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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