21
Sep

Lets jump right into the images from Friday at the Texas Motorplex near Dallas. This weekend marks my fourth weekend in a row of NHRA.

Below, pro stock driver Allen Johnson launches off the starting line in his car. This shot was achieved by shooting a real low angle with camera on the ground at an opening in the concrete wall.

Nikon D4, 24-70mm, 200iso, f7.1, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority

Funny car privateer Peter Russo prepares to climb into his car for the opening qualifying session. Russo would have issues starting the car and would get timed out for not staging in time.

Nikon D800, 70-200mm, 1250iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority

Tony Pedregon heads to his car after a crew member helped him with his safety gear. I was standing a little too close to Tony for this shot and he almost made helmet to camera contact. 

Nikon D4, 24-70mm, 200iso, f7.1, 1/500th, Aperture Priority

Courtney Force (near) races alongside father John Force during qualifying round one. Courtney would end the session as the top qualifier. In the second session her time would be beat but running in the last pair of the session, she would retake the top spot.

Nikon D4, 24-70mm, 200iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority

Crew chief/girlfriend Ashley Frye make adjustments to the engine on the top fuel dragster of driver/boyfriend Scott Palmer during qualifying.

Nikon D800, 70-200mm, 320iso, f2.8, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

For the second session I found myself in the grandstands at the 1320ft mark of the track. Gave me deja vu from my first time shooting in these same metal grandstands back in 1995.

Below, Karen Stoffer sits tucked on her bike as she crosses the finish line with a 6.958 at 191.48 mph.

Nikon D800, 600mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority

Here is a detailed view as the parachutes pop from the back of pro stock driver Jeg Coughlin Jr’s car. Many drivers pop the parachutes just before going across the finish line as it gives them a fraction of a second with less weight on the car thus making it faster!

Nikon D800, 600mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

Funny car driver Alexis DeJoria leaves Robert Hight in a trail of heat waves during the second funny car qualifying session.

Nikon D800, 600mm, 500iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority

Two drivers who missed out on making the Countdown for the Championship, Matt Hagan and Bob Tasca III race down track during qualifying.

Nikon D800, 600mm, 640iso, f5.6, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority

Morgan Lucas pops his two parachutes following a 315 mph qualifying pass.

Nikon D800, 600mm, 640iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority

The setting sun shines off the front end of the US Army dragster driven by Tony Schumacher as he would take the top qualifying position with a 3.829 at over 320 mph. (note the distortion in his rear tire)

Nikon D800, 600mm, 640iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority

Speaking of tire distortion check out the tire on Antron Browns top fueler as he crosses the finish line. Fred Flintstone would be rolling over in his grave to see a square tire work!

Nikon D800, 600mm, 640iso, f5, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority

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Posted in 10 Spot, Drag Racing, NHRA, Racing, Sports, Texas   1 Comment

One Response to “10 Spot / NHRA Dallas Friday”

  1. Henry Timmermann says:

    Great work Mark.

    Henry

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Check out my Facebook page devoted my photography where I routinely share my favorite photos from each shoot as well as favorite photos from the past. Click the below banner to check it out. Be sure to "like" the page so you can be kept up to date on all the events I am doing!