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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Sprint Cup Practice and Crashes!

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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Sprint Unlimited Practice Friday

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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Daytona 500 Media Day

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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Daytona International Speedway Features

NASCAR: Daytona 500-Features

Greetings from Daytona Beach, Florida home of the Daytona 500 and also my home for the next 18 days. The Daytona 500 is the Super Bowl of NASCAR, two weeks of events and racing leading up to the biggest NASCAR race of the year. It’s especially important each year because drivers change teams and also get new sponsors so it takes a little bit of time to get accommodated to.

Since today was an off day, I headed to the track to pick up credentials, mark spots in the media room knock out some features.

Tomorrow is Daytona 500 Media Day which is just as big as the Super Bowl Media Day.

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Actual Coffee

Actual Coffee

Back in February of 2012, I was introduced to Lance Roper, owner of Actual Coffee. Since meeting Lance I have had a unique opportunity to learn way more then I should ever know about coffee and been able to experience the process of roasting a coffee bean.

When I first met Lance, he was running a Kickstarter Campaign to raise $15,000 to purchase a new coffee roaster to be able to roast more beans with a quicker roasting time. Lance was 100% successful at raising the funds getting $16,000 to purchase the new roaster.

So over the last year or so Lance has taught me that Starbucks is the worst coffee ever, and I will have to agree with him. It tastes very burnt! Also when you hold coffee beans in your hand they should never leave an oily residue and the most important part of roasting the perfect cup of coffee it should take 2 minutes at 45 seconds for a 12oz cup. There has been alot of other things I have learned along the way but you will have to reach out to Lance (lance@actualcoffee.com) for further information.

So I shot some product photos to be used for some new marketing and social media in 2014 to help consumers become more aware of coffee consumption.

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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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andrew@andrewjweber.com
513-519-8903