The Daytona 500

This was my first visit to Daytona International Speedway, and shooting the Daytona 500 was a dream come true. So much of NASCAR revolves around the mystique of this racetrack. It marks the beginning of the season as well as the midpoint around the fourth of July. Victory at Daytona (and especially the 500) is a badge drivers wear with pride and distinction. It is a goal that represents courage, wisdom, fortitude, cunning, and teamwork. Hoisting that elusive trophy above one’s head is a dream every racer has fantasized about. Congratulations to Joey Logano who won the race this year and to Ryan Reed who claimed his first victory in the Xfinity series at the same track during the Alert Today Florida 300 the day before.

These are a few of my favorite pictures from the event. I work for Action Sports Photography who hold the copyright on all of these images. Please visit their website for more information and to view more images from Daytona.

Reflections of the grandstands in the Daytona 500 Club windows

Looking up in the windows of the Daytona 500 club at the clouds

View of the front straight from the pit road wall

The 42 Xfinity car of Kyle Larson waits in the garage for action

Ryan Reed driver of the #16 Xfinity Ford ADA Drive to Stop Diabetes presented by Lilly Diabetes prepares to test his race car

Close up of the rear spoiler from the #6 Darrell Wallace Jr. 

Darrell Wallace Jr. (6) stands atop the pit road wall waiting for qualifying to begin for the Alert Today Florida 300

Kyle Busch (54) leads the pack along the front stretch during the Alert Today Florida 300

Kyle Busch (54) leads Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) along the front stretch during the Alert Today Florida 300 

The helmet of Ryan Reed (16), winner of the Alert Today Florida 300 sits  atop his racecar in the garage

A fisheye view of the stands before the commencement of the Daytona 500 2015

Stock cars race down the front straight of the Daytona International Speedway in a blur during the Daytona 500

Joey Logano Driver of the (22) Penske Ford celebrates his victory after the Daytona 500

The sun goes down over Gatorade Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway