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Dec

Only a few more blogs in my Best of 2010 series. Lets get right in with my best NASCAR photos of 2010. I shot less NASCAR in 2010 than I had done in the previous four years but still had a solid year of photos.

Below, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers race through the tri-oval prior to sunset during practice for the Bud Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 320iso, f2.8, 1/4000th, Manual

The car of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin is towed into the garage after crashing during practice for the Bud Shootout at Daytona International Speedway, below.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 400iso, f2.8, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver A.J. Allmendinger (below) slides through his pit stall as an official gets pinned against the wall by the air hose wrapped around the car during race one of the Gatorade Duel at Daytona International Speedway.

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

Below, Detailed view of the finish line stripe and flagstand in the tri-oval following race two of the Gatorade Duel at Daytona International Speedway.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 800iso, f2.8, 1/6400th, Aperture Priority

Prior to making her NASCAR Nationwide Series debut, driver Danica Patrick is surrounded by media (below) as she stands alongside her car prior to the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway.

Nikon D700, 600mm with 1.4 convertor (850mm), 640iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

Below, a seagull flies over the tri-oval where NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars sit on pit road during a red flag due to asphalt conditions in turn two during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 200iso, f5.6, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority

Below, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Clint Bowyer (33) and David Ragan (6) lead the field to the green flag on a restart during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 500iso, f2.8, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers head around the track under caution following the second red flag of the Daytona 500 due to asphalt breaking in turn two at Daytona International Speedway, below.

Nikon D700, 10.5-17mm, 1250iso, f4, 1/80th, Aperture Priority

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jamie McMurray celebrates with a burnout (below) after winning the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/500th, Manual

Below, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jamie McMurray celebrates in the infield grass after winning the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

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

Below, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Mark Martin is illuminated by another photographers flash as he climbs from his car during qualifying for the Shelby American at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 1600iso, f4, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority

Below, Flames come from the exhaust of the car driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch during qualifying for the Shelby American at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 250iso, f2.8, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

Coke flies from an open bottle (below) as NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Kevin Harvick celebrates in victory lane after winning the Sams Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 1600iso, f2.8, 1/250th, Manual

Below, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson leads the field down the backstretch as the sun sets during the Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 1250iso, f4.5, 1/3200th, Manual

Driving through a cloud of oil drying powder laid down on the track (below) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon appears to be driving through a fog as he leads a pack of drivers around the track under caution during the Subway Fresh Fit 600 at the Phoenix International Raceway.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 1600iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority

By using a star filter I produced the below frame of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman as he races prior to winning the Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 800iso, f4, 1/320th, Aperture Priority, with Star Filter

A NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fan with a tattoo of Dale Earnhardt Sr. on his back looks on during the Aarons 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, below.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 200iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

Below, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Austin Dillon is visible through steps in a staircase as he races down the backstretch during qualifying for the Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm with 1.4 convertor (280mm), 100iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual

Victory lane reflected in the trophy (below) as NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the Heluva Good! 200 at Dover International Speedway.

Nikon D700, 400mm with 1.4 convertor (550mm), 250iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority

By underexposing by several stops (below) I took advantage of the high noon light reflecting off the top of the field of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers as they pull off pit road prior to the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 100iso, f5.6, 1/8000th, Manual

Below, is the view from a pedestrian crossover bridge as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Regan Smith (78) races alongside Mark Martin (5) during the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Juan Pablo Montoya (42) gets on two wheels as he jumps a curb during the SaveMart 350 at Infineon Raceway, below.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f4.5, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr races down the track (below) as fans sit on a hillside near a ferris wheel during the SaveMart 350 at Infineon Raceway.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/320th, Aperture Priority

In what he said would be his final time racing in a #3 NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt Jr celebrates in victory lane (below) after winning the Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

Nikon D700, 600mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/320th, Manual

Below, with the track under green conditions, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Paul Menard races by during practice for the Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority

A beautiful south Florida sunset fills out the frame (below) as NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Brad Keselowski races down the backstretch during the Ford 300 at Homestead Miami Speedway.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 3200iso, f5, 1/2000th, Manual

Under ominous skies, NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Danica Patrick races down the backstretch during the Ford 300 at Homestead Miami Speedway, below.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 1000iso, f2.8, 1/1600th, Manual

The NASCAR Nationwide Series pace car is silhouetted (below) as it sits on the end of pit road during the Ford 300 at Homestead Miami Speedway.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 1600iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief Chad Knaus (left) sprays champagne on driver Jimmie Johnson (right) as they celebrate winning their fifth consecutive NASCAR championship following the Ford 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 800iso, f4, 1/500th, Manual

My 2010 NASCAR season comes to an end as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson poses with his five consecutive championship trophies following the Ford 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway, below.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 1250iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Only two more blogs in my Best of 2010 series. Next up my best of football.


 
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One response to “Best of 2010: Best NASCAR Photos”

  1. Pille says:

    Some really awesome shots here, my favorites being the seagull and the pic with the deep, deep blue night sky over Daytona.

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