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Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f3.2, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority I was so waiting for this lawnmower to flip over backwards as the two men tried to control the out of control mini tractor. Good thing they had a wheelie bar!

If you’ve never attended NHRA in Brainerd then there is a good chance you aren’t familiar with what they call the “Brainerd Zoo.” If you are looking for “wild animals” in a party atmosphere then this is the zoo for you!

While editing pics in my hotel room last night I was asked on Facebook if I was going to go shoot pics in the zoo. I initially hadn’t planned on it but after a few minutes of debating I was quickly in the rental car driving back to the track for a look at what action was going on…

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/400th, Aperture Priority NHRA fans drink on a mobile bar towed by a tractor in the Zoo campground outside of the pit area following qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/400th, Aperture Priority
NHRA fans drink on a mobile bar towed by a tractor in the Zoo campground outside of the pit area following qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f3.2, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority NHRA fans drive through the Zoo campground in what can best be described as a drunken parade of rednecks all having a good time.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f3.2, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority
NHRA fans drive through the Zoo campground in what can best be described as a drunken parade of rednecks all having a good time.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f5.6, 1/400th, Aperture Priority Police officers watch NHRA fans in the Zoo campground outside of the pit area following qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f5.6, 1/400th, Aperture Priority
Police officers watch NHRA fans in the Zoo campground outside of the pit area to make sure people don’t get too crazy.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f3.2, 1/6400th, Aperture Priority Old beer cases are given a second chance of life as protective armor for Beer Man deep inside the Brainerd Zoo.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f3.2, 1/6400th, Aperture Priority
Old beer cases are given a second chance of life as protective armor for Beer Man deep inside the Brainerd Zoo.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f3.2, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority I was so waiting for this lawnmower to flip over backwards as the two men tried to control the out of control mini tractor. Good thing they had a wheelie bar!

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f3.2, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority
I was so waiting for this lawnmower to flip over backwards as the two men tried to control the out of control mini tractor. Good thing they had a wheelie bar!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f4, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority NHRA fans drive a customized shopping cart in the Zoo campground.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f4, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority
NHRA fans drive a customized shopping cart in the Zoo campground.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f3.2, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority Rowdy yells, beer cans opening and fireworks exploding are all sounds that you will become quite familiar with after a few minutes in the Zoo.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f3.2, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
Rowdy yells, beer cans opening and fireworks exploding are all sounds that you will become quite familiar with after a few minutes in the Zoo.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f3.5, 1/500th, Aperture Priority A female NHRA fan chases a quad in the Zoo campground.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f3.5, 1/500th, Aperture Priority
A female NHRA fan chases a quad in the Zoo campground.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f5, 1/400th, Aperture Priority I'm pretty sure this guy is waiting on his designated driver to take him home...

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f5, 1/400th, Aperture Priority
I’m pretty sure this guy is waiting on his designated driver to take him home…

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f5, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority I wonder if this guy will come across this picture once sober and say, "WTF was I thinking?" I know I am already questioning why on Earth I took the shot!

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f5, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority
I wonder if this guy will come across this picture once sober and say, “WTF was I thinking?” I know I am already questioning why on Earth I took the shot!

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f5, 1/320th, Aperture Priority Nothing to see here folks, just a horse with a super soaker.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f5, 1/320th, Aperture Priority
Nothing to see here folks, just a horse with a super soaker.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f5, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority One of the more normal looking fans in the Zoo.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f5, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority
One of the more normal looking fans in the Zoo.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Aperture Priority On my way out of the track back to the hotel I spotted Alice Bode, wife of funny car driver Bob Bode playing badminton in the teams pit area with family and friends.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Aperture Priority
On my way out of the track back to the hotel I spotted Alice Bode, wife of funny car driver Bob Bode playing badminton in the teams pit area with family and friends.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f2.8, 1/640th, Aperture Priority When you see this many pieces of metal when working on your engine its safe to say you had a bad day. This was in the pits of Bob Bode who had a big explosion in qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f2.8, 1/640th, Aperture Priority
When you see this many pieces of metal when working on your engine its safe to say you had a bad day. This was in the pits of Bob Bode who had a big explosion in qualifying.

That wraps up a relatively calm visit to the Zoo. While I have several more photos from the night that I loved, many would be what you might call “inappropriate” or “adult content.”

I will just save those for my book I will come out with one day!


 
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