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.


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The PEAK Team is looking forward to the biggest race of the year held over the Labor Day Weekend, the Chevrolet NHRA US Nationals in Indianapolis.


Race Schedule and Results


Market: Indianapolis
Track: Lucas Oil Raceway
Event: NHRA US Nationals
August 29 - Sept. 3




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
Results: First alternate

Charlotte, NC
ZMax Raceway
Four Wide NHRA Nationals
April 27-29
Results: Quarter Finals

Commerce, GA
Atlanta Dragway
Atlanta NHRA Nationals
May 4-6
Results: First Round

Mohnton, PA
Maplegrove Raceway
LODRS Regional
May 25-27
Results: WIN!

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

Norwalk, OH
Summit Dragway
Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
June 21-24
Results: Quarter Finals

Lebanon Valley, NY
Lebanon Valley Dragway
LODRS Regional
June 29-July 1
Results: WIN!

Atco, NJ
Atco Dragway
LODRS Regional
August 3-5
Results: Semi-Finals

Brainerd, MN
Brainerd Int’l Raceway
Lucas Oil Nationals
August 16-19
Results: Round One

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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Intermittent Electrical Problem Sidelines Duane Shields at Brainerd

An intermittent electrical problem had the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster team chasing a gremlin for most of the weekend at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, MN.

Fortunately, the team was able to qualify fifth with a 5.32 at 271 MPH despite the distraction. In round one, Duane’s opponent, James Stevens, advanced to the next round when the electrical problem reappeared and sidelined the PEAK Team from going any further in eliminations. “We are disappointed but sometimes these problems strike out of nowhere. The good news is we have the problem fixed and we’ll be ready for Indy in just a couple of weeks” Duane said.

Duane would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK Spark Plugs, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their continued support. Photo courtesy of Competition Plus.

Duane Shields and PEAK Team Top Qualifier at Atco Raceway

Duane Shields returned to Atco Raceway, New Jersey’s premier racing facility after a much deserved four week break. Twelve Top Alcohol Dragsters showed up for the Lucas Oil Regional event with Duane Shields in the PEAK Dragster sliding into the number one qualifying position with a very respectable 5.23 at 278 MPH.

I round one, Duane took on up and coming driver Tiffany Januik. As the light turned green, it was Duane out of the gate first with an 0.059 to Januik’s 0.075. Duane never looked back as he had Januik covered by a tenth of a second and took the win with a 5.40 at 274 MPH to Januik’s 5.50 at 263 MPH to move on to the semis.

In the semis, Duane raced friendly rival Jackie Fricke. At the hit Duane lost traction and smoked the tires resulting in an abandoned run. “The car slowed down in round one after running strong all weekend including some pre-race testing. So, we gave the car some additional power before the semifinals and it spun the tires as a result. But we qualified number one which I have not done in a while and gained another round of points so it was an alright weekend” Duane said.

From Atco the team returns to national event competition beginning in Brainerd. “We can’t claim any more regional points so we’ll have to wait and see how everyone else dose at any remaining regional events. We will now concentrate on national events beginning with Brainerd which I’m looking forward to. Duane would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their support.

Duane Shields Wins Lebanon Valley Regional Event in New York

Lebanon Valley, NY - Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster added a third victory to his successful 2018 season. Duane defeated Karen Stalba in the final round at the scenic Lebanon Valley Dragway in upstate New York.

Duane qualified in the top half of the field with a 5.42 at 270 MPH to land third in the qualifying order. The popular driver from Boulder City, Nevada, moved through eliminations by first taking on Richard St. Pierre in round one. At the hit, St. Pierre was late leaving the starting line giving Duane a big advantage. At the top end it was Duane taking the win with a 5.49 at 271 MPH to St. Pierre’s 5.62 at 252 MPH.

In the semi-finals, Duane took on Dan Mercier. As the lights came down, Duane was out of the gate first with an .053 to Mercier’s .095. At the stripe it was all PEAK as Duane chalked up a trip to the final round with a 5.54 at 269 MPH to Mercier’s 7.70 at 114 MPH.

In the final round, Duane met up with Karen Stalba who qualified fifth with a 5.50 so it looked to be a close race on paper. As the dragsters left the starting line, Duane once again got the edge with an 0.069 to Stalba’s close 0.072. Duane was able to keep the lead and take the win with a 5.43 at 269 MPH to Stalba’s distant 5.99 at 236 MPH. “My team did a great job in 90 plus degree temperatures today. Go PEAK!” Duane remarked following the race.

During the event there was a bad crash that hospitalized one of the PEAK Team’s fellow racers. “DJ cox was involved in a top end accident. Our thoughts and prayers go to him and his family” 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.

Duane Shields Goes to Quarter- finals in Norwalk, Ohio

Norwalk, Ohio - Even though the weather didn’t fully cooperate, it was a good outing for Duane Shields and the PEAK Team. They did everything right but lost a very close nail-biter in the second round of eliminations at the 12th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. “It was a rain plagued race which always effects the race teams and makes the event a guessing game” Duane noted.

Duane qualified fifth with a respectable 5.31@ 276 MPH. This set up a showdown between Duane in the PEAK Dragster and Corey Michalek. At the hit, Michalek pulled off an impressive 0.010 reaction time to Duane’s 0.037. Unfortunately for Michalek, his great reaction time was all for nothing as he immediately lost traction right off of the starting line. Meanwhile, Duane was on a clean pass and stopped the clock with a 5.33 at 272 MPH for the win.

In the quarterfinals, Duane took on Troy Coughlin Jr. This race turned out to be one for the highlight reel. At the startingline, Duane was out of the gate first with an 0.059 to Coughlin’s 0.077. Both cars were side by side with Duane slightly ahead by mid track. Then, Coughlin was able to overpower Duane and command the lead. At the finish line Coughlin held on by inches, taking the narrow win with a 5.28 at 276 MPH to Duane’s very close 5.32 at 275 MPH. “They had good MPH at half track and I think that was the race. It’s disappointing to see them slow down in the next round after they had their best run against me” Duane said.

Next weekend the team heads to Lebanon Valley Dragway in New York. If you are in the Northeast, this will be your chance to see the nitro fueled dragsters up close and personal. “The car is running great and my driving is good so we’ll roll into New York expecting to do well” Duane said. The race team would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their support.



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