Past NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster champion Duane Shields will race in 2020 with backing from the Muscle Mike brand.
Shields, the 2011 NHRA Champion, will represent Muscle Mike in a multiyear agreement, starting with 20 events in the upcoming season.
“I’m proud to bring a new partner to NHRA drag racing,” Shields said. “It’s great to team up with the company that helped build the protein category, and that remains a leader in the industry.
“Muscle Milk is a line of protein products that include ready-to-drink shakes, powders, and bars that are designed for anyone looking to help optimize their athletic performance on or off the field.”
Because Shields is a proven winner with seven Regional/Division Championships as well, securing a robust sponsorship package is one of the successful byproducts.
“In 2020, we have the funding, we have the right parts, and we have the best team to compete for another NHRA Top Alcohol championship,” Shields explained.
CleanBoost Performance Motor Oil has also joined the team.
“Brett Winberg, with CleanBoost, was one of the first people I called; he has the performance oil to get us in the winner’s circle,” Shields added. “They make motor oil that simply is the best for nitro cars. We have used CleanBoost and found that our bearings look like new. With better lubrication, we will certainly reduce parts attrition.”
Long-time sponsors, Brad Anderson Enterprises, NGK Sparkplugs, and GRP Connecting Rods are all returning this season.
“I’m grateful that I’m surrounded by the premier manufacturers in the racing industry. They provide the parts we need and give their customers first-class service.”