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Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA rookie funny car driver Brandon Welch explodes an engine in flames alongside Jeff Arend during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
NHRA rookie funny car driver Brandon Welch explodes an engine in flames alongside Jeff Arend during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Here are my favorite images from a busy weekend of racing at the NHRA Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas.

 

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority The bright pink Patron XO Cafe Incendio sponsored Toyota funny car of Alexis DeJoria sits on display beneath the neon lights of Fremont Street during the annual NHRA Fan Fest leading into professional qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority
The bright pink Patron XO Cafe Incendio sponsored Toyota funny car of Alexis DeJoria sits on display beneath the neon lights of Fremont Street during the annual NHRA Fan Fest leading into professional qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 400iso, f11, 1/200th, Aperture Priority NHRA funny car driver Robert Hight races down track during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 400iso, f11, 1/200th, Aperture Priority
NHRA funny car driver Robert Hight races down track during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 320iso, f4.5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority Team owner Barry Paton lays on ground after being knocked down by the tire of NHRA top fuel driver Tim Boychuk during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 320iso, f4.5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority
Team owner Barry Paton lays on ground after being knocked down by the tire of NHRA top fuel driver Tim Boychuk during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 320iso, f4, 1/640th, Aperture Priority NHRA safety safari personnel tend to Barry Paton after being hit by the car of NHRA top fuel driver Tim Boychuk during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 320iso, f4, 1/640th, Aperture Priority
NHRA safety safari personnel tend to Barry Paton after being hit by the car of NHRA top fuel driver Tim Boychuk during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 320iso, f3.2, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority NHRA safety safari personnel escort Barry Paton to an ambulance after being hit by the car of NHRA top fuel driver Tim Boychuk during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 320iso, f3.2, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority
NHRA safety safari personnel escort Barry Paton to an ambulance after being hit by the car of NHRA top fuel driver Tim Boychuk during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 320iso, f4.5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority NHRA top fuel driver Leah Pritchett waves from the cockpit of her Black Magic sponsored dragster as she is towed past the main grandstands on the way back to the pits.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 320iso, f4.5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top fuel driver Leah Pritchett waves from the cockpit of her Black Magic sponsored dragster as she is towed past the main grandstands on the way back to the pits.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence launches off the starting line during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence launches off the starting line during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 320iso, f3.5, 1/6400th, Aperture Priority NHRA top fuel driver Antron Brown waits to race during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 320iso, f3.5, 1/6400th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top fuel driver Antron Brown waits to race during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual NHRA pro mod driver Shane Molinari (right) crosses in front of competitor Jeff Naiser after blowing an engine and cutting his right front tire during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 320iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA pro mod driver Shane Molinari (right) crosses in front of competitor Jeff Naiser after blowing an engine and cutting his right front tire during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Einstein Strobe NHRA pro stock driver Erica Enders-Stevens poses for a portrait during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Einstein Strobe
NHRA pro stock driver Erica Enders-Stevens poses for a portrait during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f8, 1/125th, Aperture Priority The sun sets over NHRA funny cars in the staging lanes during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f8, 1/125th, Aperture Priority
The sun sets over NHRA funny cars in the staging lanes during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Tim Gibbons hits the wall after blowing an engine during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Tim Gibbons hits the wall after blowing an engine during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Tim Gibbons climbs from his car after exploding an engine and hitting the wall during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Tim Gibbons climbs from his car after exploding an engine and hitting the wall during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/400th, Aperture Priority NHRA funny car driver Cruz Pedregon slows in the shutdown area during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/400th, Aperture Priority
NHRA funny car driver Cruz Pedregon slows in the shutdown area during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 12,800iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence (left) races alongside Larry Dixon during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 12,800iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence (left) races alongside Larry Dixon during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 12,800iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual Smoke rises to the sky as NHRA jet cars race down track during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 12,800iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual
Smoke rises to the sky as NHRA jet cars race down track during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 640iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Jerry Savoie and a crew member during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm with 1.4 converter (420mm), 640iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Jerry Savoie and a crew member during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 1000iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority NHRA top fuel driver Shawn Langdon at speed in the Red Fuel sponsored dragster.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 1000iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top fuel driver Shawn Langdon at speed in the Red Fuel sponsored dragster.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f7.1, 1/2000th, Manual The "burnout" of the race award for the Toyota Nationals absolutely went to NHRA top alcohol dragster driver Michael Manners who's throttle briefly stuck after smoking the tires causing a wild ride that he somehow kept on all four wheels.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f7.1, 1/2000th, Manual
The “burnout” of the race award for the Toyota Nationals absolutely went to NHRA top alcohol dragster driver Michael Manners who’s throttle briefly stuck after smoking the tires causing a wild ride that he somehow kept on all four wheels.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Manual NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Jerry Savoie during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Jerry Savoie during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Manual NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson slows in the shut down area in his special edition paint scheme celebrating 20 years with Mopar. Johnson is retiring following the season.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson slows in the shut down area in his special edition paint scheme celebrating 20 years with Mopar. Johnson is retiring following the season.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Shawn Langdon pulls off the track during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Shawn Langdon pulls off the track during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Antron Brown crosses the finish line at speed during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Antron Brown crosses the finish line at speed during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Tim Gibbons (right) explodes an engine in flames alongside Bob Bode during the final round of qualifying for the Toyota Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Tim Gibbons (right) explodes an engine in flames alongside Bob Bode during the final round of qualifying for the Toyota Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f7.1, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority Fire fills the cockpit of the NHRA funny car of driver Tim Gibbons after exploding an engine during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f7.1, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority
Fire fills the cockpit of the NHRA funny car of driver Tim Gibbons after exploding an engine during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA rookie funny car driver Brandon Welch explodes an engine in flames alongside Jeff Arend during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
NHRA rookie funny car driver Brandon Welch explodes an engine in flames alongside Jeff Arend during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 10,000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force (left) does a burnout alongside father John Force during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 10,000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force (left) does a burnout alongside father John Force during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 12,800iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual NHRA pro mod driver Mike Janis goes sideways in his Lucas Oil sponsored Camaro during round one eliminations for the final race of their season.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 12,800iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual
NHRA pro mod driver Mike Janis goes sideways in his Lucas Oil sponsored Camaro during round one eliminations for the final race of their season.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 12,800iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual NHRA pro mod driver Chip King gets way sideways at over 240mph during the first round of eliminations at Las Vegas.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 12,800iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual
NHRA pro mod driver Chip King gets way sideways at over 240mph during the first round of eliminations at Las Vegas.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/500th, Aperture Priority Smoke trickles from the header pipes on the 10,000 horsepower nitro burning engine in the dragster of top fuel driver Leah Pritchett.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/500th, Aperture Priority
Smoke trickles from the header pipes on the 10,000 horsepower nitro burning engine in the dragster of top fuel driver Leah Pritchett.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority NHRA pro mod driver Troy Coughlin does a burnout in his Chevrolet Corvette during round two of eliminations at the Toyota Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA pro mod driver Troy Coughlin does a burnout in his Chevrolet Corvette during round two of eliminations at the Toyota Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f6.3, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority NHRA funny car driver Tony Pedregon announced over the weekend that he would retire from driving at the end of the season and become an announcer for the new NHRA television partnership with Fox Sports.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f6.3, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority
NHRA funny car driver Tony Pedregon announced over the weekend that he would retire from driving at the end of the season and become an announcer for the new NHRA television partnership with Fox Sports.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual Fuel sprays from a line on the engine of NHRA top fuel driver Richie Crampton and the Lucas Oil sponsored dragster.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual
Fuel sprays from a line on the engine of NHRA top fuel driver Richie Crampton and the Lucas Oil sponsored dragster.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA top fuel driver Antron Brown celebrates after clinching the 2015 top fuel dragster world championship during eliminations for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA top fuel driver Antron Brown celebrates after clinching the 2015 top fuel dragster world championship during eliminations for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f6.3, 1/160th, Manual Antron Brown reacts as he sees that wife Billie has spotted the 500 thousand dollar check!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f6.3, 1/160th, Manual
Antron Brown reacts as he sees that wife Billie has spotted the 500 thousand dollar check!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA pro stock driver Erica Enders-Stevens celebrates after clinching the 2015 pro stock world championship during eliminations for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA pro stock driver Erica Enders-Stevens celebrates after clinching the 2015 pro stock world championship during eliminations for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f4, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority Heatwaves turn the fans in the grandstands into a crazy mosaic look as Ed "the Outlaw" Jones puts on a show in his wheelstanding fire truck between rounds of eliminations at the Toyota Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f4, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
Heatwaves turn the fans in the grandstands into a crazy mosaic look as Ed “the Outlaw” Jones puts on a show in his wheelstanding fire truck between rounds of eliminations at the Toyota Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 320iso, f5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority NHRA top fuel driver Larry Dixon races down track in his C&J Energy sponsored dragster in the semi finals of the Toyota Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 320iso, f5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top fuel driver Larry Dixon races down track in his C&J Energy sponsored dragster in the semi finals of the Toyota Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/200th, Manual with Flash Crew members load up the DHL funny car of Del Worsham after losing in the second round of eliminations of the Toyota Nationals. Worsham leads the funny car points heading into the final race of the season.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/200th, Manual with Flash
Crew members load up the DHL funny car of Del Worsham after losing in the second round of eliminations of the Toyota Nationals. Worsham leads the funny car points heading into the final race of the season.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual with Flash Two time NHRA top fuel dragster champion Antron Brown goes for a ride in the Toyota ferris wheel with his championship trophy as he celebrates his great day.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
Two time NHRA top fuel dragster champion Antron Brown goes for a ride in the Toyota ferris wheel with his championship trophy as he celebrates his great day.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f4.5, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority NHRA pro stock legend Warren Johnson watches action from the top end of the track at Las Vegas.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f4.5, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority
NHRA pro stock legend Warren Johnson watches action from the top end of the track at Las Vegas.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Andrew Hines celebrates after winning the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Andrew Hines celebrates after winning the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash Pro stock winner Erica Enders-Stevens is doused with Mello Yello by crew member Rickie Jones Jr as they celebrate winning the Toyota Nationals and the world championship.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
Pro stock winner Erica Enders-Stevens is doused with Mello Yello by crew member Rickie Jones Jr as they celebrate winning the Toyota Nationals and the world championship.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f4.5, 1/400th, Aperture Priority NHRA pro stock driver Erica Enders-Stevens heads back to the starting line after winning the Toyota Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f4.5, 1/400th, Aperture Priority
NHRA pro stock driver Erica Enders-Stevens heads back to the starting line after winning the Toyota Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 160iso, f8, 1/200th, Manual with Flash NHRA funny car driver Robert Hight (center) celebrates with crew members after winning the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 160iso, f8, 1/200th, Manual with Flash
NHRA funny car driver Robert Hight (center) celebrates with crew members after winning the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 320iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA top fuel driver Doug Kalitta celebrates after winning the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 320iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA top fuel driver Doug Kalitta celebrates after winning the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Next up are a couple football blogs before finishing off the NHRA season in two weeks at Pomona!


 
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