The US Indy Nationals were in Indianapolis over Labor Day weekend. It’s the biggest drag racing event in the world where hundreds of people travel from all over to the event. It was a extremely long and hot weekend but I walked away with some killer pictures!
My final top on the NHRA tour was in Norwalk, Ohio. It’s one of my favorite tracks due to it being only 40 minutes away from my house. It also has a great fan experience allowing great access to the pits and nice grandstands. In Norwalk, top fuel dragster driver Khalid Albalooshi and funny car driver Johnny Gray brought home their first Wally of the season!
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The New England Nationals arrived in Epping, NH for the first time in the 40 years the track has been open. The owner of the track had to make vast improvements to the track and the pit areas for NHRA to consider making this a stop on the NHRA Tour.
Overall it was a great track to shoot at and get around. THe only bad part was the traffic going in and out of the track. Five lanes of cars all attempting to go into one gate. Epping should take a look at Bristol Raceway and see how they have got the traffic figured out because I have never been stuck in traffic there.
This past weekend I was in Houston, Texas shooting NHRA Spring Nationals. NHRA is by far becoming my favorite sport to photograph besides football. It pushes all your senses to the max, with the loud cars going 300 MPH, the Nitrous Oxide burning your eyes and nose and the feeling of getting blown away from the starting line as the cars launch down the track.
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!