Ron DukeRon and Jerry Duke

 

Duke Bros. Racing 2006

 

Proven Champions

 

Experienced Team.  Duke Bros. Racing is a limited partnership between Jerry Duke and Ron Duke.  With over 70 years of combined drag racing experience on tracks from Michigan to Florida, Jerry and Ron have built a national reputation as winners.  Ron has been a driver since age 16, driving a neighbor’s D/Gas ’57 Chevrolet and winning a trophy in his first race.

 

Jerry Duke, 59, is Product Development Manager for ACH Commerce.  He attended Middle Tennessee State University and Cumberland University, majoring in business.  He is a former marine.  Jerry and his wife, Peggy McKnight Duke, have two children and attend the South End United Methodist Church. 

 

Ron Duke, 54, is an ASE Certified Commercial Parts Specialist for Advance Auto Parts.   He attended Middle Tennessee State University and Nashville State Technical Institute, majoring in mechanical engineering.  Ron has two sons and is married to Dr. Peggy Smith Duke.  Peggy, retired, writes and consults part time.  She serves as a crew member.  Ron and Peggy attend North Boulevard Church of Christ.

  

Winning Record.  Duke Bros. Racing has competed locally, divisionally and nationally since the 1960s.  Local track performance is yet unparalleled.  As former IHRA national event winners, the team has racing experience at every level of Super Gas and Super Rod sportsman racing.

 

Sponsorships for 2006 include Action Security Systems, Gary Jennings Race Cars, ARP High Performance Fasteners, PTC Racing Converters, Hoosier Tire, Nova Racing Computers, Penske Racing Shocks, Competition Cams, Kirt’s Automotive Machine, Lucas Oil Products, Quick Fuel Technologies, Nitroplate Coatings, D&D Oil Co. and SHY Racing Suspensions.

 

In the 2005 season, Ron was runner-up at the O’Reilly Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, TN.  He won races at Music City Raceway and Beech Bend Raceway. Jerry Duke was runner-up at the NHRA Division 3 Sports Nationals Open in Bowling Green, KY.

 

 

Year

Divisional and National Races

Finish

2006 ADRL Summer Drags presented by Flowmaster at Huntsville Dragway Runner-Up
2006 Bama Dragway 5.50-second heads up Runner-Up

2005

O’Reilly Thunder Valley Nationals, Bristol, TN

Runner-Up

2005

Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Montgomery, AL

Semi-finalist

2004

#1 Qualifier in the NHRA SportsNationals at Beech Bend

Runner-Up

2003

NHRA Mac Tools US Nationals, Indianapolis, Indiana

Third Round

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Atlanta, Georgia

#1 Qualifier and Semi-finalist

2002

NHRA Mac Tools Gator Nationals

Quarter Finalist

2001

Division 2 Top Ten Point Standings, NHRA Super Gas

Tied for 5th

FMDRS* Division 2, Gainesville, Florida

Runner-up

FMDRS* Division 2, Atlanta, Georgia

Quarter Finalist

Auto Zone Nationals, Memphis, Tennessee

Quarter Finalist

2000

Division 2 Top Ten Point Standings, NHRA Super Gas

Tenth

Winston No Bull Showdown, Bristol, TN

Semi-finalist

(1997-1999)

Research and Development on four-link and shock performance in partnership with Penske Racing Shocks and Gary Jennings Race Cars

 

1996

NHRA Sports Nationals Open, Bowling Green, KY

Winner

1993

IHRA ‘Bama Nitrous Nationals, Huntsville, AL

Runner-up

1991

NHRA Sports Nationals Open, Bowling Green, KY

Winner

1988

UDRA Summer Nationals, Bowling Green, KY

Winner

1987

IHRA Drag Racing World Championship Point Standing, Super Rod

Top five

IHRA Winter Nationals, Darlington, SC

Winner

IHRA Northern Nationals, Milan, MI

Winner

1986

IHRA Summer Nationals, Cincinnati, OH

Runner-up

IHRA World Nationals, Norwalk, OH

Runner-up

1985

Super Chevy Show, Bristol, TN

Winner

*FMDRS: Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series

 

 

Music City Raceway, Nashville, Tennessee Track Performance

2004

Super Gas Track Champion

2003

Super Gas Track Champion and voted track-wide as Best Engineered car

1993

Super Gas Track Champion

1991

Super Gas Track Champion and voted as Best Appearing Super Gas Car

1990

Super Gas Track Champion

1988

Super Gas Track Champion

1987

Super Gas Track Champion

Runner up in 1992 and 1994 

Other high finishes include the IHRA Gateway Nationals (St. Louis), the NHRA Southern Nationals (Atlanta), and NHRA U.S. Nationals (Indianapolis, IN). Other regional wins include tracks at Chattanooga, Memphis, Crossville, Lawrenceburg, TN and Huntsville, AL. 

 

Ron Duke’s technical knowledge has been featured in National Dragster’s former column, PitSide, written by Dave Morgan.  Working with Penske Racing Shocks since 1996 Ron has broken new ground, resulting in a completely new design in drag racing shock absorbers.