Carl Edwards Backflips into Bristol

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Bristol Motor Speedway is known as the fastest half mile on the NASCAR Circuit. It’s one of my favorite tracks, it’s small, loud and holds 160,000 people. Unlike most NASCAR tracks the teams work in a garage area, but at Bristol their cars are line up along pit lane working out in the open. After a few rain delays they finally raced at night, which it my favorite place to night race. Enjoy the photos.

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Patrick Reed wins the WGC Championship at Doral

PGA: WGC - Cadillac Championship-Final Round

The WGC Championship at Doral which is also known as the Blue Monster due to all of the water around the course, is where the top players in the world come to battle it out for the WGC Championship Trophy. It was a long weekend, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I am very thankful for my editors, that allowed me to cover this event. Here are my favorite photos from the weekend.

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How to melt snow when its 12 degrees outside!

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With 32 days until Toledo Mud Hens Opening day, sports turf manager Jake Tyler doesn’t have much time to get the grass perfectly mowed and the dirt soft. So Jake, had to figure out a way to melt all of the snow in the infield so he can get to work. So why not cover the infield with the tarp and blow hot air into the tarp to melt all of the snow.

With the current air temperature being 12 degrees and inside of the tarp being 72 degrees, which caused the snow to melt 4 inches in just 3 hours.  It’s something you just don’t see to often which made for some interesting pictures.

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2014 Daytona 500

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The Daytona 500 is the Super Bowl of NASCAR; after a week in half of practices and qualifying it was finally time for the Great American Race. We left the hotel at 8am to make sure we didn’t get stuck in traffic, but that didn’t happen. A mile and half away from the track we were stuck in bumper to bumper traffic due to the no police directing traffic.

Finally we got to the track and it was time shoot pre-race features.

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Kyle Busch brings home the checkered flag

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The truck race was delayed two hours due to heavy rain in the Daytona Beach area, but after the rain cleared they dropped the green flag at 8:30pm and the race was on! The race was crash free until the last 50 laps, which ended up being the only crash of the evening. Kyle Busch brought home the checkered flag for his first Truck Series win at Daytona.

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Clint Bowyer Goes Airborne!

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The finishing order of  the two 150-mile races Gatorade Duels, held on the Thursday before the Daytona 500, determine the starting lineup for the Daytona 500 held on Sunday. The first race didn’t have any crashes but the second duel made for a thrilling finish as Jimmie Johnson crashed into the wall causing Clint Bowyer to go airborne going into the tri-oval. Everyone was walked away from the crash safely.

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Hole in the Catch Fence

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During the first Sprint Cup practice of the evening, there was a crash involving 5 cars and one of the cars got up in the catch fence and tore a massive hole in the front part of the fence. I made the 2 mile walk from the infield to the outside grandstands to make a few pictures of the track crew working on the damaged fence.

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Detroit Tigers Spring Training

MLB: Detroit Tigers-Workout

With my second off day in a row while I have been in Florida, I headed over to Lakeland to cover the Detroit Tigers first full squad workout. Spring training offers killer access but really boring action. Even though some of the guys have been playing in the in MLB for 10+ years they go back to the basics learned in little league. Fielding ground balls, turning double plays, base running and even run downs.

Before you scroll any further this is going to the be most boring blog to date! It’s just standard stock photos of players.

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Daytona Dog Racing

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With an off day in Daytona, I was looking for something to do today. Another photographer, Patrick Smith and I were talking about how awesome it would be to go and shoot photos of dog races. It’s something you don’t see everyday and it might make for some cool pictures.

Once arriving at the Daytona Dog Kennel and Casino we checked out the track and couldn’t believe how close we were to the dogs, which should make some interesting pictures.

So all in all it made for a pretty interesting day. Enjoy!

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Austin Dillon wins the Daytona 500 Pole

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NASCAR qualifying got an overhaul this year, but the two lap qualifying order was still in place Sunday afternoon for the Daytona 500. Qualifying takes hours due to one car on the track at a time. Austin Dillon has already caused a lot of talk in the sports world for bringing back the #3 car previously driven by Dale Earnhardt Sr. who passed away in a crash in the 2001 Daytona 500.

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About

Andrew Weber is a professional sports photographer based in Toledo, OH. He was a place kicker for The University of Toledo football team for four years. Andrew's primary focus is capturing important events on film. He was a staff photographer for the Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune covering a wide variety of events ranging from high school athletics and late-breaking stories to local county fairs.

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