Nikon D3s, 400mm with 1.4 convertor (550mm), 400iso, f6.3, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority After completion of the first qualifying session the rains came.Below is the view of the wet track from the starting line.Upon arriving at the Bristol Dragway the first thing I did was head up to the media room to check out the view of the track that looked completely different from the last time I was here.

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Below, reining top fuel champion Larry Dixon does a burnout in his Al-Anabi dragster.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/320th, Aperture Priority To see more cool shots of Larry Dixon as well as all the other Toyota Racing drivers from the weekend please click the below banner to check out my Toyota photo blog.

The last time I shot a drag race at Bristol was in 1991 when I was an 11 year old punk kid with an old Nikon FM2 film camera.

My father Gil would put me on top of a motorhome near the finish line and only instruct me to push the button if I saw a crash or a fire.

Basically he is second in charge to the ships captain.

Well back then I was a supervisor so when other photographers were doing the shoots I would keep an eye on things to make sure they were going well.Nikon D3s, 24-70mm, 100iso, f2.8, 1/400th, Aperture Priority Below, top fuel dragster driver Austin Lambright does a burnout in his first qualifying attempt of his first career NHRA race.Nikon D3s, 24-70mm, 1000iso, f5.6, 1/2500th, Manual Back in the staging lanes I shot the below frame of pro mod driver Leah Pruett-Le Duc as she sat in her car preparing for her first pass. Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/400th, Aperture Priority Whenever I shoot drag racing (or any motorsport for that matter) I like exploring the track and trying to find unique angles to shoot from instead of the standard starting line angle.I was devastated and am pretty sure I cried when I found out.Well fast forward 20 years and check out my return to Thunder Valley!We would have to do portraits of our high ranking officers for various uses.