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Adam Shields

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The PEAK team faced a tough field in Atco NJ and lost traction in round one. Complete details below


Race Schedule and Results


Market: Brainerd, MN
Track: Brainerd Intl' Raceway
Event: Lucas Oil Nationals
Aug. 17-20




2017 Season Schedule

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

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

Gainesville, FL

Gainesville Dragway
LODRS Regional
March 10-12
Results: Round one

Gainesville, FL
Gainesville Raceway
Amalie Oil Gatornationals
March 16-19
Results: Round one

Richmond, Virginia
Virginia Motorsports Park
LODRS Regional
April 21-23
Results: Postponed

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

Norwalk, OH
Summit Motorsports Park
LODRS Regional
May 19-21
Results: Rain Delay

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

Lebanon, NY
Lebanon Valley
LODRS Regional
June 30 - July 2
Results: Semifinals

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

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

Atco, NJ
Atco Dragway
LODRS Regional
August 4-6
Results: Round One

Brainerd, MN
Brainerd 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 Gains a Bit Too Much Power in Atco

Duane Shields and the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster team was back in action over the weekend in Atco NJ for an NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Regional event. The race attracted a very competitive field and five teams didn’t even make it into the tight eight car show. In fact, it was so competitive that Duane’s 5.27 qualifying time was only good for the 5th seed. It was just a short time ago that a run like that could put a driver in the pole position.

It was during qualifying that the PEAK team broke a crank and had to install a new engine before the start of eliminations. In round one, Duane raced Richard Bourke. At the hit, both drivers had identical .087 reaction times but Duane lost traction and had to abort the run. “When we switched engines after breaking the crank we unknowingly gained a lot more power and it was a little too much for the track. We will tune the new engine down a little bit before our next event” Duane said.

Next, the PEAK team returns to the national stage as it competes at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd MN, August 17-20. Duane would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their support.

PEAK Team Enjoys a Fun Weekend at New England Dragway

Epping NH - Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster had a good outing at the NHRA Lucas Oil Regional event held at New England Dragway. The event was marketed as the “Night of Fire” complete with jet cars and some razzle dazzle so it attracted a lot of spectators. On Friday, the PEAK team along with several other race teams hosted a large group of kids from a local YMCA camp. Duane signed pictures and gave each of the visitors a PEAK racing hat.

As for the car’s performance, other than going a little too aggressive in the first qualifying round the car was back in the ultra competitive five twenty zone. Exactly eight cars showed up for the eight car field and Duane qualified second with a 5.28 at 275 MPH.

In round one of eliminations, Duane took on Dan Mercier. It ended up being a “see ya later” race as Mercier smoked the tires and Duane was on a clean run and stopped the timer with a respectable 5.31at 276 MPH for the win.

In the semifinals, Duane faced Josh Hart. This would be one of the best races of the night but sadly it didn’t turn out as the PEAK team had planned. Both cars left together but Hart had a slightly better ET and took the finish line stripe for the win. Hart ran a 5.23 at 271 MPH to Duane’s valiant 5.27 at 276 MPH. “I’m happy the car is running consistently well but I just can’t seem to get a break which you need to win one of these races. We’ll get another chance next weekend in Atco” Duane said.

Duane would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their ongoing support.

PEAK Team Enjoys Good Outing in Chicago

Chicago - Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster had a respectable weekend in Chicago at the 20th annual Children of Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N. Chicago is one of the big races on the tour and Duane wanted to pull out all the stops for his title sponsor Old World Industries which is headquartered in the Windy City. Duane qualified in the top half of the field in the no. 7 position. On the final qualifying run the car shook so hard that it broke the fuel pump drive. Other than that, the car ran well throughout the event.

In the opening round of eliminations the PEAK team took on Justin Ashley. As the lights came down, Ashley got off the line first but Duane was on a great run and stopped the clock with a blistering 5.29 at 276 MPH to take the win over Ashley’s 6.07 at 252 MPH.

In the quarterfinals, Duane faced Mia Tedesco who beat Kris Krabil in round one. At the hit, Tedesco had a slight edge at the starting line and was able to maintain her lead the entire quarter mile distance. In a squeaker, Tedesco got to the finish line first with a 5.30 at 280 MPH over Duane’s close 5.39 at 274 MPH. “We made a lot of progress this weekend we just didn’t get the win this time around. But it was great to race once again in front of PEAK’s home town” Duane said.

Duane wanted to take a moment to congratulate fellow PEAK driver Dan Fletcher on his one hundredth national event win this weekend. Next, the PEAK team heads to New England Dragway for the Lucas Oil Regional, July 21-23. As always, Duane would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises.

PEAK Team Makes it to the Semifinal Round
at Lebanon Valley Regional Event

Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster made it to the semifinal round at a rain plagued NHRA Lucas Oil Regional event contested at Lebanon Valley Speedway in upstate New York. Duane qualified fifth in the tough eight car field with a 5.58 at 262 MPH. “On the second qualifier, I went out a ways and then spun the tires. I’m not sure if the track was wet or what. It rained after our run so the field was set” Duane said.

On Saturday with the rain threat still hanging around, Duane faced east coast regular Dan Page in round one of eliminations. Duane won the race by a wide margin with a 5.38 at 266 MPH to Page’s 5.87 at 193 MPH. Duane then advanced to the semifinal round where he met up with Josh Hart. Unfortunately, Duane shook and had to pedal the car resulting in a loss. Duane posted a 5.51 at 266 MPH to Hart’s winning 5.40 at 265 MPH. “I was hoping to get past the tricky spot on the track. Unfortunately I didn’t. Duane said

Duane is looking forward to the Route 66 NHRA Nationals, his next event. “Chicago is next weekend and we are excited to race in our sponsor’s home town. Go PEAK!” Duane would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises.

Duane Shields Goes to Quarter Finals at Norwalk

After a few weeks off, Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster was back in competition. This time the team was in Norwalk, Ohio at the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Unfortunately, heavy rain was an unwelcome guest on Friday and put everyone at a tuning disadvantage. Still, the PEAK Dragster qualified well with a 5.33 at 273 MPH to land Duane fifth in the qualifying order.

In round one, Duane faced former nostalgia funny car star Kris Krabil who recently made the switch to the long cars. At the hit, Krabil got out of the gate first but his lead didn’t last long as Duane was on a good pass and got the win light with a 5.35 at 270 MPH to Krabil’s valiant 5.43 at 258 MPH.

In the quarter finals, Duane took on fellow west coast racer Chris Demke in the Peen Rite Dragster. At the hit, Duane smoked the tires while Demke was on a clean run which rang up a 5.39 and ended Duane’s weekend. “We backed the car down so we were surprised that it smoked the tires. We will try and improve at the NHRA Regional race next weekend before the Chicago Nationals” Duane said after the event. Duane would like to thank his sponsors PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises.

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