The BITD Silver State 300 is one of my favorite offroad races to shoot each year. Just 150 miles outside Las Vegas the race is centered around the old railroad town of Caliente Nevada. Some races you go to you may struggle to find a few good shooting spots but at this race the dilemma is always trying to narrow them down and deciding where to shoot. From water crossings, big silt beds, fast rally roads, forest sceneries and railroad bridges, its hard not to find a good spot to take photos from. But you have to do your homework.
One of my favorite tracks to shoot on the NHRA circuit is in Denver Colorado at the Bandimere Speedway. Its a great location, the fan turnout is high, and you always have some great light, especially on Friday with the night session. This year we got lucky and got some nice cloud cover for the event which helped make some nice photos as well.
This past November I had the privilege of going to Gateway, Colorado for the debut of the new Artic Cat Wildcat Trail for UTVUnderground.com. After checking out the website for the resort we were going to stay at (Gateway Canyons Resort) I knew there would be some great opportunities to get some real scenic photos.
For the first time I made the trip to Pacific Raceway just outside of Seattle Washington for the last race on the NHRA Western Swing. Its always exciting to visit a new NHRA track because you are forced to step out of your comfort zone. When you go somewhere you’ve shot before, its easy to get caught in doing the same thing you’ve always done, but at a new drag racing track every angle is new, each chance you take on a photo is something you haven’t shot before.
The Lucas Oil Offroad Racing Series (LOORRS) came back once again to Glen Helen for their annual night race. Glen Helen is always a fan favorite with full crowds and standing room only. The short tight track makes for some great battles where passing is hard to come by.
Once again I made the trek out to Denver Colorado to shoot the NHRA race at Bandimere Speedway with my friend and fellow photographer Mark Rebilas to cover his various clients. Bandimere is a great track to shoot at as you get a night session for Friday’s qualifying (which equals flames!), and the stands are always packed with fans. Bandimere also has a special place in my heart as it was the first time I caught a Funny Car exploding and the car body flying off into the air.