25
Apr

The second stop on the 2011 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) would take me 45 minutes from my bed to the town of Surprise, home of the Speedworld Off Road Park. I’m not a big fan of the town of Surprise but I am a big fan of off road racing so it was sure to be a good weekend.

Using an off camera flash sync cord attached from my D3s to my SB-800 flash I shot some photos of a few drivers before the first practice session of the weekend.

In the below photo of  pro 2 driver Rob MacCachren I shot through the drivers side window and held the flash directly in front of the windshield (if these trucks had front windshields….)

Nikon D3s, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with SB-800 Flash

Pro 2 driver Brian Deegan (below) shows me who is number one prior to climbing into his truck for practice. Say what you will about Deegan but he is by far the easiest driver in the series to get good photos of. The only other driver in motorsports who is easier to get photos of would be Michael Waltrip.

Nikon D3s, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with SB-800 Flash

Below, pro 4 driver Kyle Leduc looks as if he wants to chop my head off as he stares me down from within the confines of his Rockstar truck. (I just noticed all three of these pics so far are off Rockstar sponsored drivers. It was purely luck but then again I guess when they sponsor like half the trucks in the series you will get these sort of problems…)

Nikon D3s, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with SB-800 Flash

Below, pro 4 driver Travis Coyne airs out his truck over a jump as flames pop from the exhaust. As you may notice, his truck doesn’t have the rear bodywork on it. Thats the bad thing about shooting practice for this series since they don’t have to run their full bodywork until qualifying and the races. That makes shooting practice next to pointless, unless you just shoot driver shots in their trucks… which is what I usually do during practice.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 100iso, f2.8, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

Ok on to some qualifying shots.

Below, pro 4 drivers Aaron Daugherty (24) races alongside teammate Jerry Daugherty during qualifying.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 100iso, f2.8, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority

Ok lets jump to Saturday for round 3 of racing.

The below shot of pro 4 driver Rick Huseman (36) is a rare shot as he’s rarely ever behind anyone on track during a race… seriously.

Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 200iso, f5, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

Below, pro 4 driver Johnny Greaves leads a pack of drivers through a turn during round 3 at Speedworld.

Nikon D3s, 400mm, 100iso, f5, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority

Here is my father Gil Rebilas hard at work out on the track shooting photos, below.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 100iso, f2.8, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

Rick Huseman drives through a cloud of dirt and dust as he powers through the turn, below, on his way to his third win in three races on the 2011 season.

Nikon D3s, 400mm, 100iso, f5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority

Below, LOORRS driver Rick Huseman (center) on the podium with Kyle Leduc (left) and Adrian Cenni following round 3 at Speedworld Off Road Park.

Nikon D3s, 24-70mm, 100iso, f7.1, 1/250th, Manual with SB-800 Flash

Pro buggy driver Bobby Pecoy (below) goes off the side of a jump during round 3 at Speedworld Off Road Park.

Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 200iso, f5, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority

Below, pro lite driver Corey Sisler takes a jump behind the inflatable Geico Gecko.

Nikon D3s, 400mm, 160iso, f4.5, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

Below, LOORRS driver Jacob Person (92) jumps past a sign on the safety catch fence in front of the grandstands during round 3 at Speedworld Off Road Park.

Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 200iso, f5, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

On the white flag lap of the pro lite race Corey Sisler would have problems and his truck would catch on fire, below. Instead of doing what most normal people would do and quickly stop and climb out, Sisler instead continued to drive the truck until he crossed the finish line in third place.

Nikon D3s, 400mm, 160iso, f4.5, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

After he crossed the finish line Sisler quickly came to a stop and exited stage left…

Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 200iso, f5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority

… and then celebrating as the crowd cheered him on.

Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 200iso, f5, 1/800th, Aperture Priority

The previous races I shot at Speedworld I would always shoot from a scissor lift on the front stretch which gave me a great view of the entire track. This year though the scissor lift I had been using was no longer there so I was relegated to shooting from the ground. I ended up finding a pretty cool spot to stand where I could get trucks jumping with other trucks flying through the foreground.

Nikon D3s, 400mm, 200iso, f4, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

Below, the truck of pro 2 driver Robby Woods smokes as he powers through a turn during the race.

Nikon D3s, 400mm, 200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority

In the below frame of pro 2 driver Jeff Geiser racing down the front stretch you can see lots of dirt and mud flying. After a day shooting this sport I can assure you that your hair will be filled with dirt and mud.

Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

Below, pro 2 driver Nick Tyree walks away from his truck after having a small fire during the race.

Nikon D3s, 400mm, 200iso, f4, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority

Rodrigo Ampudio leads a pack of drivers down the track on his way to turn one, below.

Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority

Gotta love a random driveshaft sitting in the middle of the track during the race. Any other motor sport would have to throw a caution flag to go retrieve the debris but not off road!

Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 250iso, f6.3, 1/60th, Aperture Priority

The late afternoon light at Speedworld is always a bonus for my photos. Below, pro 2 driver John Gaston races through turn four late in the race.

Nikon D3s, 400mm, 200iso, f4, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority

Check out the compression on the shocks of Rob MacCachren as he hits a jump crossing the finish line to win the race, below.

Nikon D3s, 24-70mm, 200iso, f4, 1/2500th, Manual

After the last race of the day at all the LOORRS events they put on a pretty good fireworks show that always has me busy shooting lots of pics of all the drivers who drive past.

