This is my contribution to Scott’s Assignment 15: Competition. It is one of the hardest assignments for me, and one that I enjoyed the most so far. I thought it would be interesting to photograph car racing, a sport that I knew nothing of. We visited the Hickory Motor Speedway on Sunday, the race usually held on a Saturday night and since this is the 35th Annual Bobby Isaac Memorial, it was held on a Sunday afternoon.
I quickly learned what each flag stands for.
The Speedway looks very busy taken as is. My intention was to do panning, a technique that a camera is panned to follow a moving race car, the background is blurred while the car remains sharp.
Green-flag racing means go.
The first race was the Limited Late Model, race info source.
Lead by #75 Landon Huffman and right behind him was #11 Matt Piercy.
During lap 42, (69) Trevor Hignutt made contact with the outside wall. I noticed some would get excited watching this.
Back under green flag conditions (75) Huffman and (11) Piercy continued to battle for the lead. The two ran side-by-side until the end making contact sending both cars across the finish line sideways.
(75) Huffman crossed only inches ahead of (11) Piercy grabbing the win.
The second race was more intense. It’s the Bojangles Late Models 150-lap. (43) Jesse LeFevers lead the first 149 laps.
With 10 laps remaining in the feature, (12) McDaniel gained ground in the corners, but (43) LeFevers continued to inch ahead on the straightaways.
The two were side-by-side on the final lap heading out of turn four when (12) McDaniel crossed the finish line only inches ahead of (43) LeFevers grabbing the win.
(12) Austin McDaniel won the 150-lap Late Model Feature and crowned Rookie of the Year.
(12) Austin McDaniel
(43) LeFevers’ second-place finish kept him first in the Track Champion point race making him the 2011 Hickory Motor Speedway Track Champion.
It is a very noisy sport, some came prepared.
Lee was there for the food, it was 1/2 price towards the end of the race.
Bo enjoyed watching the race, second time for him and first for Lee and I.
Last race for the evening was the Sportsman Racing Classics.
The Sportsmen Racing Classic division capped off the 35th Annual Bobby Isaac Memorial with the No. 99 of Todd Bradberry leading the field to the green for the 25-lap race.
(99) Todd Bradberry
This is the most photos I took for an assignment, thank you Scott for this opportunity.