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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 Brainard. "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 Brainard 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.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (August 2, 2018): Three generations of the New York-based Caruso family are headed to the WSOPM on the mountain in Denver (August 10 & 11) with only one thing on their minds. Winning!

Family Patriarch Joe will watch over his son Marc and granddaughter Camrie when the family racing team head to the Bandimere Speedway Denver CO this month.

Marc has recently stepped up his Pro Mod program in the PDRA Pro Boost category with the purchase of an Ex-Todd Tutterow '69 Camaro, and the fitment of an Al Billes' fed Noonan 4.9. The switch to Billes Superchargers & Fuel Systems and the revolutionary 4.9 Noonan Race Engineering Hemi came about after the Noonan brains-trust assisted with getting both of the family's hotrods to the PDRA Firecracker Nationals PDRA race in June.

"Noonan Race Engineering, Renee & Jamie Noonan and Lee White went above and beyond to assist our team to get back on track for the VMP round of PDRA. With Jamie and Lee working on both cars at the track, their service and assistance is second-to-none, both on and off the race track. They truly are good people."

The presence of Al at the races was also a determining factor in the switch to a Billes Blower and Fuel System. "Al is a great guy and very knowledgeable. Working with this awesome group is what we believe we need to do to move to the front-of-the-pack in the very competitive world of PDRA Pro Boost." explains Marc. "The ability for our long time crew-chief Angelo Aceto to bounce ideas off him in real time face to face is a win win for us moving forward."

Taking on the Bandimere Speedway 1/4 Mile and the Mountain for the first time is not something that Marc and the team decided upon lightly. As much as Marc has confidence in his ability to mix it with the best Pro Mod drivers in the world, he hasn't been to the mountain nor driven a Pro Mod over the 1/4 mile. "Lee White's confidence in our ability to go there and make an impact was a key determining factor in us accepting...
Matt Sackman entered last weekend’s Burndown at Sundown at Route 66 Raceway with just a handful of Top Alcohol Dragster passes under his belt. Late Sunday evening, he left the event with five additional passes, the No. 1 qualifier award and the NHRA North Central Region event victory.

“To be able to qualify No. 1 and win the race in my debut is pretty unbelievable,” said Sackman, a cylinder head specialist on Don Schumacher Racing’s Antron Brown-driven Matco Tools/U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster. “It definitely shows there’s light at the end of the tunnel, that all of the hard work is worth it. This opportunity will hopefully lead to more opportunities in the future. I’m just very fortunate that everything worked out the way it did.”

Driving one of the potent Randy Meyer Racing entries, Sackman, 25, kicked off his Top Alcohol Dragster debut Friday evening with a 5.26-second pass at 275 mph. A strong 5.31 at 274 mph followed during Saturday’s rain-shortened qualifying, but it was the first pass that held up for the top spot out of the 13 cars trying to qualify for the eight-car field.

“I knew Randy had the car running well because Justin Ashley qualified No. 1 in it at Indy the week before,” said Sackman, whose teammate, Julie Nataas, qualified No. 2. “Running that 5.26 in hot air on the first pass definitely got my attention. I couldn’t believe the guys when they told me it ran 5.26 at 275.”

Sackman notched his first Top Alcohol Dragster round win Saturday evening when he used a .048 reaction time and 5.326 at 274.39 to defeat J.P. Gutierrez and his supercharged entry.

“It felt great to get that first win light out of the way,” Sackman admitted. “Both of my qualifying passes were singles, so first round was my first time driving an A/Fuel car with another car in the other lane. I was fairly nervous about that because I didn’t want to mess up my routine or hang JP out. Fortunately, it ended up working out.”

Man and machine were...