Flying off road trucks only good thing about Utah

Usually when I know I am going to Utah I start to cry. This time though I was excited to get there as I would be shooting high flying Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) as they would be making their first ever stop at the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT.

I am super behind on work so this will be a quick blog showing off some of my favorite images of the weekend and will lack most of my usual complaining.

Below, Kevin Probst nose dives into a large mogul during the first unlimited two practice session of the weekend.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 100iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority

Nikon D700, 400mm, 100iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority

Of course right after the incident the track crews shaved down the huge moguls thus eliminating any reason to shoot in that area for the races.

One cool (sometimes bad) thing about shooting off road races is the flying dirt and mud kicked up by the trucks, especially in turns.

Below you can see what I mean about the flying dirt. There was so much stuff flying that my camera locked on the dirt resulting in a pretty interesting looking frame. (I initially was gonna lie and say that was my goal but I’m too honest).

Nikon D700, 400mm, 100iso, f5.6, 1/800th, Aperture Priority

Here is how the shot should look when the camera actually focuses on the proper subject, below.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 100iso, f5.6, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority

Below, Pro four driver Carl Renezeder hits a water barrier during practice.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

Below, trucks race through a growing cloud of dust that began covering the track towards the end of a practice session.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 100iso, f4, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

I went wide in the below photo of Jacob Person as he led a group of trucks through the big sweeper turn with nice clouds in the sky.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 250iso, f4, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

Compared to the other off road races I have covered thus far I gotta say that this track had the prettiest scenery of any of them.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 100iso, f4, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority

In the below photo I achieved this look simply by getting low to the ground and shooting through a slit in a metal guardrail.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 100iso, f4, 1/6400th, Manual

Below is the same angle without shooting through the guardrail slit as a super lite truck flies through the air.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 100iso, f4, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority

Brandon Ward, below, suffers a rather large fire at the back of his truck.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 320iso, f2.8, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority

Carl Renezeder sits in his truck prior to pro two practice, below.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 400iso, f2.8, 1/640th, Aperture Priority

For Saturday I would get my day started up in the Lucas Oil R-44 helicopter to do some aerial shots of the track as well as shooting some aerial images of Pro Four qualifying.

Below are a few overall views of the off road track set up inside of the road course of Miller Motorsports Park.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 200iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 200iso, f5, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority

After shooting the wide angles I grabbed my body with the 400mm on it and shot the qualifying session.

Below, LOORRS pro four unlimited driver Adrian Cenni takes a turn during qualifying for round seven at Miller Motorsports Park.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority

Mike Johnson airs out his truck as he races down the front straight during qualifying, below.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f6.3, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority

Once back on the ground I walked around various spots on the track looking for good places to shoot from.

Below, Cory Freeman goes over a jump during unlimited buggy qualifying.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f6.3, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority

Nice mountain background for superlite qualifying, below.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 200iso, f5, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority

For pro lite unlimited qualifying I found a nice shooting spot at a table top jump where I could get a totally clean background with only mountains and clouds in the shot.

Below is a good view as Brian Deegan airs out his Rockstar truck.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 200iso, f5, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority

A few laps into the qualifying session Aaron Daugherty came flying several feet higher than the rest of the trucks had been……

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 200iso, f5, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

…..something seemed odd so I held down the shutter button and began shooting……

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 200iso, f5, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 200iso, f5, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

…….. Daugherty had taken the jump way too hard and was now nose heavy on the landing……

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 200iso, f5, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

…… Instead of landing on his wheels, his nose hit the dirt first……

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 200iso, f5, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

……. sending Daugherty on an end over end tumble…

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 200iso, f5, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

…….they call it a “lawndart” in the biz…..

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 200iso, f5, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

…… dirt flies through the air as the truck ended up doing two beautiful (not for the driver) front flips…

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 200iso, f5, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 200iso, f5, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

Following the crash Aaron Daugherty (below) walks away from his damaged truck. He would make repairs and actually race later in the day!

