04
Jan

Time for my last Best of 2010 blog of the year. Ladies and gentleman, I proudly present to you my best crashes (and explosions) of 2010.

None of the drivers in the below photos were harmed, the same cannot be said for their cars….

Below, The car of ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Jill George (48) breaks apart after she flipped over during the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway.

Nikon D700, 600mm with 1.4 convertor (850mm), 1250iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

The front end of the car of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kurt Busch digs into the infield grass shooting up a shower of dirt and grass as he spins through the infield during the Bud Shootout at Daytona International Speedway, below.

Nikon D700, 600mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/500th, Manual

A few days later NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Terry Cook suffered a similar fate (below) as he slid through the tri-oval grass during race one of the Gatorade Duel at Daytona International Speedway.

Nikon D700, 600mm with 1.4 convertor (850mm), 500iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority

Below, NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Danica Patrick (7) moments before being involved in her first NASCAR crash as Colin Braun (16) and Josh Wise (61) crash in front of her during the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway.

Nikon D700, 600mm with 1.4 convertor (850mm), 400iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

The door flies off the car of NHRA pro stock driver Gordie Rivera (below) as he rolls over at 200mph during qualifying for the Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway.

Nikon D700, 600mm, 640iso, f4, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

Here is a layout with more shots from the sequence.

Below, NHRA top fuel dragster driver David Grubnic (right) explodes an engine alongside Steve Torrence during qualifying for the Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway.

Nikon D700, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/500th, Manual

NHRA pro stock driver Vinnie Deceglie (below) catches fire after crashing during qualifying for the Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway.

Nikon D700, 600mm, 640iso, f6.3, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority

Below is a sequence showing what started the fiery crash.

Below, NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Danica Patrick (7) is involved in her second career crash as she wrecks with Michael McDowell (81) during the Sams Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Nikon D700, 600mm with 1.4 convertor (850mm), 1000iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority

Below, LOORRS pro two unlimited driver Carey Hart rolls over during qualifying for round two at Speedworld Off Road Park in Surprise, AZ.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 100iso, f2.8, 1/400th, Aperture Priority

LOORRS pro light unlimited driver Aaron Daugherty (23) and Jacob Person (92) collide over a jump during round 3 at Speedworld Off Road Park, below.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority

The results worked out well for Jacob Person but Daugherty was not so lucky….

LOORRS pro four unlimited driver Josh Merrill barrel rolls over during round three at Speedworld Off Road Park in Surprise, AZ, below.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f6.3, 1/800th, Aperture Priority

Below, LOORRS pro buggy unlimited driver Mike Halliday flips over in turn three during round four at Speedworld Off Road Park.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 250iso, f4, 1/6400th, Aperture Priority

Below you can see the full sequence.

Below, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Burton spins through the infield grass after crashing during the Aarons 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Nikon D700, 600mm with 1.4 convertor (850mm), 500iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority

In one of my biggest crashes of 2010 below, NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Dennis Setzer (92) bursts into flames as he crashes with Paul Menard (98), Brian Vickers (32), Justin Allgaier (12), Scott Wimmer (27), Eric McClure (24) and several others in turn four on the last lap during the Aarons 312 at the Talladega Superspeedway.

Nikon D700, 600mm, 1250iso, f4, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority

Here is the full sequence showing the absolute destruction.

Below, IndyCar Series driver Sebastian Saavedra (29) crashes into the turn two wall during the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority

LOORRS pro lite unlimited driver Aaron Daugherty (below) crashes end over end during qualifying for round seven at Miller Motorsports Park.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 200iso, f5, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

Not to be outdone, 6 hours later in the exact same spot LOORRS pro light unlimited driver Sean Geiser (below) would have an identical crash that saw him flip end over end during round seven at Miller Motorsports Park.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 500iso, f5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority

Below, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) goes low as Reed Sorenson (83), Jimmie Johnson (48), Ryan Newman (39), Juan Pablo Montoya (42), Marcos Ambrose (47), Joey Logano (20), Regan Smith (78), Paul Menard (98) and Tony Stewart (14) are involved in a multi car accident during the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Nikon D700, 600mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/500th, Manual

Flames pour from the car of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Mark Martin after he was involved in a crash during the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, below.

Nikon D700, 600mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/400th, Manual

NHRA funny car driver Gary Densham instantly goes from a coupe to a convertible as he blows the body off his car (below) during qualifying for the Fram Autolite Nationals at Infineon Raceway.

Nikon D700, 600mm, 6400iso, f4, 1/400th, Manual

In a total dumb luck shot, below, ADRL pro extreme driver John Stanley suffers an explosion right as he crosses the finish line at the Texas Motorplex.

Nikon D700, 600mm, 800iso, f4, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Ron Hornaday (below) slides on his roof after going airborne and flipping over in a multi-truck accident during the Mountain Dew 250 at the Talladega Superspeedway.

Nikon D700, 600mm with 1.4 convertor (850mm), 1000iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority

The next day in the same spot NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver A.J. Allmendinger would replicate the airborne action in a last lap pileup, below.

Nikon D700, 600mm with 1.4 convertor (850mm), 640iso, f6.3, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

Below, NHRA top fuel dragster driver Lex Joon explodes an engine in a massive fireball during qualifying for the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Nikon D700, 400mm with 1.4 convertor (550mm), 200iso, f7.1, 1/2000th, Manual

Flames consume the front end of the car of NHRA comp eliminator driver Steve Kent (below) after he flipped over during the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Nikon D700, 400mm with 1.4 convertor (550mm), 200iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual

Below, LOORRS pro two unlimited driver Greg Adler flips over over during qualifying for the final race of the season at Firebird International Raceway.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 200iso, f5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority

And there you have it, my best crash and burn images of 2010. Time to see what 2011 has in store for me!

If you wanna see my two previous years best crashes here you go.

Best Crashes of 2009

Best Crashes of 2008


 
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5 responses to “Best of 2010: Best Crash Photos”

  1. Drew Brashler says:

    Mark, Where are the photos of your cameras crashing and burning? These look great!

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  3. steve says:

    Just saw your photos in the february issue of Road and Track. You are everywhere!

  4. Ariel says:

    Awesome… 🙂 It’s so amazing that none of the drivers were harmed in any of these photos… Props to the safety crews and engineers!

  5. Ken says:

    Mark, great pictures! I see you use a nikon d700 . My daughter loves taking pictures….she uses a cannon. I have to have a picture of Angelle Sampey that you took! It’s the one of her golden eyes matching her helmet! It’s that CLOSE-UP! Do you sell your pictures, and if so what are the prices! Keep in mind that I’m not employed presently! Hope to hear back from you, and I’m going to tell my daughter about your site! Keep on snapping….you are extremely talented! So is Angelle!

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