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Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Tim Wilkerson (right) crosses the centerline hitting the timing blocks alongside Tommy Johnson Jr during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

The first race of the long running “Western Swing” kicked off in the mile high city of Denver, CO home of the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. With it being my first NHRA race in over a month after shooting World Cup in Brazil, I was anxious to smell some nitro again! Continue on to check out the shots…

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Enjoy!

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 640iso, f6.3, 1/1250th, Manual Bob Tasca III launches off the starting line at Denver in his new look funny car designed by a young fan. Looks sweet!

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 640iso, f6.3, 1/1250th, Manual
Bob Tasca III launches off the starting line at Denver in his new look funny car designed by a young fan. Looks sweet!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Cruz Pedregon launches off the starting line in his new look Snap-On Tools Toyota Camry during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Cruz Pedregon launches off the starting line in his new look Snap-On Tools Toyota Camry during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/800th, Manual NHRA funny car driver John Force waves his hat as he rides his scooter with daughter Courtney Force in front of the packed crowd during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/800th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver John Force waves his hat as he rides his scooter with daughter Courtney Force in front of the packed crowd during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5.6, 1/1000th, Manual NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Hector Arana Jr crosses the finish line on his way to the top qualifying position during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5.6, 1/1000th, Manual
NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Hector Arana Jr crosses the finish line on his way to the top qualifying position during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 6400iso, f5.6, 1/800th, Manual With header flames pouring from the NAPA sponsored car of Ron Capps, you can see the red pilot chutes being deployed behind his car as he crosses the finish line at 311 mph.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 6400iso, f5.6, 1/800th, Manual
With header flames pouring from the NAPA sponsored car of Ron Capps, you can see the red pilot chutes being deployed behind his car as he crosses the finish line at 311 mph.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/80th, Aperture Priority An NHRA starting light system, more commonly known as the Christmas Tree on the starting line at Denver.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/80th, Aperture Priority
An NHRA starting light system, more commonly known as the Christmas Tree on the starting line at Denver.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f7.1, 1/160th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher launches off the starting line on his pole winning run of 3.823 at 319.75 mph during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f7.1, 1/160th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher launches off the starting line on his pole winning run of 3.823 at 319.75 mph during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f7.1, 1/160th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence does a burnout prior to his Friday night qualifying run at the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f7.1, 1/160th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence does a burnout prior to his Friday night qualifying run at the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 8000iso, f2.8, 1/400th, Manual NHRA funny car driver John Force (center) hangs out with some Denver Broncos players during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 8000iso, f2.8, 1/400th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver John Force (center) hangs out with some Denver Broncos players during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f7.1, 1/400th, Manual NHRA jet car drivers put on a fireworks show during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f7.1, 1/400th, Manual
NHRA jet car drivers put on a fireworks show during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f7.1, 1/200th, Manual Fireworks explode following the conclusion of NHRA qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f7.1, 1/200th, Manual
Fireworks explode following the conclusion of NHRA qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Terry Haddock heads up the hill after a late parachute during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Terry Haddock heads up the hill after a late parachute during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Matt Hagan burns some pistons after crossing the finish line during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Matt Hagan burns some pistons after crossing the finish line during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Tim Wilkerson (right) crosses the centerline hitting the timing blocks alongside Tommy Johnson Jr during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Tim Wilkerson (right) crosses the centerline hitting the timing blocks alongside Tommy Johnson Jr during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1250iso, f6.3, 1/1000th, Manual For the second day in a row we would end things with a pair of jet dragsters.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1250iso, f6.3, 1/1000th, Manual
For the second day in a row we would end things with a pair of jet dragsters.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1250iso, f6.3, 1/1000th, Manual Love the smoke as these 300mph missiles on wheels power down the 1/4 mile strip.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1250iso, f6.3, 1/1000th, Manual
Love the smoke as these 300mph missiles on wheels power down the 1/4 mile strip.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f4, 1/800th, Aperture Priority NHRA funny car driver Terry Haddock with wife, top fuel driver Jenna Haddock during the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. Jenna was making her first career start this weekend.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f4, 1/800th, Aperture Priority
NHRA funny car driver Terry Haddock with wife, top fuel driver Jenna Haddock during the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. Jenna was making her first career start this weekend.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual And what a start it would be as Jenna Haddock (left) would defeat a tire smoking Tony Schumacher during the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. This will go down as one of the biggest upsets in many years!

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual
And what a start it would be as Jenna Haddock (left) would defeat a tire smoking Tony Schumacher during the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. This will go down as one of the biggest upsets in many years!

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual Bob Vandergriff Jr narrowly beats Spencer Massey to the finish line to pick up the victory during round one of top fuel at NHRA Denver.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual
Bob Vandergriff Jr narrowly beats Spencer Massey to the finish line to pick up the victory during round one of top fuel at NHRA Denver.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Richie Crampton (top) and Shawn Langdon are viewed through trees alongside the track during the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Richie Crampton (top) and Shawn Langdon are viewed through trees alongside the track during the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual Here is the view from the top of the pit side hill overlooking the finish line during round one of NHRA funny car eliminations at the Mile High Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual
Here is the view from the top of the pit side hill overlooking the finish line during round one of NHRA funny car eliminations at the Mile High Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual Smoke trickles from beneath the funny cars of Courtney Force and Del Worsham following their burnouts in the first round of eliminations.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual
Smoke trickles from beneath the funny cars of Courtney Force and Del Worsham following their burnouts in the first round of eliminations.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/2000th, Manual Pro stock drivers Chris McGaha (top) and Shane Gray deploy their parachutes after crossing the finish line during the first round of eliminations.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/2000th, Manual
Pro stock drivers Chris McGaha (top) and Shane Gray deploy their parachutes after crossing the finish line during the first round of eliminations.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/1250th, Manual The pro sock car of Dave Connolly is towed back to the pits following his first round victory in Denver.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/1250th, Manual
The pro sock car of Dave Connolly is towed back to the pits following his first round victory in Denver.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1250iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson is ready for business as he waits to race during the semi finals of the Mile High Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1250iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority
NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson is ready for business as he waits to race during the semi finals of the Mile High Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f7.1, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Michael Ray (near) defeats Hector Arana Sr to advance to the final round of the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f7.1, 1/1250th, Manual
NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Michael Ray (near) defeats Hector Arana Sr to advance to the final round of the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f7.1, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Brittany Force (near) defeats Bob Vandergriff Jr to advance to the final round of the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f7.1, 1/1250th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Brittany Force (near) defeats Bob Vandergriff Jr to advance to the final round of the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f16, 1/40th, Manual Rain clouds build over Bandimere Speedway prior to a minor rain delay prior to the final rounds of the NHRA Mile High Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f16, 1/40th, Manual
Rain clouds build over Bandimere Speedway prior to a minor rain delay prior to the final rounds of the NHRA Mile High Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson celebrates as water is poured on him by teammate Jeg Coughlin Jr 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 as water is poured on him by teammate Jeg Coughlin Jr after winning the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA funny car driver Robert Hight celebrates with the Wally after winning the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA funny car driver Robert Hight celebrates with the Wally after winning the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA top fuel dragster driver J.R. Todd celebrates after winning the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. Its Todd's first victory since 2008!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA top fuel dragster driver J.R. Todd celebrates after winning the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. Its Todd’s first victory since 2008!

That wraps up race one of the three race Western Swing. Next stop is Sonoma, in the Wine Country of the Napa Valley!


 
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