When it comes to consistency which is extremely critical to be successful in NHRA drag racing, Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster was on the money all weekend at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals with incredible elapsed times on every pass. Consider these numbers: on the opening pass the PEAK Dragster ran a blistering 5.24 at 274 MPH. In the second stanza, the popular Nevada standout ran a 5.21 at 274 MPH. In the final session, Duane rang up another sizzling pass as he posted his second 5.24 of the event to land third on the qualifying ladder.
In the first round, Duane took on number 14 qualifier, Garret Bateman, driving the Rick Henkelman owned A/Fuel Dragster. As the cars launched, Duane was on his game and got out of the box first with an 0.056 reaction time to Bateman’s 0.058. It was a close side by side race to the finish line with Bateman slightly ahead. At the stripe it was Bateman taking a narrow win with a 5.28 at 274 MPH to Duane’s close 5.30 at 275 MPH. “We ran well all weekend and would have likely won most of the other match ups. We didn't change anything but I think the track was just a hair better than we thought it would be. I'm not going to dwell on it. We'll move on from here encouraged that we have a competitive car to start the year” Duane said.
With the season opening race now in the books the PEAK Team will prepare for a series of races in the Southeast beginning in Bella Rose, Louisiana on March 2-4. Duane would like to thank his returning sponsors PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their continued support.
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