By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Peak-sponsored Duane Shields had to come to Atco Dragway to face Tiffany Januik for the first-time. Yet, both are from Nevada, as Shields resides in Boulder City, Nevada, while Januik is from Las Vegas, Nevada..
Shields defeated Januik in the first-round of eliminations on Saturday afternoon in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Atco Dragway. Shields went 5.405 at 274.44 mph, while Januik went 5.509 at 263.46 mph.
Wayne Morris had the upset in the first-round. Morris, who was the sixth seed, defeated Daniel Page, as he went 5.640 at 267.00 mph. Page had trouble from the hit, as he went 11.453 at 82.70 mph.
This loss also snapped a streak of Page advancing to back-to-back final rounds in 2016 and 2017 at this facility. He lost both times to Josh Hart.
Hart defeated former NHRA Top Fuel pilot Doug Foley in the first-round. The Ocala, Florida native went 15.017 at 65.10, as he had trouble leaving the line, as well. Yet, Foley, also had trouble and crossed the center line and received a disqualification.
Jackie Fricke also defeated former NHRA Top Fuel pilot Troy Coughlin Jr., as she went 5.332 at 273.55 mph. Coughlin Jr., whose racing in the McPhillips Racing Top Alcohol Dragster, went 5.344 at 277.89 mph.
The second round of eliminations are coming up. Top Alcohol Funny Car begins at approximately 6:30 pm EST and Top Alcohol Dragster will follow.
Second Round Eliminations
- Shields vs. Fricke
- Hart vs. Morris