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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.
In the finals at Summit Motorsports Park for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Megan Meyer, Olathe, Kansas, took home the win in Top Alcohol Dragster for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.

Driving for the Randy Meyer Racing Team, Megan had a few setbacks during qualifying on Friday and Saturday, and lost their second session because of the multiple rain delays. Their efforts of a 5.25-seconds and 5.28-seconds set Megan up as the No. 3 qualifier.

Megan took out Jeff Veale in the opening round, followed by a single pass in the second round of eliminations before defeating Dan Page in the semifinals, all running within the mid-5.20s range. Meyer ran 5.320-seconds at 277.94 mph in her final round victory over home state racer Troy Coughlin Jr., who clocked in at 5.369 seconds, 275.67 mph.

“I was slow getting out of the gate, and we almost lost on a holeshot because of it,” said Megan. “For some reason my car slowed down on the track and we only ran a 5.32 at 277 mph – our worst run of the weekend, but I was lucky enough that we pulled ahead within the last 300 feet to get the win. I saw his yellow wing out of the corner of my eye going down the track, and I was screaming in my head to go faster; I did not want to lose after we have been doing so good, but then it disappeared after 1000 feet and I had just enough room to get around TJ and get the win by .001 of a second.”

With this win, Megan currently sits in the top position for the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series National Points and hopes to carry the momentum into the second half of the season. Megan’s next race will be at her home track, Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kansas for the Central Regional event.

Catch Megan’s victory on FS2, Thursday, July 5th 8pm ET, and on Saturday, July 7th Noon ET on FS1. There are multiple re-air dates scheduled and can be found at https://www.nhra.com/tv/2018/lucas-oil-drag-racing-series
Corey Michalek realized a dream Monday.

The Top Alcohol driver made two passes in Pat Dakin’s Top Fuel dragster at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio as part of the licensing process.

“It was a heck of a day,” said Michalek, 30. “I’m eternally grateful that Pat Dakin gave me an opportunity to achieve a dream of standing on the gas in a Top Fuel car, for Scott Graham (Dakin’s crew chief), giving me a full race car to license in and see if I had what it takes to go to the stripe, and for the rest of the Commercial Metal Fabricator’s team for their time, support, and guidance to help me through the process today. I can’t overemphasize just how big of a deal this was for me.”

Michalek’s first pass was 4.14-second at 226 mph, and it was a run where he shut off at halftrack. The second run was a full pass and he had a 3.84-second elapsed time at 310 mph.

“You hear so many people talk about how intense the acceleration is in these cars,” Michalek said. “I remember the jump from Super Comp to A-Fuel was substantial. I anticipated the same from A-Fuel to Top Fuel, but I don’t know if I was accurately understanding how drastic it would be. It was one of the most intense experiences I have ever had in my entire life. When it gets out to about 400 feet and the clutch locks up it is like going through the Twilight Zone. It is unbelievable how hard that thing hooks up.”

Michalek is upgrading his license from an alcohol dragster license. He was unsure if the passes he made Monday would be enough to get a Top Fuel license. If not, he will finish the process another time.

“We started the process of exploring options within the next level (Top Fuel),” Michalek said. “That Top Fuel car is pulling harder at any point during the run than the most aggressive acceleration during a run in an A-Fuel car. I thought I was prepared for it, but until you actually feel it, no way. It was a blur.”

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