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XXXXNASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver Kelly Admiraal (83) goes airborne after crashing into Dallas Montes (29) during the Talking Stick Resort 60 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Day two of racing at PIR would consist of some Sprint Cup practice followed by the Nationwide race only to be followed by one more race, the K&N Pro Series West. It was a rough and banging day in the desert so lets get to it.

While I only shot about five minutes of the Cup practice, I did like the below frame.

XXXXDetailed view of the tachometer inside a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car during practice for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f2.8, 1/400th, Aperture Priority
Detailed view of the tachometer inside a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car during practice for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

For the Nationwide Series race I would shoot from the roof of turn one, which gave me a pretty good view of anything that may happen down on the track.

XXXXNASCAR Nationwide Series driver Sam Hornish Jr (12) spins in front of Kyle Larson (32) during the Dollar General 200 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 800iso, f8, 1/640th, Aperture Priority
NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Sam Hornish Jr (12) spins in front of Kyle Larson (32) during the Dollar General 200 at Phoenix International Raceway.

The late afternoon light in Phoenix helps make the photos just a little bit nicer.

XXXXNASCAR Nationwide Series driver Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the Dollar General 200 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 1000iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority
NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the Dollar General 200 at Phoenix International Raceway.

XXXXNASCAR Nationwide Series driver Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the Dollar General 200.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 1000iso, f5.6, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Kyle Busch celebrates with a burnout after winning.

With the Nationwide race in the book I was done working for the day. With how hard I’ve been working lately, I really should have just packed up and headed home to relax but couldn’t turn down the chance to stick around and shoot the K&N Pro Series West race.

These lower level races are typically long drawn out events featuring multiple cautions as well as a red flag or two. I would soon find out this race would be no different.

XXXXNASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver Greg Pursley (front right) leads the field on a restart during the Talking Stick Resort 60 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 1600iso, f5.6, 1/6400th
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver Greg Pursley (front right) leads the field on a restart during the Talking Stick Resort 60 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Just awesome light for shooting motorsports.

XXXXNASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver Sergio Pena leads Brandon McReynolds during the Talking Stick Resort 60 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 1600iso, f5.6, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver Sergio Pena leads Brandon McReynolds during the Talking Stick Resort 60 at Phoenix International Raceway.

XXXXNASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver Taylor Cuzick spins during the Talking Stick Resort 60 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 1600iso, f5.6, 1/6400th, Aperture Priority
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver Taylor Cuzick spins during the Talking Stick Resort 60 at Phoenix International Raceway.

In the below photo, the Gila River flows beneath that bridge. Its one of my favorite local bass fishing spots…

XXXXThe car hauler for NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Brian Vickers leaves the track following the Dollar General 200.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 1600iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority
The car hauler for NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Brian Vickers leaves the track following the Dollar General 200.

Late in the race we would fill our red flag quota with this pile up on the front stretch.

XXXXNASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver Kelly Admiraal (83) goes airborne after crashing into Dallas Montes (29) during the Talking Stick Resort 60 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 2000iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver Kelly Admiraal (83) goes airborne after crashing into Dallas Montes (29) during the Talking Stick Resort 60 at Phoenix International Raceway.

XXXXNASCAR K&N Pro Series West drivers Dallas Montes (29), David Mayhew (17) and Dylan Lupton (9) crash during the Talking Stick Resort 60 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 2000iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West drivers Dallas Montes (29), David Mayhew (17) and Dylan Lupton (9) crash during the Talking Stick Resort 60 at Phoenix International Raceway.

All drivers would be uninjured.

The winner of the race would be long time racer Greg Pursley. Following his win he would do a great burnout just below my position in the middle of turn one.

XXXXNASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver Greg Pursley celebrates after winning the Talking Stick Resort 60.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 5000iso, f5.6, 1/640th, Manual
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver Greg Pursley celebrates after winning the Talking Stick Resort 60.

While driving out of the track, all I could think about was getting home, getting some food and relaxing. A glance out the right window of my car gave me a gorgeous view of the race track nestled in the mountains as darkness set.

A hard crank on the wheel and locked brakes later I was out of my car grabbing my camera and shooting some shots.

XXXXOverall view of Phoenix International Raceway following the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race, the Talking Stick Resort 60.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1250iso, f2.8, 1/250th, Aperture Priority
Overall view of Phoenix International Raceway following the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race, the Talking Stick Resort 60.

Sure it would have been easy to have just kept going and said to myself, “I will just shoot it next time.”

Never let yourself regret a missed photo opportunity!

One more day of racing!


 
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2 responses to “10 Spot / NASCAR Phoenix Saturday”

  1. Michael says:

    Great Photos As Always!!!

    I am a Nikon guy and have followed your photos since the 2008 Olympics. I gotta admit, I think the photos are Even better since the switch to Canon. I would love to know the reason(s) why you switched. I think lots of folks would.

    Keep up the GREAT work and thanks for sharing!!

    Michael

  2. Lynn Park says:

    Good photo, good philosophy. Keep it up!!

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