02
Sep

Day two of professional racing at the US Nationals would be a day of luck for everyone as the storms that were supposed to wash out the day completely missed the track so other than a few rain delays here and there we would get almost all of the schedule in. Lets get to the images.

Below, in top fuel qualifying, David Grubnic would blow an engine. The NHRA safety safari would be quickly on scene to put out the small fire from his engine.

Nikon D800, 600mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual

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If you have ever wanted an extreme close up view of oil dry being applied to the track then here you go…

Nikon D800, 600mm, 400iso, f7.1, 1/2000th, Manual

The rain from the earlier storms left down some puddles of water along the return road back to the pits where all the cars are towed past. I love using puddles in my photos so you know I went to town shooting them!

T.J. Zizzo reflects in a puddle as he is towed back to the pits following a qualifying pass.

Nikon D4, 14-24mm, 200iso, f7.1, 1/1000th, Manual

Jack Beckman

Nikon D800, 14-24mm, 500iso, f5.6, 1/800th, Manual

Cruz Pedregon

Nikon D800, 14-24mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/1250th, Manual

In the middle of funny car qualifying the clouds would get darker and lower. Rain was seemingly imminent.

Nikon D4, 70-200mm, 640iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority

The skies would open up for a few minutes and put us into a brief holding pattern.

The car of pro stock driver Warren Johnson sits beneath a rain cover with ominous clouds overhead.

Nikon D800, 14-24mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/500th, Manual

The weather would clear up allowing us to get back to racing.

Below, a crew member for top fuel driver Tommy Johnson Jr is silhouetted by the setting sun as the car is towed back to the pits.

Nikon D800, 14-24mm, 500iso, f4.5, 1/800th, Manual

NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown (left) races alongside J.R. Todd during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Nikon D800, 600mm, 1600iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Manual

In the below shot of Tony Schumacher in his capsuled US Army top fuel dragster you can see contrails coming from his rear wing as his parachute begins to deploy following a 326 mph run. If you look closely you can even see the contrails swirling in a vortex off the rear wing!

Nikon D800, 600mm, 1600iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Manual

After the light got too dark for top end shooting I would go up in the grandstands at half track for a few minutes.

Cruz Pedregon would get out of shape during his qualifying pass and lightly hit the right lane wall in his funny car. The body suffered about as minor of damage as you can get hitting a wall at about 275mph! (Yes I know the shot is slightly blurred. I suck.)

Nikon D800, 400mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/400th, Manual

Funny car driver Courtney Force crosses her fingers as she celebrates with her crew after taking the top qualifying spot in the last run of the session.

Nikon D800, 14-24mm, 1000iso, f5, 1/250th, Manual with SB 800 Flash

The big winner of the day would be top fuel driver Spencer Massey who would take home 100 thousand dollars following his victory over Steve Torrence in the final round of the Traxxas Shootout.

Nikon D800, 14-24mm, 1000iso, f7.1, 1/250th, Manual with SB 800 Flash

There probably won’t be a blog for Sunday since we are currently getting pounded by what used to be Hurricane Isaac. Hoping for a dry Monday!

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