05
May
Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 4000iso, f5.6, 1/200th, Manual Tony Schumacher lights up the Houston darkness as he launches off the starting line during evening qualifying.

Race six in the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Series took us to hot and muggy Baytown, a suburb of Houston, Texas for the Spring Nationals. As we approach the middle stages of the 24 race season, we start seperating the contenders from the pretenders. Continue on to see all the images!

Prior to the race I flew out early to shoot the Kilgore Rangerettes hanging out with top fuel driver Steve Torrence.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual with Flash The Kilgore College Rangerettes perform behind the car of NHRA top fuel dragster driver Steve Torrence at the Torrence estate.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
The Kilgore College Rangerettes perform behind the car of NHRA top fuel dragster driver Steve Torrence at the Torrence estate.

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I still had a free day to do a little fishing with my buddy Justin League and his father Eddie.

It was a beautiful morning.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f8, 1/100th, Aperture Priority

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f8, 1/100th, Aperture Priority

Caught a few fish before the wind came in and ruined the day. Luckily its much easier to lose a day of fishing to wind when it was free instead of when spending 400 bucks on a guide…   Thanks Justin!

Photo by Justin League

Photo by Justin League

Ok lets get to my favorite images from the weekend!

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/400th, Aperture Priority NHRA top fuel driver Larry Dixon (right) and teammate Bob Vandergriff Jr during qualifying for the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/400th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top fuel driver Larry Dixon (right) and teammate Bob Vandergriff Jr during qualifying for the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f5.6, 1/640th, Aperture Priority NHRA top fuel driver Leah Pritchett sits strapped into the cockpit of her Gumout sponsored dragster during qualifying for the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f5.6, 1/640th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top fuel driver Leah Pritchett sits strapped into the cockpit of her Gumout sponsored dragster during qualifying for the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 320iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver J.R. Todd in the Jesse James Firearms Unlimited sponsored dragster during qualifying for the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 320iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver J.R. Todd in the Jesse James Firearms Unlimited sponsored dragster during qualifying for the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual  A top fuel Harley rider launches off the starting line during qualifying for the Spring Nationals in Baytown.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual
A top fuel Harley rider launches off the starting line during qualifying for the Spring Nationals in Baytown.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 1600iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Manual  NHRA pro stock driver Dave Connolly does a burnout past a crew member who keeps him lined up in the groove.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 1600iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Manual
NHRA pro stock driver Dave Connolly does a burnout past a crew member who keeps him lined up in the groove.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 2500iso, f5, 1/800th, Manual  NHRA top fuel dragster driver Shawn Langdon experiences tire shake causing the Goodyear slicks to distort during qualifying for the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 2500iso, f5, 1/800th, Manual
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Shawn Langdon experiences tire shake causing the Goodyear slicks to distort during qualifying for the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 4000iso, f5.6, 1/200th, Manual Tony Schumacher lights up the Houston darkness as he launches off the starting line during evening qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 4000iso, f5.6, 1/200th, Manual                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Tony Schumacher lights up the evening sky as he launches off the starting line in his US Army sponsored dragster.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Clay Millican climbs from his car during qualifying for the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Clay Millican climbs from his car during qualifying for the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority  The car of NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence is towed during qualifying for the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority
The car of NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence is towed during qualifying for the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2000iso, f4, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority Crew members work on the car of funny car driver Tommy Johnson Jr in the teams pit area.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2000iso, f4, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority
Crew members work on the car of funny car driver Tommy Johnson Jr in the teams pit area.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 400iso, f4, 1/200th, Aperture Priority Mike Crane, a crew member for top fuel driver Steve Torrence holds on to the back of the car as they warm it up in the pits.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 400iso, f4, 1/200th, Aperture Priority
Mike Giaffino, a crew member for top fuel driver Steve Torrence holds on to the back of the car as they warm it up in the pits. Lets kick the jackstand off the back off the car and watch the fun ensue!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown greets fans during driver introductions prior to the first round of eliminations at the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown greets fans during driver introductions prior to the first round of eliminations at the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority NHRA funny car driver Bob Tasca III shows his frustration after losing to rival Robert Hight during the first round of eliminations.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority
NHRA funny car driver Bob Tasca III shows his frustration after losing to rival Robert Hight during the first round of eliminations.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA top fuel driver Leah Pritchett receives a pre race pep talk from husband Gary Pritchett prior to the second round of eliminations at the Spring Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA top fuel driver Leah Pritchett receives a pre race pep talk from husband Gary Pritchett prior to the second round of eliminations at the Spring Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 160iso, f7.1, 1/640th, Manual  A sold out crowd looks on as Steve Torrence launches off the starting line against Brittany Force during round two at Houston.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 160iso, f7.1, 1/640th, Manual
A sold out crowd looks on as Texan Steve Torrence launches off the starting line against Brittany Force during round two at Houston.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 160iso, f7.1, 1/640th, Manual  Cruz Pedregon in his new look Snap-On Tools Franchise paint scheme races alongside Jack Beckman during the second round of eliminations.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 160iso, f7.1, 1/640th, Manual
Cruz Pedregon in his new look Snap-On Tools Franchise paint scheme races alongside Jack Beckman during the second round of eliminations.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 160iso, f7.1, 1/640th, Manual  Steve Torrence hangs out the roof of his new tow vehicle as he celebrates his round two victory at the Spring Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 160iso, f7.1, 1/640th, Manual
Steve Torrence hangs out the roof of his new tow vehicle as he celebrates his round two victory at the Spring Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual  with Flash NHRA pro stock driver Erica Enders-Stevens celebrates after winning the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA pro stock driver Erica Enders-Stevens celebrates after winning the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual  with Flash NHRA funny car driver Robert Hight celebrates with a crew member as he climbs from the roof hatch of his AAA sponsored funny car after winning the Spring Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA funny car driver Robert Hight celebrates with a crew member as he climbs from the roof hatch of his AAA sponsored funny car after winning the Spring Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f7.1, 1/250th, Manual  with Flash NHRA top fuel driver Antron Brown celebrates after winning the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f7.1, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA top fuel driver Antron Brown celebrates after winning the Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 800iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual The Wally trophy won by pro mod driver Mike Janis sits on the injector scoop of his car following the race.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 800iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual
The Wally trophy won by pro mod driver Mike Janis sits on the injector scoop of his car following the race.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f7.1, 1/250th, Manual  with Flash NHRA pro stock driver Erica Enders-Stevens takes a moment to soak in the excitement of her home track victory.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f7.1, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA pro stock driver Erica Enders-Stevens takes a moment to soak in the excitement of her home track victory.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 800iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual Following the race a young boy and his grandmother conduct a grudge match.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 800iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual
Following the race a young boy and his grandmother conduct a grudge match.

That brings to a close NHRA Houston. Next up is my first attempt shooting boxing from ringside with Mayweather vs Maidana


 
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