HAMILTON, Ohio – If there ever was a definition of the ‘working man’ or ‘little guy’ in the NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car ranks, veteran racer Tony Bogolo would certainly fit the bill. While he experienced success on the IHRA circuit with a roots supercharger, Bogolo has made a steady ascension up the NHRA ranks since switching to a screw supercharger in 2012. After battling it out with former two-time Champ Chris Foster much of the year, Bogolo clinched his first championship in style with a win at the NHRA North Central Lucas Oil Regional Series finale at Gateway Motorsports Park just outside of St. Louis, Oct. 20-21.

Bogolo, who manufactures racing safety equipment with his company RamJet Racing Products in Hamilton, Ohio, didn’t make the decision to attend the St. Louis event until the last minute. Inclement weather pushed the schedule a day sooner than normal, putting the small volunteer team behind the proverbial eight ball from the start.



“We finally decided to go at the last minute,” said Bogolo. “We didn’t leave Ohio until 6:30 Friday morning. Then we found out they had moved both qualifying sessions to Friday. Luckily we had the car ready to go in the trailer, but we didn’t have very much time to get ready to run once we got there. Once we got to the track we found out they didn’t have any methanol fuel for sale, so we had to get some from Foster just to be able to run.”

“We had some ignition problems at our last few races, so I just bypassed all the retard boxes and ran it straight on the mag,” Bogolo continued. “I wasn’t able to use the six shooter like we normally do, so I just put a tune up I thought would go down the track. I was really surprised it ran a 5.56 (elapsed time) right out of the trailer like that. I figured it was going to run a .66 or so.”

Staying true to his form as a budget racer, Bogolo sat out the final qualifying session and ended up in the 4th position. In the first round, he defeated...
Pomona - Duane Shields driving the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster ended the season valiantly in the quarterfinal round at the 53rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals. Duane lost a close race to Joey Severance despite making his quickest run of the event. Duane qualified fifth with a competitive 5.26 at 275 MPH. “The car ran solid every time down the track. This was the quickest field in history and the car ran good in qualifying and then we ran a little quicker in each round of eliminations which is what you want” Duane said.

In round one, Duane took on James Stevens who qualified twelfth with a 5.31. As the lights went green, Stevens got off the starting line first with an .042 reaction time to Duane’s .073. Stevens’ lead didn’t last long however as Duane was on a great pass and stopped the clock with another blistering 5.26 at 275 MPH to take win!

Advancing into the quarterfinals, Duane faced off with Joey Severance for the second weekend in a row. As the two cars staged and the lights came down Severance got off the line first with an .013 reaction time to Duane’s .058. Both cars were nearly side by side with Severance maintaining a slight lead. At the stripe it was Severance taking the win with a 5.24 at 273 MPH to Duane’s nearly identical 5.25 at 273 MPH. “It was a very close race and we ran really well but I was unable to close the gap to get the win” Duane said.

Looking towards next season, Duane is optimistic that the PEAK team will have a great year in 2018. “We finished this season strong with a very competitive car and that will move us forward going into next year. We just need a few breaks next season to go our way” he said. Duane would like to thank his team for a hard fought season and thank his sponsors PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their continued support all season long.

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Las Vegas - Duane Shields and the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster team turned in a solid performance at what is arguably one of the toughest fields on the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Circuit at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Duane went all the way to the final four and qualified in an 8 car field where 16 teams were fighting hard to get in. Duane made it into the elite field at the sixth position with a 5.34 at 271 MPH.

In round one, Duane raced against Bill Litton who qualified third with a 5.32. As the lights came down, Duane was on his game and left the line first by a substantial margin. This was an important factor in the race as Duane shook the tires and had to pedal to regain traction. His skills paid off as he grabbed the win with a 5.44 at 264 MPH to Litton’s 5.53 at 276 MPH.

In the semi-finals the PEAK Dragster went up against the recently crowned National Champion Joey Severance. At the hit, Severance got out first with an .028 to Duane’s .067. Severance won the race by less than 30 feet with a 5.27 at 272 MPH to Duane’s valiant 5.34 at 268 MPH. “It was a solid run for us but we came up a little short. We will go to Pomona later in the week and try to win it” Duane said after the run.

Next week, the season comes to a conclusion at Auto Club Raceway for the Auto Club NHRA Finals. Duane 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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Las Vegas - Duane Shields driving the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster enjoyed a solid weekend at the 17th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals held in his home town of Las Vegas. Duane qualified 5th with a respectable 5.31 at 270 MPH. Besides the racing, there was plenty of action in the PEAK pit area as Duane hosted a dinner after qualifying for all of the top alcohol teams in attendance. In addition, many home town fans who attended the sold out race visited their pit throughout the weekend.

In round one, Duane faced Ashley Sanford who has been making headlines lately in her quest to race Top Fuel. As the lights came down Duane got off the starting line first with an 0.070 reaction time to Sanford’s 0.091. Duane needed the starting line advantage as his car shook and he was forced to pedal in order to save the run. At the top end he dropped a cylinder but still was able to take an exciting win with a 5.42 at 264 MPH to Sanford’s close 5.44 at 271 MPH.

In the quarterfinals, Duane took on Chris Demke. As both cars staged Duane slightly moved his foot against the pedal which caused the car to break the starting line beam and triggered a red light giving the win to Demke. “Overall it was a good race. The car ran good, we qualified well and we had a great first round win. We have been on the road all year so it was nice to see our home town fans” Duane said.

With the season wrapping up, there are just two races left including a historically difficult regional event next weekend at the same venue. “We will be back here next weekend for the regional event and then roll into Pomona for the final race of the season, and then get ready for next year” Duane said. As always, Duane would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises for their continued support.
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LAS VEGAS (Oct. 26, 2017) – NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster pilot Kirk Wolf enters this weekend’s NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with primary sponsorship from Blendtek Fine Ingredients. Las Vegas is the last race of the season for Wolf, who recently finished third in the NHRA North Central Region championship points.

