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Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual And here is something I don't believe I have shot in the 25 plus years Ive been doing this. Check out the clutch disk in the air to the right of the boat!!

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual
Heres all my favorite images from a weekend covering one of my favorite sports, top fuel drag boat racing!

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 320iso, f4, 1/5000th, Manual View through the rooster tail spray of water as a boat runs behind during Friday qualifying on Firebird Lake.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 320iso, f4, 1/5000th, Manual
View through the rooster tail spray of water as a boat runs behind during Friday qualifying on Firebird Lake.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f4, 1/5000th, Manual A cracker box racer and co pilot power off turn two during a heat race on Firebird Lake.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f4, 1/5000th, Manual
A cracker box racer and co pilot power off turn two during a heat race on Firebird Lake.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f4, 1/4000th, Manual Top fuel hydro driver Bryan Sanders at speed during the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series World Finals on Firebird Lake.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f4, 1/4000th, Manual
Top fuel hydro driver Bryan Sanders at speed during the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series World Finals on Firebird Lake.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f4, 1/4000th, Manual The pilot chute on the top fuel hydro of driver Bryan Sanders deploys as he crosses the finish line after a qualifying pass.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f4, 1/4000th, Manual
The pilot chute on the top fuel hydro of driver Bryan Sanders deploys as he crosses the finish line after a qualifying pass.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f4, 1/5000th, Manual Top fuel hydro driver Kevin Burgess floats to a stop after an aborted qualifying pass.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f4, 1/5000th, Manual
Top fuel hydro driver Kevin Burgess floats to a stop after an aborted qualifying pass.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f4, 1/4000th, Manual Top alcohol jet boat driver Bob Fry gets loose in his tunnel hulled boat as he passes the finish line during a qualifying pass.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f4, 1/4000th, Manual
Top alcohol jet boat driver Bob Fry gets loose in his tunnel hulled boat as he passes the finish line during a qualifying pass.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 1250iso, f5.6, 1/4000th, Manual Here is the view from the end of Firebird Lake as a pair of pro mod boats race down the track during qualifying for the World Finals.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 1250iso, f5.6, 1/4000th, Manual
Here is the view from the end of Firebird Lake as a pair of pro mod boats race down the track during qualifying for the World Finals.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 1250iso, f5.6, 1/4000th, Manual The holding rope sits loaded with capsuled pro mod boats to close out Friday qualifying for the World Finals.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 1250iso, f5.6, 1/4000th, Manual
The holding rope sits loaded with capsuled pro mod boats to close out Friday qualifying for the World Finals.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 1250iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Manual Pro outlaw racer Mickey Snyder coasts to a stop at the end of Firebird Lake after making a qualifying pass.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 1250iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Manual
Pro outlaw racer Mickey Snyder coasts to a stop at the end of Firebird Lake after making a qualifying pass.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 1250iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Manual Pro outlaw racer Stece Rajcic comes straight at the camera during qualifying for the World Finals on Firebird Lake.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 1250iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Manual
Pro outlaw racer Stece Rajcic comes straight at the camera during qualifying for the World Finals on Firebird Lake.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 1250iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Manual Pro Mod racer Marty Logan makes the turn off the course after a qualifying run in his beautifully painted boat.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 1250iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Manual
Pro Mod racer Marty Logan makes the turn off the course after a qualifying run in his beautifully painted boat.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority Top fuel hydro pilot Daryl Ehrlich uses a walkie talkie to talk with crew members as the Lucas Oil helicopter hovers in the background.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority
Top fuel hydro pilot Daryl Ehrlich uses a walkie talkie to talk with crew members as the Lucas Oil helicopter hovers in the background.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority Top fuel hydro driver Kevin Burgess gets wild as he launches off the starting line.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority
Top fuel hydro driver Kevin Burgess gets wild as he launches off the starting line.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Manual Scott Compton (left) leads Daryl Ehrlich during top fuel hydro final qualifying for the World Finals.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Manual
Scott Compton (left) leads Daryl Ehrlich during top fuel hydro final qualifying for the World Finals.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Manual Top fuel hydro driver Kim Davidson suffers an engine fire during qualifying for the World Finals on Firebird Lake.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Manual
Top fuel hydro driver Kim Davidson suffers an engine fire during qualifying for the World Finals on Firebird Lake.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Manual Oil pours from the cylinder head feeding the oil fire on the boat of Top fuel hydro driver Kim Davidson.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Manual
Oil pours from the cylinder head feeding the oil fire on the boat of Top fuel hydro driver Kim Davidson.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual Top fuel hydro driver Jared Silvey fireballs the engine in the Speed Sports Special boat.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual
Top fuel hydro driver Jared Silvey fireballs the engine in the Speed Sports Special boat.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual Top fuel hydro driver Mike Robbins bounces through the finish line in the Nitro Nuts boat.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual
Top fuel hydro driver Mike Robbins bounces through the finish line in the Nitro Nuts boat.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual Parts and pieces fly from the top fuel hydro of pilot Scott Compton as he suffers a clutch failure in the Liquid Voodoo boat.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual
Parts and pieces fly from the top fuel hydro of pilot Scott Compton as he suffers a clutch failure in the Liquid Voodoo boat.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual The clutch and accompanying debris leaving the boat would sever the fuel line causing an engine fire. Note all the splashes on the left side of the frame from debris hitting the water.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual
The clutch and accompanying debris leaving the boat would sever the fuel line causing an engine fire. Note all the splashes on the left side of the frame from debris hitting the water.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual This is about as big as the fireball would get.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual
This is about as big as the fireball would get.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual And here is something I don't believe I have shot in the 25 plus years Ive been doing this. Check out the clutch disk in the air to the right of the boat!!