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority

For the races a rather full crowd was in attendance, below.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 100iso, f5, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

Pro 4 unlimited driver Mike Johnson has his hood fly up over the windshield during the race, below.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 100iso, f5, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

Below, John Harrah airs out his truck over a jump during the race.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 200iso, f5, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority

The track proved to be rather difficult for the Superlite trucks.

Below, Brent Fletcher loses control and plows into a water barrier during his race.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f5, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority

But that was nothing compared to Ron Duncombe who got off course and ramped over a water barrier resulting in a barrel rolling crash….

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f5, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f5, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f5, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority

Below, a corner worker displays the caution flag.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f5, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

Brian Deegan tried his best to lawndart his truck but barely missed, below.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 320iso, f5, 1/800th, Aperture Priority

However, Sean Geiser would fly over the jump a few minutes later and have a spectacular accident.

Below, I think he knows he’s in trouble at this point……

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 500iso, f5, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

…….now he absolutely knows he is screwed.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 500iso, f5, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 500iso, f5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 500iso, f5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 500iso, f5, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

Jimmy Stephensen (below) gets some good air in his truck over a jump.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f5, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

Below, the checkered flag waves on the finish of the pro two race.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f5, 1/6400th, Aperture Priority

Rodrigo Ampudia celebrates his first career pro two victory, below.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 250iso, f5, 1/800th, Manual

On to Sunday.

Going into the day I pretty much knew I had no chance in hell of topping the action shots I had taken the previous day so I spent a bit of time messing around in the pits to shoot some feature photos for Lucas.

Below, Preston Roben poses for a photo in the cockpit of his junior 1 kart.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 800iso, f2.8, 1/160th, Aperture Priority

Crew members work on the truck of Rob MacCachren in the pits prior to his race, below.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 800iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority

In the pro four unlimited race Rick Huseman (right) narrowly defeated Kyle LeDuc in a photo finish, below.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 200iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

Kyle LeDuc (below) points at Huseman as he offers him congratulations following the awesome race.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 200iso, f5.6, 1/640th, Aperture Priority

Unlimited buggies come out of the bowl on their way towards turn three during their race, below.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 200iso, f5.6, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

For the final race of the day I set up in a spot that would give me perfect light and nice backgrounds as Rodrigo Ampudia goes over a table top jump, below.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 100iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority

In the below photo shot by my buddy Jason Zindroski you can see how serious I get when I am at the track working.

Photo by Jason Zindroski

Below, Carl Renezeder (left) gets into Greg Adler as they go over a jump during the pro two unlimited race.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 100iso, f2.8, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority

At the beginning of the race Robby Woods suffered an engine problem and pulled off the side of the course. Since I had gotten tons of shots of flying trucks this weekend I made my way over near his truck to shoot some shots of Robby watching from the sidelines.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 100iso, f2.8, 1/6400th, Aperture Priority

Nikon D700, 400mm, 100iso, f2.8, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority

Nikon D700, 400mm, 100iso, f2.8, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

And with that we bring the weekend to a close. Just over a month till my next LOORRS race. Next one will be a night race so stay tuned!

To see all my images from the weekend (and purchase if you want to!) check out the link to my gallery of the weekend.

Here are a few tearsheets so far from Aaron Daugherty and his wild ride.

6 Responses to “Flying off road trucks only good thing about Utah”

  1. William says:

    Nice photos!! I would love to shoot off-road racing, too bad there are none where I live. Question though, do you shoot in the vivid pictures style or standard??? Just wondering, Thanks!!!

  2. William,

    I shoot in vivid mode. Thanks for the compliments.

    Mark

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  5. Ron Duncombe says:

    Hi Mark,
    I wanted to see what i need to do to get the roll over sequence from the mmp superlite race for the episode of Kickstart.
    Great work and talk to you soon.
    Thanks
    Ron

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