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2021 Season Schedule

Belle Rose, LA
No Problem Raceway
LODRS Regional
Feb 26 - Feb. 27
Results: WON EVENT

Gainesville, FL

Gainesville Dragway
LODRS Regional
March 5-8
Results: Runner Up

Gainesville, FL
Gainesville Dragway
Gatornationals
March 11-14
Results: Round One

Atlanta, GA,
Atlanta Dragway
NHRA Southern Nationals
April 30 May 2
Results: Round One (Madison)

Charlotte, NC
Zmax Dragway
Fourwide Nationals
May 14-16
Results: Round Two

Houston, TX,
Houston Raceway Park
Mopar Spring Nationals
May 21-23
Results: Round One (Madison)

Reading, PA
Maple Grove Raceway
LODRS Regional
May 28-30
Results: Race postponed

Lebanon Valley, NY
Lebanon Valley Dragway
LODRS Regional
June 18-20
Results: WON EVENT!

Norwalk, OH
Summit Raceway Park
Summit Nationals
June 24-27
Results: Round One

Norwalk, OH
Summit Raceway Park
NHRA Lucas Oil Regional
July 2-3
Results: Round One

Indianapolis, IN
Lucas Oil Raceway
LODRS Regional
Aug 6-8
Results: Semi Finals

Brainerd, MN
Brainerd Raceway
Lucas Oil Nationals
Aug 19-22
Results: Quarterfinals

Reading, PA
Maple Grove Raceway
NHRA Divisional Make up race
Aug. 28-29
Results: Semifinals

Indianapolis, IN
Lucas Oil Raceway
Chevrolet NHRA US Nationals
JEGS All Stars
Sept. 1-5
Results: Round 1

Reading, PA
Maple Grove Raceway
NHRA Keystone Nationals
Sept. 10-12
Results: Semifinals

Charlotte, NC
ZMax Raceway
Carolina Nationals
Sept. 17-19
Results: Round 1

Richmond, VA
Virginia Motorsports Park
LODRS Regional
October 24-26
Results: Semifinals

Dallas, TX
Texas Motorplex
NHRA Dallas Nationals
October 7-10
Results: Semifinals (Madison)

Las Vegas, NV
The Strip at Las Vegas
NHRA Dodge Nationals
Oct. 29-31
Results: Round 1

Las Vegas, NV
The Strip at Las Vegas
LODRS Regional
November 4-7
Defending Champion
Results: Round 1 (Madison)

Pomona, CA
Auto Club Raceway
Auto Club Finals
Nov. 12-14
Results: Round 1 (Madison)

14 Nationals / 9 Regionals

LODRS (Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series)

 

 

 

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Madison Closes Out Season for Muscle Milk Team at Home Track

Madison Payne closed out the 2021 NHRA drag racing season at her home track, Auto Club Raceway, in Pomona, CA. Madison who is from nearby Claremont, qualified well landing in the sixth position with a decent 5.23 at 278 MPH.

In round one, Madison took on Mitch Meyers.  As the cars launched off the starting line, it was Meyers who was out first with a .087 reaction time to Madison's .105. Meyers was able to hold the lead and grab the finish line stripe with a 5.35 at 270 MPH to Madison's 5.34 at 273 MPH in a holeshot win. "I had my worst light of the weekend in round one and I had to pedal it. We lost by just .008 of a second. In Vegas last week it was the same thing but I had the better reaction time. We lost by just .009 and I had to pedal it there too" Madison explained. "Overall, I feel good about my driving and I'm more comfortable in the car but I wish we would have done better at our home track" she said.

For the 2022 season, Madison will be back with the Muscle Milk team and will drive at selected events sharing seat time with car owner and primary driver Duane Shields. Duane and Madison would like to thank their marketing partners for all of their valued support this season including Muscle Milk, BAE, Clean Boost, GRP Connecting Rods, and NGK Spark Plugs.

