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Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f7.1, 1/400th, Aperture Priority NHRA pro stock winner Jeg Coughlin Jr (right) talks with runner up Allen Johnson following the final round matchup at the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Race four of the six race NHRA Countdown to the Championship took us to the beautiful green countryside an hour outside of Philadelphia for the Auto Plus Nationals. The track typically has plenty of cold and overcast conditions leading to quick times. Last year national records were set multiple times throughout the weekend. This year would not be the case as near record temperatures would make things difficult on the teams.

Lets jump right to the photos…

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/1000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force races in her special pink Traxxas car at Maple Grove Raceway. Force is one of several pro drivers flying pink colors this month in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/1000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force races in her special pink Traxxas car at Maple Grove Raceway. Force is one of several pro drivers flying pink colors this month in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 320iso, f2.8, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson hangs out in the staging lanes during qualifying for the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 320iso, f2.8, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority
NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson hangs out in the staging lanes during qualifying for the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Blake Alexander mows down the centerline timing blocks alongside Matt Hagan during qualifying for the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Blake Alexander mows down the centerline timing blocks alongside Matt Hagan during qualifying for the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Despite the hot temperature, autumn was absolutely beginning its takeover of the green trees around the track. Beautiful reds, orange and yellow leaves began to bring beautiful colors to the area.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f5, 1/800th, Aperture Priority

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f5, 1/800th, Aperture Priority

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f5, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f5, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f5, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority Overall view of Maple Grove Raceway as NHRA top fuel dragster driver Khalid Albalooshi fills the air with exhaust as he goes on the high side prior to a qualifying run vs Spencer Massey.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f5, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority
Overall view of Maple Grove Raceway as NHRA top fuel dragster driver Khalid Albalooshi fills the air with exhaust as he goes on the high side prior to a qualifying run vs Spencer Massey.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 200iso, f4, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority NHRA top fuel dragster driver Brittany Force inspects her engine in the staging lanes during qualifying for the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 200iso, f4, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Brittany Force inspects her engine in the staging lanes during qualifying for the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f5, 1/4000th, Manual Brandon Bernstein blasts down track leaving heat waves in his wake during qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f5, 1/4000th, Manual
Brandon Bernstein blasts down track leaving heat waves in his wake during qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f5, 1/4000th, Manual Cruz Pedregon is lit by the sun shining in through his roof hatch as he backs up following a burnout.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f5, 1/4000th, Manual
Cruz Pedregon is lit by the sun shining in through his roof hatch as he backs up following a burnout.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f3.2, 1/500th, Aperture Priority Detailed view of the fingernails on the hand of NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria during the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f3.2, 1/500th, Aperture Priority
Detailed view of the fingernails on the hand of NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria during the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f8, 1/6400th, Aperture Priority Overall view of Maple Grove Raceway 30 minutes prior to eliminations at the NHRA Auto Plus Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f8, 1/6400th, Aperture Priority
Overall view of Maple Grove Raceway 30 minutes prior to eliminations at the NHRA Auto Plus Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 800iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority A crew member for NHRA top fuel dragster driver Morgan Lucas inspects the track during the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 800iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
A crew member for NHRA top fuel dragster driver Morgan Lucas inspects the track during the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. 

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f7.1, 1/2500th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Shawn Langdon get his Al-Anabi Racing dragster WAY sideways alongside Leah Pruett during round one of eliminations.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f7.1, 1/2500th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Shawn Langdon get his Al-Anabi Racing dragster WAY sideways alongside Leah Pruett during round one of eliminations.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f7.1, 1/1250th, Manual Billy Torrence makes the turn off at the top end of the Maple Grove Raceway track with an old house visible beyond the sand trap.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f7.1, 1/1250th, Manual
Billy Torrence makes the turn off at the top end of the Maple Grove Raceway track with an old house visible beyond the sand trap.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA top fuel dragster driver Shawn Langdon races down track in the second round of the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Shawn Langdon races down track in the second round of the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Antron Brown in his pink Matco Tools dragster during the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Antron Brown in his pink Matco Tools dragster during the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f7.1, 1/800th, Aperture Priority NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Matt Smith kisses wife Angie Smith as they celebrate after winning the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f7.1, 1/800th, Aperture Priority
NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Matt Smith kisses wife Angie Smith as they celebrate after winning the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f7.1, 1/400th, Aperture Priority NHRA pro stock winner Jeg Coughlin Jr (right) talks with runner up Allen Johnson following the final round matchup at the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f7.1, 1/400th, Aperture Priority
NHRA pro stock winner Jeg Coughlin Jr (right) talks with runner up Allen Johnson following the final round matchup at the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual NHRA funny car driver John Force celebrates after winning the 137th Wally of his illustrious career after defeating rookie Chad Head in the final round.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver John Force celebrates after winning the 137th Wally of his illustrious career after defeating rookie Chad Head in the final round.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA top fuel dragster driver Shawn Langdon takes a quiet moment to take in his series leading sixth victory of 2013. Langdon heads to Vegas with a pretty nice lead.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Shawn Langdon takes a quiet moment to take in his series leading sixth victory of 2013. Langdon heads to Vegas with a pretty nice lead.

That wraps up race 22 of the 24 race season.

Two races to go, woo hoo!


 
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  1. gbaker49 says:

    Nice work as always.

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