Charlotte - Duane Shields driving the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster had a good, well rounded outing at the 10th Annual NHRA Carolina Nationals held at ZMAX Dragway. Duane qualified fifth in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster with a highly competitive 5.28 at 276 MPH blast. “The car ran well so It was a good event for us. PEAK had some of their customers here on Saturday and NGK had a big presence at this race as well” Duane said.

In round one, Duane took on Tom Fox who qualified with a 5.38 so it was a fairly close match up going into the first round. As the lights came down on the tree, Fox jumped the gun and left too soon giving Duane an automatic first round win. At the finishline, Duane rang up a 5.35 at 273 MPH to move on to the next round.

In the quarterfinals, Duane raced Canadian Shawn Cowie. At the hit Cowie got the starting line advantage and was able to gain enough momentum by mid track to win the race by less than a car length. Cowie stopped the clock with a 5.29 at 272 MPH to Duane’s close 5.32 at 274 MPH. “It was a hot and greasy track. Shawn had a good light against me and he ran well” Duane said after the race.

The Next stop for the PEAK Dragster will be the AAA Texas NHRA Nationals in Dallas, October 12-15. “We have a competitive car we just aren’t getting the results to reflect that right now. But we have another chance in Dallas” Duane said. As always, the team would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their support.

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CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 13) -- Battling for position in both Top Alcohol Dragster and Super Gas, reigning world champion Mia Tedesco says she's solely focused on having fun in her racecars as her schedule shifts to this weekend's 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway.

"I'm not even thinking about, let alone worrying about the points," Tedesco said. "All that matters right now is having fun and trying our best to win races in both cars. If we do that, the points will work out however they work out. Getting wrapped up in all that stuff doesn't change what needs to happen on the racetrack so that's where our focus will stay."

Tedesco recently won two divisional races in her CARS Vehicle Service Contracts/Schepel Motors/NGK/Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster, taking home trophies from Indianapolis and Bowling Green, Ky. The wins helped her advance to second place in the North Central Region standings and eighth in the national points.

"The alcohol car is running great and it's been fun going rounds and winning a couple of races," Tedesco said. "I actually won my first ever race in Top Alcohol Dragster at Charlotte in 2015 so we have some good memories in that class at this racetrack. Maybe we can make some more memories this weekend."

As for her championship-winning CARS Vehicle Service Contracts/VP Racing Fuels Super Gas Chevrolet Cavalier, Tedesco also has some good history to lean on when she racing begins
in Charlotte.

"Last year I was runner-up in the Super Gas car at the spring race here and when we came back in the fall my crew chief Jason Lynch won Super Gas so we've definitely had some good luck in North Carolina," Tedesco said. "The Cavalier has been every bit as as good as it was last year when we won the championship, we just haven't gotten the breaks this season.

"A lot of races in both Top Alcohol and Super Gas especially are decided by thousandths of a second. It's a fine line between being on the right side of those margins or coming up...
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Ocala, Fla., resident Josh Hart, had his dreams materialize by earning his first national event victory on the sport’s biggest stage.

When racing fans think of the prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, the first racer linked to the event is legendary “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, a fellow Ocala neighbor to Hart. His iconic performances helped shaped Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis into the hallowed grounds that every drag racer dreams of winning at. Hart will have to remove the “up-and-coming” label usually attached to his name, as an Indy win certifies that the driver of the Advance Auto Parts A/Fuel dragster has arrived.

“It was a great experience, that’s for sure,” said Hart. “We’ve been putting a lot of effort into it. After we serviced the car after the race, I jumped in the support vehicle and drove 14 hours home. I did a radio interview over the phone and thought, ‘That was pretty cool.’ I’m not big into Facebook, but I checked that and saw all the messages. It starts to sink in.”

Hart qualified with a career-best 5.18 and ran a 5.19 to defeat Seattle winner Kim Parker in the first round. He went 5.21 against kirk Wolf and 5.26 opposite Jeff Veale to set up a final against Megan Meyer, who defeated Randy Meyer Racing teammate Justin Ashley in the previous round. Hart got off the line first with an .029 reaction time and won the 5.30 to 5.36 battle. All told, Hart made the quickest run of three elimination rounds and the second-quickest run of the remaining round.

The event wasn’t all smooth sailing for the crew of leader Gene Gallant, Robert Smullen, Donald Gallant, John Kohlweiss, and Mike Marko that the numbers might make it appear. A broken crankshaft...
INDIANAPOLIS (September 7, 2017) – Kirk Wolf and the Booher Racing Top Alcohol Dragster team turned a slow start into a record-breaking weekend at last weekend’s Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway. Wolf drove the AB Construction supercharged dragster to a 5.300-second pass in qualifying and a 5.256 in the first round of eliminations to reset the world record for the quickest torque-converter-equipped race car.

