Chicago - Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster had a respectable weekend in Chicago at the 20th annual Children of Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N. Chicago is one of the big races on the tour and Duane wanted to pull out all the stops for his title sponsor Old World Industries which is headquartered in the Windy City. Duane qualified in the top half of the field in the no. 7 position. On the final qualifying run the car shook so hard that it broke the fuel pump drive. Other than that, the car ran well throughout the event.

In the opening round of eliminations the PEAK team took on Justin Ashley. As the lights came down, Ashley got off the line first but Duane was on a great run and stopped the clock with a blistering 5.29 at 276 MPH to take the win over Ashley’s 6.07 at 252 MPH.

In the quarterfinals, Duane faced Mia Tedesco who beat Kris Krabil in round one. At the hit, Tedesco had a slight edge at the starting line and was able to maintain her lead the entire quarter mile distance. In a squeaker, Tedesco got to the finish line first with a 5.30 at 280 MPH over Duane’s close 5.39 at 274 MPH. “We made a lot of progress this weekend we just didn’t get the win this time around. But it was great to race once again in front of PEAK's home town” Duane said.

Duane wanted to take a moment to congratulate fellow PEAK driver Dan Fletcher on his one hundredth national event win this weekend. Next, the PEAK team heads to New England Dragway for the Lucas Oil Regional, July 21-23. As always, Duane would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises.
Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster made it to the semifinal round at a rain plagued NHRA Lucas Oil Regional event contested at Lebanon Valley Speedway in upstate New York. Duane qualified fifth in the tough eight car field with a 5.58 at 262 MPH. “On the second qualifier, I went out a ways and then spun the tires. I’m not sure if the track was wet or what. It rained after our run so the field was set” Duane said.

On Saturday with the rain threat still hanging around, Duane faced east coast regular Dan Page in round one of eliminations. Duane won the race by a wide margin with a 5.38 at 266 MPH to Page's 5.87 at 193 MPH. Duane then advanced to the semifinal round where he met up with Josh Hart. Unfortunately, Duane shook and had to pedal the car resulting in a loss. Duane posted a 5.51 at 266 MPH to Hart’s winning 5.40 at 265 MPH. “I was hoping to get past the tricky spot on the track. Unfortunately I didn’t. Duane said

Duane is looking forward to the Route 66 NHRA Nationals, his next event. “Chicago is next weekend and we are excited to race in our sponsor’s home town. Go PEAK!” Duane would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises.
Courtesy of Randy Meyer Racing / Pictures by Reds Drag Racing Photos

The rising star of the Top Alcohol Dragster Class, Megan Meyer, extended her Central Region points lead after earning a runner-up finish at Tulsa Raceway Park. This is Megan’s third final round appearance for the 2017 season and her first runner-up conclusion.

Megan powered her A/Fuel Dragster to a 5.36 E.T. at 270 mph to claim the second qualifying position, while her teammate Shayne Lawson wasn’t able to qualify with his 5.54 pass. The opening round of eliminations saw Megan against Christine Chambless, the only other female driver in the class for the event. Megan defeated Christine with a slower 5.44 E.T. at only 256 mph, but still had lane choice over Spencer Massey in the second round.

The Randy Meyer Racing Team made some minor changes to their tune up and ran a stunning 5.36 E.T. 262 mph for the win. Moving onto the final round of eliminations, Megan faced the number one qualifier, James Stevens. James took out Megan on the starting line with a .04 reaction time lead and never trailed for the win. Megan ran her quickest time of the weekend, a 5.34 E.T. at 264 mph, but lost by half a car length.

“I was really hoping for win number three this year,” said Megan. “My team has done an outstanding job of giving us one of the quickest and fastest cars at every race. We ran our best time in the finals, and it was a very close race at the finish line. I wish I could have done a better job on my reaction time, but it’s always difficult to race in the dark. James and his team had a great car all weekend long and I’m happy for them, I know how hard they’ve worked to get this win.”

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Megan extends her points lead in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Central Points standings with 234 points. She...
After a few weeks off, Duane Shields in the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster was back in competition. This time the team was in Norwalk, Ohio at the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Unfortunately, heavy rain was an unwelcome guest on Friday and put everyone at a tuning disadvantage. Still, the PEAK Dragster qualified well with a 5.33 at 273 MPH to land Duane fifth in the qualifying order.

In round one, Duane faced former nostalgia funny car star Kris Krabil who recently made the switch to the long cars. At the hit, Krabil got out of the gate first but his lead didn’t last long as Duane was on a good pass and got the win light with a 5.35 at 270 MPH to Krabil’s valiant 5.43 at 258 MPH.

