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Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher celebrates after winning the rescheduled Carolina Nationals as a part of qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. The race was originally scheduled at zMax Dragway in Concord, NC but was moved due to track conditions. The win was the 75th of Schumachers career, a top fuel record.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher celebrates after winning the rescheduled Carolina Nationals as a part of qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. The race was originally scheduled at zMax Dragway in Concord, NC but was moved due to track conditions. The win was the 75th of Schumachers career, a top fuel record.

Race two in the Countdown to the Championship was actually a double race as they would complete the washed out Charlotte eliminations on Saturday of qualifying. With two races in just over 24 hours of time, the championship picture would quickly begin to take shape. Here are my favorite images from the weekend.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority Crew members and officials look on as NHRA funny car drivers Chad Head (left) and Tony Pedregon launch off the starting line during qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority
Crew members and officials look on as NHRA funny car drivers Chad Head (left) and Tony Pedregon launch off the starting line during qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority Puffy white clouds are visible behind the grandstands with fans during NHRA qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
Puffy white clouds are visible behind the grandstands with fans during NHRA qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f9, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority NHRA funny car driver Cruz Pedregon does a burnout beneath a gorgeous sky during qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f9, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA funny car driver Cruz Pedregon does a burnout beneath a gorgeous sky during qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/640th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Kebin Kinsley debuted his new Gas Monkey sponsored dragster during qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/640th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Kebin Kinsley debuted his new Gas Monkey sponsored dragster during qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 640iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Hector Arana Jr takes the top qualifying position during qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 640iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Hector Arana Jr takes the top qualifying position during qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f6.3, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Jeff Diehl slows in the shutdown area following a qualifying pass at the Fall Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f6.3, 1/1250th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Jeff Diehl slows in the shutdown area following a qualifying pass at the Fall Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f6.3, 1/1000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Todd Simpson (left) races alongside Terry Haddock during qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f6.3, 1/1000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Todd Simpson (left) races alongside Terry Haddock during qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/800th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force (right) takes the top qualifying spot with a track record 4.03 alongside Chad Head during qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/800th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force (right) takes the top qualifying spot with a track record 4.03 alongside Chad Head during qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 6400iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual NHRA funny car driver John Force in the shutdown area with parachutes out during qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 6400iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver John Force in the shutdown area with parachutes out during qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 8000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority The sun sets as members from the NHRA tech department weigh the funny car of Alexis DeJoria following her second round qualifying pass at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 8000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority
The sun sets as members from the NHRA tech department weigh the funny car of Alexis DeJoria following her second round qualifying pass at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 8000iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual Top fuel dragster driver Terry McMillen crosses the finish line at speed in his Amile Oil fueler.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 8000iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual
Top fuel dragster driver Terry McMillen crosses the finish line at speed in his Amile Oil fueler.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider John Hall at speed during qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider John Hall at speed during qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 500iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Matt Hagan deploys his twin parachutes following a qualifying pass at the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 500iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Matt Hagan deploys his twin parachutes following a qualifying pass at the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 500iso, f6.3, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority A young NHRA fan plays with his toy dragsters below the grandstands during qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 500iso, f6.3, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
A young NHRA fan plays with his toy dragsters below the grandstands during qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 500iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Billy Torrence (near) crosses the finish line alongside Troy Buff.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 500iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Billy Torrence (near) crosses the finish line alongside Troy Buff.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 125iso, f11, 1/160th, Manual with Flash NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Eddie Krawiec celebrates with "Flat Eddie" after winning the rescheduled Carolina Nationals as a part of qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. The race was originally scheduled at zMax Dragway in Concord, NC but was moved due to track conditions.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 125iso, f11, 1/160th, Manual with Flash
NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Eddie Krawiec celebrates with “Flat Eddie” after winning the rescheduled Carolina Nationals as a part of qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. The race was originally scheduled at zMax Dragway in Concord, NC but was moved due to track conditions.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority A disappointed Steve Johnson looks on as Eddie Krawiec celebrates after winning the Carolina Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority
A disappointed Steve Johnson looks on as Eddie Krawiec (not pictured) celebrates after winning the Carolina Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f10, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA pro stock driver Jonathan Gray celebrates after winning the rescheduled Carolina Nationals as a part of qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. The race was originally scheduled at zMax Dragway in Concord, NC but was moved due to track conditions.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f10, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA pro stock driver Jonathan Gray celebrates after winning the rescheduled Carolina Nationals as a part of qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. The race was originally scheduled at zMax Dragway in Concord, NC but was moved due to track conditions.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA funny car driver Matt Hagan leaps off his car as he celebrates after winning the rescheduled Carolina Nationals as a part of qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. The race was originally scheduled at zMax Dragway in Concord, NC but was moved due to track conditions.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA funny car driver Matt Hagan leaps off his car as he celebrates after winning the rescheduled Carolina Nationals as a part of qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. The race was originally scheduled at zMax Dragway in Concord, NC but was moved due to track conditions.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher celebrates after winning the rescheduled Carolina Nationals as a part of qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. The race was originally scheduled at zMax Dragway in Concord, NC but was moved due to track conditions. The win was the 75th of Schumachers career, a top fuel record.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher celebrates after winning the rescheduled Carolina Nationals as a part of qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. The race was originally scheduled at zMax Dragway in Concord, NC but was moved due to track conditions. The win was the 75th of Schumachers career, a top fuel record.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA funny car driver Matt Hagan (left) and top fuel winner Tony Schumacher celebrate after winning the rescheduled Carolina Nationals as a part of qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA funny car driver Matt Hagan (left) and top fuel winner Tony Schumacher celebrate after winning the rescheduled Carolina Nationals as a part of qualifying for the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5, 1/800th, Manual NHRA funny car driver John Force (center) poses for a photo with Elvis Presley impersonators prior to the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5, 1/800th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver John Force (center) poses for a photo with Elvis Presley impersonators prior to the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1250iso, f5, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority NHRA funny car driver Matt Hagan waits to be introduced prior to the first round of eliminations of the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1250iso, f5, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority
NHRA funny car driver Matt Hagan waits to be introduced prior to the first round of eliminations of the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 500iso, f6.3, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver J.R. Todd (near) defeats Morgan Lucas who fireballs an engine during the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 500iso, f6.3, 1/1250th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver J.R. Todd (near) defeats Morgan Lucas who fireballs an engine during the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence climbs into his car prior to the second round of eliminations during the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence climbs into his car prior to the second round of eliminations during the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual  NHRA top fuel driver Bob Vandergriff Jr does a burnout in his C&J Energy sponsored dragster during the second round of the Fall Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Bob Vandergriff Jr does a burnout in his C&J Energy sponsored dragster during the second round of the Fall Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher launches off the starting line during the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher launches off the starting line during the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force does a burnout during the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force does a burnout during the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f10, 1/250th, Manual with Flash Texas Rangers former baseball player Ivan Rodriguez (right) poses for a photo with Texas Motorplex owner Billy Meyer during the NHRA Fall Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f10, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
Texas Rangers former baseball player Ivan Rodriguez (right) poses for a photo with Texas Motorplex owner Billy Meyer during the NHRA Fall Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f6.3, 1/1000th, Manual  NHRA top fuel driver Troy Buff (near) races alongside Tony Schumacher during the semi finals of the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f6.3, 1/1000th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Troy Buff (near) races alongside Tony Schumacher during the semi finals of the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f6.3, 1/1000th, Manual  NHRA funny car driver Del Worsham does a burnout in his DHL sponsored Toyota during the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f6.3, 1/1000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Del Worsham does a burnout in his DHL sponsored Toyota during the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f10, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Andrew Hines celebrates with the Wally after winning the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f10, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Andrew Hines celebrates with the Wally after winning the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f11, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA pro stock driver Dave Connolly celebrates with the trophy after winning the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f11, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA pro stock driver Dave Connolly celebrates with the trophy after winning the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f10, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force (center) celebrates with the Traxxas girls after winning the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f10, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force (center) celebrates with the Traxxas girls after winning the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f5, 1/800th, Aperture Priority NHRA funny car driver Del Worsham reacts after losing in the final round of the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f5, 1/800th, Aperture Priority
NHRA funny car driver Del Worsham reacts after losing in the final round of the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher celebrates after winning the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. It was Schumachers second win in 24 hours, a first for a nitro driver in the history of the sport!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher celebrates after winning the Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. It was Schumachers second win in 24 hours, a first for a nitro driver in the history of the sport!

That wraps up NHRA Dallas. Next blog post will be some NCAA Football with the big matchup between UCLA and Arizona State!


 
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