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Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Strobes Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Strobes NHRA funny car driver Matt Hagan sits in the cockpit of his 2014 Rocky Boots sponsored Dodge during a portrait shoot at Don Schumacher Racing.

Very few sports have the visual appeal that drag racing has. Colorful cars with loud fire spewing engine shaking the ground as they go from zero to 330mph in less than four seconds is nothing short of amazing. I am a lucky guy to cover the sport for a living that I grew up a fan of. Continue on to check out my favorite blog of the year…

With the bulk of my busy career consisting of photographing drag racing, it can get very redundant shooting cars going in a straight line day after day, week after week. What I try to do to make things fun (and productive) is to move around a lot and do more than shoot the same angle from the starting line. With that in mind I proudly present my best drag racing images of 2013. Enjoy!

Nikon D4, 70-200mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobes NHRA top fuel driver Shawn Langdon poses for a photo during a commercial portrait shoot in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

Nikon D4, 70-200mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobes
NHRA top fuel driver Shawn Langdon poses for a photo during a commercial portrait shoot in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

Nikon D4, 16-35mm, 100iso, f11, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobes Here is a wide view during Del Worsham portraits which shows our lighting setup in a conference room at the Doubletree Hotel.

Nikon D4, 16-35mm, 100iso, f11, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobes
Here is a wide view during Del Worsham portraits which shows our lighting setup in a conference room at the Doubletree Hotel.

Nikon D4, 70-200mm, 800iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash Kneeling on the ground a few feet behind the car of NHRA funny car driver Ron Capps gave me this cool view as he launches off the starting line.

Nikon D4, 70-200mm, 800iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
Kneeling on the ground a few feet behind the car of NHRA funny car driver Ron Capps gave me this cool view as he launches off the starting line.

Nikon D4, 70-200mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobes Antron Brown poses for a close up portrait during my annual portrait shoot of all the Toyota Racing sponsored NHRA drivers.

Nikon D4, 70-200mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobes
Antron Brown poses for a close up portrait during my annual portrait shoot of all the Toyota Racing sponsored NHRA drivers.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f7.1, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority Tony Schumacher walks from his US Army dragster after going into the sand trap after a late opening parachute failed to stop him in time in Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f7.1, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
Tony Schumacher walks from his US Army dragster after going into the sand trap after a late opening parachute failed to stop him in time in Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Tony Pedregon blows the body off his car after an explosion during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Pedregon was unhurt in the incident.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Tony Pedregon blows the body off his car after an explosion during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Pedregon was unhurt in the incident.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 6400iso, f11, 1/30th, Manual Here is my view from the cockpit of a nostalgia top fueler as header flames pour out in front of a large crowd of spectators during a cacklefest in the parking lot of Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 6400iso, f11, 1/30th, Manual
Here is my view from the cockpit of a nostalgia top fueler as header flames pour out in front of a large crowd of spectators during a cacklefest in the parking lot of Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown explodes an engine as he crosses the finish line to defeat David Grubnic during the second round of the Winternationals in Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown explodes an engine as he crosses the finish line to defeat David Grubnic during the second round of the Winternationals in Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Antron Brown flips his dragster after blowing both rear tires at 308 mph. Brown was uninjured in the fiery high speed accident.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Antron Brown flips his dragster after blowing both rear tires at 308 mph. Brown was uninjured in the fiery high speed accident.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 125iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Einstein Strobes NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force poses for a portrait with a Wally trophy during a portrait shoot in the tower suites at Firebird.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 125iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Einstein Strobes
NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force poses for a portrait with a Wally trophy during a portrait shoot in the tower suites at Firebird.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 800iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Cruz Pedregon slaps the wall during qualifying for the Arizona Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 800iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Cruz Pedregon slaps the wall during qualifying for the Arizona Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 320iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual NHRA top fuel dragster driver Clay Millican blows an engine on fire during the Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 320iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Clay Millican blows an engine on fire during the Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 320iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual  NHRA funny car driver Robert Hight (right) and Johnny Gray show that driving a nitro funny car in a straight line is no easy task during the Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 320iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Robert Hight (right) and Johnny Gray show that driving a nitro funny car in a straight line is no easy task during the Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Einstein Strobe NHRA pro mod driver Danny Rowe poses for a portrait during a photo shoot in the teams pit area for their new sponsor Agave Underground Tequila.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Einstein Strobe
NHRA pro mod driver Danny Rowe poses for a portrait during a photo shoot in the teams pit area for their new sponsor Agave Underground Tequila.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 3200iso, f5, 1/400th, Aperture Priority View from inside the cockpit with NHRA pro stock driver Vincent Nobile moments before firing up the engine and attempting a qualifying pass in Las Vegas.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 3200iso, f5, 1/400th, Aperture Priority
View from inside the cockpit with NHRA pro stock driver Vincent Nobile moments before firing up the engine and attempting a qualifying pass in Las Vegas.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4.5, 1/250th, Manual A beautiful sunset makes a great backdrop to the car of NHRA top fuel dragster driver Morgan Lucas in the staging lanes during qualifying for the Summitracing.com Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4.5, 1/250th, Manual
A beautiful sunset makes a great backdrop to the car of NHRA top fuel dragster driver Morgan Lucas in the staging lanes during qualifying for the Summitracing.com Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 17mm tilt shift, 6400iso, f4, 1/400th, Manual A pair of NHRA jet car drivers shoot flames out of theirs exhausts prior to racing during qualifying for the Summitracing.com Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 17mm tilt shift, 6400iso, f4, 1/400th, Manual
A pair of NHRA jet car drivers shoot flames out of theirs exhausts prior to racing during qualifying for the Summitracing.com Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual Flames come from the headers on the funny car of NHRA driver Jeff Arend during qualifying for the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual
Flames come from the headers on the funny car of NHRA driver Jeff Arend during qualifying for the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f6.3, 1/800th, Aperture Priority The heavy rains of Saturday evening left plenty of standing water throughout the Royal Purple Raceway pit area.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f6.3, 1/800th, Aperture Priority
After heavy rains the evening prior, there were plenty of puddles throughout the Royal Purple Raceway pit area.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/80th, Aperture Priority Ron Freedman, a crew member for NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher cleans the canopy of the US Army dragster in the pits during a rain delay.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/80th, Aperture Priority
Ron Freedman, a crew member for NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher cleans the canopy of the US Army dragster in the pits during a rain delay.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f5.6, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority While a rain delay is a pain for all of us who work in the sport, this young fan was having a blast playing with her toy dragster in a rain puddle in the pits of Atlanta Dragway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f5.6, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
While a rain delay is a pain for all of us who work in the sport, this young fan was having a blast playing with her toy dragster in a rain puddle in the pits of Atlanta Dragway.

