Duane Shields and the PEAK A/Fuel Dragster team went to the quarterfinals at the Lucas Oil NHRANationals in Brainerd this past weekend. It was an event where everyone qualified due to the number of cars so the PEAK team had the opportunity to try a few different things in order to squeeze a little more power out of the car during eliminations.
Duane qualified tenth with a 5.38 at 270 MPH and faced Robin Samsel in round one. At the hit, Samsel went up in smoke while Duane was on a strong run. He stopped the clock with a 5.35 at 267 MPH to take the win. Between rounds, they decided to swap engines utilizing the freshened up engine they broke the crank in at Atco two weeks ago.
In the quarterfinal round, Duane took on rising star Megan Meyer. As the lights came down, Meyer got off the line slightly ahead of Duane but then the PEAK Dragster lost traction and Meyer took the win with a 5.21 ET. “We got aggressive. We were out of the normal curve and the car shredded the tires. We are now getting ready for the US Nationals in a couple of weeks. In Indy, we’ll go back to the old fuel curve and clutch set up and hope for better results” Duane said.
Duane would like to thank his valued marketing partners including: PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK, GRP and Brad Anderson Enterprises.