels Car Care Products, SRI and Clean Boost for their efforts in supporting Shields Racing.

 

PEAK Team Exits Early at Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd

The PEAK team getting ready during an early Friday qualifying run in Brainerd. Photo by Matt Curry

Duane Shields and the PEAK A/Fuel dragster team had a respectable showing at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, MN but the weekend ended too early with a narrow loss in the opening round.

Duane qualified fourth with a solid 5.28 at 273 MPH which matched him up with the reining national champion Joey Severance who qualified eleventh with a 5.36 at 268 MPH. As the lights came down on the christmas tree, Severance got the starting line advantage by just a smidgen with an .047 to Duane's close .053.

As the the two dragsters blasted down track, Severance had less than a car length lead while Duane quickly closed the gap near the finish line. But it was Severance who captured the win light with a 5.30 at 271 MPH to Duane's valiant 5.32 at 273 MPH.

The PEAK Team will now prepare for the biggest NHRA national event of the year, the Chevrolet NHRA US Nationals, in Indianapolis on Labor Day weekend. The entire race team would like to recognize PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK Spark Plugs, GRP Connecting Rods, Brad Anderson Enterprises, Hot Wheels Car Care Products, SRI and Clean Boost for their valued support.

Duane Shields Makes it to the Semis at Atco Lucas Oil Regional Event

After nearly a month off, Duane Shields had a decent return to the quarter mile. The PEAK Team competed at the Lucas Oil Regional event held at Atco Raceway. Duane lasted until the semifinals, when both he and his opponent suffered problems on the historic track. Duane qualified with a strong 5.30 at 276 MPH to land in the fourth position. "Number four is pretty good since the East Coast is a tough region to compete in with large fields and tough match ups" Duane said.

In round one, Duane was matched up with Tom Fox. At the hit, Fox went up in smoke right off the line so Duane and the PEAK team grabbed an easy win with a 5.46 at 270 MPH. "The car slowed down in the first round and I don't know why. As a result we made a couple of very slight adjustments going into semis".  Duane explained. 

In the semi-finals, Duane would have his hands full against Troy Coughlin Jr. As the lights came down on the tree it was Coughlin out first with an .052 reaction time to Duane's .079. Unfortunately for Duane, he went up in smoke instantly. Coughlin also began having problems of his own a little farther down track and had to abort his run. Seeing this, Duane tried to recover but did not gain enough traction to pass him. "It's all or nothing with these cars. Usually we can recover if we smoke the tires unless it's in the first twenty feet, then there is not much we can do. When I saw that Troy was having an issue I got back on the throttle but was not able to catch up in time. We're obviously disappointed as that was a round we should have won" Duane said. 

Next, the team moves to Midwest for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, MN. Duane would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK Spark Plugs, GRP Connecting Rods, Brad Anderson Enterprises, Hot Wheels Car Care Products, SRI and Clean Boost for their support.

 

 

 

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