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It is finally time to bring my “Best of 2011″ series to an end with everyones favorite category (except those who appear in these pics) with my Best of Crash and Burn. Not many years ago many of the crashes you see in this post would have resulted in injuries for the drivers but thanks to todays safety technology every driver seen in this blog would walk away. The same can’t be said for their race cars!

Below, Feb 12, 2011; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; ARCA Racing Series drivers Maryeve Dufault (12), Steve Blackburn (68), Steve Arpin (25), Milka Duno (63), Nick Igdalsky (23) and Bryan Silas (11) crash during the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway.

Nikon D3S, 850mm,4000iso, f5.6, 1/640th, Manual

Below, Feb 17, 2011; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano flies through the air after hitting the inside wall during race two of the Gatorade Duel at Daytona International Speedway.

Nikon D3S, 850mm, 500iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority

Below, Feb 17, 2011; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon (right) goes low as David Ragan (6) and Trevor Bayne (21) crash on the last lap during race two of the Gatorade Duel at Daytona International Speedway.

Nikon D3S, 850mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

Below, Feb 18, 2011; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers Travis Kvapil (5), Ron Hornaday (33), Brendan Gaughan (62), Jason White (23), Shane Sieg (93), Todd Bodine (30) and T.J. Bell (50) are involved in a multi truck crash during the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

Nikon D3S, 600mm, 6400iso, f4, 1/500th, Manual

Below, Feb 18, 2011; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers James Buescher (31), Austin Dillon (3), Chris Fontaine (84), Kyle Busch (18) and Parker Kligerman (29) crash during the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

Nikon D3S, 600mm, 6400iso, f4, 1/500th, Manual

Below, Feb 19, 2011; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; Grass flies as NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Brad Keselowski crashes through the infield grass during the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway.

Nikon D3S, 850mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, ManualAperture Priority

Below, Feb 20, 2011; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Brian Keselowski (92), Andy Lally (71), Joe Nemechek (87), Jimmie Johnson (48), Matt Kenseth (17), Greg Biffle (16), Mark Martin (5), Brian Vickers (83), Marcos Ambrose (9) and David Reutimann (00) are involved in a multi car crash during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

Nikon D3S, 850mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

Below, Feb 20, 2011; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Greg Biffle (16) crashes during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 200iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority

Below, Mar. 5, 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA; NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Josh Wise goes airborne after sliding into the infield grass during the Sams Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Nikon D3S, 550mm, 200iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority

Below, Mar. 19, 2011; Chandler, AZ, USA; LOORRS limited buggy driver Bruce Fraley loses a tire as he flips over during round one at Firebird International Raceway.

Nikon D3S, 400mm, 200iso, f4, 1/6400th, Aperture Priority

Below, Mar. 19, 2011; Chandler, AZ, USA; LOORRS pro four driver Josh Merrell flips over a wall as he crashes during round one at Firebird International Raceway.

Nikon D700, 260mm, 320iso, f4, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

Below, Apr. 2, 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA: NHRA funny car driver Brian Thiel blows an engine in flames during qualifying for the Summitracing.com Nationals at The Strip in Las Vegas.

Nikon D3S, 400mm, 400iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual

Below, May 7, 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Supercross rider Mike Alessi crashes hard during the AMA Supercross Series Championship at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Nikon D3S, 400mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual

Below, May 20, 2011; Topeka, KS, USA: NHRA top fuel dragster driver Terry Sainty explodes an engine during qualifying for the Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.

Nikon D3S, 550mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/400th, Manual

Below, May 28, 2011; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indy Light driver Anders Krohn (9) spins alongside Jorge Goncalvez (4) during the Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Nikon D700, 550mm, 640iso, f4, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

Below, May 30, 2011; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indy Car Series driver Ryan Briscoe (6) and Townsend Bell (99) crash into the turn one wall during the 95th running of the Indy 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Nikon D3S, 400mm, 250iso, f4.5, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority

Below, Jun. 18, 2011; Bristol, TN, USA: NHRA top fuel dragster driver Troy Buff blows an engine during qualifying for the Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

Nikon D3S, 550mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/1250th, Manual

Below, Jun. 18, 2011; Bristol, TN, USA: NHRA pro mod driver Roger Burgess crashes in a ball of fire during eliminations at the Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

Nikon D3S, 550mm, 800iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual

Below, Jun. 19, 2011; Bristol, TN, USA: NHRA funny car driver Cruz Pedregon has a fire during eliminations at the Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

Nikon D3S, 550mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Manual

Below, Jul. 1, 2011; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Steve Wallace (66) and Brian Scott (11) crash as they take the checkered flag during the Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/500th, Aperture Priority

Below, Jul. 1, 2011; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Elliott Sadler (2), Steve Wallace (66), Danica Patrick (7), Tony Stewart (9) and Mike Wallace (01) crash on the last lap during the Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

Nikon D3S, 850mm, 6400iso, f5.6, 1/500th, Manual

Below, Jul. 1, 2011; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Mark Martin (5), Martin Truex Jr (56), Travis Kvapil (38), Clint Bowyer (33), Joe Nemechek (87), Landon Cassill (51), Regan Smith (78), Tony Stewart (14) and Brian Vickers (83) crash as Dale Earnhardt Jr (88) goes low to avoid during the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Nikon D3S, 850mm, 6400iso, f5.6, 1/500th, Manual

Below, Jul. 2, 2011; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Jimmie Johnson (48), Dale Earnhardt Jr (88), Jeff Burton (31), A.J. Allmendinger (43) and Ryan Newman (39) crash on the last lap during the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Nikon D3S, 850mm, 6400iso, f5.6, 1/500th, Manual

Below, Jul. 23, 2011; Morrison, CO, USA: NHRA funny car driver John Force blows the body off his car after an explosion during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f3.5, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Aug. 6, 2011; Kent, WA, USA; NHRA funny car driver Jack Beckman exits his smoking car after having an engine explosion and fire during qualifying for the Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.

