04
Mar

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria celebrates with her first pro Wally after winning the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Just over a week ago the NHRA had their second race of the 2014 season at the newly rebranded Wild Horse Motorsports Park. (formerly Firebird International Raceway) On top of being the one race of the season I can sleep in my own bed, this is also the only racetrack with a bridge over the shutdown area that enables us to get some awesome views. Continue on to check out the great weekend of racing in the desert!

Lets get right to my favorite images of the weekend.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f9, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority NHRA pro stock driver Jeg Coughlin Jr slows down with his parachutes following a qualifying pass at the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f9, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority
NHRA pro stock driver Jeg Coughlin Jr slows down with his parachutes following a qualifying pass at the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 800iso, f8, 1/2500th, Manual NHRA top fuel dragster driver Troy Buff has fire come from his engine during qualifying for the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 800iso, f8, 1/2500th, Manual
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Troy Buff has fire come from his engine during qualifying for the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2000iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority NHRA funny car driver Cruz Pedregon during qualifying for the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2000iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority
NHRA funny car driver Cruz Pedregon during qualifying for the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2000iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority Richie Crampton races his shadow in the shutdown area of Wild Horse.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2000iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority
Richie Crampton races his shadow in the shutdown area of Wild Horse.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 1600iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA top fuel dragster driver Brittany Force makes a great pass during qualifying for the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 1600iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Brittany Force makes a great pass during qualifying for the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 1600iso, f5.6, 1/1000th, Manual A pair of NHRA jet cars shoot smoke into the sky as they launch off the starting line during qualifying for the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 1600iso, f5.6, 1/1000th, Manual
A pair of NHRA jet cars shoot smoke into the sky as they launch off the starting line during qualifying for the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1000iso, f5.6, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority Smoke fills the air after a run by an NHRA jet dragster during qualifying for the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1000iso, f5.6, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority
Smoke fills the air after a run by an NHRA jet dragster during qualifying for the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 1000iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual NHRA pro stock driver Paul Pittman (left) nearly collides with Deric Kramer during qualifying at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 1000iso, f7.1, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA pro stock driver Paul Pittman (left) nearly collides with Deric Kramer during qualifying at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1000iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority Overall view of Wild Horse Motorsports Park as pro stock drivers Shane Tucker and Steve Kent slow in the shutdown area following a qualifying pass.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1000iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority
Overall view of Wild Horse Motorsports Park as pro stock drivers Shane Tucker and Steve Kent slow in the shutdown area following a qualifying pass.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 1250iso, f6.3, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown (left) races alongside Steve Torrence during qualifying for the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 1250iso, f6.3, 1/1250th, Manual
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown (left) races alongside Steve Torrence during qualifying for the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 1250iso, f6.3, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Jeff Diehl runs over the centerline timing blocks during qualifying for the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 1250iso, f6.3, 1/1250th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Jeff Diehl runs over the centerline timing blocks during qualifying for the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 2000iso, f6.3, 1/1250th, Manual A member of the NHRA safety safari directs funny car driver Robert Hight off the track as dust blows during qualifying for the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm with 1.4 converter (840mm), 2000iso, f6.3, 1/1250th, Manual
A member of the NHRA safety safari directs funny car driver Robert Hight off the track as dust blows during qualifying for the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 3200iso, f4.5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority NHRA top fuel dragster driver Richie Crampton warms up his car during the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 3200iso, f4.5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Richie Crampton warms up his car during the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 640iso, f5.6, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority Fans cover their ears as NHRA funny car driver Chad Head warms up his car in the pits during the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 640iso, f5.6, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority
Fans cover their ears as NHRA funny car driver Chad Head warms up his car in the pits during the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/2500th, Manual Pro stock driver Shane Tucker has parachute issues after his first round upset win over top qualifier Chris McGaha. Tucker safely got the car stopped.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/2500th, Manual
Pro stock driver Shane Tucker has parachute issues after his first round upset win over top qualifier Chris McGaha. Tucker safely got the car stopped.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria celebrates with her first pro Wally after winning the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria celebrates with her first pro Wally after winning the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria celebrates with husband Jesse James after winning the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria celebrates with husband Jesse James after winning the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria is a happy girl as she celebrates with her crew after winning at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria is a happy girl as she celebrates with her crew after winning at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown makes the turn off after winning the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 500iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown makes the turn off after winning the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f4, 1/800th, Manual Members of the NHRA safety safari spray out a header fire on the car of top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown after winning the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f4, 1/800th, Manual
Members of the NHRA safety safari spray out a header fire on the car of top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown after winning the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f4, 1/800th, Manual NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown celebrates after winning the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f4, 1/800th, Manual
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown celebrates after winning the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria (right) celebrates with top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown after both won their classes at the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria (right) celebrates with top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown after both won their classes at the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

That concludes race #2 of the NHRA season. Only 22 more to go!

Up next are my best images from a weekend of NASCAR in Phoenix.


 
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