10 Spot / NHRA Topeka

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 5000iso, f5, 1/640th, Aperture Priority

Here are my favorite 10 images from the NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka. Weather was hot all weekend but I was still able to come away with some shots I liked.

Above, Funny Car driver John Force gives some last minute pointers to daughter Courtney Force as she sits strapped into the car prior to a qualifying run at Topeka.

Below, top fuel dragster driver Khalid Albalooshi sits in his car prior to making a qualifying run. The green reflecting off his visor is a green advertising billboard off to the side.

Nikon D800, 300mm, 1600iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority

Below, NHRA top alcohol funny car driver Vern Moats (right) send the half track foam timing blocks flying as he crosses the centerline alongside Kirk Williams during qualifying for the Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.

Nikon D800, 600mm, 400iso, f4, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

NHRA top fuel dragster driver Tony Schumacher looks focused as he sits strapped into his car during qualifying for the Summer Nationals.

Nikon D800, 300mm, 2500iso, f3.5, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

Shooting top end where I shoot lets me see things most people will never witness. In the below shot of top alcohol dragster driver Mark Talliaferro, you can see fuel being pushed from the vent on the front of the car at the instant his parachutes hit. Since he is doing about 250 mph here the wind takes the fuel and almost looks like a wind tunnel shot where you can see how the air moves over his cockpit visor. Pretty cool stuff.

Nikon D800, 600mm, 800iso, f5, 1/1600th, Manual

NHRA super stock driver Pete Peery carries the front wheels off the starting line during qualifying for the Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 800iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority

Steve Torrence (right) racing alongside J.R. Todd during Friday night qualifying for the Summer Nationals.

Nikon D800, 600mm, 800iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual

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NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria is seen under her Toyota body in the cockpit of her car as she prepares to fire up during qualifying for the Summer Nationals.

Nikon D800, 300mm, 200iso, f5.6, 1/160th, Aperture Priority

While chatting with Shawn Langdon in the staging lanes a ladybug landed on him. Supposedly its good luck when that happens. The next morning when he lost in the first round I realized that perhaps its bad luck. Sorry Shawn!

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 200iso, f6.3, 1/125th, Aperture Priority

A young NHRA fan sits on her fathers shoulders as she watches top fuel dragster driver Cory McClenathan warm up his car in the pits prior to the first round of eliminations of the Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 320iso, f4, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority

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One Response to “10 Spot / NHRA Topeka”

  1. Bonnie Iwanow says:

    Great shots Mark!

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