NASCAR Slideshow

1992 DieHard 500, Talladega

Ernie Irvan charged to victory in this race, winning in a Chevrolet over Sterling Marlin's Ford in a race that saw 3 cars finish on the lead lap, with Chevy claiming 3 top-ten spots and Ford claiming 4, while 3 Pontiacs also finished in the top ten. Harry Gant drove the sole Oldsmobile to a 17th place finish.In the days before the Talladega "Big One", this race saw 35 of the original 40 starters running at the finish, with engine problems claiming the other 5 cars, including Dale Earnhardt's Chevy, which came in dead last after completing only 52 laps!My gallery at bcpix.com , represented in this slideshow, contains 20 black and white images form the race, including some pack shots, pit stops and a couple of shots of the packed grandstands.
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Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.

1992 DieHard 500 results

DieHard 500

NASCAR Winston Cup race
Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL
July 26, 1992
188 laps on 2.66 mile paved oval; 500.08 miles

Fin St Driver # Owner Car Laps Money Status Laps Led
1 7 Ernie Irvan 4 Larry McClure Chevrolet 188 81,815 running 41
2 1 Sterling Marlin 22 Junior Johnson Ford 188 54,760 running 34
3 3 Bobby Hillin
Davey Allison 28 Robert Yates Ford 188 42,845 running 30
4 2 Ricky Rudd 5 Rick Hendrick Chevrolet 187 32,195 running 54
5 15 Bill Elliott 11 Junior Johnson Ford 187 27,965 running 6
6 6 Kyle Petty 42 Felix Sabates Pontiac 187 20,840 running 0
7 9 Michael Waltrip 30 Chuck Rider Pontiac 187 18,640 running 0
8 12 Chad Little 9 Harry Melling Ford 187 10,990 running 0
9 26 Ken Schrader 25 Rick Hendrick Chevrolet 187 18,960 running 0
10 5 Brett Bodine 26 Kenny Bernstein Ford 187 17,530 running 7
11 28 Rusty Wallace 2 Roger Penske Pontiac 187 17,220 running 3
12 25 Ted Musgrave 55 Ray DeWitt Chevrolet 187 15,640 running 0
13 10 Morgan Shepherd 21 Wood Brothers Ford 187 14,520 running 0
14 22 Wally Dallenbach Jr. 16 Jack Roush Ford 187 8,550 running 0
15 4 Richard Petty 43 Petty Enterprises Pontiac 187 14,325 running 0
16 23 Hut Stricklin 12 Bobby Allison Chevrolet 187 13,740 running 0
17 32 Harry Gant 33 Leo Jackson Oldsmobile 186 18,075 running 0
18 21 Terry Labonte 94 Billy Hagan Ford 186 13,170 running 0
19 29 Greg Sacks 41 Larry Hedrick Chevrolet 186 9,790 running 0
20 16 Mark Martin 6 Jack Roush Ford 186 16,250 running 0
21 8 Dale Jarrett 18 Joe Gibbs Chevrolet 186 12,270 running 13
22 24 Derrike Cope 10 Bob Whitcomb Chevrolet 186 9,090 running 0
23 13 Darrell Waltrip 17 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet 186 16,460 running 0
24 31 Bobby Hamilton 68 Tri-Star Motorsports Chevrolet 185 12,630 running 0
25 18 Alan Kulwicki 7 Alan Kulwicki Ford 185 14,700 running 0
26 17 Rick Mast 1 Richard Jackson Oldsmobile 185 11,275 running 0
27 11 Stanley Smith 49 Stanley Smith Chevrolet 185 6,555 running 0
28 33 Dick Trickle 8 Stavola Brothers Ford 185 8,085 running 0
29 35 Dave Marcis 71 Dave Marcis Chevrolet 184 7,990 running 0
30 19 Charlie Glotzbach 90 Junie Donlavey Ford 184 6,345 running 0
31 20 Jimmy Hensley 66 Cale Yarborough Ford 184 8,575 running 0
32 27 Jimmy Means 52 Jimmy Means Pontiac 181 7,730 running 0
33 39 Randy Porter 37 Randy Porter Pontiac 180 6,135 running 0
34 34 Bobby Gerhart Jr. 85 Bobby Gerhart Chevrolet 179 6,090 running 0
35 40 T.W. Taylor 56 Willie Tierney Pontiac 138 6,045 piston 0
36 36 Stan Fox 13 Clint Folsom Chevrolet 102 6,010 engine 0
37 38 Delma Cowart 0 H.L. Waters Ford 100 5,985 running 0
38 14 Geoff Bodine 15 Bud Moore Ford 76 10,450 engine 0
39 37 Andy Belmont 59 Pat Rissi Ford 53 6,155 engine 0
40 30 Dale Earnhardt 3 Richard Childress Chevrolet 52 18,140 engine 0


1984 Southern 500, Darlington Rceway




1984 Darlington Southern 500, September - Images by Brian Cleary

Harry Gant outlasted Tim Richmond, Buddy Baker and Rusty Wallace and stormed to victory in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in September of 1984.

