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Sep
Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA  top fuel dragster driver Richie Crampton celebrates with his crew after winning the biggest drag race on Earth.

Over the course of four days at Lucas Oil Raceway for the 60th annual US Nationals I spent over 30 hours at the track and shot over 10 thousand images. It took a little time and a lot of motivation but I went through all the shots and now present to you my best shots from the biggest drag race on Earth! Continue on to check them out…

With all the hype and anticipation that surrounded the 60th US Nationals near Indianapolis, I figured I would put together my 60 favorite images from a long but awesome weekend at the Big Go. Enjoy!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f5, 1/1000th, Manual NHRA pro stock driver Erica Enders-Stevens does a burnout under gorgeous skies during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f5, 1/1000th, Manual
NHRA pro stock driver Erica Enders-Stevens does a burnout under gorgeous skies during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 2000iso, f5.6, 1/400th, Aperture Priority NHRA team owner Jim Dunn takes a break during track prep prior to funny car qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 2000iso, f5.6, 1/400th, Aperture Priority
NHRA team owner Jim Dunn takes a break during track prep prior to funny car qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 2000iso, f5.6, 1/800th, Aperture Priority NHRA funny car sponsor Terry Chandler (left) with her driver Tommy Johnson Jr during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 2000iso, f5.6, 1/800th, Aperture Priority
NHRA funny car sponsor Terry Chandler (left) with her driver Tommy Johnson Jr during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f5, 1/1000th, Manual Chad Head smokes the tires during funny car qualifying alongside Jeff Arend in front of a good crowd of NHRA fans at the US Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f5, 1/1000th, Manual
Chad Head smokes the tires during funny car qualifying alongside Tony Pedregon in front of a good crowd of NHRA fans at the US Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Tommy Johnson Jr (near) races alongside teammate Ron Capps during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Tommy Johnson Jr (near) races alongside teammate Ron Capps during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority  NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria does a burnout during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria does a burnout during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver John Force (near) races alongside teammate Robert Hight during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver John Force (near) races alongside teammate Robert Hight during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/25th, Aperture Priority People say it takes a crazy person to drive one of these cars… well NHRA top fuel driver T.J. Zizzo is doing nothing to dispel that rumor as he looks like a crazed man strapped into the cockpit of his top fueler.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/25th, Aperture Priority
People say it takes a crazy person to drive one of these cars… well NHRA top fuel driver T.J. Zizzo is doing nothing to dispel that rumor as he looks like a crazed man strapped into the cockpit of his top fueler.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/500th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Larry Dixon (right) races down track alongside Dom Lagana during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/500th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Larry Dixon (right) races down track alongside Dom Lagana during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/500th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver T.J. Zizzo launches off the starting line in his new look Rust-Oleum sponsored dragster during qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/500th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver T.J. Zizzo launches off the starting line in his new look Rust-Oleum sponsored dragster during qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 6400iso, f3.5, 1/400th, Aperture Priority Todd Smith, crew chief for NHRA top fuel driver Brittany Force holds his ears as she does a burnout past hime during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 6400iso, f3.5, 1/400th, Aperture Priority
Todd Smith, crew chief for NHRA top fuel driver Brittany Force holds his ears as she does a burnout past him during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 10000iso, f4.5, 1/400th, Manual Sparks and flames por out the header pipes as NHRA top fuel driver Antron Brown floors the gas during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 10000iso, f4.5, 1/400th, Manual
Sparks and flames pour out the header pipes as NHRA top fuel driver Antron Brown floors the gas during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 10000iso, f4.5, 1/640th, Manual NHRA Safety Safari crews push a disabled jet car off the starting line as post race pyrotechnics explode in the background to conclude Friday at the Big Go!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 10000iso, f4.5, 1/640th, Manual
NHRA Safety Safari crews push a disabled jet car off the starting line as post race pyrotechnics explode in the background to conclude Friday at the Big Go!

