15
Feb
Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual

After two great days of qualifying in the books it was time to crown the first race winners of the 2014 season. Drivers would be taking their cars to the edge (and some beyond) in the quest for the Wally. Continue on to see the highlights of Pomona eliminations!

Lets get right to the photos from Sunday at the Winternationals…

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual with Einstein Strobe Australian pro stock driver Shane Tucker poses for a portrait in his pit area prior to making his first career NHRA start.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual with Einstein Strobe
Australian pro stock driver Shane Tucker poses for a portrait in his pit area prior to making his first career NHRA start.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual NHRA top fuel dragster driver Khalid Albalooshi greets fans at driver introductions prior to the first round of the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Khalid Albalooshi greets fans at driver introductions prior to the first round of the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual In the first round of eliminations, NHRA top fuel dragster driver Sidnei Frigo would explode an engine and pieces of the engine would puncture the tire as he racedalongside Doug Kalitta during the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual
In the first round of eliminations, NHRA top fuel dragster driver Sidnei Frigo would explode an engine and pieces of the engine would puncture the tire as he racedalongside Doug Kalitta during the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f7.1, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver John Force (right) defeats Tommy Johnson Jr in a close race during the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f7.1, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver John Force (right) defeats Tommy Johnson Jr in a close race during the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f7.1, 1/2000th, Manual As if his weekend hadn't been rough enough, NHRA funny car driver Ron Capps would add a little more sting to the weekend by getting into the wall in a round two loss.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f7.1, 1/2000th, Manual
As if his weekend hadn’t been rough enough, NHRA funny car driver Ron Capps would add a little more sting to the weekend by getting into the wall in a round two loss.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 640iso, f8, 1/1600th, Manual NHRA top fuel dragster driver Khalid Albalooshi (near) defeats Steve Torrence in a very close semi final matchup during the Winternationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 640iso, f8, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Khalid Albalooshi (near) defeats Steve Torrence in a very close semi final matchup during the Winternationals.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver John Force in action during the semi finals of Winternationals.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver John Force in action during the semi finals of Winternationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1250iso, f5.6, 1/6400th, Aperture Priority Auto Club Raceway at Pomona reflects in a water puddle as viewed from the top end of the track during the NHRA Winternationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1250iso, f5.6, 1/6400th, Aperture Priority
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona reflects in a water puddle as viewed from the top end of the track during the NHRA Winternationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1250iso, f3.2, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority Kace Rhoades, son of top alcohol dragster crew chief Adam Rhoades drops a stellar photo bomb as Chris Demke celebrates his Pomona win.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1250iso, f3.2, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
Kace Rhoades, son of top alcohol dragster crew chief Adam Rhoades drops a stellar photo bomb as Chris Demke celebrates his Pomona win.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 160iso, f8, 1/200th, Manual with Flash NHRA pro stock driver Jason Line celebrates with the Wally after winning the 37th victory of his career.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 160iso, f8, 1/200th, Manual with Flash
NHRA pro stock driver Jason Line celebrates with the Wally after winning the 37th victory of his career.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1250iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority NHRA funny car driver John Force pops from the roof hatch to celebrate after winning the 139th race of his illustrious career.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1250iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA funny car driver John Force pops from the roof hatch to celebrate after winning the 139th race of his illustrious career.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1250iso, f2.8, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority On the other side of the celebration was the dejection Matt Hagan was feeling as he ripped off his head sock after losing in the final round to John Force for the second race in a row.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1250iso, f2.8, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority
On the other side of the celebration was the dejection Matt Hagan was feeling as he ripped off his head sock after losing in the final round to John Force.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual with Flash Khalid Albalooshi celebrates with the Wally after picking up his third career NHRA top fuel victory. With the win Khalid now leads the points. Don't quote me on this but I'm 99.7% sure he's the first driver named Khalid to ever lead the NHRA top fuel points standings….

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
Khalid Albalooshi celebrates with the Wally after picking up his third career NHRA top fuel victory. With the win Khalid now leads the points. Don’t quote me on this but I’m 99.7% sure he’s the first driver named Khalid to ever lead the NHRA top fuel points standings….

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA funny car driver John Force (left) has some fun celebrating with top fuel dragster winner Khalid Albalooshi.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA funny car driver John Force (left) has some fun celebrating with top fuel dragster winner Khalid Albalooshi.

And that brings race one of the 24 race NHRA season. Next up the tour goes to Phoenix.


 
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One Response to “10 Spot / NHRA Pomona Sunday”

  1. rlarsen says:

    Such a great set of pictures as usual. I recently saw your outstanding basketball action shots. Would you please share the case settings you use for 1-DX autofocus with b-ball. Are they different than what works well for football ?
    Thanks a lot, Mark

    Rex Larsen
    Michigan

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