16
Sep

Here are my highlights from a warm day Saturday of NHRA qualifying at the “Bellagio of Dragstrips”, zMax Dragway in Concord, NC. The track sits a half mile from the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Below, 84 year old top fuel legend Chris Karamesines with wife Sandy in the staging lanes before a qualifying pass. I hope if I am ever 84 that I am out there having fun and living life like “The Greek.”

Nikon D800, 70-200mm, 320iso, f2.8, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority

Crew members push the car of top fuel driver Steve Torrence towards the burnout box in front of a good crowd of fans during qualifying round three.

Nikon D800, 70-200mm, 320iso, f3.5, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority

Just a week after his two devastating explosions, funny car driver Todd Lesenko would be back on the tour with a new body and sponsorship from Eco Absorb.

Nikon D4, 24-70mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority

Funny car driver Bob Gilbertson leaves a sea of heat waves in his trail as he powers downtrack during qualifying. Gilbertson would be the lone driver to not qualify in the class.

Nikon D800, 70-200mm, 500iso, f5, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority

Crew members make final adjustments to the engine beneath the body of the Napa Auto Parts funny car driven by points leader Ron Capps.

Nikon D800, 400mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority

Pat Dakin shows off the new seat warmer installed in his top fuel dragster!

Nikon D800, 400mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/800th, Aperture Priority

In this shot we have the most hands on father in drag racing, John Force, giving some lessons to daughter Courtney Force as they stand along the half track wall during a break in the action.

Nikon D800, 400mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

Perhaps he was telling her to avoid the center groove of the track where the rubber was coming up off the concrete causing concern amongst many of the drivers.

Nikon D800, 400mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority

In this shot you see top fuel driver Khalid Albalooshi riding right on the center line as he crosses the finish line. Perhaps he was avoiding the potholes! The best part was this run actually would improve his qualifying position a bit. The fact that he was only running 291 mph at the finish shows he lifted off the throttle before the finish. Had the car stayed in the groove he very well could have taken the top qualifying position that instead ended up as the property of teammate Shawn Langdon.

Nikon D800, 400mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority

We will close out this 10 Spot with a fan in a funny hat walking through the grandstands. You would have to pay me a lot of money or give me a lot of alcohol to see me wearing that hat in public. He does have a beer in his hand so I think we can guess how he ended up in the hat…

Nikon D800, 400mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/800th, Aperture Priority

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