In the quarter finals, Duane took on fellow west coast racer Chris Demke in the Peen Rite Dragster. At the hit, Duane smoked the tires while Demke was on a clean run which rang up a 5.39 and ended Duane’s weekend. “We backed the car down so we were surprised that it smoked the tires. We will try and improve at the NHRA Regional race next weekend before the Chicago Nationals” Duane said after the event. Duane would like to thank his sponsors PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises.

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NORWALK, Ohio (June 25) -- Reigning Super Gas world champion Mia Tedesco raced her CARS Vehicle Service Contracts/VP Racing Fuels Super Gas Chevrolet Cavalier through five rounds of eliminations to log a strong quarterfinal finish at this weekend's 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.

Tedesco also reached the quarterfinals in Top Alcohol Dragster, although that category started with a conventional 16-car field.

"The Super Gas car is running great," Tedesco said. "We could have gone further but some driver error on my part ended the day. It wasn't much but the difference between winning and losing out here isn't very much so every little thing matters.

"The Top Alcohol Dragster has been a lot of work and we're still trying to figure some things out with it. We've got a weekend off so we'll have a chance to work on it and see if we can't get it dialed in for Chicago."

Running on a 9.90-second index in Super Gas, Tedesco beat four tough opponents before bowing out in the fifth round. She opened with a 9.915 against Raymond Miller, posted a 9.939 against Joey Ship's 9.970 in Round 2, had a 9.911 versus Mike Lagos' 9.940, and beat Steve Hoyt, 9.907 to 9.913.

Trying to get to the semifinals, Tedesco broke-out against quarterfinal foe Trevor Larson, running -.004 under her index with a 9.896 to Larson's 9.919.

"Hopefully I will do better next time out," Tedesco said. "The car's running really good, which is very encouraging, so hopefully I can get my stuff together behind the wheel and get us a win very soon. Chicago in two weeks would be perfect."

Tedesco will run both cars at the 20th annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals, which takes place July 7-9 at Route 66 Raceway. She's qualified for the elite JEGS Allstars in her Top Alcohol Dragster, so she'll get a chance at two trophies in that car, while she'll contest the regular national event in her Super Gas hot rod.

This weekend in her CARS Vehicle Service Contracts/Schepel Motors/NGK/Lucas Oil Top...
The Randy Meyer Racing Team, consisting of drivers Megan Meyer and Shayne Lawson, will enter their two nitro-powerhouses in the Top Alcohol Dragster category this weekend at Tulsa Raceway Park for the second 2017 Central Region point’s event sponsored by Lucas Oil.


Megan currently holds two Regional event race wins this year in her Meyer Truck Center/Weld Wheels dragster, and is the Central Region points leader. This will be Shayne Lawson’s first event of the year, but he is very confident that his dragster will have great performance this weekend.

Helping out the Randy Meyer Racing Team this weekend is local establishment, Wings To Go, and Top Glass – Taylor Optical Plastics. Wings To Go will be providing hospitality and food for the entire team and track operators this weekend. Top Glass, located in Grandview, Missouri, delivered high-quality windshields for each of their dragsters to protect the drivers and provide the best aerodynamic solutions.

The Top Alcohol Dragster category will get two qualifying sessions Friday evening, followed by three rounds of eliminations on Saturday. The Team will compete in four more Lucas Oil Regional meets this year, including Topeka, Kansas, Earlville, Iowa, Noble, Oklahoma and St. Louis, Missouri.
At the recent 50th Winternationals held at Queensland's Willowbank Raceway, Gary Phillips claimed enough points in his Lucas Oils Alcohol Funny Car to secure his 20th Australian Championship.

Gary also grabbed the #1 qualifying position in the first qualifying session with a 5.407 at an early shut off 260mph.

"We headed into the final event of the season leading a close battle in the Pro Alcohol standings where 4 of us could have claimed the championship. As it turned out, we were to face the 3rd in points in the first round, before the rain unfortunately ended the event", said Phillips.

"We came out swinging in the first qualifying run, knowing how important the bonus points were, and it worked in our favour. The data and incremental times actually indicated a 5.38 was the likely number to show on the scoreboard."

Gary was also competing in his Lucas Oils Studebaker Pro Slammer, where an electrical gremlin prevented the team from making the 8 car field.

"The 60ft and 330ft incremental times were extremely promising with indications of a pair of 5.76 passes, however, the ignition glitch was so bad that only a 5.94 and 5.95 were the result".

"We believe we have identified the issue now and are working to rectify it as we speak. The car has been running very strong since installing the new JRi Shocks last month and we can't wait to run the car again, and hopefully improve on our 3rd place finish nationally."

While Gary's 20th championship win was filled with celebration, there was a bittersweet feeling attached this year, as the Winternationals marked the final event with Lucas Oils as major partner with the team.