"Handsome Harry" led 277 of the 367 laps to win in dominating fashion in a race which had 8 caution flags for 51 laps.



In winning the race, Gant averaged 128.270 mph and collected $46,180.

My photo gallery from the event included several winner's circle photos from the days when drivers still arrived in victory lane with their faces coated in oily grime and still received a kiss from the waiting beauty queen.

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Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.





1984 Southern 500 race results

Finish Start # Driver Make Sponsor Points Laps Led Status Money
1 1 33 Harry Gant Chevrolet Skoal Bandit 185 367 277 Running 46,180
2 5 27 Tim Richmond Pontiac Old Milwaukee 175 367 1 Running 29,420
3 19 21 Buddy Baker Ford Valvoline 165 367 0 Running 12,200
4 18 88 Rusty Wallace Pontiac Gatorade 160 365 0 Running 14,405
5 11 15 Ricky Rudd Ford Wrangler Jeans 155 364 0 Running 17,050
6 23 90 Dick Brooks Ford Chameleon Sunglasses 155 364 1 Running 10,350
7 25 66 Phil Parsons Chevrolet Skoal Bandit 146 362 0 Running 5,550
8 6 44 Terry Labonte Chevrolet Piedmont Airlines 147 359 27 Running 8,800
9 8 55 Benny Parsons Chevrolet Copenhagen 138 359 0 Running 4,750
10 7 22 Bobby Allison Buick Miller High Life 139 358 1 Running 16,200
11 29 48 Trevor Boys Chevrolet Hylton-McCaig 130 351 0 Running 7,780
12 13 5 Geoffrey Bodine Chevrolet Northwestern Security Life 127 336 0 Running 10,660
13 10 98 Joe Ruttman Chevrolet Levi Garrett 129 334 8 Ignition 7,295
14 2 1 Lake Speed Chevrolet Bull Frog Knits 126 331 28 Crash 4,395
15 12 9 Bill Elliott Ford Coors 123 328 22 Crash 11,200
16 17 84 Jody Ridley Chevrolet Cumberland Carpet Mills 120 328 2 Running 3,640
17 15 28 Cale Yarborough Chevrolet Hardee's 112 325 0 Engine 3,350
18 40 52 Jimmy Means Pontiac Broadway Motors 109 316 0 Running 7,320
19 27 4 Tommy Ellis Chevrolet Morgan-McClure 106 312 0 Running 3,010
20 37 6 Clark Dwyer Chevrolet U.S. Racing 103 309 0 Running 6,205
21 14 75 Dave Marcis Pontiac RahMoc Enterprises 100 307 0 Running 10,615
22 39 64 Tommy Gale Ford Sunny King Ford & Honda 97 270 0 Running 5,355
23 24 8 Bobby Hillin, Jr. Chevrolet Trap Rock Industries 94 253 0 Running 2,495
24 33 70 J.D. McDuffie Pontiac McDuffie Racing 91 228 0 Engine 4,960
25 38 36 H.B. Bailey Pontiac Almeda Auto Parts 88 223 0 Crash 2,875
26 35 77 Ken Ragan Chevrolet McCord Gaskets 85 198 0 Ignition 2,170
27 30 87 Randy Baker Buick Domino's Pizza 82 159 0 Overheating 2,065
28 41 67 Buddy Arrington Chrysler Arrington Racing 79 150 0 Engine 4,925
29 16 43 Richard Petty Pontiac STP 76 129 0 Engine 4,935
30 4 12 Neil Bonnett Chevrolet Budweiser 73 124 0 Engine 2,560
31 31 23 Connie Saylor Chevrolet Bahre Racing 70 109 0 Engine 1,845
32 36 7 Kyle Petty Ford 7-Eleven 67 91 0 Crash 9,990
33 22 47 Ron Bouchard Buick Race Hill Farm 64 79 0 Engine 3,795
34 32 71 Mike Alexander Oldsmobile Action Vans 61 76 0 Vibration 3,440
35 28 17 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Hesco Exhaust Systems 58 75 0 Engine 3,025
36 34 18 Slick Johnson Chevrolet Satterfield Racing 55 70 0 Engine 1,495
37 21 51 Greg Sacks Chevrolet Sacks & Sons 52 61 0 Engine 1,415
38 20 3 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Wrangler Jeans 49 57 0 Engine 7,860
39 26 95 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Sadler Racing 46 57 0 Crash 2,305
40 3 11 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet Budweiser 43 28 0 Engine 9,950
41 9 16 David Pearson Chevrolet Chattanooga Chew 40 28 0 Valve 1,250

NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip Slideshow





Darrell Waltrip, NASCAR Hall of Famer - Images by Brian Cleary

Congratulations Darrell Waltrip, who enters the NASCAR Hall of Fame today!