“It felt amazing to make two strong runs,” Wolf said. “We’ve worked so hard, especially Brandon, to get the car to this point. For him to let me pilot the car and set the records, I can’t really ask for much more. We’ve shown we now have one of the most competitive cars in the class, and that we have a torque converter car that can run right there with the top clutch cars and A/Fuel cars.”

Wolf’s qualifying effort at the prestigious U.S. Nationals began with mechanical gremlins. A rare issue with the frequency on the car’s on-board radio caused the AB Construction machine to shut off before pre-staging during Friday’s two qualifying sessions. A trans-brake malfunction prevented Wolf from posting a representative run on Saturday morning. A career- and team-best 5.300 at 273.05 mph moved Wolf into the field at 11th on the fourth and final qualifying session Saturdayafternoon.

“I let out a huge sigh of relief,” Wolf laughed. “The car is just making so much power. Luckily, Brandon is good at controlling the car, as far as getting it down the track under different conditions. It was a huge relief to get in the show. I went into the session thinking, ‘We have the strongest running car in the region with a win and a runner-up here a few weeks ago, and we might not qualify?’ It was a huge burden lifted off my shoulders when I saw the 5.300 time slip.”

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A new standard was set in the first round of eliminations Sunday morning when former driver Brandon Booher tuned Wolf to a...
Known as the World’s Biggest Drag Race, the NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals held at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis saw 22 Top Alcohol Dragsters compete for the 16-car field. Amongst the best were Megan Meyer and rookie Justin Ashley driving for the Randy Meyer Racing Team.

Technician.Academy, an automotive training company based out of Evansville, Indiana, partnered with Megan and the team for the U.S. Nationals. Technician.Academy focuses on continuing education for technicians with in-class, online, and in-the-bay hands-on training. It’s category-specific education that is manufacturer-supported to benefit the technicians of today and tomorrow. The “Respect is Learned, In The Pits” contest winner, Kyle Clapp, joined the Randy Meyer Racing Team for the weekend as a crew member on Megan’s A/Fuel Dragster.

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Megan posted 5.23, 5.25, 5.19, and 5.26 elapsed times in qualifying and was positioned in the fourth spot, while Justin ran a 5.16 E.T. at 277 mph in the second session to claim the top spot. Megan took down Robin Samsel and Chris Demke in the first and second round, running low of the meet with a 5.19 E.T. at 277 mph. Justin defeated Jackie Fricke in first round followed by Marty Thacker in the second round.

The third round of eliminations, held on Monday morning, had an interesting match-up with Megan and Justin against each other for the first time in competition. Justin got the jump on the starting line, but Megan pulled ahead for the win with a 5.32 E.T. at 276 to Justin’s 5.39 E.T. at 264 mph.

The final round saw two first-time potential winners of the U.S. Nationals with Megan and competitor Josh Hart. Megan was 1-0 against Josh in previous final rounds, but this time it would be Josh for the win. Megan’s losing 5.36 E.T. at 275 mph effort was not enough for Josh’s 5.30 E.T. at 274 mph....
Indianapolis - Duane Shields driving the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster qualified second at the Chevrolet Performance US Nationals. Duane had an impressive qualifying time of 5.18 at 277 MPH in the highly competitive Top Alcohol Dragster division. “It was a tough field and to qualify second at the US Nationals shows that we have a very competitive car. We have run in the teens before but it’s been a while so the PEAK Dragster is really coming around” Duane said.

In round one, Duane faced Fred Hanssen. As the lights on the tree came down Hanssen got the starting line advantage and never gave up the lead as Duane pedalled it as he anticipated tire shake. This added some extra time onto the run which resulted in Hanssen escaping with the win in an otherwise close race. Hanssen posted a 5.37 at 247 MPH to Duane’s slightly quicker 5.36 at 277 MPH. “I have been experiencing tire shake lately so I was mentally prepared for it. I thought I felt some shake coming on so I pedalled but it turned out that wasn’t necessary and it slowed me down just enough to lose the race” Duane said.

With Indy now in the books, Duane is now shifting gears and focusing on the NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte, September 15-17. “With the car running better than it has all year and with our past history in Charlotte, I feel confident that we will have a good showing there’’ Duane said. As always, Duane would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises.
There's a popular saying in the NHRA drag racing pit areas - "It's never a bad day when you're at the race track." For 2016 Super Gas world champion and Top Alcohol championship contender Mia Tedesco that saying holds even more consolation after her surprisingly quick exit from competition at the world's biggest and most prestigious drag racing event, the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.

