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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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NASCAR: The Sprint Unlimited

Today was the busiest day so far at the track. I arrived at 8:30am and I left at 11:30pm. It was chucked full of practices and racing. I started with the Daytona 500 practice that lasted for a few hours then I shot the Arca race later in the day then the Sprint Unlimited at night. Easy event made for some awesome photos, so enjoy!

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NASCAR: Sprint Unlimited-Practice

The Sprint Unlimited formally known as the Budweiser Shootout, is an invitation only race take kicks off Speedwek for the Daytona 500. Only 28 cars are in the race compared to 43 in the Daytona 500. I was super excited for Fridays practice as it started at 5pm and the sun has been setting around 6pm, so I knew that would make for some killer pictures.

On with the photos.

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NASCAR: Daytona 500-Media Day

The Daytona 500 Media Day is very similar to the Super Bowl Media Day, where the drivers spend hours doing television and print interviews. As this event isn’t really meant for photographers it’s a great opportunity to knock out headshots of drivers for the upcoming year.

Once I got to work, I was quickly frustrated with crappy backgrounds and light that was hitting the drivers that was causing crazy shadows. Instead of getting more frustrated I just told my self, it’s what I make of it, which is true for everything. So I put my game face and went to work.

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