 

Madison Makes Strides at Final NHRA Lucas Oil Regional Event

The final NHRA Lucas Oil Regional event of the 2021 season was held in Las Vegas over the weekend, sandwiched between the Dodge Nationals and the AAA Finals in Pomona. This is the hardest race on the schedule to qualify for as 17 dragsters were battling for just eight spots. Madison Payne got the Muscle Milk A/Fuel Dragster in the tight field with a 5.27 at 274 MPH to qualify sixth. Just qualifying for the event is an accomplishment. 

In round one, Madison took on Canadian standout Shawn Cowie. As the cars left the line it was Madison with the starting line advantage with a .068 to Cowie's .092.  Both cars were neck and neck all the way to the finish line with Cowie narrowly getting the win with a 5.35 at 273 to Madison's close 5.39 at 276 MPH. "We lost by just eight thousand of a second so I'm just a hair frustrated. That was our slowest run of the weekend. Had we just run a .38 we would have won but that's how it goes" said team owner Duane Shields.

While the Muscle Milk team lost a close one, Duane continues to be impressed with Madison's driving job. "Madison had to pedal it in the first round and she did a very good job. She has a great future ahead of her" Duane said. We will be moving on to Pomona and Madison will be driving there too. We are hoping to close out the year with a win" he added. 

Also at the Las Vegas Lucas Oil Regional, Micheal Handras, was crowned the Division 1 Super Gas Champion. "Our Shortline Express Markets give Mike some support so we are proud that he won the Championship" Duane said. 

Duane and Madison would like to thank their marketing partners including Muscle Milk, BAE, Clean Boost, GRP Connecting Rods, and NGK Spark Plugs for their support this season.

 

Shields Gambles in Vegas but CameUp Short in Eliminations

Duane Shields rolled the dice and played it safe with consistency in Las Vegas but the gamble didn't pay off and he came up short in round one of eliminations.

The Muscle Milk A/fuel Dragster qualified twelfth with a 5.32 but the car lacked the ET needed to get into the late rounds. The team opted not to race on the ragged edge and risk losing traction which is always a trade off. "We played it safe so we would be consistent. But in doing so it slowed us down a little too much". Duane admitted. 

Duane's first round opponent was Washington's Kim Parker. At the hit Duane was out of the gate first with a .065 to Parker's .079. But, Parker was able to take a narrow lead and get the win with a 5.26 at 267 MPH to Duane's 5.32 at 270 MPH. "We need to work on getting our ET's quicker and will spend the next two races doing that. We have some ideas" Duane explained.

For the last two events of the year, Madison Payne will be driving the Muscle Milk Dragster. "That was my last race of the year so Madison can drive at the regional race here next weekend and the last race in Pomona. And then we will start planning for next year" Duane said. 

The team would like to thank their marketing partners including Muscle Milk, BAE, Clean Boost, GRP Connecting Rods and NGK Spark Plugs for their support this season.

Next, the Muscle Milk car gets hauled to the West Coast of the last three races of the year with two of them located in Las Vegas. "We will go to our home track in Las Vegas and see if we can get a win there" Duane said.  Duane and Madison would like to thank their sponsors Muscle Milk, NGK Spark Plugs, GRP Connecting Rods, Clean Boost, SRI, and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their support of Shield's Racing in 2021.

 

Madison Payne Enjoys Semi-Final Finish at Stampede of Speed

Madison Payne resumed the driving chores in the Muscle Milk A/Fuel Dragster at the "Stampede of Speed" NHRA Fall Nationals in Dallas, Texas. Madison had her best run of the weekend right out of the box during qualifying with a 5.28 at 277 MPH and wound up as the eleventh seed. "Madison continues her debut in A/Fuel and is doing good. She takes direction well and makes racing fun" said team owner and primary driver Duane Shields,

In round one, Madison faced Robin Samsel. As the car left the starting line it was Madison out first with a .064 to Samsel's .085  then about 200 feet out both cars began to drive into traction problems and Madison got way out of shape but Samsel got the worst of it when he crossed the center line and was disqualified as a result. "Both cars broke loose and fortunately for me he crossed the centerline. I was able to control the car and get it straight but what got my attention was that the whole instrument panel shook loose from the shake and moved up and down as I was driving" Madison said. "We got lucky on that round" Duane added.

