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Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f13, 1/200th, Manual with Strobes The Venator Rocky Boot sponsored car of two time NHRA champion Matt Hagan during a portrait shoot at Don Schumacher Racing.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f13, 1/200th, Manual with Strobes
The Venator Rocky Boot sponsored car of two time NHRA champion Matt Hagan during a portrait shoot at Don Schumacher Racing. Click here to purchase print

Midway through December its time I get going with the 9th edition of my Best of the Year galleries.  Lets get things off to a fast start with all my favorite drag racing photos of 2016!

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Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f9, 1/200th, Manual with Strobes NHRA funny car driver Tommy Johnson Jr poses for a portrait during a photo shoot at Don Schumacher Racing.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f9, 1/200th, Manual with Strobes
NHRA funny car driver Tommy Johnson Jr poses for a portrait during a photo shoot at Don Schumacher Racing. Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Strobes Two time NHRA top fuel champion Antron Brown poses for a portrait with his championship trophies during a portrait shoot at Don Schumacher Racing.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Strobes
Two time NHRA top fuel champion Antron Brown poses for a portrait with his championship trophies during a portrait shoot at Don Schumacher Racing.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Strobes NHRA funny car driver Jack Beckman leaps off his Infinite Hero Dodge as he poses for a portrait during a portrait shoot at Don Schumacher Racing.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Strobes
NHRA funny car driver Jack Beckman leaps off his Infinite Hero Dodge as he poses for a portrait during a portrait shoot at Don Schumacher Racing.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority Detailed view of the front wing and front wheels on the dragster of NHRA top fuel driver Brittany Force during pre season testing at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority
Detailed view of the front wing and front wheels on the dragster of NHRA top fuel driver Brittany Force during pre season testing at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f4, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority Confetti falls as NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence celebrates after winning the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f4, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority
Confetti falls as NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence celebrates after winning the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 800mm, 1000iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Ron Capps slows in the shutdown area during qualifying for the Carquest Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 800mm, 1000iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Ron Capps slows in the shutdown area during qualifying for the Carquest Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 800mm, 1000iso, f5.6, 1/5000th, Manual NHRA chief starter Mark Lyle works the starting line as a jet dragster shoots out smoke prior to racing at the Carquest Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 800mm, 1000iso, f5.6, 1/5000th, Manual
NHRA chief starter Mark Lyle works the starting line as a jet dragster shoots out smoke prior to racing at the Carquest Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f6.3, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority NHRA top fuel driver Leah Pritchett is silhouetted as she tosses a hat into the crowd as she celebrates on the podium after winning the Carquest Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f6.3, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top fuel driver Leah Pritchett is silhouetted as she tosses a hat into the crowd as she celebrates on the podium after winning the Carquest Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA top fuel driver Leah Pritchett and a crew member are doused with a cooler full of ice water as she celebrates after winning the Carquest Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA top fuel driver Leah Pritchett and a crew member are doused with a cooler full of ice water as she celebrates after winning the Carquest Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f8, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority NHRA pro mod driver Dan Stevenson has an engine fire after an explosion during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Auto Plus Raceway at Gainesville.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f8, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA pro mod driver Dan Stevenson has an engine fire after an explosion during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Auto Plus Raceway at Gainesville.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/3200th, Manual Exhaust fumes from the engine of the dragster of NHRA top fuel driver Morgan Lucas as he stages during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Auto Plus Raceway at Gainesville.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/3200th, Manual
Exhaust fumes from the engine of the dragster of NHRA top fuel driver Morgan Lucas as he stages during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Auto Plus Raceway at Gainesville.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f4, 1/2000th, Manual Flames from the jet dragsters of drivers Elaine Larsen (left) alongside Dawn Perdue reflect off the glass windows of the timing tower as they close out qualifying for the NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f4, 1/2000th, Manual
Flames from the jet dragsters of drivers Elaine Larsen (left) alongside Dawn Perdue reflect off the glass windows of the timing tower as they close out qualifying for the NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Brittany Force (left) is embraced by her father John Force as they celebrate her first career win at the Gatornationals at Auto Plus Raceway at Gainesville.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Brittany Force (left) is embraced by her father John Force as they celebrate her first career win at the Gatornationals at Auto Plus Raceway at Gainesville.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA top fuel driver Brittany Force reacts as she is doused with ice water by her crew after winning the Gatornationals at Auto Plus Raceway at Gainesville.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA top fuel driver Brittany Force reacts as she is doused with ice water by her crew after winning the Gatornationals at Auto Plus Raceway at Gainesville.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 800iso, f5, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA pro mod driver Jonathan Gray loses control after blowing a rear tire during qualifying for the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway. Gray was uninjured. