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Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 800iso, f6.3, 1/3200th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Matt Hagan during qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Hagan would end the day at the top of the qualifying order with a 4.044.

This weekend marks my second return to Brainerd, Minnesota, home of the Lucas Oil Nationals. After missing last years race due to the Olympics I was happy to return to the land of 10 thousand lakes!

Im in a hurry to get to the track so lets jump right into my favorite photos for day one of pro qualifying at BIR!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1250iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Aperture Priority NHRA fans walk through a creepy looking tunnel beneath the track during qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1250iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Aperture Priority
NHRA fans walk through a creepy looking tunnel beneath the track during qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 640iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority The car of NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria sit in the pits during qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 640iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority
The car of NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria sit in the pits during qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 640iso, f5.6, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority Comp Eliminator drivers line up in the staging lanes behind the Brainerd International Raceway starting line.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 640iso, f5.6, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
Comp Eliminator drivers line up in the staging lanes behind the Brainerd International Raceway starting line.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm,400iso, f7.1, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson (near) races alongside Mike Edwards during qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm,400iso, f7.1, 1/1250th, Manual
NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson (near) races alongside Mike Edwards during qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority Crew members push the car of NHRA funny car driver Blake Alexander towards the starting line during qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority
Crew members push the car of NHRA funny car driver Blake Alexander towards the starting line during qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual Tim Wilkerson launches off the starting line in his new Circle K sponsored funny car. Its always cool to see new sponsors entering the sport… especially these days.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual
Tim Wilkerson launches off the starting line in his new Circle K sponsored funny car. Its always cool to see new sponsors entering the sport… especially these days.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f6.3, 1/1000th, Manual Pro stock driver Mark Martino debuted his bright Menards car this weekend. You really need to wear sunglasses when you look at that car!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f6.3, 1/1000th, Manual
Pro stock driver Mark Martino debuted his bright Menards car this weekend. You really need to wear sunglasses when you look at that car!

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/1000th, Manual Dale Creasy Jr prepares to climb into his nitro burning funny car for a qualifying run.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/1000th, Manual
Dale Creasy Jr prepares to climb into his nitro burning funny car for a qualifying run.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f5, 1/2000th, Manual Check out the back right tire on the funny car of Tony Pedregon coming off the ground as he sacks the throttle to begin his burnout prior to the second round of pro qualifying in Brainerd.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f5, 1/2000th, Manual
Check out the back right tire on the funny car of Tony Pedregon coming off the ground as he sacks the throttle to begin his burnout prior to the second round of pro qualifying in Brainerd.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 4000iso, f5.6, 1/320th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria sits strapped in the cockpit of her car as husband Jesse James keeps her company in the staging lanes during qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 4000iso, f5.6, 1/320th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria sits strapped in the cockpit of her car as husband Jesse James keeps her company in the staging lanes during qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 800iso, f6.3, 1/5000th, Manual Crew members prepare to lower the body on the Snap-On Tools funny car driven by Cruz Pedregon prior to making a qualifying run.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 800iso, f6.3, 1/5000th, Manual
Crew members prepare to lower the body on the Snap-On Tools funny car driven by Cruz Pedregon prior to making a qualifying run.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 800iso, f6.3, 1/3200th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Matt Hagan during qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Hagan would end the day at the top of the qualifying order with a 4.044.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 800iso, f6.3, 1/3200th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Matt Hagan during qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Hagan would end the day at the top of the qualifying order with a 4.044.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 800iso, f6.3, 1/1250th, Manual Crew members surround the car of top fuel driver Doug Kalitta as they wait in the staging lanes for their turn to attack the 1000ft dragstrip.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 800iso, f6.3, 1/1250th, Manual
Crew members surround the car of top fuel driver Doug Kalitta as they wait in the staging lanes for their turn to attack the 1000ft dragstrip.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 800iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual A crew member looks on as NHRA top fuel dragster driver Terry McMillen does a burnout during qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 800iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual
A crew member looks on as NHRA top fuel dragster driver Terry McMillen does a burnout during qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 800iso, f6.3, 1/4000th, Manual NHRA top fuel dragster driver Clay Millican during qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals. Millican would tie the track record with a 3.773 to take the top qualifying spot for the day.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 800iso, f6.3, 1/4000th, Manual
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Clay Millican during qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals. Millican would tie the track record with a 3.773 to take the top qualifying spot for the day.

That concludes Friday qualifying. On to Saturday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
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