After covering the Toledo Rockets last two-a-day on Wednesday, I had to hit the road on Thursday to travel to Brainerd, Minnesota to shoot NHRA at Brainerd International Speedway. After flying home from London and being on a plan for 7 1/2 hours and dealing with airport security and all the airport hassle, I had no interest on getting on a plane. So I decided to drive 14 hours to Brainerd. People think I am crazy driving all the miles I do, but I can say it’s very relaxing and I enjoy it! I get caught up on talk radio and talking on the phone with friends and I get to see different parts of the country. I also can stay extra in a city if I want or make side trips on the way home.
I spent Father’s Day in Bristol, TN covering the Thunder Valley Nationals with fellow photographer Mark Rebilias. The Bristol area will always have a special place in my heart. When I was playing football at the University of Toledo, I used to spend the summer months in Abingdon, VA. Abingdon is just down the road from Bristol and it was there that my kicking coach, Doug Blevins, and I worked on my technique. The southern hospitality and food got me hooked!