Canon  1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual A painter touches up the worn out checkered flag design in the winners circle of Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ as the car of Alexis DeJoria sits nearby.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual
A painter touches up the worn out checkered flag design in the winners circle of Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ as the car of Alexis DeJoria sits nearby.

Canon  1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual A detailed look at a worn out Raceway Park logo on the wall of the historic facility.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual
A detailed look at a worn out Raceway Park logo on the wall of the historic facility.

Canon  1Dx, 24-70mm, 320iso, f9, 1/200th, Aperture Priority The car hauler for NHRA funny car driver Ron Capps pulls into Raceway Park to park and set up for this weekends Summer Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 320iso, f9, 1/200th, Aperture Priority
The car hauler for NHRA funny car driver Ron Capps pulls into Raceway Park to park and set up for this weekends Summer Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f7.1, 1/1000th, Manual The sun sets behind NHRA fans in the grandstands during qualifying for the Summer Nationals at Raceway Park.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f7.1, 1/1000th, Manual
The sun sets behind NHRA fans in the grandstands during qualifying for the Summer Nationals at Raceway Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f5, 1/200th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Shawn Langdon launches off the starting line during nitro qualifying for the Summer Nationals in Englishtown, NJ.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f5, 1/200th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Shawn Langdon launches off the starting line during nitro qualifying for the Summer Nationals in Englishtown, NJ.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Del Worsham races his DHL Toyota Camry alongside Paul Lee under beautiful skies during the Summer Nationals at Raceway Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Del Worsham races his DHL Toyota Camry alongside Paul Lee under beautiful skies during the Summer Nationals at Raceway Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Manual NHRA funny car driver John Force does a burnout as the sun sets over a mountain during Friday qualifying for the Mile High Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver John Force does a burnout as the sun sets over a mountain during Friday qualifying for the Mile High Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1000iso, f5, 1/1000th, Manual The nearby mountains are lit by the setting sun as NHRA pro stock driver Greg Anderson races down track during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1000iso, f5, 1/1000th, Manual
The nearby mountains are lit by the setting sun as NHRA pro stock driver Greg Anderson races down track during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/100th, Manual NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson (left) races alongside Rickie Jones Jr during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/100th, Manual
NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson (left) races alongside Rickie Jones Jr during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1000iso, f4, 1/400th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force (near) races alongside Johnny Gray during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1000iso, f4, 1/400th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force (near) races alongside Johnny Gray during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority Cool clouds form above Bandimere Speedway as NHRA top fuel dragster drivers do burnouts during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority
Cool clouds form above Bandimere Speedway as NHRA top fuel dragster drivers do burnouts during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f7.1, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA pro stock driver Matt Hartford crashes during the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. Hartford was uninjured.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f7.1, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA pro stock driver Matt Hartford crashes during the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. Hartford was uninjured.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson celebrates on the ground after winning the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson celebrates on the ground after winning the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f4.5, 1/2000th, Manual Fans at the front row behind a nitro car warming up are overwhelmed by the noxious nitro methane fumes. If you have never experienced that feeling you don't know what you're missing!