Robbie Pierce

Nikon D3s, 24-70mm, 200iso, f4, 1/2500th, Manual

Brian Deegan

Nikon D3s, 24-70mm, 200iso, f4, 1/2500th, Manual

Below, pro 2 driver Rob MacCachren celebrates in victory lane after winning round 3 at Speedworld Off Road Park.

Nikon D3s, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with SB-800 Flash

Here are some images from round 4 on Sunday.

Below, pyrotechnics explode as pro 4 driver Todd Leduc (4) takes the green flag alongside Rick Huseman (36) during round 4 at Speedworld Off Road Park.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

Pro 4 driver Carl Renezeder (17) leads Rick Huseman (36), Ricky Johnson (48) and Adrian Cenni (11) during round 4 at Speedworld Off Road Park, below.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

Between races the track is sprayed with water to help cut down on dust but a few laps after the next race starts the dust quickly returns.

Below, pro 4 driver Travis Coyne leads Carl Renezeder during round 4.

Nikon D3s, 24-70mm, 100iso, f5, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

In the end the winner would be Rick Huseman, the same person who has won the previous three rounds of racing this season.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/160th, Aperture Priority

Below, Huseman celebrates in victory lane as he extended his 2011 perfect streak to four straight wins.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with SB-800 Flash

My boy Kim Bird (below) is constantly looking for all the new angles and best shots…..

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with SB-800 Flash

Below, the full field of super lite drivers race towards turn one on the opening lap of the race.

Nikon D3s, 70-200mm, 320iso, f5, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

The winner of the super lite race for the second day in a row would be local boy Jacob Person, below.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 250iso, f4, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority

Person would climb from his truck to celebrate with his family and orange shirted friends.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with SB-800 Flash

Below, pro lite driver Cameron Steele airs out his ford through the mogul section of the track.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 100iso, f4.5, 1/320th, Aperture Priority

Right in the middle of shooting the pro lite race my eyes locked onto a fan with an orange umbrella in the grandstands. I always like photos like this that are monochromatic but have one brightly colored object in the shot. #photonerd

Nikon D700, 400mm, 100iso, f4.5, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority

Late in the race I would get a bit of excitement as pro lite driver Ryan Beat (51) would get into Austin Kimbrell (88) in turn four….

Nikon D3s, 70-200mm, 320iso, f5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority

…. in the middle of the spin you can see Kimbrell (below) giving Beat his opinion on who he thinks is “number one.”

Nikon D3s, 70-200mm, 320iso, f5, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

The moguls were easily the best place to shoot the trucks in action on track, the photos I was getting as the trucks bounced back and forth reminded me of shooting a drag boat bouncing back and forth right before it crashed.

Below, pro lite driver Chris Brandt (82) leads Corey Sisler (19) through the moguls during round 4 at Speedworld Off Road Park.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 100iso, f4.5, 1/800th, Aperture Priority

Below, driver Jimmy Stephensen (33) crashes in front of Matt Loiodice (20) during round 4 at Speedworld Off Road Park. Had Loiodice collided with him that truck would still be barrel rolling.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 100iso, f4.5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority

The big winner of the race would be Brian Deegan in his Lucas Oil Metal Mulisha ford, below.

Nikon D3s, 70-200mm, 320iso, f5, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority

On the podium Deegan would do his standard snarl with the trophy pose, below.

Nikon D3s, 70-200mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual

And that brings us to the final race of the weekend. The pro 2 unlimiteds.

Below, flames pour from the exhaust on the Toyota Tundra driven by Marty Hart as he takes a jump.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 250iso, f5, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

This weekend was a slow weekend for me in the crash department as I seemed to be in the wrong spot for all the wildness. The last race would provide me a few crash shots.

Below, driver Myan Spaccarelli (12) flips over during round 4 at Speedworld Off Road Park.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 250iso, f5, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority

Robby Woods (below) rides in the middle of a monster sandwich on his way to a podium finish.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 250iso, f5, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority

Pro 2 driver Phil Bollman (65) flips over at about the slowest speed you could flip a vehicle over I think, below.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 250iso, f5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority

Carl Renezeder takes a dirt bath courtesy of the vehicle in front of him. Note how the dirt flying over the truck looks like one of those shots inside of a wind tunnel showing the aerodynamics of his truck.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 250iso, f5, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

In what would end up being my favorite photo of the weekend, I would get lucky enough to capture three trucks in the air in one shot perfectly filling the frame and helping to hide the terribly distracting background as pro 2 drivers Greg Adler (10) John Gaston (23) and Nick Tyree (91) air it out during round 4 at Speedworld Off Road Park.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 250iso, f5, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

Just like in the pro 4 class, the pro 2 class would have a weekend sweep as Rob MacCachren would easily handle the field and take the victory.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 250iso, f5, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority

Below, MacCachren celebrates atop of his truck following the race.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 1o0iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with SB-800 Flash

Equally as happy was former motocross rider Jeremy McGrath who would come home in second for his second podium finish of the season.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 1o0iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual with SB-800 Flash

To see several more of my favorite photos of the TOYOTA RACING drivers please click here to check out my photo blog over on the Toyota site.

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One Response to “Repeat winners in Surprise comes as no… Surprise!”

  1. Mark,

    The random drive shaft belongs to Geiser #44 in Pro 2. Thought it was funny that there was an actual picture of it! Also….I love love love the photo of Brad, Jacob and Myself at the finish line hugging. Is it possible for me to purchase one?

    Thank you!

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