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Well friends, that's a wrap on the 2018 season! Check in often over the winter for the latest racing news! A big thanks to everyone who visited our website this year or rooted for us at the track!

 

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Market: Southern Cal.
Track: Auto Club Raceway
Event: Winternationals
Date:
February 2019
TV: FSN1

 

 

 

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
Results: Semi-Finals

Epping, NH
New England Dragway
LODRS Regional
September 7-9
Results: WIN!

Mohnton, PA
Maplegrove Raceway
Dodge NHRA Nationals
September 13-16
Results: Semi-Finals

Charlotte, NC
ZMAX Dragway
NHRA Carolina Nationals
October 12-14
Results: Round One

Las Vegas, NV
The Strip at Las Vegas
Toyota NHRA Nationals
Oct. 25 - Oct. 28
Results: Semi-Finals

Las Vegas, NV
The Strip at Las Vegas
LODRS Regional
November 1-4
Results: Semi-Finals

Pomona CA

Auto Club Raceway
AAA Auto Club Finals
November 8-11
Results: Round One

12 Nationals / 8 Regionals

LODRS (Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series)

 

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PEAK Team Works Hard to Make Eliminations in Pomona

Pomona CA - Duane Shields and the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster team went into the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona confident of a strong finish to end the 2018 season and why not? The team earned the East Coast Championship by a combination of winning races and going to late rounds. Things were going well at the final event of the year until the third and final qualifier when the engine gave up the ghost. But still the team got into the show as the number eight qualifier with a respectable 5.31 at 273 MPH on a previous run.

Timing is everything and it would have been preferable if the engine went away on Thursday or even Friday but the engine waited until Saturday morning to let go causing the team to scramble in order to change engines before round one which left no time for tuning the new power plant. The team successfully swapped engines but barely made it to the starting line on time where Duane took on Shane Conway in the first round pairings.

Conway qualified ninth with a 5.32 at 266 MPH so it looked to be a very close and competitive race. As the cars left the starting line, Duane went up in smoke right at the hit. Meanwhile, Conway was on a clean run and advanced to the second round where he lost. Duane summed up the situation this way: “After my team busted butt to get the motor changed and everything associated with it, we got it done just in time to make it up there only to lose traction. We will start a new season in February” Duane said.

Duane and his team who finished the 2018 season seventh nationally would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK Spark Plugs, GRP Connecting Rods and Brad Anderson Enterprises for a great Championship season and look forward to a good year in 2019.


Duane Shields Goes to Another Semi Final Round in Las Vegas

For the second week in a row, Duane Shields and the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster team were back at their home track, Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the final Lucas Oil Regional event of the year. “Every season this race brings out the best cars in the country so just qualifying for this event is an accomplishment” Duane said. The PEAK Team qualified sixth with a very respectable 5.27 at 270 MPH.

In round one, Duane faced newly crowd Champion Joey Severance. At the hit, Duane was out in front of Severance with an .043 reaction time to Severance’s .061. To compound problems for the Champ, Duane was on a clean pass while Severance lost traction and smoked the tires. Duane stopped the clock with a sizzling 5.26 at 273 MPH to advance to the semi finals.

In the semis, Duane took on another top Northwest competitor, Shawn Cowie. As the lights came down it was Duane out first again with an .066 to Cowie’s slower 0.109. However, Cowie was able to narrow the gap and get around the blue PEAK Dragster as Duane was unable to match his performance from the previous round. Cowie recorded a 5.29 at 277 MPH to Duane’s valiant 5.35 at 269 MPH. “Overall it was a decent weekend, the car ran good in qualifying and we won a round and lost a close round” Duane surmised.

Next, the team moves on to Pomona for the Auto Club NHRA Finals. “There won’t be any points for us at Pomona as we’ve claimed all of our races for the year, we’re just competing to give PEAK some good exposure and to be sure the team stays tight for the upcoming 2019 season” Duane 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. Photo by Bob Johnson


PEAK Team Makes it to the Semi Finals at their Home Track

Duane Shields and the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster Team seemed unstoppable and was definitely on their game until a clutch malfunctioned in the semi-final round of the Toyota NHRA Nationals at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This was the best finish the team has had at their home track in recent memory but they came up just a little short in the late round. “I’m disappointed on how it ended but it was still a good weekend. For me, one of the highlights of the race was our annual appreciation dinner for all of the Top Alcohol teams. It was a big success as over 150 people attended” Duane said.

During the dinner there were likely a few accolades directed at the team on how impressive the PEAK Dragster ran in qualifying. The car was flawless on every pass and Duane rang up a 5.20 at 276 MPH which landed him second in the qualifying line up.

In round one, Duane drew rising star Cameron Ferre. At the hit, the California native got a sizable starting line advantage but Dana Hopewell’s horsepower kicked in and Duane was ahead of Ferre just before the 60 foot mark. Problems began to set in for Ferre and Duane sailed to the finish line on a clean 5.30 at 272 MPH pass to Ferre’s meager 9.72 at just 90 MPH.

In the second round, Duane took on Albany, Oregon’s Garret Bateman who drives for Rick Henkelman. As the lights came down, Bateman got off the starting line first but it didn’t help his cause as Duane was able to catch up with Bateman and pulled away at mid track just in time to grab the victory with a winning time of 5.33 at 272 MPH to Bateman’s valiant 5.39 at 270 MPH.

As the semi finals rolled around it would be the race of the day in the Top Alcohol Dragster class thus far with Duane facing another Oregon driver, Joey Severance who was on his way to clinching the Championship. Unfortunately for the PEAK team, there was a clutch problem that threw everything off beginning with the burnout and in the confusion Duane tapped the throttle resulting in a red light. Meanwhile, Severance was on his game and posted a 5.27 at 274 MPH to Duane’s 5.72 at 259 MPH. “Things didn’t work out. We really wanted a good run against Joey but we have two more shots at a win and we plan to finish the season strong in California” Duane said.

Next weekend will be the final NHRA Lucas Oil regional event of the year also held in Las Vegas. The PEAK team will hang around to see if they can get that illusive win at their home track. Duane would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK Spark Plugs, GRP Connecting Rods and Brad Anderson Enterprises.

Duane Shields Goes Out too Soon at Carolina Nationals in Charlotte

Charlotte NC - The PEAK Team was brimming with confidence going into Charlotte after finishing in the late rounds much of the second half of the 2018 season. The weekend started out good at the NHRA Carolina Nationals as the PEAK Dragster’s first run out of the box was a blistering 5.24 at 278 MPH which was good for the top qualifier. The PEAK team would eventually ended up as the second seed going into eliminations.

In round one, Duane took on Canadian Shawn Cowie. Unfortunately for Duane, he lost traction and went up in smoke giving the win to Cowie who was long gone with a good 5.20 pass. “We were disappointed as we had a lot of confidence going into eliminations. On the last qualifying run, a body panel made contact with the sidewall of our tire and the decision was made to replace it. We believe that was the reason the car smoked the tires” Duane said.

The PEAK team now moves back to the west coast for the remainder of the season. “We will move on to our home track in Las Vegas and hope to do real well there” Duane said. The race team would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK Spark Plugs, GRP Connecting Rods and Brad Anderson Enterprises.

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