Based in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, Blendtek Fine Ingredients is a premier food ingredients and solutions company with a mission to challenge expectations and help fuel food innovation globally. Blendtek and owner Bill Zinger have been associate sponsors of Kirk Wolf and the Booher Racing Top Alcohol Dragster since Wolf began his rookie season earlier this year. This weekend, Blendtek will take over the primary branding on the supercharged, Spitzer-built dragster.

“I’m pretty excited because the Zinger family – Bill, Steve, Kim and Kristy – are longtime friends of mine,” Wolf said. “It’s been an honor to have them on board with us all season and to now have them as the primary sponsor on the side of the car for this weekend. I hope we can represent Blendtek well and bring them back a Wally.”

Wolf enters Las Vegas with a full season of experience behind the wheel of the torque converter-equipped Booher Racing entry. He raced to three consecutive regional-event final rounds – one at Chicago and two at Indy – and won the second Indy race. He then recorded the world’s first 5.2-second pass for a torque converter car at the NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indy. Tuned by 2013 NHRA North Central Region champion Brandon Booher, Wolf has been in the 5.2-second range at all but two races since the U.S. Nationals.

“I’m actually pretty confident that we have a car that can win,” Wolf asserted. “Brandon has the tuneup where he wants it. The car is running consistent 5.2s. I don’t see why we don’t have a good chance at winning this event. As long as I’m on my game on the tree and Brandon keeps the car running...
Noonan Race Engineering unleashes it’s power again throughout the Alcohol Hemi Drag Racing fraternity, by delivering world beating numbers with it’s all new Noonan 4.9 Bore Space Hemi Engine at Virginia Motorsports Park yesterday.

Noonan formed a three race deal with Australian Doorslammer Legend – John Zappia to pilot their PDRA Pro Extreme Jerry Bickel 1969 Camaro with the PDRA World Finals being the last of the three races.

Noonan’s USA General Manager, and fuel management extraordinaire Darrell Makins, assisted by USA based Noonan Engineer- Lee White, along with Jamie Noonan and John Zappia, formed the multicultural brains trust that led to yesterday’s success along with support help from the Zappia Racing Team. The collective skill, experience and credibility, came together to form a record-setting team.


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Darrell Makins, Lee White, Jamie Noonan, Renee Noonan and John Zappia

“We had a game plan for this three race deal and we are ecstatic to see it pay off. To lay down a world record 5.42 @ 265.33 mph on our first full quarter mile pass certainly proves the engine is on point with where we thought it should be and for John to head back to Australia tomorrow as the world’s quickest and fastest blown door car driver, we’re thrilled for him, the entire Zappia racing team and for all of our fans” said Jamie Noonan, CEO. “Our efforts now will be geared back on the business, continuing to improve our internal processes and both on and off track customer relations, along with the introduction of new services to underpin our business model going forward”.

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The Noonan and Zappia Racing Team; missing is Richard Zappia.

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In only her sophomore year of competing in the Top Alcohol Dragster class, Megan Meyer, daughter of World Champion Tuner and Team Owner, Randy Meyer, claimed a Runner-Up finish at the NHRA AAA FallNationals in Dallas, as well as the Lucas Oil Series Central Region Points Championship.

Megan led the quickest field in history with a 5.23 E.T. at 278 mph while her teammate, Julie Nataas, sat in the 4thposition with a 5.26 E.T. at 273 mph. There were 27 cars competing for the 16-car field, and the bump spot was a 5.349 E.T., making it the quickest Top Alcohol Dragster field in NHRA. Megan went on to win the opening round of eliminations against Lee Callaway, while Julie unfortunately lost on a holeshot running a 5.27 E.T.

Megan moved onto second round with a bye run as Mike Edstrom was not able to make the call, which worked out in her favor as she had tire shake that caused her to abort the run early. However, the Randy Meyer Racing Team knew they had to step up their performance to defeat the defending World Champion, Joey Severance, in the semi-finals. Megan’s car did just that and laid down a 5.16 E.T., the quickest pass of the event and her second-quickest pass of her career.

The final round match-up saw Megan against Todd Bruce in his first National event. Unfortunately Megan had intense tire shake again that led her to get out of the groove and lift off the throttle, as Todd went on to run a 5.26 E.T. for the win.

“It was an emotional weekend for myself,” said Megan. “We had a lot of cars in our class competing to qualify and I was hoping to be one of the top 16 since I did not make it last year. But, we have a much better car now than we did last year at this...
Dallas - Duane Shields and the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster team returned to Dallas for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals after a long absence from this classic Autumn event. Duane qualified deep into the field with a 5.27 at 275 MPH which put him in the 5th position going into round one. This was an impressive feat on it’s own considering it was the quickest Top Alcohol Dragster field in history. Over 27 cars were battling for 16 positions so many teams left “Big D” empty handed.

In the first round, the Las Vegas native took on the reining national champion from Oregon, Joey Severance. As the lights came down both drivers had good reaction times with Severance having the better light with a 0.018 to Duane’s 0.032. Severance never gave up the lead as he stopped the clock with a 5.29 at 270 MPH to Duane’s 5.45 at 272 MPH. “We didn’t change anything from the last run when we ran the 5.27. We wanted to repeat it and if we did we would have won the round. But, the track went away slightly during eliminations and the car shook and I had to pedal it which slowed me down” Duane explained.

Next, the PEAK team moves on to the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “Our next stop is Las Vegas and we plan to take care of business at our home track” Duane said. As always, Duane 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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