Nikon D3S, 550mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority

Below, Aug. 20, 2011; Brainerd, MN, USA: NHRA funny car driver John Force has a fire as he explodes an engine during qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Nikon D3S, 550mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual

Below, Aug. 20, 2011; Brainerd, MN, USA: Detailed view of oil spilling from the engine of the car of NHRA top fuel dragster driver Scott Palmer during qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Nikon D3S, 550mm, 3200iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual

Below, Sept. 3, 2011; Claremont, IN, USA: NHRA pro mod driver Chip King crashes into the wall during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Nikon D700, 550mm, 250iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

Below, Sept. 5, 2011; Claremont, IN, USA: NHRA top fuel dragster driver Terry McMillen explodes an engine in a ball of fire during the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Nikon D3S, 550mm, 400iso, f7.1, 1/1250th, Manual

Below, Oct. 1, 2011; Mohnton, PA, USA: NHRA top fuel dragster driver Terry McMillen explodes an engine in flames during qualifying for the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Nikon D700, 550mm, 500iso, f5, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Oct. 1, 2011; Mohnton, PA, USA: NHRA top fuel dragster driver Brandon Bernstein (right) blows a tire alongside Doug Kalitta during qualifying for the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Nikon D700, 850mm, 1000iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual

Below, Oct. 14, 2011; Chandler, AZ, USA; NHRA top fuel dragster driver Cory McClenathan leaves a trail of fire on the track after breaking a fuel line during qualifying for the Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway.

Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 1250iso, f4.5, 1/250th, Manual

Below, Oct. 23, 2011; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) is hit by Juan Pablo Montoya (42) during the Good Sam Club 500 at the Talladega Superspeedway.

Nikon D3S, 850mm, 640iso, f7.1, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority

Below, Oct. 28 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA: NHRA top fuel dragster driver T.J. Zizzo explodes an engine in flames during qualifying for the Big O Tires Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Nikon D3S, 600mm, 8000iso, f4, 1/500th, Manual

Below, Oct. 28 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA: NHRA pro mod driver Khalid Balooshi blows an engine in flames during qualifying for the Big O Tires Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Nikon D3S, 600mm, 1000iso, f4, 1/500th, Manual

Below Nov. 11, 2011; Pomona, CA, USA; NHRA top alcohol funny car driver Brian Smith crashes into the sand trap and net containment system after his parachutes failed to deploy during qualifying at the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Nikon D3S, 600mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual

Below, Nov. 12, 2011; Pomona, CA, USA; NHRA top fuel dragster driver Dom Lagana explodes an engine in flames during qualifying at the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Nikon D3S, 850mm, 800iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Manual

Below, Nov. 13, 2011; Pomona, CA, USA; NHRA funny car driver Melanie Troxel crashes into inflatable signage after a stuck throttle in the second round during the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Troxel would be ok in the incident.

Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority

Below, Dec. 9, 2011; Chandler, AZ, USA; LOORRS pro four unlimited Liam Doran crashes and flips during qualifying for round 15 at Firebird International Raceway.

Nikon D3S, 400mm, 200iso, f4, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

Below, Dec. 10, 2011; Chandler, AZ, USA; LOORRS pro 2 unlimited driver Robby Woods flips during round 15 at Firebird International Raceway.

Nikon D3S, 400mm, 640iso, f24.5, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

Below, Dec. 10, 2011; Chandler, AZ, USA; LOORRS pro 2 unlimited driver Rob MacCachren (1) crashes after contact with Brian Deegan during round 15 at Firebird International Raceway.

Nikon D3S, 400mm, 640iso, f4.5, 1/500th, Aperture Priority

Below, Dec. 10, 2011; Chandler, AZ, USA;  LOORRS pro two unlimited driver Phil Bollman (65) rides over Nick Tyree (91) during round 15 at Firebird International Raceway.

Nikon D3S, 400mm, 640iso, f4.5, 1/400th, Aperture Priority

Below, Dec. 11, 2011; Chandler, AZ, USA; LOORRS super lite driver Chad George (42) crashes into the catch fence during the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup at Firebird International Raceway.

Nikon D3S, 400mm, 400iso, f4.5, 1/2500th, Manual

Below, Dec. 11, 2011; Chandler, AZ, USA; LOORRS pro two unlimited driver Rodrigo Ampudia (right) crashes as Rob Naughton avoids on the outside during the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup at Firebird International Raceway.

Nikon D3S, 400mm, 400iso, f4, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

Below, Dec. 11, 2011; Chandler, AZ, USA; LOORRS pro two unlimited driver Kent Brascho crashes during the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup at Firebird International Raceway.

Nikon D3S, 400mm, 400iso, f4, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority

And that wraps up my Best of 2011 series. Hopefully you guys enjoyed viewing the pics as much as I loved shooting them!

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One Response to “Best of 2011: Best Crash and Burn Photos”

  1. Mike Thomas says:

    I purchased a nitro lovers vhs years ago , it had no talking what so ever and was just nitro cars doing burnouts , idling and exploding . The video was very old and I thought if somebody made a new current video of the 8000 hp cars , i would buy one immediately . Anyway , thanks for the crispy shots of these cars .

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