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Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f4.5, 1/500th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force does a burnout beneath beautiful skies during qualifying for the Summer Nationals.

Its Sunday morning here on the east coast as I work on my blog from two days ago so lets jump right into the shots from he first day of pro qualifying at the Summer Nationals in Englishtown, NJ

When I flew into NJ on Tuesday the high was in the low 60’s, fast forward three days later to qualifying and we were greeted with a high of 92 degrees. Guess they made a good call reverting the race back to the “Summer Nationals!”

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 640iso, f4.5, 1/250th, Manual NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown lets a young boy sit in the cockpit of his car prior to qualifying in Englishtown.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 640iso, f4.5, 1/250th, Manual
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown lets a young boy sit in the cockpit of his car prior to qualifying in Englishtown.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1000iso, f2.8, 1/400th, Manual The helmet of Khalid Albalooshi sits snug in the back of the teams Toyota Sequoia tow vehicle prior to the second round of qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1000iso, f2.8, 1/400th, Manual
The helmet of Khalid Albalooshi sits in the back of the teams Toyota Sequoia tow vehicle prior to the second round of qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 400iso, f5, 1/1000th, Manual NHRA top fuel dragster driver Morgan Lucas (near) races alongside teammate Brandon Bernstein during qualifying for the Summer Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 400iso, f5, 1/1000th, Manual
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Morgan Lucas (near) races alongside teammate Brandon Bernstein during qualifying for the Summer Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f4.5, 1/2000th, Manual Check out the chalk flying off the wheelie bar on the pro mod of Mike Janis as he launches off the starting line during the second round of qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f4.5, 1/2000th, Manual
Check out the chalk flying off the wheelie bar on the pro mod of Mike Janis as he launches off the starting line in the debut of his new sponsor Valvoline during the second round of qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f7.1, 1/1000th, Manual The sun sets behind NHRA fans in the grandstands during qualifying for the Summer Nationals at Raceway Park.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f7.1, 1/1000th, Manual
The sun sets behind NHRA fans in the grandstands during qualifying for the Summer Nationals at Raceway Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 640iso, f5.6, 1/1000th, Manual I liked the way this underexposed shot of Paul Lee's funny car being towed off the starting line after breaking. It made for nice colors.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 640iso, f5.6, 1/1000th, Manual
I liked the way the colors pop in this way underexposed shot of Paul Lee‘s funny car being towed off the starting line after breaking.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f4, 1/500th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Cruz Pedregon launches off the starting line during qualifying for the Summer Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f4, 1/500th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Cruz Pedregon launches off the starting line during qualifying for the Summer Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f4.5, 1/500th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force does a burnout beneath beautiful skies during qualifying for the Summer Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f4.5, 1/500th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force does a burnout beneath beautiful skies during qualifying for the Summer Nationals.

As darkness took over the track it quickly became apparent us photographers would have to jack up our ISO’s way up to get usable shots under NHRA’s no flash rule.

Thankfully I have some of the latest cameras with great low light abilities. Sadly many other photographers did not and I saw at least five photogs leave in the middle of the session once it got too dark to get usable images from their cameras.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 4000iso, f6.3, 1/500th, Manual Header flames light the New Jersey sky as NHRA top fuel driver T.J. Zizzo races alongside Sidnei Frigo during the second round of qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 4000iso, f6.3, 1/500th, Manual
Header flames light the New Jersey sky as NHRA top fuel driver T.J. Zizzo races alongside Sidnei Frigo during the second round of qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 6400iso, f2.8, 1/320th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Doug Kalitta looks ready for business prior to climbing into his dragster for qualifying for the Summer Nationals at Raceway Park.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 6400iso, f2.8, 1/320th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Doug Kalitta looks ready for business prior to climbing into his dragster for qualifying for the Summer Nationals at Raceway Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f5, 1/200th, Manual Top fuel driver Shawn Langdon does his burnout as smoke from his opponent lingers in the background like a fog during night time qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f5, 1/200th, Manual
Top fuel driver Shawn Langdon does his burnout as smoke from his opponent lingers in the background like a fog during night time qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f5, 1/200th, Manual Not sure why but there were bushes placed atop the wall behind the starting line in the right lane but what the hell, may as well try and use it for an element in the shot!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f5, 1/200th, Manual
Not sure why but there were bushes placed atop the wall behind the starting line in the right lane but what the hell, may as well try and use it for an element in the shot!

That completes Fridays action, on to Saturday!


 
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One response to “10 Spot / NHRA Englishtown Friday”

  1. Chuck Sullivan says:

    Enjoy this set , in particular the effect in the Paul Lee shot. Looks more like a push than a tow. That’s just me- the smart ass!

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