Duane Shields Makes Semi-Finals at Gainesville Regional

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  1. Rich Bailey

    Rich Bailey Member

    Sep 10, 2018
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    Gainesville FL - Duane Shields had a decent day at the "Baby Gators", the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event held prior to next week's Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Surprisingly, this was likely a harder race to qualify for then next weekend's national event because this weekend 16 cars fought to get into an eight car field so half the field did not qualify! The PEAK A/Fuel Dragster was one of the cars that did and squeaked into the field with a 5.41 at 274 MPH.

    In round one, Duane faced the top qualifier Jackie Fricke who easily slid into the field with a strong 5.29 at 277 MPH. As the lights came down the christmas tree, it was Duane off of the line first with an .064 light to Fricke's .076. Duane's lead continued all the way to the finish line as he upset the number one qualifier with a smooth 5.41 at 274 MPH over Fricke's 5.58 at 271 MPH.

    Next up for the PEAK Team was a semi-final round match up against Josh Hart. At the hit it was Duane out of the gate first with a .054 to Hart's .063 but soon after Duane begin to suffer traction problems on the tricky track and wisely clicked off the engine. Meanwhile, Hart was on a clean pass and cruised to the win with a 5.36 at 272 MPH.

    This week the PEAK Team will stay in Gainesville to prepare for the Gatornationals which is the east coast opening of the NHRA national drag racing season. Duane would like to thank PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Final Charge, Blue Def, NGK Spark Plugs, GRP Connecting Rods, Brad Anderson Enterprises, Hot Wheels Car Care Products, SRI and Clean Boost for their support.

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