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 320iso, f4.5, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority Stefan Kontos photo bombs a shot of the special helmet he helped design paying tribute the the legends of the US Nationals. Its an amazing looking helmet.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 320iso, f4.5, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority
Stefan Kontos photo bombs a shot of the special helmet he helped design paying tribute the the legends of the US Nationals. Its an amazing looking helmet.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f7.1, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority NHRA pro stock driver Kenny Delco does a burnout in his KD Racing car during the second qualifying session for the US Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f7.1, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA pro stock driver Kenny Delco does a burnout in his KD Racing car during the second qualifying session for the US Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2000iso, f6.3, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority Rookie NHRA pro stock driver Aaron Stanfield sits behind the wheel of his Camaro during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2000iso, f6.3, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority
Rookie NHRA pro stock driver Aaron Stanfield sits behind the wheel of his Camaro during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 200iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Manual Legendary top fuel driver Don Garlits sits in the cockpit of the original Swamp Rat 11 front engine dragster that took him to the famous 1967 US Nationals victory which resulted in him shaving his beard in the winners circle.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 200iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Manual
Legendary top fuel driver Don Garlits sits in the cockpit of the original Swamp Rat 11 front engine dragster that took him to the famous 1967 US Nationals victory which resulted in him shaving his beard in the winners circle.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Richie Crampton explodes an engine in a ball of fire as he defeats Antron Brown during the first round of the Traxxas Shootout at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 640iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Richie Crampton explodes an engine in a ball of fire as he defeats Antron Brown during the first round of the Traxxas Shootout at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5.6, 1/1000th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Leah Pritchett (left) races alongside Cory McClenathan during night time qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5.6, 1/1000th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Leah Pritchett (left) races alongside Cory McClenathan during night time qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f5.6, 1/800th, Aperture Priority NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence deploys his parachutes alongside Doug Kalitta during night time qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 4000iso, f5.6, 1/800th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence deploys his parachutes alongside Doug Kalitta during night time qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 5000iso, f5.6, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority Overall view from the shutdown area of Lucas Oil Raceway as top fuel driver Tony Schumacher (right) slows after defeating Richie Crampton to win 100 thousand dollars in the Traxxas Shootout final.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 5000iso, f5.6, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority
Overall view from the shutdown area of Lucas Oil Raceway as top fuel driver Tony Schumacher (right) slows after defeating Richie Crampton to win 100 thousand dollars in the Traxxas Shootout final.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f5, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher raises his arm as he celebrates after winning the 100 thousand dollar Traxxas Shootout race at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f5, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher raises his arm as he celebrates after winning the 100 thousand dollar Traxxas Shootout race at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual A woman in the grandstands uses her iPhone to film a race during NHRA qualifying at the US Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual
A woman in the grandstands uses her iPhone to film a race during NHRA qualifying at the US Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 6400iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Jack Beckman (near) races alongside Chad Head during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 6400iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Jack Beckman (near) races alongside Chad Head during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 6400iso, f3.5, 1/640th, Manual Blake Gann works on the bike of his son, NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Shawn Gann (not pictured) in the teams trailer following qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 6400iso, f3.5, 1/640th, Manual
Blake Gann works on the bike of his son, NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Shawn Gann (not pictured) in the teams trailer following qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 6400iso, f3.5, 1/640th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Matt Hagan (right) explodes an engine in flames alongside Cruz Pedregon during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 6400iso, f3.5, 1/640th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Matt Hagan (right) explodes an engine in flames alongside Cruz Pedregon during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 6400iso, f2.8, 1/320th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Ron Capps celebrates after winning the final of the rain delayed Lucas Oil Nationals from two weeks ago in Brainerd. The final round was run during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 6400iso, f2.8, 1/320th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Ron Capps celebrates after winning the final of the rain delayed Lucas Oil Nationals from two weeks ago in Brainerd. The final round was run during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f7.1, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobe NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Angie Smith poses for a photo with Kandy Magazine cheerleaders during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f7.1, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobe
NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Angie Smith poses for a photo with Kandy Magazine cheerleaders during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 160iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual Crew members wait with NHRA pro stock driver Shane Tucker in the staging lanes during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 160iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual
