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XXXXGrandstands sporadically filled with fans look on as NASCAR Mexico Series drivers go through turn one during the Toyota 120 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Been a year since I have covered NASCAR at my home track, Phoenix International Raceway. While I am not near into the sport like I used to be I figured with an open weekend I would go out to the track and have some fun shooting the traveling circus that is NASCAR!

Lets start of with some various photos from around the garage during practice.

XXXXFrom the "This is awkward department"… NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski grabs a less than thrilled Miss Sprint Cup in the garage during practice for the Subway Fresh Fit 500.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f3.2, 1/800th, Manual
From the “This is awkward department”… NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski grabs a less than thrilled Miss Sprint Cup in the garage prior to climbing into his car for practice of the Subway Fresh Fit 500.

XXXXHere is an up close look into the eyes of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards as he waits in his car to head out on track for practice.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1000iso, f2.8, 1/400th, Aperture Priority
Here is an up close look into the eyes of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards as he waits in his car to head out on track for practice.

XXXXSome severe underexposing produced this shot of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson as he drives through the garage.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 320iso, f7.1, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
Some severe underexposing produced this shot of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson as he drives through the garage.

After shooting all the drivers getting into their cars and heading out on track for practice it was a long walk out to turn two for some car shots.

XXXXXA young mother holds her daughters ears as they watch NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 100iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual
A young mother holds her daughters ears as they watch NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

XXXXXHere is the view from the outside of turn two as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch races by during practice for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 100iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
Here is the view from the outside of turn two as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch races by during practice for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

After practice we would have a few hour break prior to going into Sprint Cup qualifying.

At PIR the lighting is awesome in the afternoon so I was sure to work my tail off running around during qualifying.

XXXXLast year NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver A.J. Allmendinger was suspended several races for a failed drug test. After mandatory drug counseling A.J. is back at the track.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 320iso, f5, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority
Last year NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver A.J. Allmendinger was suspended several races for a failed drug test. After mandatory drug counseling A.J. is back at the track.

XXXXMore severe underexposing on this shot of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick waiting on pit road during qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
More severe underexposing on this shot of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick waiting on pit road during qualifying.

XXXXThe number 88 reflects in the sunglasses of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr as he waits for his turn to qualify.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 640iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority
The number 88 reflects in the sunglasses of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr as he waits for his turn to qualify.

XXXOne shot I really hoped to get was Danica Patrick with her newly announced boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. I would get lucky and get what I wanted as the two hung out on pit road watching qualifying together. Ahh young love!

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 640iso, f7.1, 1/640th, Aperture Priority
One shot I really hoped to get was Danica Patrick with her newly announced boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. I would get lucky and get what I wanted as the two hung out on pit road watching qualifying together. Ahh young love!

XXXXNASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr sits in his car following his qualifying run.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm, 640iso, f7.1, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr sits in his car following his qualifying run.

After finishing up with qualifying I was faced with a dilemma. Get the hell out of the track and go out to dinner with a few friends in town OR stick around and shoot the first ever NASCAR Toyota Mexico Series race in the United States.

I noticed stories on the LA Times and Yahoo.com websites talking about the race so I figured perhaps one day these images could have some sort of historic value… yea not holding my breath on that but you never know!

XXXXGrandstands sporadically filled with fans look on as NASCAR Mexico Series drivers go through turn one during the Toyota 120 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 16-24mm, 5000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual
Grandstands sporadically filled with fans look on as NASCAR Mexico Series drivers go through turn one during the Toyota 120 at Phoenix International Raceway.

There would certainly be some action in the race…

XXXXProving three wide into turn one on the first lap is a bad idea, NASCAR Mexico Series driver Jorge Goeters (4), Daniel Suarez (3) and Jose Luis Ramirez (08) crash as Abraham Calderon (05) and Rafael Martinez (18) go low on lap one of the Toyota 120.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 6400iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual
Proving three wide into turn one on the first lap is a bad idea, NASCAR Mexico Series driver Jorge Goeters (4), Daniel Suarez (3) and Jose Luis Ramirez (08) crash as Abraham Calderon (05) and Rafael Martinez (18) go low on lap one of the Toyota 120.

XXXXNASCAR Mexico Series driver Rogelio Lopez (48) spins in traffic in turn one.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm with 1.4 converter (560mm), 6400iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
NASCAR Mexico Series driver Rogelio Lopez (48) spins in traffic in turn one.

After what turned into a surprisingly entertaining and competitive race it would eventually come to a finish.

XXXXNASCAR Mexico Series driver Abraham Calderon does a smokey burnout after winning the Toyota 120. Judging by all the smoke coming from the exhaust I'm not so sure if this was a burnout or a burndown…

Canon 1Dx, 400mm with 1.4 converter (560mm), 6400iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
NASCAR Mexico Series driver Abraham Calderon does what I initially thought to be a smokey burnout after winning the Toyota 120. Later I noticed all the smoke was coming from the exhaust I’m not so sure if this was a burnout or a burndown… 

XXXXCalderon would end his personal celebration for the fans in turn one with this belly flop on the roof of his Toyota Camry.

Canon 1Dx, 400mm with 1.4 converter (560mm), 6400iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
Calderon would end his personal celebration for the fans in turn one with this belly flop on the roof of his Toyota Camry.

That wraps up day one of NASCAR in Phoenix. Lets see what happens on day two!


 
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4 responses to “10 Spot / NASCAR Phoenix Friday”

  1. Henry J. Buchanan Sr. says:

    Mark, your comment about not being into NASCAR led me to write this.I have been a fan since I was ten years old which is 55 years. I have been a Jeff Gordon fan for almost the last 20 years and the only reason for that was Davey Allison’s unfortunate accident. I have been a race fan since I was old enough to know what was going on because my Uncle and my Daddy went to the dirt track races at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, FL and would let me and my older brother tag along. It just ain’t the same anymore and I tell people that when Jeff Gordon retires I am also. Maybe the trucks running on dirt this year will lead to something better. Keep up the awesome photography! Your sequence of pictures of Antron Brown’s crash were some of the best!!

  2. Dawn Rosconi says:

    I love the shot of the mom covering her child’s ears and the belly flop! I especially like the 48 underexposed! Thank you for taking me there Mark! I hope you get to cover more NASCAR this season. Say hi to Sal Sigala for me! 🙂

  3. Al says:

    First, I very much enjoy your photos each week. I shoot a lot of car races and appreciate the quality of your work.

    You have recently switched from Nikon to Cannon, what caused the switch? Also why do you shoot the majority of your shots in manual?

    Am looking forward to your response…thanks so much!

  4. Thierry says:

    Hi Mark,
    I think i’m your biggest fan in Fance.I’ve meet you this summer in London at the Olympic Game but i did not dare to say Hello. Sorry 🙂 It was my first game as a Free lance. What a great experience!
    I see that now, you used Canon Equipment.It is a test or have changed your brand?
    Canon Dx is fabulous. I worked with during all the game.
    But it still too expensive for me at the moment.
    Good Job

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