In Memory of Adam Shields

Duane would like to thank the loyal NHRA fans, racers, crew members, officials and sponsors for their continued support of the Shields family.

Events and results


Market: Norwalk, Ohio
Track: Summit Motorsports PK
Event: Summit Nationals
Date: June 23 - June 26, 2016

TV: Fox Sports




2016 Season Schedule

Pomona, CA
Auto Club Raceway
Circle K NHRA
February 11-14
Results: Semi-Finals

Gainesville, FL

Gainesville Raceway
LODRS Regional
March 11-13
Results: Semi-Finals

Gainesville, FL
Gainesville Raceway
Amalie Oil Gatornationals

March 17-19
Results: Quarter-finals

Charlotte, NC
Z MAX Dragway
4 Wide Nationals

April 22-24
Results: Round One

Richmond, Virginia
Virginia Motorsports Park
LODRS Regional
April 29-May 1
Results: Won Event!

Reading, PA
Maplegrove Raceway
LODRS Regional
May 27-29
Results: Runner Up

Norwalk, OH ***
Summit Motorsports Park
Summit Racing Equip. Nationals
June 23-26

Lebanon, NY
Lebanon Valley
LODRS Regional
July 1-3

Chicago, IL
Route 66 Raceway
Route 66 NHRA Nationals
Jegs Allstar Race

July 7-10
Jegs All Stars:

Epping, NH
New England Dragway
LODRS Regional
July 22-24

Atco, NJ
Atco Dragway
LODRS Regional
August 5-7

Brainard, MN
Brainard Int’l Raceway
Lucas Oil Nationals
August 18-21

Indianapolis, IN
Lucas Oil Raceway
Chevrolet Performance
US Nationals

August 31-Sept. 5

Charlotte, NC
ZMAX Dragway
NHRA Carolina Nationals
September 16-18

Reading, PA
Maple Grove Raceway
Keystone Nationals
Sept. 29 - October 2

Dallas, TX

Texas Motorplex
AAA Texas Fall Nationals
October 13-16

Las Vegas, NV
The Strip at Las Vegas
Toyota Nationals
October 27-Nov 30

Las Vegas, NV
The Strip at Las Vegas
LODRS Regional
November 3-6

Pomona CA

Auto Club Raceway
AAA Auto Club Finals
November 10-13

12 Nationals / 7 Regionals

LODRS (Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series)

*** Unknown at this time

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PEAK Dragster Goes to the Final Round at Maplegrove Regional

Reading PA - Duane Shields, the Defending Champion of both the NHRA national and regional events held at Maplegrove Raceway just missed another trip to the Winner’s Circle at this year’s Lucas Oil Regional where he lost to Rich McPhillips in the final round. Duane qualified third with a 5.34 but was on the outside looking in at the beginning of the final qualifying session. This added a lot of excitement in the grandstands since there was a good turnout of friends and family rooting for Duane. Fortunately, the PEAK team didn’t disappoint the fans as they got the PEAK Dragster into the show during the final session.

To add to the qualifying excitement, the first round was a real squeaker as Duane beat John Finke in a hole shot! Duane had an .062 reaction time to Finke’s .090 and that’s what won the round for Duane even though Finke had a slightly quicker 5.381 to Duane’s ever so close 5.386. “That was a very competitive and close race in the first round especially after being under a lot of pressure just to qualify” Duane said.

In the semifinals, Duane took on Jeff Veale. At the hit, Veale was off the line first with an 0.066 to Duane’s 0.070. As the cars roared down track, the PEAK dragster over powered Veale’s car and took the win with a stout 5.30 at 274 MPH to Veale’s 5.43 at 268 MPH to make it to the finals.

In the final round matched up, Duane faced familiar east coast opponent Rich McPhillips. At the hit Duane struck the tires and went up in smoke. Meanwhile, McPhillips was on a clean pass and took the win. While Duane was glad to have made it to the final round, he was disappointed that his car abruptly lost traction. “We always want to win so I’m obviously disappointed but overall I can’t complain. We qualified for a very tight field and we won the first round on a hole shot and we also had a great run in round two. So, it was still a pretty good weekend for the PEAK team” Duane said.

The PEAK team now moves on to Norwalk, Ohio for the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals, June 23-26. Duane would like to thank his sponsors PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their support in 2016.


Duane Shields in the PEAK Dragster Takes First Win of the Season

Richmond, Virginia - After some great performances but no recent trips to the winner’s circle, Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster finally broke through to claim his first victory of the season by winning the NHRA Lucas Oil Regional event in Richmond, Virginia. “So far this year, the results have not matched the performance of the car. For an example, last weekend it was a bad set of tires that caused us to lose the round. So, this weekend there were no obstacles and everything came together. It’s good to finally get the results we know the car is capable of” Duane said.

Duane was on a roll right from the beginning by taking the pole position over a tough eight car field with a very competitive 5.24 at 275 MPH. In the first round, Duane faced the number eight qualifier Richard St. Pierre. At the hit it was St. Pierre out first and he was on a decent run but Duane relied on another incredible performance to seal the win as he ripped off a 5.25 at 276 MPH over St. Pierre’s 5.79 at 245 MPH.

Next, Duane faced another familiar east coast challenger, Dan Mercier, in the semi-final round. As the lights came down both cars left together with Mercier getting a slight 1000th of a second lead. But again, Duane and the PEAK Dragster was no match for his opponent as he scored low ET of the round with a 5.24 at 278 MPH over Mercier’s losing 5.54 at 266 MPH.

Before the final round Duane’s opponent, Rich McPhillips, had to swap engines and the PEAK team patiently waited as long as they could for the McPhillips team to reach the staging lanes. Finally, McPhillips’ dragster came to life and did the burnout but something was wrong with the car and McPhillips was shut off. Duane then was awarded a single for the win. On the final round pass the car launched hard and carried the wheels before it began to shake so Duane lifted and coasted to the finish line for his first win of the year. “If I had to I could have pedaled and saved the run but because it was a single there was really no point in doing that since we already had won” Duane said after the event.

The team now takes a short break until they return to competition May 27-29 for a regional event at Maplegrove Raceway. “Its great to have grabbed a win going into the break. It was a fun race and everyone on my crew did a good job of getting the car ready in time before every round” Duane said. Duane would like to thank his sponsors PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their incredible support this season.


Loss of Traction Eliminates Duane Shields Early at Four-Wide Nationals

Charlotte, N.C. - So far this year the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster has been running consistent and has mades some very impressive runs in the 5.20 zone. This weekend at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods was no exception as Duane Shields made a sizzling 5.27 at 275 MPH pass to take the number one qualify position in the first round of qualifying.

On the second qualifying stanza the car smoked the tires and the PEAK team dropped down to the third position going into eliminations. Because of some rain in the afternoon on Friday, the Top Alcohol Dragster class only received two qualifying rounds so the PEAK team was unable to get a third pass to see if they had the traction problem sorted out prior to eliminations.

In the first round, the PEAK team faced east coast veteran Richard Bourke. At the hit it was Bourke out first as Duane smoked the tires and had no choice but to lift and idle down track while Bourke made his best run of the weekend to take the win.

The good news for Duane and the PEAK team is they only have a few days to ponder the loss before they move on to Richmond, Virginia next weekend for an NHRA Lucas Oil Regional event. Duane would like to thank his sponsors PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their continued support in 2016.


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