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The PEAK Team made it to their first final round of the year in Charlotte with a consistant running race car! The story is now posted!


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Market: Reading , PA
Track: Maplgrove Raceway
Event: Lucas Oil Regional
May 24-26




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: Runner Up

Mohnton, PA
Maplegrove Raceway
LODRS Regional
May 24-26

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

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

Lebanon Valley, NY
Lebanon Valley Dragway
LODRS Regional
June 28-30

Atco, NJ
Atco Dragway
LODRS Regional
August 2-4

Brainerd, MN
Brainerd Int’l Raceway
Lucas Oil Nationals
August 15-18

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

Epping, NH
New England Dragway
LODRS Regional
September 6-8

Mohnton, PA
Maplegrove Raceway
Dodge NHRA Nationals
September 12-15

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

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

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

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

Pomona CA

Auto Club Raceway
AAA Auto Club Finals
November 14-17

11 Nationals / 8 Regionals

LODRS (Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series)


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PEAK Team Reaches Four-Wide Finals in Charlotte

Charlotte - Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster reached the finals in the Top Alcohol Dragster class at the 10th annual NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. The PEAK Team had a great running car all weekend but just came up a little short in the final round against Julie Nataas who won her first NHRA national event.  

Duane qualified second with a scorching 5.22 at 280 MPH which paired him up against Jeff Veale in the first round. At the hit, Veale got a slight starting line advantage but he went up in smoke. Meanwhile, Duane was on a solid run and stopped the clock with a 5.27 at 274 MPH blast to move into the next round.

In round two, Duane faced tough east coast contender Dan Mercier.  Unfortunately for Mercier, he red lit and then backed out of it. Duane was on another great run and rang up a 5.32 at 278 MPH to easily advance into the semi-final round. 

In the semifinals, Duane took on tough Canadian competitor Shawn Cowie. Duane was out of the gate first with an .039 to Cowie's .070. Duane's lead only got larger as Cowie lost traction and went up in smoke. At the finish line Duane rang up another great run as he scored a 5.34 at 276 MPH to make it into his first final round appearance of the year.

In the finals, Duane faced Julie Nataas who qualified fifth with a 5.27 at 274 MPH so both drivers were closely matched. As the lights came down it was Duane out of the box first was an .079 reaction time to Nataas' .086. In spite of the lead at the starting line, Nataas' was able to power past the PEAK dragster and take the stripe with a 5.26 at 277 MPH over Duane's very competitive 5.33 at 277 MPH. 

Next, the PEAK team moves on to Maplegrove Raceway for a Lucas Oil Series event, May 24-26.  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 continued support.


PEAK Team Makes it to Gator Semis but was Looking for More

Gainesville FL - Duane Shields, a three time Gatornationals Champion, looked like he was bound for another trip to the Winner's Circle at the 50th  Annual Amalie NHRA Gatornationals. But out of the blue, his A/Fuel Dragster uncharacteristically lost traction in the semifinal round. "I'm taking this loss a bit harder than most. We wanted to win the 50th annual race more than any other event in the past two years but it wasn't meant to be" Duane said following the conclusion of the race. 

Duane qualified in the top half of the field with an impressive 5.20 at 275 MPH to land in the number 4 spot. In Saturday's opening round, Duane faced Jered Dreher. Duane had no trouble defeating Dreher by two tenths of a second as he scored a fine 5.23 at 274 MPH over Dreher's 5.46 at 260 MPH.

In the quarterfinals, Duane was matched up with Tom Fox. This would be a much closer race than the opening round as both cars left the starting line close to the same time with Duane getting a slight edge with an .081 to Fox's .089. The PEAK Dragster never trailed and beat Fox by less than a car length with a 5.27 at  275 MPH to Fox's valiant 5.30 at 271 MPH to advance to the final four.

