10 Spot / NHRA Bristol

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 320iso, f3.5, 1/2500th, Manual

Next up in my quest to get caught up before departing for the Olympics are my 10 favorite images from NHRA Bristol. It would be tough to top the photos I got at this race last year but I would give it my best shot to come home with some winners.

Above, the setting sun behind the grandstands added some nice light to this shot of pro mod driver Leah Pruett as she does her burnout during qualifying at Thunder Valley.

Below, an old school christmas tree on the side of the track for the fans to view made a nice addition to this starting line shot of Erica Enders launching her pro stocker.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 100iso, f3.5, 1/1000th, Manual

Crew members for NHRA top fuel dragster driver David Grubnic push him around the corner from the staging lanes to the burnout box prior to a run in Fridays night time session.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 320iso, f2.8, 1/40th, Aperture Priority

My random photo from the weekend would be this shot of a little boy who was sitting on his parents scooter when it fell over on him. As you can see in this shot, crew members from several pro stock teams were quickly on the scene to help the little boy. Other than embarrassment and the moment being preserved forever in this photo he was fine.

Nikon D3s, 70-200mm, 640iso, f3.5, 1/500th, Aperture Priority

What wasn’t fine however, was the engine in the dragster of Pat Dakin as he lit it up in a ball of flames during qualifying.

Nikon D800, 600mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Manual

This is probably my favorite shot of the weekend. Anyone who follows my blog semi regularly should be familiar with the art of the “photo bomb.” The objective is to come out of nowhere and get in the background of a photographers shot, thus ruining the picture. Well when I was shooting top fuel driver Antron Brown in his tow vehicle driving back to the pits following a run his wife Billie dropped an epic photo bomb on me from the seat alongside Antron. His serious demeanor plus her goofiness made for a classic photo!

Nikon D3s, 70-200mm, 1250iso, f2.8, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority

Below, super stock driver Peter Biondo celebrates with girlfriend and super gas driver Emily Lewis after both winning their classes in the Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

Nikon D800, 24-70mm, 250iso, f4.5, 1/250th, Manual with SB-800 Flash

After winning one of the closest races in the sports history, pro stock driver Mike Edwards celebrates as his crew members race towards him with arms in the air.

Nikon D3s, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority

Following the race I did a few portraits of the nitro winners.

First up would be funny car winner Ron Capps. To see more portraits from this shoot of Ron Capps CLICK HERE.

Nikon D800, 400mm, 100iso, f5.6, 1/250th, Manual with Einstein Strobes

I would finish with top fuel dragster driver Tony Schumacher. To see more portraits from this shoot of Tony Schumacher CLICK HERE.

Nikon D3s, 24-70mm, 100iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual with Einstein Strobes

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