"It's been 20 wonderful years with the Lucas family. They truly are a part of our own family, and I am eternally grateful for the opportunity we were provided by Forrest, Charlotte & Morgan, as well as the entire staff at Lucas Oil Products both here in Australia and the USA. It is extremely sad for us to say goodbye to them."...
NORWALK, Ohio (June 20) -- By all accounts, reigning Super Gas world champion Mia Tedesco is having another banner season. She's ranked second in the North Central region and eighth nationally in her CARS Vehicle Service Contracts/Schepel Motors/NGK/Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster. She's also a lofty fourth in her CARS Vehicle Service Contracts/VP Racing Fuels Super Gas Chevrolet Cavalier in the Division 3 standings.

The only thing missing on her 2017 resume is a victory, something she'd love to change this weekend with two chances to win at the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.

"We've been racing long enough to know that some weekends, some years, everything seems to just fall into place and go your way," Tedesco said. "Other times it's a struggle for everything. Then you have seasons like this year where you are running really well but the wins aren't happening for whatever reason.

"All we do, all you can do, is keep racing. These things work out. We're always ready to win and we come to every race with all the pieces we need to win, we're just waiting for it to happen this year. I really don't spend a lot of time worrying about that stuff."

Norwalk would be the perfect place for Tedesco to visit the winner's circle again. She won here as recently as 2015 in Top Alcohol Dragster (in rain delayed action from the Chicago regional event) and Summit Motorsports Park is the closest national track to her native Pittsburgh.

"That win here was cool because it happened on July 4th and the Baders (track owners) always put on that huge fireworks display so it was a very memorable weekend," Tedesco said. "And definitely having this track so close to...
JOLIET, Ill. (May 31, 2017) – After being selected as one of 25 finalists in Champion Spark Plugs’ ‘Search for a Champion’ contest, Marina Anderson will begin her 2017 season with the final passes required to earn her NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster license. Anderson and her family-owned A/Fuel dragster anticipate a multi-race schedule with the NHRA and ADRL series. The Illinois team will be working with Premium Motorsports Products (PMP) to accommodate its parts supply needs and to provide supplementary technical support.

Anderson, 24, was one of only two drag racers to be named a finalist in the 2017 Search for a Champion contest, put on by Champion Spark Plugs since 2012. Anderson’s story of fabricating and driving her nitromethane-injected A/Fuel dragster captured the attention of thousands of voters over the multiple voting periods required to reach the “Finalist” status.

“It was definitely rewarding to be named a finalist because there were over a thousand entries,” Anderson said. “It was an honor to know that I was in the top 25 of the thousand on-the-track entries. It’s been a really big honor to be a part of it and to have people, some that I didn’t even know, telling me that they voted for me. It’s been a humbling experience.”

Anderson and her dragster, built at Competition Fabrications, will head to Route 66 Raceway this weekend for the Burndown at Sundown NHRA North Central Region race, June 2-4. Though she isn’t entering the race, Anderson will use the opportunity to make her final licensing runs. Once she has her Top Alcohol Dragster license, the Anderson Family Dragster team plan to attend the ADRL race in Martin (Michigan) and an NHRA regional event in Earlville, IA, while additional race dates are tentatively planned.

“This season is special to us because this will be the first time we get to bring the car to races. We’re really getting somewhere and all of...
JOLIET, Ill. (June 2) -- Chicago is definitely Mia Tedesco's kind of town.

The reigning world champion in drag racing's Super Gas category blew through the Windy City last year and swept up both the Division 3 and the national event trophies in her CARS Vehicle Service Contracts /VP Racing Fuels Super Gas Chevrolet Cavalier.

At this weekend's Burndown at Sundown D3 race, Tedesco hopes to simply add to her perfect 14-0 record from 2016.

"We didn't drop a single round last year so if we can ride that momentum this weekend, we'll be really happy," Tedesco said. "Matching what we did last year is no small task. We know what it took and we know how hard it will be to repeat, but we're certainly going to try.

"I just feel so blessed to be back racing here with my teammate and crew chief Jason Lynch and our crew guy Jason Oteri. Jason's coming off a big win last weekend in Top Sportsman so we definitely feel like we have everything in place to win again."

Tedesco, the only female champion in Super Gas history, will have two chances to score a victory this weekend. In addition to her Super Gas entry, she'll be racing her CARS Vehicle Service Contracts/Schepel Motors/NGK/Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster.

"We're going rounds at every race but I haven't won yet this year," Tedesco said. "We're trying our best and sooner or later it will all fall into place. It's tough racing at this level. We're considered amateurs in the sportsman categories but there are a lot of professional amateurs running out here.

"Every round is so tough and when you have to win seven to get the trophy, like you do in Super Gas most of the time, you have to be pretty much perfect plus have...