In round two, Madison drew Julie Nataas. At the hit, it was Nataas out first with a .031 to Madison's .093. Nataas had a slight lead thanks to a better reaction time but Madison and the Muscle Milk team made up for the deficit and got around Natass before the finish line and rang up a 5.32 at 273 MPH over Nataas' 5.41 at 268 MPH. "I wasn't sure what would happen because Randy Meyer's cars always run good" Madison said.  Duane agreed "Randy Meyer is always competitive so it was a good win". 

The semi-finals pitted Madison against Jackie Fricke who has enjoyed a stellar season. As the lights came down on the tree it was Fricke out first with a .074 to Madison's .097. Fricke continued her winning ways and got to the finish line first with a 5.24 at 278 MPH to Madison's 5.33 at 271 MPH. "Jackie is competing for the Championship and is running well. We expected better air conditions and should have given Madison a better car.  But anytime you can make it to the semis at one of these races it's a good weekend. Madison agreed. "If you get to race on Sunday it's a successful race".

Next, the Muscle Milk car gets hauled to the West Coast of the last three races of the year with two of them located in Las Vegas. "We will go to our home track in Las Vegas and see if we can get a win there" Duane said.  Duane and Madison would like to thank their sponsors Muscle Milk, NGK Spark Plugs, GRP Connecting Rods, Clean Boost, SRI, and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their support of Shield's Racing in 2021.

 

Muscle Milk Team Goes to Semis at Virginia Lucas Oil Regional Race

Richmond VA - Duane Shields in the Muscle Milk A/Fuel Dragster went back to racing in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series after a stretch of NHRA national events. Duane qualified fifth at the Virginia Motorsports Park regional event with a strong 5.25 at 277 MPH. 

In round one, Duane raced Dan Mercier who qualified 4th. As the lights came down, Mercier was out first with a .066 to Duane's .088. Mercier then lost traction and Duane sailed to the finish line with a 5.27 at 276 MPH win.

In the semi-final round, Duane raced Jackie Fricke. Jackie got off the line first with a .071 to Duane's .122.  It was a very close side-by-side race all the way to the stripe with Fricke taking the win with a 5.20 at 278 MPH to Duane's close 5.22 at 277 MPH.

Next, the team heads to Dallas for the NHRA Fall Nationals, October 7-10 where Madison Payne will be driving the Muscle Milk entry.  Duane would like to thank his sponsors Muscle Milk, NGK Spark Plugs, GRP Connecting Rods, Clean Boost, SRI, and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their support of Shield's Racing in 2021.

 

Shields Loses Some Traction in Charlotte at Carolina Nationals

Duane Shields and the Muscle Milk team returned to the "Bellagio of Drag Racing" better known as the ZMax Dragway for the DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals. The Charlotte track is one of the nicest facilities on the NHRA tour.

Duane was off to a great start in qualifying by ending up 3rd with a decent 5.23 at 277 MPH. This set up a first-round match-up with Dan Dietrich. At the hit, it was Duane out first with a .110 to Dietrich's .145. But then close to the 60-foot mark Duane lost traction and tried pedaling the dragster twice but the car did not recover and Dietrich took the win with a beatable 5.90 over Duane's traction plagued 6.75. "We are very disappointed. We had high hopes coming into this race with a new fuel system but the track deteriorated some and our tune-up didn't hold." Duane said.

Next, the team moves onto Virginia for an NHRA Lucas Oil Regional Drag Racing Series event.  We love going to Virginia. It's a fast track. We hope to rebound there with a win" Duane said. Duane would like to thank his sponsors Muscle Milk, NGK Spark Plugs, GRP Connecting Rods, Clean Boost, SRI, and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their support of Shield's Racing in 2021.


 

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