I'm spending some time reflecting on the past year and remembering some significant moments and sharing them here. Earlier this year I was given the opportunity to begin work with a great group of photographers at Nigel Kinrade Photography to cover some NASCAR events they needed help with. The first event I helped with took place at Texas Motor Speedway back in April of this year. As with any new job I was a bit nervous about fitting in and what was expected of me, but I quickly came to grips with everything and was made to feel right at home. I remember I was thinking it would be nice to get into a little warmer weather this early in Spring but I was mistaken. It was one of the coldest Aprils in Texas on record and one day it barely reached 40 degrees. These are a few of my favorite images from that weekend. (Press F11)
It was really a Super weekend for Jimmie Johnson. Sporting not only his usual Lowe's livery for the Auto Club 400 in Fontana California, but also promoting Warner Brothers' "Batman v Superman" movie, Jimmie Johnson played the Superman role straight to the end, claiming victory under beautiful California skys. Scroll down to check out my favorite pictures from the weekend. All pictures are copyrighted by Action Sports Inc. ©2016
With only 34 days left until the running of the #Daytona500 I thought I would share one of my favorite #NASCAR pictures from last year that doesn't have a car in it, and isn't even at a racetrack. For the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway there is a hauler parade that takes place as the teams roll into town. All the transports gather at one end of "The Strip", while the police shut down traffic, and slowly, with all the glitz and flash of Las Vegas the eighteen wheelers roll through Sin City. The City of Lights celebrates a NASCAR weekend in its own special way. @Actionsports #ActionSports #MotorsportPhotography #SportsPhotography #LasVegas #Vegas #racing
Fifteen seconds is a long time, or maybe I should say, a lot can happen in 15 seconds. A NASCAR pitstop looks chaotic and frantic on television and even when viewed from the stands it is full of energy and excitement. Up close it is like watching a masterpiece being performed. Every nuance of movement, every joule of energy, every calculation is precise and crucial to a perfect pitstop. Six people are allowed over the wall to service the racecar. That’s six people to jack up the car, change four tires, clean the front grill, dump two gas cans worth of fuel, tear off a windshield cover, make adjustments to the racecar, and fix any problems that may exist. All this would be amazing if the car just pulled up into position and the crew could get to work but think about the valuable time wasted by having to travel around the car for the jackman and tire changers. Everyone has more than one job that they are responsible for, each relying on the perfection and timing of the previous event. Confidence in your team mates is of paramount importance. How a tire is held in place, how it is returned to pit wall, how many pushes of a jack it takes to elevate the race car, how many turns of a wrench to adjust the track bar, all of these things steal precious time. To exemplify how important speed is think about this. If two racecars are competing on the track and one car is one second behind the other but is gaining 1/10 of a second every lap it should take ten laps for them to be racing side by side. What if each lap is 2.5 miles? That’s 25 miles to make up one second. And what if each lap takes 1 minute to complete. That’s 10 minutes of slowly closing the gap. So a one second advantage in pit stop length could mean 10 minutes and 25 miles on the track. A quick pitstop is a huge advantage to the team who can be the fastest, and watching a professional team at work is like listening to the notes of a melody that is an intricate part of a symphony. Photo taken by me while working with Action Sports Photography.
Thi was my first time visiting Michigan International Speedway so I didn't know what to expect. I find some of the big NASCAR tracks a little intimidating because of the scale of covering an event. A two mile racetrack can take a long time to walk around. The weather played a huge factor in the main event on Sunday bringing the Quicken Loans 400 to an end prematurely. Kurt Busch (driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet) was the beneficiary of the early conclusion and this marked his second win of the season. His brother Kyle Busch (driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota) won the Xfinity series race, the Great Clips 250, on Saturday. This was his first race in the Xfinity series since his crash back in February at Daytona International Speedway .
To see my favorite images from the weekend click here: NASCAR Michigan