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XXXX NHRA funny car driver Cruz Pedregon slaps the wall during qualifying for the Arizona Nationals.

Lets take a look at the action from Saturday at the Arizona Nationals where drivers would try hard to break into the field on the final day of qualifying.

Day two of the Arizona Nationals would take place under cloudless skies with conditions in the 60’s. #AZwinter

The day would begin in the packed pits filled with as many spectators at the Arizona Nationals as I can ever remember seeing.

XXXXXNHRA fans surround the pit area of funny car driver Alexis DeJoria during qualifying for the Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual
NHRA fans surround the pit area of funny car driver Alexis DeJoria during qualifying for the Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway.

XXXXMy lovely girlfriend Kendra with her best friend Janae enjoy an up close view of funny car driver Alexis DeJoria warming up her car in the pits.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual
My lovely girlfriend Kendra with her best friend Janae enjoy an up close view of funny car driver Alexis DeJoria warming up her car in the pits.

XXXXNHRA funny car team owner Jim Dunn fires up the engine of the teams car in the pit area prior to round three of qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1000iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Manual
NHRA funny car team owner Jim Dunn fires up the engine of the teams car in the pit area prior to round three of qualifying.

XXXXSmoke comes from the headers of NHRA funny car driver Jeff Arend after warming up their car prior to qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1000iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Manual
Smoke comes from the headers of NHRA funny car driver Jeff Arend after warming up their car prior to qualifying.

For the pro qualifying session I would once again take up my position atop the bridge over the track in the shutdown area.

It always produces some cool photos from that angle.

XXXXFlames surround the back of the cockpit on the car of NHRA top fuel dragster driver Sidnei Frigo after engine problems during qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual
Flames surround the back of the cockpit on the car of NHRA top fuel dragster driver Sidnei Frigo after engine problems during qualifying.

XXXXA member of the NHRA safety safari frantically waves for funny car driver Matt Hagan to stop after a massive oil down that took nearly an hour to clean up.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual
A member of the NHRA safety safari frantically waves for funny car driver Matt Hagan to stop after a massive oil down that took nearly an hour to clean up.

XXXXXNHRA funny car driver Del Worsham drives beneath the bridge during qualifying for the Arizona Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Del Worsham drives beneath the bridge during qualifying for the Arizona Nationals.

Despite the great weather, track conditions proved to be rather tricky. Many cars were sliding all over the track.

While most would safely gather the car up without hitting anything, not everyone was so lucky.

XXXXNHRA funny car driver Cruz Pedregon slaps the wall during qualifying for the Arizona Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 800iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Cruz Pedregon slaps the wall during qualifying for the Arizona Nationals.

XXXXNHRA safety safari crew members direct funny car driver Cruz Pedregon (left) and Ron Capps off the track during qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 800iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA safety safari crew members direct funny car driver Cruz Pedregon (left) and Ron Capps off the track during qualifying.

XXXXOverall view of Firebird International Raceway as NHRA funny car drivers do burnouts during qualifying for the Arizona Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual
Overall view of Firebird International Raceway as NHRA funny car drivers do burnouts during qualifying for the Arizona Nationals.

XXXXXThe craziest run of the day belonged to top sportsman driver Jimmie Dickey who would get incredibly sideways in his Firebird. Somehow he would keep the car shiny side up!

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 1000iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Manual
The craziest run of the day belonged to top sportsman driver Jimmie Dickey who would get incredibly sideways in his Firebird. Somehow he would keep the car shiny side up AND win the round!

That wraps up day two of NHRA in Phoenix.


 
Posted in 10 Spot, Arizona, Drag Racing, Firebird International Raceway, NHRA, Racing, Sports   2 Comments

2 responses to “10 Spot / NHRA Phoenix Saturday”

  1. John Williams says:

    Mark,

    I’m sure you have been asked this but what is the reason for using Canon cameras now?

  2. Bob Ficucell says:

    Great stuff as always Mark, thanks for sharing. Bob

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