15
Feb

With the Daytona 500 just hours away I figured I may as well throw up a blog of random photos from the week. I am sick in the media room with the flu so it will be lacking of my random talking and nonsense.

Drivers line up as they await the start of practice.

Nikon D3, 70-200mm with 1.7 convertor, 500iso, f8, 1/3200th

Spotters watch practice from the roof above the speedway.

Nikon D3, 70-200mm with 1.7 convertor, 500iso, f5.6, 1/400th

A pack of drivers reflect in the media center windows as they race through the tri-oval.

Nikon D3, 70-200mm, 200iso, f5.6, 1/80th

On to the qualifying races.

Kyle Busch spins off turn four early in the race.

Nikon D3, 600mm with 1.7 convertor (1000mm), 500iso, f7.1, 1/1600th

Bill Elliott stops on the backstretch in front of about 13 fans after blowing a transmission.

Nikon D3, 600mm, 640iso, f7.1, 1/1250th

Casey Mears (07) spins coming off turn two.

Nikon D3, 600mm with 1.7 convertor (1000mm), 500iso, f7.1, 1/2000th

Jeff Gordon celebrates in victory lane after winning his qualifying race.

Nikon D3, 600mm with 1.7 convertor (1000mm), 800iso, f7.1, 1/800th

Juan Pablo Montoya spins out as he enters pit road during the second qualifying race.

Nikon D3, 600mm, 800iso, f7.1, 1/1600th

Ryan Newman pounds the backstretch wall after contact with David Reutimann.

Nikon D3, 600mm with 1.7 convertor (1000mm), 800iso, f7.1, 1/1250th

On to the truck race…

Trucks race in a tight draft towards turn one.

Nikon D3, 600mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/500th

Trucks race down the backstretch towards turn three.

Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/500th

Ricky Carmichael (4) and James Buescher (10) crash heading into turn one.

Nikon D3, 600mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/640th

Johnny Benson drives in a ball of fire after crashing.

Nikon D3, 600mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/640th

Below is a photo shot of me hard at work as I transmit images to the wire.

Photo by Chris Graythen

Smoke pours from the truck of Brent Rayner after crashing on the backstretch.

Nikon D3, 600mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/500th

Todd Bodine celebrates in victory lane after winning the race.

Nikon D3, 600mm with 1.7 convertor (1000mm), 5000iso, f6.7, 1/200th

Saturday final Sprint Cup Practice….

A crew member applies bondo to the front end of the car of Juan Pablo Montoya in the garage.

Nikon D3, 24-70mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/8000th

Kyle Busch sits in his car as he waits to head on track.

Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/500th

Joey Logano

Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1250th

Carl Edwards pulls out of his garage to head on track.

Nikon D3, 24-70mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1000th

While editing photos in the media room during practice I saw Ryan Newman crash on one of the TV’s so I ran to the garage to shoot a few aftermath shots.

Nikon D3, 24-70mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/2000th

Detail view of the blown Goodyear tire that caused the crash.

Nikon D3, 24-70mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/800th

Nationwide Series race….

Prior to the race several couples got married on the start/finish line.  Classy!

Nikon D3, 600mm, 400iso, f7.1, 1/800th

The field of Nationwide Series drivers race down the backstretch in front of a capacity crowd.

Nikon D3, 600mm with 1.7 convertor (1000mm), 640iso, f6.7, 1/2500th

NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Carl Edwards (60) goes low to avoid the crashing cars of Steve Wallace (66), Scott Lagasse Jr (11) and Justin Allgaier (12) during the Camping World 300

Nikon D3, 600mm with 1.7 convertor (1000mm), 400iso, f6.7, 1/2500th

A crew member for NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Jason Keller rides a fuel cart through the garage.

Nikon D3, 600mm with 1.7 convertor (1000mm), 400iso, f6.7, 1/2000th

Mike Bliss (1) collides with Michael Waltrip (99).

Nikon D3, 600mm with 1.7 convertor (1000mm), 400iso, f6.7, 1/800th

In the end Tony Stewart held off Carl Edwards and Clint Bowyer to win the race.

Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 400iso, f7.1, 1/1250th

Tony celebrates with a polish victory lap.

Nikon D3, 600mm with 1.7 convertor (1000mm), 640iso, f6.7, 1/2500th

Car owner Rick Hendrick looks on as Tony Stewart celebrates in victory lane.

Nikon D3, 600mm with 1.7 convertor (1000mm), 640iso, f6.7, 1/2000th

Below are some web clippings of where some of my photos ran.

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Posted in Daytona, Me, NASCAR, Racing, Sports   | 2 Comments

2 responses to “Random Speedweek Images from Daytona”

  1. max says:

    great stuff mark.

    all i saw all weekend over espn.com etc were you photos. good weekend to make some money haha

    -max

  2. PhiL says:

    Hey Mark, I knew your name and your images from way back but just found about this blog. I think it just says a lot about work ethics and the effort you put into this blog when you go through the trouble of uploading pictures as soon as the Monday following the event’s week-end when we all know how such a race week-end can take its toll on someone, not to mention someone with the flu…or so you say !!!

    One quicky if I may; why such high ISO all the time? I understand when you need a higher shutter speed or aperture but for example why Newman’s wrecked car shot behind the garages at 24-70mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/2000th? I’m just curious to see if this is a method you have of working that would explain it…’cause I’m sure there’s an explanation!

    Count me in to follow your blog on a frequent basis, keep it up !

    PhiL

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