Competing in NHRA Lucas Oil Sportsman racing in her CARS Vehicle Service Contracts/Schepel Motors/NGK/Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster and her CARS Vehicle Service Contracts/VP Racing Fuels Super Gas Chevrolet Cavalier, Tedesco is not only a fan favorite, she's also a favorite to win everywhere she races.

After becoming the first female Super Gas world champion last year and winning the previous two Divisional events in her Top Alcohol Dragster in Indianapolis and Bowling Green, Ky., all eyes were focused on Tedesco to have a high probability to "double-up" at the "Big Go", but the frustrating side of racing altered her fortunes.

Tedesco lost in the first round of eliminations in both of her race cars in Indy.

"Of course, we hoped this weekend would have gone better," Tedesco said. "It's the biggest race of the season and one everyone looks forward to all year long. However, no matter what race we are at I want to win it just as bad.

"I thought we had good momentum heading into Indy with back to back wins in the alcohol car. We made okay runs in qualifying and just couldn't get it done first round. It was a good race against an awesome driver."

Tedesco qualified her CARS Vehicle Service Contracts/Schepel Motors/NGK/Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster in the middle of the field in the No. 8 spot. In the opening round of eliminations, she battled one of the class's best, Marty Thacker. The two racers put on a great side-by-side race, but Tedesco came in second at the finish line stripe, 5.356 seconds, 270.92 mph to 5.304, 268.49.
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The No. 1 on the side of Mia Tedesco's Super Gas signifies she's the reigning world champion in the category, and therefore an automatic contender for the title of this weekend's 63rd annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. But considering she's won two Top Alcohol Dragster races in a row, Tedesco seems to be an even bigger threat in her "second" car.

"We are running really well in the dragster, no doubt," Tedesco said. "I mean, it's Indy, so you know the very best in the world will be there, but it certainly gives you a lot of confidence knowing you're coming off back-to-back wins.

"The guys have this thing running very consistently, which is huge in drag racing. We're trying very hard to get away from the occasional weird pass where something goes wrong. If you can get down the track under power every time, your chances of winning go way up."

Tedesco routinely drives both her CARS Vehicle Service Contracts/Schepel Motors/NGK/Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster and her CARS Vehicle Service Contracts/VP Racing Fuels Super Gas Chevrolet Cavalier at the national and divisional races she enters.

In the last two weeks Tedesco has won Top Alcohol Dragster races in Indianapolis and Bowling Green, Ky. Her recent surge has lifted her to the North Central Region points lead and fourth place in the national rankings.

Aside from her TAD victory two weeks ago at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Tedesco also won the class during the Spring Spectacle of Speed in 2015.

As for defending her Super Gas world title, Tedesco remains a scrappy competitor. She's ranked in the top five in Division 3 and in the top 20 in the national points.

"Super Gas is such a tough class," Tedesco said. "We're doing all the same stuff we did last year, just not getting the same results. We are staying at it. No need to change anything. Eventually, things will turn back our way. I've definitely learned that fact in my time in drag racing. You can do the exact same thing every weekend and...
Top Alcohol Funny Car driver John Lombardo Jr. amplifies the magnitude of the most prestigious race of the year by helping worthy causes and offering kids “A Day at the Races.”

Indianapolis, August 28, 2017 – Labor Day Weekend annually marks the most prestigious event of the season for racers in the National Hot Rod Association. The Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway Park in Indianapolis is often referred to as “the Big Go” or “the granddaddy of them all,” the race that every driver dreams of winning. For Jackson Lombardo Racing, the event goes even deeper.

For the third consecutive year, driver John Lombardo Jr., car owner Rick Jackson, and the entire NAPA Filters/Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Funny Car team raise funds for Hoosier Burn Camp and the Racers for Christ Kids Program with an online auction (HERE) and by accepting donations. On Saturday, Sept. 2, they provide “A Day at the Races,” a program bringing children from Hoosier Burn Camp to the track for a fun-filled day at no expense to their families.

Other races from the Mello Yello and Lucas Oil ranks participate in “A Day at the Races” to give the children an experience they won’t soon forget. Drivers slated to join Lombardo in interacting with the special guests, signing autographs, and playing games are Jack Beckman, Angelle Sampey, Cory Reed, Allen Johnson, Megan Meyer, Ashley Sanford, John Force Racing drivers, and many more. The driver meet and great will begin at 11 a.m.

"How do you make the U.S. Nationals – the largest and most prestigious NHRA drag race of the year – even more special? You share it with a group of kids that have overcome challenges most of us can't fathom," said Lombardo. "Saturday at the ‘Big Go,’ we look forward to welcoming families from the Hoosier Burn Camp of Indiana and sharing our passion for drag racing with them. It means a lot to us that we will have the opportunity to spend the day with some great...