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual
And here is something I don’t believe I have shot in the 25 plus years Ive been doing drag racing. Check out the clutch disk in the air to the right of the boat!!

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual Thankfully all the debris went up and away from the boat instead of through the bottom which would have caused it to sink pretty quickly.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual
Thankfully all the debris went up and away from the boat instead of through the bottom which would have caused it to sink pretty quickly.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 400iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Manual Top alcohol hydro racer Bob Pizza races against Mike DeClark during eliminations at the World Finals on Firebird Lake.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 400iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Manual
Top alcohol hydro racer Bob Pizza races against Mike DeClark during eliminations at the World Finals on Firebird Lake.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority Water drips off the trailer after dropping the boat into the water at the in ramp to Firebird Lake prior to the final rounds of the World Finals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
Water drips off the trailer after dropping the boat into the water at the in ramp to Firebird Lake prior to the final rounds of the World Finals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f2.8, 1/6400th, Aperture Priority A sportsman racer gives a thumbs up to the loading ram crew as he prepares to be towed to the holding rope for the final rounds.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f2.8, 1/6400th, Aperture Priority
A sportsman racer gives a thumbs up to the loading ram crew as he prepares to be towed to the holding rope for the final rounds.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority Top fuel hydro pilot Bryan Sanders prepares to climb into the protective capsule of his 260mph drag boat prior to the final round of the season ending World Finals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority
Top fuel hydro pilot Bryan Sanders prepares to climb into the protective capsule of his 260mph drag boat prior to the final round of the season ending World Finals.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Manual Top fuel hydro driver Bryan Sanders launches off the starting line during the final round of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series World Finals on Firebird Lake.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Manual
Top fuel hydro driver Bryan Sanders launches off the starting line during the final round of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series World Finals on Firebird Lake.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/4000th, Manual The top alcohol hydro of driver Michael Welsh sits on the starting line holding rope as the Gila River Casino hotel glimmers in the background.

Canon 1Dx mk2, 600mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/4000th, Manual
The top alcohol hydro of driver Michael Welsh sits on the starting line holding rope as the Gila River Casino hotel glimmers in the background.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 800iso, f2.8, 1/250th, Aperture Priority Top alcohol flat bottom driver Tony Scarlata celebrates with his crew after clinching the 2016 championship thanks to back to back holes shot victories for the legendary flat bottom racer.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 800iso, f2.8, 1/250th, Aperture Priority
Top alcohol flat bottom driver Tony Scarlata celebrates with his crew after clinching the 2016 championship thanks to back to back holes shot victories for the legendary flat bottom racer.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority Top alcohol hydro driver Michael Welsh is towed to the out ramp after his unlikely victory over the largest field of alcohol hydros in a decade.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
Top alcohol hydro driver Michael Welsh is towed to the out ramp after his unlikely victory over the largest field of alcohol hydros in a decade.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 800iso, f2.8, 1/500th, Manual Top alcohol flat bottom driver Tony Scarlata celebrates with the trophy after winning the World Finals to clinch the 2016 championship.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 800iso, f2.8, 1/500th, Manual
Top alcohol flat bottom driver Tony Scarlata celebrates with the trophy after winning the World Finals to clinch the 2016 championship.

That closes out the 2016 drag boat season! Up next I will be shooting the final race of the NHRA season followed by the final race of the NASCAR season!


 
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