Crew members wait with NHRA pro stock driver Shane Tucker in the staging lanes during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f5.6, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobe Erica Enders-Stevens waits by her car in the staging lanes prior to the fourth round of pro stock qualifying for the US Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f5.6, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobe
Erica Enders-Stevens waits by her car in the staging lanes prior to the fourth round of pro stock qualifying for the US Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f5.6, 1/250th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria (left) talks a selfie photo with father John Paul DeJoria (right) and race fan Josh Givens during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f5.6, 1/250th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria (left) talks a selfie photo with father John Paul DeJoria (right) and race fan Josh Givens during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 160iso, f3.2, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobe NHRA  funny car driver Ron Capps sits strapped into the cockpit of his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 160iso, f3.2, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobe
NHRA funny car driver Ron Capps sits strapped into the cockpit of his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f5.6, 1/250th, Manual  NHRA funny car driver Cruz Pedregon waits in line to make a qualifying pass for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f5.6, 1/250th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Cruz Pedregon waits in line to make a qualifying pass for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f2.8, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobe 16 time NHRA funny car champion John Force breathes from an oxygen tank as he sits strapped into the cockpit of his Castrol GTX Mustang.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f2.8, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobe
16 time NHRA funny car champion John Force breathes from an oxygen tank as he sits strapped into the cockpit of his Castrol GTX Mustang.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f4.5, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobe 2012 NHRA funny car champion Jack Beckman in the cockpit of his Vavoline Next Gen sponsored Charger.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f4.5, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobe
2012 NHRA funny car champion Jack Beckman in the cockpit of his Vavoline Next Gen sponsored Charger.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f10, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobe NHRA top fuel driver Richie Crampton strapped into the cockpit of his Geico sponsored dragster qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f10, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobe
NHRA top fuel driver Richie Crampton strapped into the cockpit of his Geico sponsored dragster qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobe NHRA top fuel driver Morgan Lucas sits in the Lucas Oil sponsored dragster in the staging lanes during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobe
NHRA top fuel driver Morgan Lucas sits in the Lucas Oil sponsored dragster in the staging lanes during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobe 2013 NHRA top fuel dragster champion Shawn Langdon prepares to make a run during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobe
2013 NHRA top fuel dragster champion Shawn Langdon prepares to make a run during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobe You can see the intensity in the eyes of NHRA  top fuel driver Tony Schumacher during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobe
You can see the intensity in the eyes of NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher during qualifying for the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA funny car driver John Force hosts the 100 thousand dollar check after winning the Traxxas Shootout at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA funny car driver John Force hoists the 100 thousand dollar check after winning the Traxxas Shootout at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f5, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobe NHRA top fuel driver Khalid Albalooshi is surrounded by crew members as he warms up his Al-Anabi gold dragster in the pits prior to eliminations at the US Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f5, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobe
NHRA top fuel driver Khalid Albalooshi is surrounded by crew members as he warms up his Al-Anabi gold dragster in the pits prior to eliminations at the US Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 50mm, 100iso, f1.6, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA top fuel dragster driver Bob Vandergriff poses for a photo with his son Trey in the staging lanes prior to eliminations at the US Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 50mm, 100iso, f1.6, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Bob Vandergriff poses for a photo with his son Trey in the staging lanes prior to eliminations at the US Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Brittany Force (right) pedals her Castrol Edge dragster alongside 3 time champion Larry Dixon during a wild round one pedalfest at the US Nationals. Dixon would pick up the round win.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Brittany Force (right) pedals her Castrol Edge dragster alongside 3 time champion Larry Dixon during a wild round one pedalfest at the US Nationals. Dixon would pick up the round win.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 800iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA top fuel dragster driver T.J. Zizzo explodes an engine in a huge ball of fire alongside Bob Vandergriff Jr during round one of the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 800iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA top fuel dragster driver T.J. Zizzo explodes an engine in a huge ball of fire alongside Bob Vandergriff Jr during round one of the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 800iso, f5, 1/1000th, Manual NHRA top fuel dragster driver T.J. Zizzo reacts after exploding an engine and losing in the first round one during the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 800iso, f5, 1/1000th, Manual
NHRA top fuel dragster driver T.J. Zizzo reacts after exploding an engine and losing in the first round one during the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/2000th, Manual A dejected Jack Beckman takes off his safety equipment after losing in the first round of the US Nationals. With the loss the 2012 funny car champion would be eliminated from championship contention.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/2000th, Manual
