Duane Shields Competes in His First Ever Four-Wide Race

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  1. Rich Bailey

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    Duane Shields was back in the driver seat in Charlotte and took on a tough field of competitors at the NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, NC. This was the first Four-Wide event that Duane had competed in so it was a new experience for the Muscle Milk A/fuel Dragster team. Under the Four-Wide format, each class is divided up into four cars competing in groups of four. The first and second finishers move on to the next round. "This was a new experience for us and I always support something new, especially when it's one of our sponsor's races." Duane commented after the event had been completed.

    Duane qualified 7th with a decent 5.24 run.

    In the first round, Duane dropped a cylinder on the run while still placing second in the group with a 5.32 at 265 MPH to go on to the next round. Julie Nataas was the first place winner of the quad with 5.22 at 270 MPH.

    Moving into the second round, Duane lost by a whisker with a competitive 5.25 at 279 MPH as two of the other four cars had him covered with a pair of 5.21 runs. "The second round was tougher. There were a lot of good cars running good numbers but we ran respectful. We were not expecting a lot because we have been working on a new tune-up and sometimes you have to go backward before moving forward again.

    This coming weekend the team moves on to Houston where Madison Payne will be behind the wheel. Duane would like to thank Muscle Milk, NGK Spark Plugs, GRP Connecting Rods, Cleanboost, and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their support of Duane Shields Racing in 2021.
     
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