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Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA funny car driver John Force embraces daughter Courtney Force after she defeated him in the final round of the Sonoma Nationals.

Race two of the three in a row NHRA Western Swing brought us to the wine country of the Napa Valley, home to Sonoma Raceway and the Sonoma Nationals. Temperatures topping out near 100 degrees would provide the drivers and crew chiefs a tricky track to work with. Continue on to check out the shots!

Lets jump right into some of my favorite photos from the weekend.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 250iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Manual Phoenix based pro stock driver Matt Hartford does a burnout past his crew members during the first round of qualifying at Sonoma.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 250iso, f6.3, 1/1600th, Manual
Phoenix based pro stock driver Matt Hartford does a burnout past his crew members during the first round of qualifying at Sonoma.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f8, 1/1600th, Manual NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson (left) does a burnout alongside teammate Jeg Coughlin Jr during qualifying for the Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 400iso, f8, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson (left) does a burnout alongside teammate Jeg Coughlin Jr during qualifying for the Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Jeff Diehl (left) approaches the 1000ft finish line alongside John Hale during qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/1250th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Jeff Diehl (left) approaches the 1000ft finish line alongside John Hale during qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/1250th, Manual The setting sun shines right into the cockpit on the Mustang of NHRA funny car driver Robert Hight during the second round of qualifying Sonoma Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 500iso, f7.1, 1/1250th, Manual
The setting sun shines right into the cockpit on the Mustang of NHRA funny car driver Robert Hight during the second round of qualifying Sonoma Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force (right) would take the top qualifying position alongside father John Force with a 4.045 at 319.22 mph to Johns 4.070 at 313.73 mph.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force (right) would take the top qualifying position alongside father John Force with a 4.045 at 319.22 mph to Johns 4.070 at 313.73 mph.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 8000iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Billy Torrence crosses the finish line in his Capco Contractors dragster.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 8000iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Billy Torrence crosses the finish line in his Capco Contractors dragster.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 6400iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual Brittany Force (right) would take the number one qualifying position alongside Richie Crampton at Sonoma with a quick 3.762 at 325.53 mph. This marks the second time this season that Brittany has qualified #1 in top fuel while sister Courtney was top qualifier in funny car.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 6400iso, f4, 1/640th, Manual
Brittany Force (right) would take the number one qualifying position alongside Richie Crampton at Sonoma with a quick 3.762 at 325.53 mph. This marks the second time this season that Brittany has qualified #1 in top fuel while sister Courtney was top qualifier in funny car.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 6400iso, f5.6, 1/500th, Aperture Priority Smoke fills the starting line at Sonoma Raceway as a pair of jet dragsters close out the long day of racing.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 6400iso, f5.6, 1/500th, Aperture Priority
Smoke fills the starting line at Sonoma Raceway as a pair of jet dragsters close out the long day of racing.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 3200iso, f5.6, 1/250th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria autographs a gas mask for a fan during qualifying for the Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 3200iso, f5.6, 1/250th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria autographs a gas mask for a fan during qualifying for the Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual California based racer Mike Salinas would make his first appearance of the 2014 season in his beautifully painted dragster. This car is a fan favorite everywhere it shows up!

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual
California based racer Mike Salinas would make his first appearance of the 2014 season in his beautifully painted dragster. This car is a fan favorite everywhere it shows up!

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual Australian funny car driver Peter Russo gets sideways as he smokes the tires in his Monte Carlo during the third round of qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual
Australian funny car driver Peter Russo gets sideways as he smokes the tires in his Monte Carlo during the third round of qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual Smoke rolls from beneath the car of NHRA funny car driver Gary Densham as he comes to a stop prior to backing up following his burnout during qualifying at Sonoma Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual
Smoke rolls from beneath the car of NHRA funny car driver Gary Densham as he comes to a stop prior to backing up following his burnout during qualifying at Sonoma Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Tommy Johnson Jr (left) gets close to teammate Ron Capps as they deploy their parachutes in the shutdown area.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/1600th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Tommy Johnson Jr (left) gets close to teammate Ron Capps as they deploy their parachutes in the shutdown area.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/1000th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria (near) races alongside Cruz Pedregon in the second round of the Sonoma Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/1000th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria (near) races alongside Cruz Pedregon in the second round of the Sonoma Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f7.1, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher exits his tow vehicle prior to climbing into his US Army dragster for the semi finals of the Sonoma Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f7.1, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA top fuel driver Tony Schumacher exits his tow vehicle prior to climbing into his US Army dragster for the semi finals of the Sonoma Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f7.1, 1/500th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Richie Crampton races down track in the semi finals during the Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 200iso, f7.1, 1/500th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Richie Crampton races down track in the semi finals during the Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority Here is an example of how a photo looks when another car comes through my shot. Instant heat waves!

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority
Here is an example of how a photo looks when another car comes through my shot. Instant heat waves!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Eddie Krawiec celebrates after winning the Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway. The win is the 24th of Krawiecs career.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA pro stock motorcycle rider Eddie Krawiec celebrates after winning the Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway. The win is the 24th of Krawiecs career.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA pro stock driver Jason Line celebrates after winning the Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway. The win was the 33rd victory for Line.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA pro stock driver Jason Line celebrates after winning the Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway. The win was the 33rd victory for Line.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA funny car driver John Force embraces daughter Courtney Force after she defeated him in the final round of the Sonoma Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA funny car driver John Force embraces daughter Courtney Force after she defeated him in the final round of the Sonoma Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash Courtney Force would get emotion and begin to cry as she spoke about former JFR driver Eric Medlen who was killed in a testing accident in 2007. Medlen won in funny car at Sonoma in 2006.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
Courtney Force would get emotion and begin to cry as she spoke about former JFR driver Eric Medlen who was killed in a testing accident in 2007. Medlen won in funny car at Sonoma in 2006.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force celebrates with the Wally after winning the Sonoma Nationals. With the victory Courtney passed sister Ashley Force Hood as the all time female funny car race winner with 5 event wins in her young career.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f8, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force celebrates with the Wally after winning the Sonoma Nationals. With the victory Courtney passed sister Ashley Force Hood as the all time female funny car race winner with 5 event wins in her young career.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA top fuel dragster Shawn Langdon (left) gives teammate and race winner Khalid Albalooshi a little hell for his late light in the final round. Khalid would have the last laugh as he would win the race.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA top fuel dragster Shawn Langdon (left) gives teammate and race winner Khalid Albalooshi a little hell for his late light in the final round. Khalid would have the last laugh as he would win the race.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash NHRA top fuel dragster driver Khalid Albalooshi celebrates after winning the Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway. The victory is the fourth of his NHRA top fuel career.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual with Flash
NHRA top fuel dragster driver Khalid Albalooshi celebrates after winning the Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway. The victory is the fourth of his NHRA top fuel career.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual A vulture circles the Al-Anabi silver dragster of Shawn Langdon following the final round at Sonoma.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 100iso, f9, 1/250th, Manual
A vulture circles the Al-Anabi silver dragster of Shawn Langdon following the final round at Sonoma.

That brings Sonoma to an end. Next up is the third and final race of the Western Swing in Seattle, Washington.

See ya there!


 
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