A dejected Jack Beckman takes off his safety equipment after losing in the first round of the US Nationals. With the loss the 2012 funny car champion would be eliminated from championship contention.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Matt Hagan (left) gets ridiculously sideways as he attempts to catch John Force during the second round of funny car eliminations.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f5.6, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Matt Hagan (left) gets ridiculously sideways as he attempts to catch John Force during the second round of funny car eliminations.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Steve Johnson celebrates after clinching the final position in the Countdown to the Championship after Eddie Krawiec defeated Jerry Savoie in the pro stock bike final.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Steve Johnson celebrates after clinching the final position in the Countdown to the Championship after Eddie Krawiec defeated Jerry Savoie in the pro stock bike final.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash Eddie Krawiec celebrates with the Wally after picking up his first career US Nationals victory.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
Eddie Krawiec celebrates with the Wally after picking up his first career US Nationals victory.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash A happy Steve Johnson (right) congratulates and thanks Eddie Krawiec after his final round win locked Johnson into the playoffs.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
A happy Steve Johnson (right) congratulates and thanks Eddie Krawiec after his final round win locked Johnson into the playoffs.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash Pro stock driver Shane Gray celebrates after winning the US Nationals for the first time in his career.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
Pro stock driver Shane Gray celebrates after winning the US Nationals for the first time in his career.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria celebrates in the arms of husband Jesse James after winning the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria celebrates in the arms of husband Jesse James after winning the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/200th, Manual with Flash ESPN reporter Gary Gerould (left) dances with John Paul DeJoria at the top end of Lucas Oil Raceway after daughter Alexis picked up the US Nationals victory.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/200th, Manual with Flash
ESPN reporter Gary Gerould (left) dances with John Paul DeJoria at the top end of Lucas Oil Raceway after daughter Alexis picked up the US Nationals victory.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA  top fuel driver Richie Crampton climbs from his Geico dragster with arms in the air celebrating after winning the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA top fuel driver Richie Crampton climbs from his Geico dragster with arms in the air celebrating after winning the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA  top fuel dragster driver Richie Crampton celebrates with his crew after winning the biggest drag race on Earth.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Richie Crampton celebrates with his crew after winning the biggest drag race on Earth.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 500iso, f5.6, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority Detailed view of the Mello Yello event champion medal around the neck of top fuel rookie Richie Crampton after picking up the victory at the Big Go.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 500iso, f5.6, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority
Detailed view of the Mello Yello event champion medal around the neck of top fuel rookie Richie Crampton after picking up the victory at the Big Go.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash Anne Marie Kraweic (left) and Andrew Hines help Vance & Hines crew members XXX and XXX cool down via the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
Anne Marie Kraweic (left) and Andrew Hines help Vance & Hines crew members Mike Mullaney and Scott Sceurman cool down via the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority NHRA  top fuel driver Richie Crampton (left) has champagne dumped on his head by crew chief Aaron Brooks as they celebrate in the winners circle after winning the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 640iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority
NHRA top fuel driver Richie Crampton (left) has champagne dumped on his head by crew chief Aaron Brooks as they celebrate in the winners circle after winning the US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash Hunter Lucas, son of top fuel driver Morgan Lucas looks might interested in the Wally trophy won by driver Richie Crampton. I bet he will one day follow in his fathers footsteps and climb into a dragster!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
Hunter Lucas, son of top fuel driver Morgan Lucas looks might interested in the Wally trophy won by driver Richie Crampton. I bet he will one day follow in his fathers footsteps and climb into a dragster!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobe NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria (left) shares a quiet moment with her father John Paul DeJoria as they walk on the track hours after winning the US Nationals. It was the first time her father was in attendance for one of her victories.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobe
NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria (left) shares a quiet moment with her father John Paul DeJoria as they walk on the track hours after winning the US Nationals. It was the first time her father was in attendance for one of her victories.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual with Flash Kiera Brooks, daughter of crew chief Aaron Brooks lays on the front wing of the Geico dragster of Richie Crampton in the winners circle at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
Kiera Brooks, daughter of crew chief Aaron Brooks lays on the front wing of the Geico dragster of Richie Crampton in the winners circle at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobe NHRA funny car winner Alexis DeJoria (left) and top fuel winner Richie Crampton pose for a photo after both won their first US Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobe
NHRA funny car winner Alexis DeJoria (left) and top fuel winner Richie Crampton pose for a photo after both won their first US Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f7.1, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobe Richie Crampton hoists the Wally for a portrait on the track following the biggest victory of his young career.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f7.1, 1/250th, Manual with Alien Bee Strobe
Richie Crampton hoists the Wally for a portrait on the track following the biggest victory of his young career.

That wraps up a very memorable US Nationals. I’m already counting down the days until the 2015 Big Go.

BTW, if you counted you might know I lied. Instead of the 60 photos I claimed, there really are 63….  oops!

Next up, believe it or not, I will be covering the WNBA Finals followed by Monday Night Football!


 
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