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Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA top fuel dragster driver Pat Dakin (right) explodes an engine alongside J.R. Todd during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Race three of the 2014 NHRA tour took us to the swamps of Gainesville, Florida for the prestigious Gatornationals. Warm temperatures and sunny skies were sure to make for a great weekend of racing. Continue on to see my favorite images from the weekend.

My crazy travel schedule is always a pain in the ass to my life. One good thing though, is that I end up in some of the greatest parts of the country for my favorite hobby of fishing. With that in mind, whenever I come to Florida I always come a day or two early to relax and catch some fish.

Below is my big fish of the trip, a 5 pound largemouth bass caught on Lake Okeechobee. Good times!

Photo by Justin Tooley

Photo by Justin Tooley

Ok, on to the racing!

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 250iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Odolph Daniels experiences severe tire shake during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 250iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Odolph Daniels experiences severe tire shake during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority Here is a view from the stairwell leading to the media center on the third floor of the tower as NHRA funny car driver Ron Capps launches off the starting line during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority
Here is a view from the stairwell leading to the media center on the third floor of the tower as NHRA funny car driver Ron Capps launches off the starting line during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 250iso, f6.3, 1/800th, Aperture Priority Tanner Foust, host of the popular automotive show "Top Gear" hangs out on the starting line between filming segments for his show during the Gatornationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 250iso, f6.3, 1/800th, Aperture Priority
Tanner Foust, host of the popular automotive show “Top Gear” hangs out on the starting line between filming segments for his show during the Gatornationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f4.5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority Crew members surround the car of NHRA top fuel dragster driver Steve Torrence as they wait in the staging lanes during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f4.5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority
Crew members surround the car of NHRA top fuel dragster driver Steve Torrence as they wait in the staging lanes during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority Declan Hines , son of NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Andrew Hines lays on his dads motorcycle in the pits at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority
Declan Hines , son of NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Andrew Hines lays on his dads motorcycle in the pits at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 320iso, f7.1, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority Puffy white clouds straight out of the intro for "The Simpsons" fill the sky in the wide angle shot as NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher slows in the shutdown area with the help of his parachute.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 320iso, f7.1, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority
Puffy white clouds straight out of the intro for “The Simpsons” fill the sky in the wide angle shot as NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher slows in the shutdown area with the help of his parachute.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA top fuel dragster driver Terry McMillen (right) explodes an engine alongside David Grubnic during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/1250th, Manual
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Terry McMillen (right) explodes an engine alongside David Grubnic during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/640th, Manual NHRA top fuel dragster driver Terry McMillen reacts as he walks away from his car after exploding an engine and blowing a tire during qualifying for the Gatornationals.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/640th, Manual
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Terry McMillen reacts as he walks away from his car after exploding an engine and blowing a tire during qualifying for the Gatornationals.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA top fuel dragster driver Pat Dakin (right) explodes an engine alongside J.R. Todd during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Pat Dakin (right) explodes an engine alongside J.R. Todd during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 320iso, f7.1, 1/4000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Chad Head (left) does a burnout alongside Courtney Force during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 320iso, f7.1, 1/4000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Chad Head (left) does a burnout alongside Courtney Force during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 320iso, f7.1, 1/6400th, Manual The low sun in the sky highlights the lines on the Ford Mustang funny car of NHRA driver Bob Tasca III during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 320iso, f7.1, 1/6400th, Manual
The low sun in the sky highlights the lines on the Ford Mustang funny car of NHRA driver Bob Tasca III during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 320iso, f6.3, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority Crew members remove the body from the car of NHRA top alcohol funny car driver Cassie Simonton in the pits during the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 320iso, f6.3, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority
Crew members remove the body from the car of NHRA top alcohol funny car driver Cassie Simonton in the pits during the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 4000iso, f3.2, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority A crew member for NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence works on the engine in the pits during the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 4000iso, f3.2, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority
A crew member for NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence works on the engine in the pits during the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 400iso, f5, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority Fans in the pits look on as NHRA top fuel driver Doug Kalitta warms up his Mac Tools sponsored dragster during the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 400iso, f5, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority
Fans in the pits look on as NHRA top fuel driver Doug Kalitta warms up his Mac Tools sponsored dragster during the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual NHRA pro mod driver Danny Rowe (near) races alongside teammate Steve Matusek during the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA pro mod driver Danny Rowe (near) races alongside teammate Steve Matusek during the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f6.3, 1/800th, Aperture Priority NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson appears ready for business as he sits strapped into his Mopar sponsored Dodge Dart at Gainesville.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f6.3, 1/800th, Aperture Priority
NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson appears ready for business as he sits strapped into his Mopar sponsored Dodge Dart at Gainesville.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force (near) races alongside father John Force during the semi finals of the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force (near) races alongside father John Force during the semi finals of the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Steve Johnson celebrates after winning the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Steve Johnson celebrates after winning the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson celebrates after winning the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson celebrates after winning the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA funny car driver Robert Hight celebrates after winning the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA funny car driver Robert Hight celebrates after winning the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA top fuel driver Doug Kalitta celebrates after winning the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA top fuel driver Doug Kalitta celebrates after winning the Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f4.5, 1/80th, Manual The hauler for the Geico sponsored dragster of top fuel rookie Richie Crampton sits parked in a shopping center parking lot in downtown Gainesville prior to the long drive back to Indianapolis the next morning.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f4.5, 1/80th, Manual
The hauler for the Geico sponsored dragster of top fuel rookie Richie Crampton sits parked in a shopping center parking lot in downtown Gainesville prior to the long drive back to Indianapolis the next morning.

See ya down the road!


 
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