Gainesville, FL - After a hot streak of two final-round appearances to begin the season, Duane Shields in the Muscle Milk A/Fuel Dragster suffered an early-round exit in eliminations during the Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Duane was able to squeeze a competitive 5.28 out of his dragster in the third qualifying stanza which matched him up against Jackie Fricke in round one. As both cars left the starting line, Fricke got the advantage with a .63 light over Duane's .114 reaction time. Fricke was on a great run and stopped the clock with a 5.21 at 277 MPH to take the win over Duane's 5.31 at 276 MPH. "We struggled and chased our tune-up all weekend while Jackie had qualified well and then ran good against us"' Duane said. From here, the team will take a break before rejoining the national tour in Atlanta for the NHRA Southern Nationals, April 30-May 2. Duane would like to thank Muscle Milk, Cleanboost, SRI, GRP Connecting Rods, NGK Spark Plugs, and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their continued support.