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f4.5, 1/2000th, Manual
Fans at the front row behind a nitro car warming up are overwhelmed by the noxious nitro methane fumes. If you have never experienced that feeling you don’t know what you’re missing!

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f4, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Hector Arana Jr runs to celebrate with friend, pro stock driver Vincent Nobile after both drivers won their respective classes in Sonoma.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f4, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Hector Arana Jr runs to celebrate with friend, pro stock driver Vincent Nobile after both drivers won their respective classes in Sonoma.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/1000th, Manual Dale Creasy Jr prepares to climb into his nitro burning funny car for a qualifying run at the Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, MN.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/1000th, Manual
Dale Creasy Jr prepares to climb into his nitro burning funny car for a qualifying run at the Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, MN.

Canon 1dx, 600mm, 400iso, f7.1, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Ron Capps explodes an engine shredding the carbon fiber body off his car alongside John Force during qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Capps was uninjured in the explosion.

Canon 1dx, 600mm, 400iso, f7.1, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Ron Capps explodes an engine shredding the carbon fiber body off his car alongside John Force during qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Capps was uninjured in the explosion.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Aperture Priority Alice Bode, wife of funny car driver Bob Bode plays badminton with family and friends in the teams pit area in Brainerd, MN.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Aperture Priority
Alice Bode, wife of funny car driver Bob Bode plays badminton with family and friends in the teams pit area in Brainerd, MN.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA top fuel dragster driver Spencer Massey fireballs an engine alongside Brittany Force during the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Spencer Massey fireballs an engine alongside Brittany Force during the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual The car of NHRA top fuel dragster driver Tony Schumacher is towed back to the pits as the sun sets during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual
The car of NHRA top fuel dragster driver Tony Schumacher is towed back to the pits as the sun sets during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual Fireworks explode as NHRA jet car driver John Bandimere III deploys his parachutes, lifting his front wheels off the ground after a run to close out qualifying at the US Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
Fireworks explode as NHRA jet car driver John Bandimere III deploys his parachutes, lifting his front wheels off the ground after a run to close out qualifying at the US Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f4, 1/20th, Aperture Priority Overall view of Lucas Oil Raceway as it rains a few hours following the conclusion of NHRA qualifying for the US Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f4, 1/20th, Aperture Priority
Overall view of Lucas Oil Raceway as it rains a few hours following the conclusion of NHRA qualifying for the US Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/250th, Manual Crew members instruct NHRA funny car driver Tony Pedregon to shut off his car as rain begins to fall during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/250th, Manual
Crew members instruct NHRA funny car driver Tony Pedregon to shut off his car as rain begins to fall during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Einstein Strobe NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Shawn Gann practices his launching procedures in the staging lanes during qualifying for the US Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Einstein Strobe
NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Shawn Gann practices his launching procedures in the staging lanes during qualifying for the US Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Einstein Strobe NHRA top fuel dragster driver Morgan Lucas sits in the cockpit of his car in the staging lanes during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Einstein Strobe
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Morgan Lucas sits in the cockpit of his car in the staging lanes during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f5.6, 1/250th, Manual with Einstein Strobe NHRA top fuel driver Leah Pritchett sits strapped in tot he cockpit of her Dote Racing dragster during qualifying for the US Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f5.6, 1/250th, Manual with Einstein Strobe
NHRA top fuel driver Leah Pritchett sits strapped into the cockpit of her Dote Racing dragster during qualifying for the US Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Manual NHRA pro mod driver Tim Tindle barrel rolls over the wall during a high speed crash at the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway. Tindle would break some bones but fully recover.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Manual
NHRA pro mod driver Tim Tindle barrel rolls over the wall during a high speed crash at the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway. Tindle would break some bones but fully recover.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority NHRA funny car driver Tim Wilkerson does a burnout through a nice pocket of light during qualifying for the Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA funny car driver Tim Wilkerson does a burnout through a nice pocket of light during qualifying for the Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 1000iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Manual A crew member for NHRA top fuel driver Terry McMillen wears a baby doll around his body as he backs McMillen up from his burnout at zMax Dragway. The doll was a tribute to McMillen who fathered a new baby boy earlier this week.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 1000iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Manual
A crew member for NHRA top fuel driver Terry McMillen wears a baby doll around his body as he backs McMillen up from his burnout at zMax Dragway. The doll was a tribute to McMillen who fathered a new baby boy earlier this week.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 1000iso, f7.1, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority The setting sun plus smoke leads to some dramatic looking light as top fuel driver Bob Vandergriff Jr does a burnout in his dragster at zMax Dragway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 1000iso, f7.1, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority
The setting sun plus smoke leads to some dramatic looking light as top fuel driver Bob Vandergriff Jr does a burnout in his dragster at zMax Dragway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown does a burnout under gorgeous skies during qualifying for the Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown does a burnout under gorgeous skies during qualifying for the Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f2.8, 1/250th, Manual with Einstein Strobe NHRA top alcohol funny car driver Cassie Simonton poses for a portrait in the pits during the Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f2.8, 1/250th, Manual with Einstein Strobe
NHRA top alcohol funny car driver Cassie Simonton poses for a portrait in the pits during the Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 320iso, f7.1, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA top fuel dragster driver Brandon Bernstein has a fire alongside David Grubnic during the Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway. Bernstein won the round.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 320iso, f7.1, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Brandon Bernstein has a fire alongside David Grubnic during the Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway. Bernstein won the round.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 320iso, f6.3, 1/4000th, Manual NHRA fans hang out in the grandstands as clouds form in the sky during eliminations at the Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 320iso, f6.3, 1/4000th, Manual
NHRA fans hang out in the grandstands as clouds form in the sky during eliminations at the Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1000iso, f5.6, 1/500th, Aperture Priority The setting sun throws a light pocket in the pit area of Brandon Bernstein right on crew chief Joe Barlam as they warm up the top fuel dragster between qualifying sessions.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1000iso, f5.6, 1/500th, Aperture Priority
The setting sun throws a light pocket in the pit area of Brandon Bernstein right on crew chief Joe Barlam as they warm up the top fuel dragster between qualifying sessions.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/250th, Manual Sparks fly from the headers as NHRA funny car driver Tony Pedregon blasts down the 1000ft dragstrip during qualifying for the Midwest Nationals in Madison, IL.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/250th, Manual
Sparks fly from the headers as NHRA funny car driver Tony Pedregon blasts down the 1000ft dragstrip during qualifying for the Midwest Nationals in Madison, IL.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/100th, Manual A fans flash goes off in the crowd as NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force does a burnout during qualifying for the Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/100th, Manual
A fans flash goes off in the crowd as NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force does a burnout during qualifying for the Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 10000iso, f2.8, 1/160th, Manual The car of NHRA funny car driver Shawn Langdon waits at the back of the staging lanes prior to taking the number one qualifying position for the Midwest Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 10000iso, f2.8, 1/160th, Manual
The dragster of NHRA top fuel driver Shawn Langdon waits at the back of the staging lanes prior to taking the number one qualifying position for the Midwest Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/8000th, Manual NHRA pro stock driver Mike Edwards (left) does a burnout alongside Shane Gray during qualifying for the Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/8000th, Manual
NHRA pro stock driver Mike Edwards (left) does a burnout alongside Shane Gray during qualifying for the Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Tim Wilkerson climbs from his car next to a well placed port-a-john after a qualifying pass at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Tim Wilkerson climbs from his car next to a well placed port-a-john after a qualifying pass at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown douses crew member Matt Sackman with Mello Yello as they celebrate after winning the Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown douses crew member Matt Sackman with Mello Yello as they celebrate after winning the Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Blake Alexander mows down the centerline timing blocks alongside Matt Hagan during qualifying for the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Blake Alexander mows down the centerline timing blocks alongside Matt Hagan during qualifying for the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f5, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority Overall view of Maple Grove Raceway as NHRA top fuel dragster driver Khalid Albalooshi fills the air with exhaust as he goes on the high side prior to a qualifying run vs Spencer Massey.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f5, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority
Overall view of Maple Grove Raceway as NHRA top fuel dragster driver Khalid Albalooshi fills the air with exhaust as he goes on the high side prior to a qualifying run vs Spencer Massey.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f3.2, 1/500th, Aperture Priority Detailed view of the fingernails on the hand of NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria as she holds the brake while warming up her car during the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f3.2, 1/500th, Aperture Priority
Detailed view of the fingernails on the hand of NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria as she holds the brake while warming up her car during the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f7.1, 1/400th, Aperture Priority NHRA pro stock winner Jeg Coughlin Jr (right) talks with runner up Allen Johnson following their final round matchup at the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f7.1, 1/400th, Aperture Priority
NHRA pro stock winner Jeg Coughlin Jr (right) talks with runner up Allen Johnson following their final round matchup at the Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f7.1, 1/640th, Manual The car of NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown is silhouetted by the setting sun as it is towed back to the pits.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f7.1, 1/640th, Manual
The car of NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown is silhouetted by the setting sun as it is towed back to the pits.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 4000iso, f3.2, 1/500th, Manual The Mav TV Missile jet car blasts off the starting line to close out Fridays racing activities at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 4000iso, f3.2, 1/500th, Manual
The Mav TV Missile jet car blasts off the starting line to close out Fridays racing activities at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f5.6, 1/800th, Aperture Priority The car of NHRA top alcohol funny car of Cody Perkins is towed back to the pits as a Moto-X exhibition take place behind.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f5.6, 1/800th, Aperture Priority
The car of NHRA top alcohol funny car of Cody Perkins is towed back to the pits as a Moto-X exhibition take place behind.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual NHRA top fuel dragster driver Clay Millican blows a tire after hitting debris on the track during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Clay Millican blows a tire after hitting debris on the track during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/6400th, Manual Here is an underexposed wide angle view from the roof of the suites overlooking the dragstrip as a pair of funny car drivers do their burnouts during round one of eliminations in Las Vegas.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/6400th, Manual
Here is an underexposed wide angle view from the roof of the suites overlooking the dragstrip as a pair of funny car drivers do their burnouts during round one of eliminations in Las Vegas.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f2.8, 1/200th, Aperture Priority NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown holds his Wally trophy as he waits to be interviewed in the winners circle after winning the Toyota Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f2.8, 1/200th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown holds his Wally trophy as he waits to be interviewed in the winners circle after winning the Toyota Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority NHRA funny car driver Jeff Arend does a burnout in his retro Mooneyes themed paint job during qualifying for the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA funny car driver Jeff Arend does a burnout in his retro Mooneyes themed paint job during qualifying for the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1250iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual The late afternoon sun light lights up the face of NHRA top alcohol dragster driver Gord Gingles during qualifying for the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1250iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual
The late afternoon sun light lights up the face of NHRA top alcohol dragster driver Gord Gingles during qualifying for the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority NHRA safety safari crews tend to funny car driver Josh Crawford after a fire during qualifying for the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA safety safari crews tend to funny car driver Josh Crawford after a fire during qualifying for the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA pro stock driver Rickie Jones Jr is overwhelmed with emotions as he celebrates the first career win at the top end of the Pomona race course.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA pro stock driver Rickie Jones Jr is overwhelmed with emotions as he celebrates the first career win at the top end of the Pomona race course.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Strobes NHRA top fuel driver Antron Brown poses for a portrait in his Matco Tools dragster with the help of a smoke machine at Don Schumacher Racing.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Strobes
NHRA top fuel driver Antron Brown poses for a portrait in his Matco Tools dragster with the help of a smoke machine at Don Schumacher Racing.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f10, 1/250th, Manual with Strobes NHRA funny car driver Jack Beckman sits in the cockpit of his 2014 Valvoline sponsored Dodge during a portrait shoot at Don Schumacher Racing.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f10, 1/250th, Manual with Strobes
NHRA funny car driver Jack Beckman sits in the cockpit of his 2014 Valvoline sponsored Dodge during a portrait shoot at Don Schumacher Racing.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Strobes NHRA top fuel dragster driver Spencer Massey poses for a portrait at Don Schumacher Racing.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Strobes
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Spencer Massey poses for a portrait at Don Schumacher Racing.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 800iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Strobes Snow falls during a portrait of the car of NHRA funny car driver Jack Beckman late at night in the parking lot of Don Schumacher Racing.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 800iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Strobes
Snow falls during a portrait of the car of NHRA funny car driver Jack Beckman late at night in the parking lot of Don Schumacher Racing.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 800iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Strobes DSR employee Kyle Cunningham stands in for Jack Beckman to do some snow angels next to the Valvoline funny car in the parking lot at Don Schumacher Racing.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 800iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Strobes
DSR employee Kyle Cunningham stands in for Jack Beckman to do some snow angels next to the Valvoline funny car in the parking lot at Don Schumacher Racing.

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