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Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/6400th, Manual Here is an underexposed wide angle view from the roof of the suites overlooking the dragstrip as a pair of funny car drivers do their burnouts during round one of eliminations.

With two races to go in the Countdown to the Championship, the NHRA arrived in Las Vegas for the Toyota Nationals. Warms temps and large fields of racers would make for a fun weekend.

Here are my favorite images from the weekend in Vegas…

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 160iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority A super comp racer waits in the staging lanes for his turn to make a time trial run down the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 160iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority
A super comp racer waits in the staging lanes for his turn to make a time trial run down the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority The late afternoon sun rim lights the car of NHRA funny car driver Tim Wilkerson in the professional pit area.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority
The late afternoon sun rim lights the car of NHRA funny car driver Tim Wilkerson in the professional pit area.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority Super Gas driver Clint Fishel pulls his car around the corner of the staging lanes before making a winning run in eliminations.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority
Super Gas driver Clint Fishel pulls his car around the corner of the staging lanes before making a winning run in eliminations.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f7.1, 1/2500th, Manual The carburetor from the engine of pro mod driver Mike Castellana bounces through the shutdown area following a nitrous explosion as he crossed the finish line.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f7.1, 1/2500th, Manual
The carburetor from the engine of pro mod driver Mike Castellana bounces through the shutdown area following a nitrous explosion as he crossed the finish line.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority NHRA top fuel dragster driver Morgan Lucas does a burnout during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Morgan Lucas does a burnout during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA pro mod driver Eric Latino gets his parachutes out after losing control and crossing the centerline in front of opponent Craig Cawte during qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA pro mod driver Eric Latino gets his parachutes out after losing control and crossing the centerline in front of opponent Craig Cawte during qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Manual NHRA safety safari crews push pro stock driver Deric Kramer off the track as the next pair of pro stockers do their burnouts during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA safety safari crews push pro stock driver Deric Kramer off the track as the next pair of pro stockers do their burnouts during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1000iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual NHRA safety safari crews tend to funny car driver Jeff Arend after a smile fire during qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1000iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA safety safari crews tend to funny car driver Jeff Arend after a small fire during qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f7.1, 1/640th, Manual The car of NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown is silhouetted by the setting sun as it is towed back to the pits.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f7.1, 1/640th, Manual
The car of NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown is silhouetted by the setting sun as it is towed back to the pits.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 4000iso, f3.2, 1/500th, Manual The Mav TV Missile jet car blasts off the starting line to close out Fridays racing activities at The Strip.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 4000iso, f3.2, 1/500th, Manual
The Mav TV Missile jet car blasts off the starting line to close out Fridays racing activities at The Strip.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 320iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Einstein Strobes Antron Brown, Morgan Lucas, Shawn Langdon and Brandon Bernstein make life interesting for us during the setup for a group shot of the 11 Toyota Racing drivers for an end of year advertisement.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 320iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Einstein Strobes
Antron Brown, Morgan Lucas, Shawn Langdon and Brandon Bernstein make life interesting for the art director during the setup for a group shot of the 11 Toyota Racing drivers for an end of year advertisement.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f5.6, 1/800th, Aperture Priority While heading to the starting line from the pits I noticed a Moto-X exhibition going on. All I wanted was some sort of a drag racing  object in the frame with the guy jumping. Thankfully the top alcohol funny car of Cody Perkins being towed back to the pits would work perfectly.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f5.6, 1/800th, Aperture Priority
While heading to the starting line from the pits I noticed a Moto-X exhibition going on. All I wanted was some sort of a drag racing object in the frame with the guy jumping. Thankfully the top alcohol funny car of Cody Perkins being towed back to the pits would work perfectly.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Clay Millican pops his parachutes in the shutdown area milliseconds before running over a piece of metal debris (bottom left) and blowing his tire.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Clay Millican pops his parachutes in the shutdown area milliseconds before running over a piece of metal debris (bottom left) and blowing his tire.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual NHRA top fuel dragster driver Clay Millican blows a tire during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Clay Millican blows a tire during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA top fuel dragster driver Clay Millican is tended to by the safety safari after blowing a tire.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Clay Millican is tended to by the safety safari after blowing a tire.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual A member of the NHRA safety safari pushes Tony Pedregon off the track at the top end following a run.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual
A member of the NHRA safety safari pushes Tony Pedregon off the track at the top end following a run.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f5, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver John Force slows via his two parachutes during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f5, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver John Force slows via his two parachutes during qualifying for the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence races down track in his Capco Contrators sponsored car.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence races down track in his Capco Contrators sponsored car.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority Sunlight reflects off the car of NHRA funny car driver Tony Pedregon as he does a burnout during the Toyota Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority
Sunlight reflects off the car of NHRA funny car driver Tony Pedregon as he does a burnout during the Toyota Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/6400th, Manual Here is an underexposed wide angle view from the roof of the suites overlooking the dragstrip as a pair of funny car drivers do their burnouts during round one of eliminations.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/6400th, Manual
Here is an underexposed wide angle view from the roof of the suites overlooking the dragstrip as a pair of funny car drivers do their burnouts during round one of eliminations.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual Detailed view of smoke coming from under the body on the car of NHRA funny car driver Del Worsham following his burnout during the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual
Detailed view of smoke coming from under the body on the car of NHRA funny car driver Del Worsham following his burnout during the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash Pro stock driver Shane Gray (right) celebrate his victory as runner up V. Gaines pouts following the final round.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
Pro stock driver Shane Gray (right) celebrate his victory as runner up V. Gaines pouts following the final round.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f5.6, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA funny car driver John Force celebrates after clinching his 16th career championship after winning the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f5.6, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA funny car driver John Force celebrates after clinching his 16th career championship after winning the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f2.8, 1/200th, Aperture Priority NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown celebrates after winning during the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f2.8, 1/200th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown celebrates after winning during the Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 800iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority Clay Millican can do nothing but put his hands up in the air and smile after losing yet another final round, this time to Antron Brown.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 800iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority
Clay Millican can do nothing but put his hands up in the air and smile after losing yet another final round, this time to Antron Brown.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/640th, Manual with Flash NHRA funny car driver John Force celebrates with crew after clinching his 16th career championship. #legend

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/640th, Manual with Flash
NHRA funny car driver John Force celebrates with crew after clinching his 16th career championship. #legend

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 320iso, f2.8, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway sits empty following the conclusion of the Toyota Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 320iso, f2.8, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway sits empty following the conclusion of the Toyota Nationals.

That wraps up Vegas, one more race to go!


 
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