NHRA made their return to St. Louis…. actually Madison, IL for the Midwest Nationals. I had never been to Gateway Motorsports Park before so I would be adding a drag strip to my already long list of tracks I have attended.
Below, sportsman drivers wait in the staging lanes prior to making qualifying passes on Friday.
Nikon D800, 24-70mm, 250iso, f5, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority
Pro mod driver Mike Janis sits strapped into the cockpit of his 250 mph mustang prior to the opening pro qualifying session.
Nikon D800, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority
Funny car driver Alexis DeJoria is shown on a video camera screen as she conducts an interview with a local media outlet prior to qualifying.
Nikon D800, 70-200mm, 800iso, f2.8, 1/500th, Aperture Priority
A little stuffed Luigi character sits on the front end of the dragster driven by long time racer Luigi Novelli.
Here is a good exterior view of Mike Janis doing a burnout in his car as the clouds began to line up for what I hoped would be a great sunset.
Nikon D800, 24-70mm, 320iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with SB-800 Flash
Pro mod driver Leah Pruett waits in her car prior to making a run.
Official NHRA starter Mark Lyle rocks a helmet cam as he works the starting line during evening qualifying.
The sun would end up obeying my wish for a nice sunset for pics.
Pro stock driver Larry Morgan launches off the starting line during qualifying.
Nikon D800, 24-70mm, 320iso, f6.3, 1/200th, Manual with SB-800 Flash
Sadly the sunset wouldn’t be around once the nitro cars pulled up to the line. Oh well, it still produced some cool shots.
Below, last weeks winner in Dallas, Bob Tasca III launches off the starting line alongside John Force.
Nikon D800, 24-70mm, 640iso, f6.3, 1/30th, Manual with SB-800 Flash
A fellow photographers flash would help me out in the below photo by adding an extra element to the photo of top fuel driver Morgan Lucas doing a burnout in his Geico sponsored dragster.
Nikon D800, 24-70mm, 640iso, f5, 1/30th, Manual with SB-800 Flash
A crew member stands behind the car of top fuel driver Steve Torrence as the full moon rises over his rear wing.
Nikon D800, 24-70mm, 2000iso, f8, 1/4th, Aperture Priority
Here is another shot of Torrence I liked as he sits strapped into his car prior to taking a 320mph ride through the city of Madison, IL.
Nikon D800, 24-70mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/80th, Aperture Priority
The superstar of the evening would be Antron Brown, who would guide his Aarons sponsored dragster to a 3.73 second time which is the third quickest time in the history of 1000 foot racing.
Nikon D800, 24-70mm, 1000iso, f5.6, 1/80th, Manual with SB-800 Flash
That wraps up day one from St Louis.
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