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Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual The funny cars of Tim Wilkerson and John Force reflect in the windows of the timing tower as they prepare to fire up for a qualifying run in Gainesville.

I am a few days behind on my NHRA blogs from Gainesville so lets jump right into some of my favorite images from Friday qualifying in Gainesville for the Gatornationals.

Walking through the pro pits Friday morning I stumbled across an interesting scene as a few NHRA drivers were on a stage set up that was surrounded by fans.

What I would walk up to was quite interesting to say the least.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA drivers (from left) Antron Brown , Allen Johnson , Terry McMillen and Courtney Force do the harlem shake in the pit area during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 125iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual
NHRA drivers (from left) Antron Brown , Allen Johnson , Terry McMillen and Courtney Force do the harlem shake in the pit area during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force holds an alligator in the pits during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 125iso, f11, 1/250th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force holds an alligator in the pits during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville.

Ok lets get to some racing.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual 2013 brings a new contender to the pro stock motorcycle class with a third rider from the Arana family. Allow me to introduce you to Adam Arana and his MAV TV sponsored motorcycle. He will be a front runner for the rookie of the year award for sure.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 400iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Manual
2013 brings a new contender to the pro stock motorcycle class with a third rider from the Arana family. Allow me to introduce you to Adam Arana and his MAV TV sponsored motorcycle. He will be a front runner for the rookie of the year award for sure.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA pro stock driver Mike Edwards would make some history during qualifying for the Gatornationals as he would set a new national record with a time of 6.473.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 320iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA pro stock driver Mike Edwards would make some history during qualifying for the Gatornationals as he would set a new national record with a time of 6.473.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA fans in the grandstands during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 320iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA fans pack the grandstands and standing area during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual The funny cars of Tim Wilkerson and John Force reflect in the windows of the timing tower as they prepare to fire up for a qualifying run in Gainesville.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f2.8, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority
The funny cars of Tim Wilkerson and John Force reflect in the windows of the timing tower as they prepare to fire up for a qualifying run in Gainesville.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Shawn Langdon does a burnout in his Al-Anabi Racing dragster alongside Tony Schumacher during qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Shawn Langdon does a burnout in his Al-Anabi Racing dragster alongside Tony Schumacher during qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual Crew members look on as NHRA top fuel dragster driver David Grubnic does a burnout during qualifying. I shot this photo from the stairwell of the tower behind the starting line.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f7.1, 1/800th, Aperture Priority
Crew members look on as NHRA top fuel dragster driver David Grubnic does a burnout during qualifying. I shot this photo from the stairwell of the tower behind the starting line.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual Late afternoon light makes for dramatic shadows in the smoke of Brittany Force's burnout during top fuel dragster qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f7.1, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
Late afternoon light makes for dramatic shadows in the smoke of Brittany Force’s burnout during top fuel dragster qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA top fuel champion Antron Brown does burnout in his Matco Tools dragster.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 640iso, f6.3, 1/1250th, Manual
NHRA top fuel champion Antron Brown does burnout in his Matco Tools dragster.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual It was canopy vs canopy as Spencer Massey lined up against teammate Tony Schumacher during qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority
It was canopy vs canopy as Spencer Massey lined up against teammate Tony Schumacher during qualifying.

That concludes day one in Gainesville. Saturday and Sunday blogs coming shortly.


 
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3 responses to “10 Spot / NHRA Gainesville Friday”

  1. Lee says:

    Digging that tyre distortion in the Grubnic photo!

    Cheers
    Lee

  2. Great blog here! Also your website loads up very fast!

    What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to
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  3. Hey Mark! These are absolutely insanely awesome photos! Do you have any of Stock and Superstock from the gators I can share on my Facebook Fanpage?

    -Chris-

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