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Kevin Harvick wins the 2014 NASCAR Championship

NASCAR: Ford Ecoboost 400

While Toledo and the rest of the midwest is getting blasted with snow I was in sunny Florida shooting the 2014 NASCAR Championships at Homestead-Miami Speedway. With the new chase format, which is similar to a NCAA Basketball bracket which NASCAR implemented this year made the drama that more interesting.

Friday night was the Camping World Truck Championship where Matt Crafton took home the trophy for the second straight year.

Saturday night was the Nationwide Championship which was clinched by Chase Elliott in Phoenix last weekend. In my personal opinion, I don’t see the point of racing for the championship when a driver has already clinched, but what do I know?

Sunday afternoon was the Sprint Cup Championship where, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano would a battle it out to see who would raise the trophy at the end of the night.

The weekend was filled with laughs, beautiful sunsets and hanging out with old friends. Enjoy the photos from the weekend.

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Jeff Gordon wins at Michigan

NASCAR: Pure Michigan 400

After getting home at 3am from the Jets vs Bengals game I arrived at Michigan International Speedway at 10am to get ready to shoot the Pure Michigan 400. Michigan is quickly becoming one of my least favorite ¬†tracks, the garages are awful, the racing is single file for most of the race and it’s in the middle of nowhere in Michigan.

In the above photo Jeff Gordon was giving a stuffed cheetah because he recorded the fastest time at Michigan International Speedway beating Kevin Harvick’s record in June.

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Jimmie Johnson first career win at Michigan

NASCAR: Quicken Loans 400-Practice

The NASCAR circuit made it’s first stop in the Irish Hills of Michigan, where for the past few years Ford cars have been dominating, but the last five races Hendrick Motorsports has been on fire. It was also a very busy weekend for me. I was doing double duty, covering NASCAR 65 miles away from my house and the Toledo Mud Hens. Covering 8+ hours of nascar then covering 4+ hours of baseball is extremely exhausting, but it made for a great work weekend which I am very thankful for.

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You’re Not In Kansas Anymore

NASCAR: 5-Hour Energy 400

I am slowly working towards getting the opportunity to visit ever NASCAR track and Kansas Speedway has been on the list for a long time. Everyone had negative things to say about the track but I was very impressed. There was no traffic entering or exiting the track, the garages were nicely lit and Kansas makes for some awesome sunsets!

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Kurt Busch Wins in Martinsville

NASCAR: STP Gas Booster 500

The smallest track on the NASCAR circuit, is Martinsville Speedway. It’s narrow and shaped like a paperclip. It was easily one of my new favorite tracks on the circuit. Enjoy.

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Carl Edwards Backflips into Bristol

NASCAR: Food City 500

 

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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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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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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