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 800iso, f5, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA pro mod driver Jonathan Gray loses control after blowing a rear tire during qualifying for the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway. Gray was uninjured.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f4.5, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA pro mod driver Sidnei Frigo goes airborne as he crashes into the wall during qualifying for the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f4.5, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA pro mod driver Sidnei Frigo goes airborne as he crashes into the wall during qualifying for the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1250iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Terry McMillen explodes an engine on fire during the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1250iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Terry McMillen explodes an engine on fire during the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1250iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Terry McMillen loses control as his rear tire explodes during the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1250iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Terry McMillen loses control as his rear tire explodes during the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 640iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Aperture Priority Crew members for NHRA top fuel driver Doug Kalitta celebrate with a dog pile on the starting line after winning the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 640iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Aperture Priority
Crew members for NHRA top fuel driver Doug Kalitta celebrate with a dog pile on the starting line after winning the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver John Hale explodes the carbon fiber body off his car during round one of the Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver John Hale explodes the carbon fiber body off his car during round one of the Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f4.5, 1/3200th, Manual Tim Wilkerson slams into the wall after losing control and crashing during the semi finals at Topeka. Wilkerson was uninjured.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f4.5, 1/3200th, Manual
Tim Wilkerson slams into the wall after losing control and crashing during the semi finals at Topeka. Wilkerson was uninjured.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f4, 1/1600th, Manual Detailed view as the spring loaded pilot chutes deploy to pull out the twin parachutes on the car of NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria during qualifying for the New England Nationals at New England Dragway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f4, 1/1600th, Manual
Detailed view as the spring loaded pilot chutes deploy to pull out the twin parachutes on the car of NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria during qualifying for the New England Nationals at New England Dragway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 320iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority Photographers takes photos of NHRA pro stock driver Erica Enders-Stevens during qualifying for the Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 320iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority
Photographers takes photos of NHRA pro stock driver Erica Enders-Stevens during qualifying for the Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f4, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority View through a rose bush as NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence launches off the starting line during qualifying for the Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f4, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority
View through a rose bush as NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence launches off the starting line during qualifying for the Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 5000iso, f4.5, 1/400th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Terry Haddock explodes an engine on fire during qualifying for the Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 5000iso, f4.5, 1/400th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Terry Haddock explodes an engine on fire during qualifying for the Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority A woman reacts as she walks back up the track after spreading ashes of a loved one following the completion of the Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority
A woman reacts as she walks back up the track after spreading ashes of a loved one following the completion of the Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f2.8, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority The sun shines through an opening beneath the grandstands on NHRA pro stock driver Greg Anderson as he launches off the starting line during qualifying for the Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f2.8, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority
The sun shines through an opening beneath the grandstands on NHRA pro stock driver Greg Anderson as he launches off the starting line during qualifying for the Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 2000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual The setting sun lights the sky orange as NHRA funny car driver Justin Schriefer launches off the starting line during qualifying for the Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 2000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
The setting sun lights the sky orange as NHRA funny car driver Justin Schriefer launches off the starting line during qualifying for the Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force aims right at the camera as she does a burnout during the Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force aims right at the camera as she does a burnout during the Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 200iso, f3.5, 1/4000th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher slows in the shutdown area after picking up the 82nd victory of his career at the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 200iso, f3.5, 1/4000th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher slows in the shutdown area after picking up the 82nd victory of his career at the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f2.8, 1/640th, Aperture Priority NHRA funny car driver Tim Gibbons dumps massive header flames from his Chevy as he launches off the starting line during qualifying for the Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f2.8, 1/640th, Aperture Priority
NHRA funny car driver Tim Gibbons dumps massive header flames from his Chevy as he launches off the starting line during qualifying for the Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/500th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher races down track at speed during Friday night qualifying for the Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 4000iso, f4.5, 1/500th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher races down track at speed during Friday night qualifying for the Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f5, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria loses control before hitting the wall during round one of the Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f5, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria loses control before hitting the wall during round one of the Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f5, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA fans in the grandstands watch the action during top fuel eliminations after the event was declared a Sell Out during the Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f5, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA fans in the grandstands watch the action during top fuel eliminations after the event was declared a Sell Out during the Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f2.8, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority A spark plug flies from the engine of the dragster of NHRA top fuel driver Rob Passey as he blows the crankshaft during qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f2.8, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority
A spark plug flies from the engine of the dragster of NHRA top fuel driver Rob Passey as he blows the crankshaft during qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f4, 1/500th, Manual Rain falls as NHRA funny car driver Chad Head walks back to the pits to collect his thoughts after getting an oil down penalty during qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f4, 1/500th, Manual
Rain falls as NHRA funny car driver Chad Head walks back to the pits to collect his thoughts after getting an oil down penalty during qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f2.8, 1/6400th, Aperture Priority NHRA funny car driver Ron Capps celebrates after winning the Protect the Harvest Nationals from Seattle, WA that was delayed by rain to run during qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f2.8, 1/6400th, Aperture Priority
NHRA funny car driver Ron Capps celebrates after winning the Protect the Harvest Nationals from Seattle, WA that was delayed by rain to run during qualifying for the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f4, 1/500th, Aperture Priority Fun shadows in this shot of NHRA top alcohol funny car driver Chris Foster with crew members after breaking during round one of the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f4, 1/500th, Aperture Priority
Fun shadows in this shot of NHRA top alcohol funny car driver Chris Foster with crew members after breaking during round one of the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 400iso, f3.5, 1/800th, Manual NHRA pro stock driver Jason Line does a burnout beneath a gorgeous sunset during Friday night qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 400iso, f3.5, 1/800th, Manual
NHRA pro stock driver Jason Line does a burnout beneath a gorgeous sunset during Friday night qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/500th, Manual Sparks fly from the header pipes as they grind the pavement as NHRA funny car driver Robert Hight attempts to get back into his lane alongside Dave Richards.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/500th, Manual
Sparks fly from the header pipes as they grind the pavement as NHRA funny car driver Robert Hight attempts to get back into his lane alongside Dave Richards.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f5, 1/1000th, Manual Dustin Cowen, crew member for NHRA top fuel driver Doug Kalitta, holds his ears as the car does a burnout during the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f5, 1/1000th, Manual
Dustin Cowen, crew member for NHRA top fuel driver Doug Kalitta, holds his ears as the car does a burnout during the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f4.5, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority Confetti falls as NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher celebrates after winning the US Nationals for a record tenth time at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f4.5, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority
Confetti falls as NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher celebrates after winning the US Nationals for a record tenth time at Lucas Oil Raceway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f4, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority The sun sets as NHRA funny car driver John Force (left) races alongside Ron Capps during qualifying for the Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f4, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority
The sun sets as NHRA funny car driver John Force (left) races alongside Ron Capps during qualifying for the Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx mk2, 300mm, 100iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority Exhaust fumes come from the engine of NHRA top fuel driver Doug Kalitta as he does a burnout during the Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 300mm, 100iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority
Exhaust fumes come from the engine of NHRA top fuel driver Doug Kalitta as he does a burnout during the Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f8, 1/5000th, Manual NHRA pro stock driver Greg Anderson does a burnout beneath puffy clouds during the Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f8, 1/5000th, Manual
NHRA pro stock driver Greg Anderson does a burnout beneath puffy clouds during the Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver John Force (right) gives top fuel winner Antron Brown a kiss as he celebrates after winning the Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver John Force (right) gives top fuel winner Antron Brown a kiss as he celebrates after winning the Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 160iso, f2.8, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority Andrew Cossette, crew member for NHRA pro stock driver Aaron Strong wears a giant red hat to get his driver fired up as he does a burnout during qualifying for the Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 160iso, f2.8, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority
Andrew Cossette, crew member for NHRA pro stock driver Aaron Strong wears a giant red hat to get his driver fired up as he does a burnout during qualifying for the Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 500iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA pro mod driver Jay Payne loses control of his Camaro just missing Chuck Little prior to a hard hit into the wall during qualifying at Gateway Motorsports Pa

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 500iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA pro mod driver Jay Payne loses control of his Camaro just missing Chuck Little prior to a hard hit into the wall during qualifying at Gateway Motorsports Park. Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 500iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Manual Jay Payne goes airborne after losing control and crashing alongside Chuck Little during pro mod qualifying. Payne was uninjured.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 500iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Manual
Jay Payne goes airborne after losing control and crashing alongside Chuck Little during pro mod qualifying. Payne was uninjured.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx mk2, 24-70mm, 640iso, f4.5, 1/2000th, Manual Rays of the setting sun peek through the grandstands as NHRA funny car driver John Bojec (near) races alongside Dale Creasy Jr during qualifying for the Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 24-70mm, 640iso, f4.5, 1/2000th, Manual
Rays of the setting sun peek through the grandstands as NHRA funny car driver John Bojec (near) races alongside Dale Creasy Jr during qualifying for the Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 500iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual NHRA pro mod driver Billy Glidden suffers a nitrous explosion sending the hood scoop from his Ford Mustang flying during the Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 500iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual
NHRA pro mod driver Billy Glidden suffers a nitrous explosion sending the hood scoop from his Ford Mustang flying during the Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f2.8, 1/6400th, Aperture Priority NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Angelle Sampey reacts at the top end of the course after losing in the final round of the Midwest Nationals on a red light at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f2.8, 1/6400th, Aperture Priority
NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Angelle Sampey reacts at the top end of the course after losing in the final round of the Midwest Nationals on a red light at Gateway Motorsports Park.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx mk2, 16-35mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA pro stock driver Alex Laughlin drops to his knees as he celebrates after winning the Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park for the first victory of his professional career.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 16-35mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA pro stock driver Alex Laughlin drops to his knees as he celebrates after winning the Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park for the first victory of his professional career.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx mk2, 16-35mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA funny car driver Jack Beckman leaps off his car as he celebrates after winning the Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 16-35mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA funny car driver Jack Beckman leaps off his car as he celebrates after winning the Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 1000iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual Heatwaves fill the air as NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence (right) defeats Tony Schumacher during the first round of the Dodge Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 1000iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual
Heatwaves fill the air as NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence (right) defeats Tony Schumacher during the first round of the Dodge Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx mk2, 300mm, 1250iso, f3.5, 1/2000th, Manual The dragster of NHRA top fuel driver Doug Kalitta twists as he does a wheelstand after double stepping during round two of the Dodge Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 300mm, 1250iso, f3.5, 1/2000th, Manual
The dragster of NHRA top fuel driver Doug Kalitta twists as he does a wheelstand after double stepping during round two of the Dodge Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx mk2, 300mm, 200iso, f2.8, 1/6400th, Aperture Priority A burst panel flies as NHRA funny car driver Todd Simpson explodes an engine on fire during qualifying for the Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 300mm, 200iso, f2.8, 1/6400th, Aperture Priority
A burst panel flies as NHRA funny car driver Todd Simpson explodes an engine on fire during qualifying for the Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 12,800iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Scott Palmer (far) has an engine fire alongside Troy Buff during qualifying for the Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 12,800iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Scott Palmer (far) has an engine fire alongside Troy Buff during qualifying for the Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 12,800iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual Contrails stream off the rear wing on the dragster of NHRA top fuel driver J.R. Todd as he crosses the finish line at speed during qualifying for the Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 12,800iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual
Contrails stream off the rear wing on the dragster of NHRA top fuel driver J.R. Todd as he crosses the finish line at speed during qualifying for the Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx mk2, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual Confetti falls as NHRA funny car driver Matt Hagan celebrates with the Wally after winning the Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual
Confetti falls as NHRA funny car driver Matt Hagan celebrates with the Wally after winning the Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx MkII, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority NHRA super gas drivers wait in the staging lanes as mountains are visible in the background during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx MkII, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority
NHRA super gas drivers wait in the staging lanes as mountains are visible in the background during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx MkII, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1600th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Morgan Lucas climbs from his dragster as crew members arrive during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx MkII, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Morgan Lucas climbs from his dragster as crew members arrive during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx MkII, 300mm, 640iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Jim Campbell suffers an engine fire during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Campbell would be unhurt.

Canon 1Dx MkII, 300mm, 640iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Jim Campbell suffers an engine fire during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Campbell would be unhurt.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx MkII, 600mm, 800iso, f4.5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority Check out the focus in the eyes of NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Steve Johnson as he waits for the green light during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals.

Canon 1Dx MkII, 600mm, 800iso, f4.5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority
Check out the focus in the eyes of NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Steve Johnson as he waits for the green light during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx MkII, 24-70mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/4000th, Manual The US Army dragster of eight time top fuel world champion Tony Schumacher is towed back to the pits beneath a gorgeous sunset.

Canon 1Dx MkII, 24-70mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/4000th, Manual
The US Army dragster of eight time top fuel world champion Tony Schumacher is towed back to the pits beneath a gorgeous sunset.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx MkII, 600mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/1600th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Jon Capps crashes into the wall during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx MkII, 600mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Jon Capps crashes into the wall during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx MkII, 600mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Cruz Pedregon goes into a power wheelstand during the first round of the Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas.

Canon 1Dx MkII, 600mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Cruz Pedregon goes into a power wheelstand during the first round of the Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f3.2, 1/5000th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Leah Pritchett pulls off the top end of the track following her round two win during the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f3.2, 1/5000th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Leah Pritchett pulls off the top end of the track following her round two win during the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx MkII, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/160th, Manual with Flash Las Vegas showgirls react as heavy winds blow while NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Andrew Hines heads back to the pits during the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx MkII, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/160th, Manual with Flash
Las Vegas showgirls react as heavy winds blow while NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Andrew Hines heads back to the pits during the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f2.8, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority Overall view of The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway following the NHRA Toyota Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f2.8, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority
Overall view of The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway following the NHRA Toyota Nationals.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 8000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Flames come from the exhaust header pipes from the engine on the dragster of NHRA top fuel driver Tripp Tatum during qualifying for the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 8000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Flames come from the exhaust header pipes from the engine on the dragster of NHRA top fuel driver Tripp Tatum during qualifying for the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 6400iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Sparks blast all directions from the SealMaster dragster as NHRA top fuel driver J.R. Todd detonates an engine as he crosses the finish line during qualifying for the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 6400iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Sparks blast all directions from the SealMaster dragster as NHRA top fuel driver J.R. Todd detonates an engine as he crosses the finish line during qualifying for the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx mk2, 70-200mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/640th, Aperture Priority The sun sets as NHRA funny car driver John Hale slows in the shutdown area during qualifying for the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 70-200mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/640th, Aperture Priority
The sun sets as NHRA funny car driver John Hale slows in the shutdown area during qualifying for the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.Click here to purchase print

Canon 1Dx mk2, 70-200mm, 160iso, f2.8, 1/250th, Manual with Strobes NHRA funny car driver Ron Capps (left) and top fuel driver Antron Brown pose for a portrait with the world championship trophies after clinching their classes championships during the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 70-200mm, 160iso, f2.8, 1/250th, Manual with Strobes
NHRA funny car driver Ron Capps (left) and top fuel driver Antron Brown poses for a portrait with the world championship trophies after clinching their classes championships during the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.Click here to purchase print

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To see previous years editions click below

Best of Drag Racing 2015

Best of Drag Racing 2014

Best of Drag Racing 2013

Best of Drag Racing 2012

Best of Drag Racing 2011

Best of Drag Racing 2010

Best of Drag Racing 2009

Best of Drag Racing 2008

Next up in my Best of 2016 galleries are my Best reaction shots of 2016


 
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