Make no mistake this is a show on a grand scale, the coordination and production that go into this event is over the top.
Joey Logano’s No. 20 Home Depot Toyota comes off the hauler as the Sprint Cup teams arrive at Phoenix International Raceway.
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One of the crew members of the No. 98 Paul Menard’s Moen / Menards Ford team looks through the garage in the fading afternoon light.
Kevin Harvicks’s No. 29 Shell / Pennzoil Chevrolet sits in the garage area after the teams unload.
Joey Logano’s crew members discuss the setup for the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota.
Carl Edwards No. 99 SUBWAY sponsored car gets ready for an inspection by NASCAR officials.
I blew my focus point on this one, but it turns out the crew member working on the car through the wheel opening happened to be right at the plane of focus and it made a fantastic image for me.
Kurt Busch takes his No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge to the track for the first practice session.
Mark Martin waits in the garage area as the GoDaddy.com team makes adjustments to the No. 5 Chevrolet during a practice session.
I was trying some panning shots on the cars during a mid-day practice session and this one of Mark Martin in the No. 5 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet between the light poles and through the catch-fence came out really nice.
Jimmie Johnson was in the garage during a practice session and looked up at the speed charts and then back down at the engine of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet and wondered if he could qualify well this time in Phoenix.
On the morning of the actual race mostly the teams just polish the car and mill about to make the people who pay thousands of dollars to get into the garage area think they are really working on the cars. Turns out this guy was chasing the threads of the wheel studs on Mark Martin’s No. 5 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet.