08
Feb
Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 5000iso, f3.5, 1/500th, Manual NHRA funny car driver John Force sets a new national record with a stellar 3.966 at 324.12 mph during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Congrats Force!

Day one of the NHRA season has finally arrived with the stars and cars of drag racing converging on Auto Club Raceway of Pomona to kick off the season with the Winternationals. Continue on to see all the action from day one.

Showing up at the track in Pomona always takes me back to my childhood, when my dad would call me out of school and I’d ride out to California with him to enjoy a weekend of drag racing and hanging out at the top of the grandstands with my buddies taking photos. While shooting the races these days involves much more work and stress, I still get excited every time I pull through the gates and drive through that bumpy pit area on my way to shooting the baddest cars on the planet!

Lets get on to the photos.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA funny car driver Ron Capps (left) hangs out with UFC fighter Randy Couture during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA funny car driver Ron Capps (left) hangs out with UFC fighter Randy Couture during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

With it being the first race and all the new paint jobs are making their first runs, I would be spending my entire day working the starting line knocking out client requests and getting images of all the drivers in action.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority Shane Gray launches off the starting line in his new look Charter sponsored pro stocker alongside Jason Line during qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority
Shane Gray launches off the starting line in his new look Charter sponsored pro stocker alongside Jason Line during qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 320iso, f4.5, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority NHRA top fuel driver Leah Pritchett in her  Gumout sponsored dragster during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 320iso, f4.5, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top fuel driver Leah Pritchett in her Gumout sponsored dragster during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority NHRA top fuel dragster driver Shawn Langdon (near) races alongside Antron Brown during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Langdon would end the session number one.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Shawn Langdon (near) races alongside Antron Brown during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Langdon would end the session number one.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 1600iso, f7.1, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority NHRA pro stock driver Shane Tucker does  burnout in his Chevy Cobalt during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 1600iso, f7.1, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA pro stock driver Shane Tucker does burnout in his Chevy Cobalt during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 2000iso, f7.1, 1/640th, Aperture Priority NHRA pro stock driver Shane Tucker reacts after breaking prior to his second qualifying run in Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 2000iso, f7.1, 1/640th, Aperture Priority
NHRA pro stock driver Shane Tucker reacts after breaking prior to his second qualifying run in Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1250iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority With the sun setting behind the grandstands, NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force launches during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1250iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority
With the sun setting behind the grandstands, NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force launches during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority Alexis DeJoria does a burnout in her new look flat black painted Patron Camry.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority
Alexis DeJoria does a burnout in her new look flat black painted Patron Camry.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Tony Pedregon races down track in his awesome looking American Racing Camry during qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Tony Pedregon races down track in his awesome looking American Racing Camry during qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 4000iso, f5.6, 1/40th, Aperture Priority The car of NHRA top fuel dragster driver Richie Crampton waits in line in the staging lanes during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 4000iso, f5.6, 1/40th, Aperture Priority
The car of NHRA top fuel dragster driver Richie Crampton waits in line in the staging lanes during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 5000iso, f3.5, 1/500th, Manual NHRA funny car driver John Force sets a new national record with a stellar 3.966 at 324.12 mph during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Congrats Force!

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 5000iso, f3.5, 1/500th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver John Force sets a new national record with a stellar 3.966 at 324.12 mph during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Congrats Force!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f4, 1/400th, Manual Steve Faria shoots sparks into the night sky as he races down track alongside Clay Millican at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f4, 1/400th, Manual
Steve Faria shoots sparks into the night sky as he races down track alongside Clay Millican at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 8000iso, f3.5, 1/400th, Manual NHRA top fuel dragster driver Richie Crampton sends massive header flames over the rear wing as he instantly goes up in smoke during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 8000iso, f3.5, 1/400th, Manual
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Richie Crampton sends massive header flames over the rear wing as he instantly goes up in smoke during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 8000iso, f4, 1/400th, Manual NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown launches on his way to the top qualifying spot with a 3.73 during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 8000iso, f4, 1/400th, Manual
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown launches on his way to the top qualifying spot with a 3.73 during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

That wraps up Friday qualifying!


 
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