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2015 Duck Commander 500 from Texas Motor Speedway

You'll never forget this roar

This weekend’s Duck Commander 500 was a FANTASTIC race! Lots of great racing in the field — the battle between Harvick and Junior in the final laps was an absolute blast to watch.

Dad’s season ticket package included pit passes this year, so I got a few decent photos from down on the infield. Here they are. Enjoy!

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Pit Sign

Denny Hamlin - FedEx 11

Brad Keselowski -- Miller Lite 2

Joey Logano - Shell Pennzoil 22

Paul Menard - Quaker State 27

Pit Road

NASCAR Numerology

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Let’s go racing, boys!

Anatomy of a Flip

It’s been a while since I shared any of my racing photography. I’ll be going back to Texas Motorspeedway this weekend for the Duck Commander 500. Dad and I still go to the “Church of the Quad-Oval” pretty religiously, but I’ve been slacking in the photography department (in general, not just racing) lately.

I’ll try to be better about that.

I’ve been browsing through my archives, and thought I’d share a few of the gems I find. I’ll also be posting some previously unpublished stuff to the blog soon.

Falling Lone Star

Where to land?

PINK smoke?

Return of the Muchachos!

This gum tastes rubbery


Stripes, sans stars

I'm seeing triple

Jeff Burton at the "Trackside Live" set


Ken Schrader unfastens his HANS device


Kyle Petty

Rear end gear

Jeff Burton

Ready for Green

We need more fans like these

Flame Broiled

The pack heads in to turn 1

Kodachrome .... makes you think all the world is a sunny day, oh yeah.

Hit It Here Win a Prize!

Catch as Catch Can


Half round of wedge, please

Matt Kenseth Pit Stop


Brendan Gaughan spins across the infield grass at the O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway

Michael McDowell Crash Composite

It's pretty obvious who the fan favorite is...

Truck Night in Texas

Toyotas in Turn 4



The Trophy

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Shine on, you crazy diamond

Shine on, you crazy diamond by sidehike
Shine on, you crazy diamond, a photo by sidehike on Flickr.

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Whatever it is, that girl put a spell on me

Whatever it is, that girl put a spell on me

More pics of Joan here.

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Chemical & Engineering News uses one of my photos

NASCAR photo used for 2 page spread in Chemical & Engineering News

I’ve been meaning to post this for quite a while. One of my NASCAR photos was used in the cover story of the February 2009 issue of Chemical & Engineering News. That photo across the two page spread is mine. You can also read the article (and view the photo) on their website by clicking here.

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Feeling a bit grumpy this morning

Ryan Briscoe

I was not at all happy with the photos I got of the races this weekend. This was probably the best I got, and if you look close, it’s not even remotely as sharp as it should be. And the exposure is off, too.

This was the first race in a while I haven’t rented a monster lens to take to the track. It’s becoming apparent to me that it’s just about impossible to take good photos of night races without renting some serious hardware. Even at 1600 ISO (the max my 20D will do) with the lens wide open, the fastest exposure I could get was 1/125, which is not at all sufficient for capturing a car moving at 220 mph.

I think to get anywhere near what would make me happy at races like this one I need to be able to shoot at 3200 ISO and f/2.8.

Anyone have a big pile of money they want to give me so I can make that happen?

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Brendan Gaughan spins across the infield

More pics are race weekend continues…

Click here to view it big

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Daytona Pics

Three Wide on the Banks

This is a long overdue post.

After the Daytona 500 Dad and I drove back to Texas and I turned right around and headed to Kansas to help take care of my grandmother. I uploaded some of the pics to Flickr, but I never got around to posting them here. Sorry ’bout that!

Here are the pics from the truck race. There aren’t many of them. It was a little too dark to get much with the lens I was using. (Or just about any lens, for that matter.)

And here are the pics from the main event. The weather wasn’t cooperating, but I still got a few decent shots. (Although I would have had more had I not made a bigtime rookie mistake and ignored my settings as the sun set.)

Regardless, the race was a ton of fun. This is one of those things you HAVE to see in person at least once in your life.

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Pictures from Daytona: The Gatorade Duels

The Deuce is Loose
(View this one big HERE.)

My Dad and I were lucky enough to receive tickets to the Daytona 500 for Christmas. (Best. Mom. Ever!)

I’ve posted my pics from Thursday’s Gatorade Duels HERE.

Photos from Friday’s truck race may not make it up quite so quickly, since it’s a night race and we won’t likely make it back until late and we have to turn around and go back ridiculously early for the Nationwide race the next morning.

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I had a long way to go and a short time to get there

I apologize for pretty much dropping off the face of the Earth the last couple of weeks. (Especially after promising to update more now that I had a good backlog of Nostalgia Tuesday photos to post.) My bad. Life’s just been way too busy recently.

Herman pulling his new friend, Ginger

Here’s one thing I’ll tell you about, because I have pictures to help my brain-dead self tell the story. My friend Carol bought this 1973 Challenger a couple weeks ago from a farmer’s field up in Missouri. The car, which she named Ginger, wasn’t exactly in driveable condition (you may have noticed the duct tape “racing stripes” holding the hood down) so I finally gave Herman a good workout towing her back to Texas.

Everywhere we stopped (for gas, to pee, to reapply the duct tape) people would come out of the woodwork to gawk at the Challenger and ask questions. I snapped this picture just before the trucker from that red rig in the background jumped out and told us all about every project car he had in his garage back home.

Twas a fun trip.