The PEAK Team had to wait until Sunday for their semifinal match up against Mike Bucher who had qualified on the bump and thus far was having a hey day in eliminations. As the lights came down, Duane lost traction just as he hit the throttle and was forced to abandon the run.  Meanwhile, Bucher was on a trouble free run and took the win with a 5.36. Duane was not happy with the results. "There was no reason for our car to have smoked the tires. We had the same set up in it from Saturday when we ran consistently in the 5.20's. We had a conservative tune up and the conditions were nearly the same. We felt really good going into Sunday believing we could win this race. It was just a different day" Duane said. 

The PEAK team will be off for several weeks before returning to action at the Four Wide NHRA Nationals, April 26-28.  "With the next race being a month a way we will have time to analyze and evaluate why it lost traction" Duane said. 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 incredible support.

Duane Shields Makes it to Semis at Tough Gainesville Regional Event

Gainesville FL - Duane Shields had a decent day at the "Baby Gators", the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event held prior to next week's Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Surprisingly, this was likely a harder race to qualify for then next weekend's national event because this weekend 16 cars fought to get into an eight car field so half the field did not qualify! The PEAK A/Fuel Dragster was one of the cars that did and squeaked into the field with a 5.41 at 274 MPH.

In round one, Duane faced the top qualifier Jackie Fricke who easily slid into the field with a strong 5.29 at 277 MPH. As the lights came down the christmas tree, it was Duane off of the line first with an .064 light to Fricke's .076. Duane's lead continued all the way to the finish line as he upset the number one qualifier with a smooth 5.41 at 274 MPH over Fricke's 5.58 at 271 MPH. 

Next up for the PEAK Team was a semi-final round match up against Josh Hart. At the hit it was Duane out of the gate first with a .054 to Hart's .063 but soon after Duane begin to suffer traction problems on the tricky track and wisely clicked off the engine. Meanwhile, Hart was on a clean pass and cruised to the win with a 5.36 at 272 MPH.

This week the PEAK Team will stay in Gainesville to prepare for the Gatornationals which is the east coast opening of the NHRA national drag racing season. 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.

PEAK Team Goes to Quarterfinals at Cold Winternationals

The PEAK Dragster is ready for round two of qualifying.

Pomona CA - Duane Shields and the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster team made the best of a very cold, wet weekend and finished in the quarterfinal round of the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals held at the famed Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, CA. Duane qualified eighth with a 5.31 at 274 MPH. “It was a tough weekend with the winter weather but everyone was in the same boat” Duane said.

In the first round held on Saturday, Duane raced James Stevens. At the hit it was Duane off the line first with a .068 but Stevens wasn’t far behind with a close .070. Both cars were neck and neck with Duane taking the win with a 5.27 to Steven’s 5.33. However, the race didn’t end there as the chutes didn’t come out of Steven’s car in Pomona’s already short shutdown area. Stevens sadly barreled through the sand trap and right into the net totaling his race car but he escaped serious injury. “I was very thankful that James was okay” Duane said after the incident.

Duane takes the early lead early over James Stevens. Sadly, Stevens went into the safety net at the end of the track when his chutes failed to deploy.

The racing continued on Sunday for the final eliminations. However, NHRA was only able to get the first round of Top Fuel in before postponing the remainder of the event for the rest of the day due to ongoing rain showers.

On Monday, eliminations continued and the PEAK Team was ready to take on their next competitor, Shawn Cowie. As the cars left the starting line it was Duane out of the box first with a .072 to Cowie’s .099. Unfortunately for Duane, Cowie was on the quickest run in history for a blown alcohol dragster and Cowie stopped the clock with a 5.16 at 280 MPH to top Duane’s very respectable 5.27 at 277 MPH. “Because of the conditions, we backed it down a little bit to be sure we could get off the starting line without losing traction. We made a good pass but Cowie ran the quickest run in history so there wasn't much we could do to stop him” Duane explained.

Duane gets focused before the second round of eliminations against Shawn Cowie.

Duane wasn’t too disappointed with how the race went and was happy with his team’s performance. “Overall it was a good weekend and we did better this year than we did at this race a year ago” he said. Duane would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK Spark Plugs, GRP Connecting Rods and Brad Anderson Enterprises.

Photos and story by Rich Bailey

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