NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – Feb. 25, 2011 Practice – Lucas Oil 150 from Phoenix International Raceway

These images aren’t particularly difficult to capture or photographed amazing well on my part, just good clean stock shots of trucks on track. The images are useful to illustrate stories on either the drivers or the Camping World Truck Series teams so from that standpoint they have value and interest.

I liked the look of the lighting on former AMA Supercross Champion, Ricky Carmichael’s number 4 Monster Energy Drink truck and having the trucks in the background helped give some perspective to the image.

To see the rest of the images click on the more link below.

Cole Whitt is a bit of a rising star in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and with the backing of Red Bull he should show up in the winner’s circle soon enough.

If anyone wants to get into Victory Lane they are going to have to figure out how to beat this guy, Kyle Busch driving the number 18 Dollar General Toyota.

It seems like at least in Phoenix Clint Bowyer driving the number 2 Tide Chevy Silverado was the only one that really could or would give Kyle a run for his money.

This year they put the Phoenix race second on the schedule right after the Daytona race. On a super-speedway like Daytona drafting, and more importantly two-truck drafting is the only way to win but on a smaller track like Phoenix I wonder if drafting is useful at all. I noticed several drivers trying the two-truck drafting in practice and it seems like Phoenix’s 1.5 mile track doesn’t lend itself well to drafting because it’s much too short, but here Brendan Gaughan helps another driver out by moving the air out-of-the-way for him.

In this shot you can see Todd Bodine and Clint Bowyer as well as another pair of trucks trying to work the two-truck draft at Phoenix.

As the light changed I moved into turns 3 and 4 to get some clean shots like this one of Red Bull driver Cole Whitt.

I was hoping the lighting was going to hit the trucks just right at that time of the morning to light-up the inside of the trucks and show the drivers well, but I just couldn’t get the right angle or the sun was in the wrong place that time of year, either way I was still chasing that shot.

The sun was getting high enough in the sky to become a bit harsh so I had to grab a few frames before the lighting got really bad and look for other things to shoot. On to the next task.

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