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Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 6400iso, f4, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority NHRA funny car driver John Force (left) races alongside Ron Capps during Saturday night qualifying in Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 6400iso, f4, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority
NHRA funny car driver John Force (left) races alongside Ron Capps during Saturday night qualifying in Pomona.

The first race of the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Series is in the book following a great season opener in Pomona. Continue on to see all my favorites from the weekend!

 

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Strobes NHRA top fuel driver Dave Connolly (right) and teammate Leah Pritchett pose for a portrait during media day at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Strobes
NHRA top fuel driver Dave Connolly (right) and teammate Leah Pritchett pose for a portrait during media day at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Strobes NHRA funny car driver Matt Hagan poses for a portrait with his championship ring during media day at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Strobes
NHRA funny car driver Matt Hagan poses for a portrait with his championship ring during media day at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f7.1, 1/250th, Manual with Strobes NHRA top fuel driver Clay Millican poses for a portrait during media day at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f7.1, 1/250th, Manual with Strobes
NHRA top fuel driver Clay Millican poses for a portrait during media day at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Strobes NHRA top fuel driver Brittany Force (left) with father, funny car driver John Force (center) and sister Courtney Force pose for a portrait during media day at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 200iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Strobes
NHRA top fuel driver Brittany Force (left) with father, funny car driver John Force (center) and sister Courtney Force pose for a portrait during media day at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 800iso, f7.1, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority NHRA top alcohol funny car driver Mike Drake explodes an engine on fire during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 800iso, f7.1, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top alcohol funny car driver Mike Drake explodes an engine on fire during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 800iso, f7.1, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority NHRA photographers take photos as top alcohol funny car driver Tony Bartone does a burnout during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 800iso, f7.1, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority
NHRA photographers take photos as top alcohol funny car driver Tony Bartone does a burnout during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority NHRA top alcohol dragster driver Krista Baldwin during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top alcohol dragster driver Krista Baldwin during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f5, 1/400th, Aperture Priority Competition eliminator driver Ed Sigmon prepares to compete in his 56th straight NHRA Winternationals!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f5, 1/400th, Aperture Priority
Competition eliminator driver Ed Sigmon prepares to compete in his 56th straight NHRA Winternationals!

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 200iso, f4, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority Detailed view of the header exhaust pipes on the engine of NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 200iso, f4, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority
Detailed view of the header exhaust pipes on the engine of NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority The rear wing from the dragster of NHRA top alcohol driver Don St. Arnaud sits sideways after a wing strut failure during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority
The rear wing from the dragster of NHRA top alcohol driver Don St. Arnaud sits sideways after a wing strut failure during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson slows in the shutdown area during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority
NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson slows in the shutdown area during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 800iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority NHRA funny car driver John Force climbs from his car after an explosion and small fire during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 800iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA funny car driver John Force climbs from his car after an explosion and small fire during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1250iso, f6.3, 1/640th, Aperture Priority NHRA funny car driver Robert Hight takes off his fireproof gloves as he coasts through the shutdown area following a qualifying run for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1250iso, f6.3, 1/640th, Aperture Priority
NHRA funny car driver Robert Hight takes off his fireproof gloves as he coasts through the shutdown area following a qualifying run for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1250iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority NHRA top fuel driver Leah Pritchett (left) on fire alongside teammate Dave Connolly during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1250iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top fuel driver Leah Pritchett (left) on fire alongside teammate Dave Connolly during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f4, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson is towed back to the pits during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f4, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority
NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson is towed back to the pits during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f4, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority NHRA top fuel driver Brittany Force (left) races alongside Steve Torrence during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f4, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top fuel driver Brittany Force (left) races alongside Steve Torrence during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Morgan Lucas pops his parachutes alongside a pair of fully deployed parachutes during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Morgan Lucas pops his parachutes alongside a pair of fully deployed parachutes during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Dave Connolly (near) races alongside teammate Leah Pritchett during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Dave Connolly (near) races alongside teammate Leah Pritchett during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Antron Brown (near) explodes an engine on fire alongside Brittany Force during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Antron Brown (near) explodes an engine on fire alongside Brittany Force during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Manual NHRA funny car driver James Campbell (far) explodes an engine on fire alongside Gary Densham during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Jim Campbell (far) explodes an engine on fire alongside Gary Densham during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/500th, Aperture Priority Detailed view of the ram air scoop atop the fuel injection system on the engine of pro stock driver Jeg Coughlin Jr during a top end tech inspection.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/500th, Aperture Priority
Detailed view of the ram air scoop atop the fuel injection system on the engine of pro stock driver Jeg Coughlin Jr during a top end tech inspection.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1250iso, f4, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1250iso, f4, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f5, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority The sun sets as NHRA funny car driver Bob Bode slows in the shutdown area.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f5, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority
The sun sets as NHRA funny car driver Bob Bode slows in the shutdown area.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 6400iso, f4, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority NHRA funny car driver John Force (left) races alongside Ron Capps during Saturday night qualifying in Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 6400iso, f4, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority
NHRA funny car driver John Force (left) races alongside Ron Capps during Saturday night qualifying in Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 6400iso, f4, 1/400th, Aperture Priority NHRA funny car driver Jack Beckman during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 6400iso, f4, 1/400th, Aperture Priority
NHRA funny car driver Jack Beckman during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/160th, Aperture Priority NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/160th, Aperture Priority
NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force during qualifying for the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual A crowd of spectators surround the pit area of top fuel driver Leah Pritchett as she warms up her Quaker State sponsored dragster.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual
A crowd of spectators surround the pit area of top fuel driver Leah Pritchett as she warms up her Quaker State sponsored dragster.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash Number one qualifier in top fuel Steve Torrence raises his arms as he's introduced to the fans during pre race ceremonies at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
Number one qualifier in top fuel Steve Torrence raises his arms as he’s introduced to the fans during pre race ceremonies at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Terry McMillen (right) upsets 8 time top fuel champion Tony Schumacher in the first round of eliminations.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Terry McMillen (right) upsets 8 time top fuel champion Tony Schumacher in the first round of eliminations.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Manual J.R. Todd (far lane) fireballs an engine as he defeats Brittany Force in the first round of eliminations at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Manual
J.R. Todd (far lane) fireballs an engine as he defeats Brittany Force in the first round of eliminations at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Manual NHRA funny car driver John Hale (left) goes into a power wheel stand alongside Jack Beckman during round one of eliminations.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver John Hale (left) goes into a power wheel stand alongside Jack Beckman during round one of eliminations.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f4, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority Crew members push top fuel dragster driver Clay Millican into position prior to the second round of eliminations at the Winternationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f4, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority
Crew members push top fuel dragster driver Clay Millican into position prior to the second round of eliminations at the Winternationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 400iso, f7.1, 1/1000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Chad Head (near) races alongside Ron Capps during the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 400iso, f7.1, 1/1000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Chad Head (near) races alongside Ron Capps during the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f2.8, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority A crew member helps NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence put on his HANS device prior to climbing into his 330mph Capco Contractors dragster.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f2.8, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority
A crew member helps NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence put on his HANS device prior to climbing into his 330mph Capco Contractors dragster.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority J.R. Todd (near) races alongside Kalitta Racing teammate Doug Kalitta in the semi final round of eliminations.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority
J.R. Todd (near) races alongside Kalitta Racing teammate Doug Kalitta in the semi final round of eliminations.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 100iso, f2.8, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority NHRA funny car driver Ron Capps launches off the starting line during the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 100iso, f2.8, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority
NHRA funny car driver Ron Capps launches off the starting line during the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 100iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Aperture Priority NHRA top fuel Harley rider Len Darnell launches off the starting line during the final round of the NHRA Winternationals.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 100iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top fuel Harley rider Len Darnell launches off the starting line during the final round of the NHRA Winternationals.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 100iso, f2.8, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority NHRA top fuel Harley rider Kevin Boyer takes out the centerline timing blocks in the final round of the NHRA Winternationals.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 100iso, f2.8, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top fuel Harley rider Kevin Boyer takes out the centerline timing blocks in the final round of the NHRA Winternationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f5, 1/800th, Aperture Priority NHRA top alcohol funny car driver Jonnie Lindberg celebrates with the Wally after winning his second straight NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f5, 1/800th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top alcohol funny car driver Jonnie Lindberg celebrates with the Wally after winning his second straight NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority NHRA top alcohol funny car driver Jonnie Lindberg celebrates after winning the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top alcohol funny car driver Jonnie Lindberg celebrates after winning the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority Steve Torrence crew member Gary Pritchett draws a dollar sign on his palm in the staging lanes before the final round.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority
Steve Torrence crew member Gary Pritchett draws a dollar sign on his palm in the staging lanes before the final round.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f4.5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority NHRA pro stock driver Greg Anderson (near) defeats teammate Jason Line in the final round of the first event featuring fuel injection on the pro stockers.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f4.5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority
NHRA pro stock driver Greg Anderson (near) defeats teammate Jason Line in the final round of the first event featuring fuel injection on the pro stockers.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f4.5, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence (near) races alongside Doug Kalitta during the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f4.5, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence (near) races alongside Doug Kalitta during the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f4.5, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence (near) races alongside Doug Kalitta during the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f4.5, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence (near) races alongside Doug Kalitta during the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f4, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority Crew members for NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence celebrate on the starting line after defeating Doug Kalitta in the top fuel final.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f4, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority
Crew members for NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence celebrate on the starting line after defeating Doug Kalitta in the top fuel final.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f4, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority Gary Pritchett, a crew member for NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence celebrates on the starting line after defeating Doug Kalitta in the top fuel final.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f4, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority
Gary Pritchett, a crew member for NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence celebrates on the starting line after defeating Doug Kalitta in the top fuel final.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f4, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority NHRA funny car driver Ron Capps celebrates after winning the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f4, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA funny car driver Ron Capps celebrates after winning the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f4, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority The shadow from the head of the Wally trophy covers the face of top fuel winner Steve Torrence on the podium,

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f4, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority
The shadow from the head of the Wally trophy covers the face of top fuel winner Steve Torrence on the podium,

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f4, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence (left), pro stock driver Greg Anderson (center) and funny car driver Ron Capps celebrate after winning the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f4, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence (left), pro stock driver Greg Anderson (center) and funny car driver Ron Capps celebrate after winning the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f4, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority Confetti falls as NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence celebrates after winning the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f4, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority
Confetti falls as NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence celebrates after winning the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f4.5, 1/250th, Aperture Priority Steve Torrence celebrates with the Wally on the winners podium.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f4.5, 1/250th, Aperture Priority
Steve Torrence celebrates with the Wally on the winners podium.

Up next I head to Daytona Beach for the NASCAR season opening Daytona 500!


 
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