As a photographer covering NASCAR from the 1980’s up to the present day, I always looked at DW w\as the prototypical “go-to” guy. Need a good photo to liven up a slow day at the track?: Look for Waltrip. Whether he was playing with his baby daughter in the garage area, enjoying a lollipop on pit road or doing the “Ickey Shuffle” in victory lane, Waltrip could always be counted on to lay the groundwork for a great photo.

A quick search of my NASCAR photo archive gave me plenty of good DW material for this slideshow.



Way to go “Jaws”!

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Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.

NASCAR Testing, Preseason Thunder 2012 slideshow





2012 Preseason Thunder NASCAR Testing, Daytona - Images by Brian Cleary

It’s that time of year again: the short offseason for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has come to an end as the cars hit the pavement in Daytona for the annual Preseason Thunder test days.

As always, there are tons of story lines that have developed over the winter to add spice to the upcoming season.

Tony Stewart is showing his new driver, Danica Patrick the ins and outs of bump drafting. AJ ALlmendinger has jumped from the 43 car at Richard Petty Motorsports to take over the #22 Penske Racing Dodge which was vacated by Kurt Busch. Aric Almirola has leaped at the chance to drive the famous 43 car.

NASCAR has renewed their efforts to stamp out the dreaded tandem “Love Bug” two-car drafting, to no avail apparently, as teammates are hooking up and bump drafting around the famous speedway for laps on end.

For the first time the cars are fuel injected. The aforementioned Kurt Busch has taken a seat in James Finch’s #51 as he serves a penance following his season ending blow-up in Homestead which resulted in the loss of his coveted Penske ride.

These are just a few of the stories attracting attention in Daytona this week and this slideshow provides a glimpse of some of the accompanying scenes.

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Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.

Talladega '89: Big Day in Allison Country Slideshow





1989 Talladega May - Images by Brian Cleary

May 7, 1989 was a big day for fans of NASCAR’s Alabama Gang! Any Talladega race day is a big day in the stat of Alabama, but on this particular day, Davey Allison, one of the state’s favorite sons, drove his Havoline Ford Thunderbird to victory in the Winston 500.

Allison led a trio of Ford T-Birds to the line, beating veterans Terry Labonte and Mark Martin for the win. The highest finishing non-Ford was Morgan Shepherd’s Pontiac.

As a longtime NASCAR photographer, this was a big day, as I got the opportunity to shoot the cars from the outside of turn four, where the pack would flash past lap after lap at speeds of over 200 miles an hour! This was one of the last times photographers were allowed to shoot in from this vantage point.

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Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.


Petty & Earnhardt: Daytona Headliners 1990





1990 Pepsi 400, Daytona - Images by Brian Cleary

The drama started fast and ended early on this day in Daytona in July of 1990. Up & comer Greg Sacks had won the pole and Richard ‘The King” Petty had qualified well. At the drop of the green flag everyone began racing as if it was the last lap.

Sacks, Petty, and Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope had made it through wide at the stripe on the second la[ when evryone ran out of racing room. The ensuing crash turned the front straightaway into a giant race-car junk yard.

When the race restarted, most of the top cars were mangled in the garage and parked for the day. This left Dale “The Intmidator” Earnhardt to duel with Bobby Hillin Jr. for the win. Hillin took himself out of the equation with a pit road spin and Earnhardt raced to an easy Daytona win under the hot Florida sun.

Photographers in the winner’s circle that day were treated to a picture of a “victory kiss” from little Taylor Nichole Earnhardt to her famous dad as well as a young Dale Earnhardt Jr. decked out in GM Goodwrench gear.

It’s all here in this slideshow from my shoot on that memorable day in Daytona back in July of 1990.

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Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.


Legends of NASCAR Slideshow




Legends of NASCAR - Images by Brian Cleary


As a race fan who grew up in the Daytona Beach, Florida, I kind of had the best of all worlds. My father introduced me to auto racing at an early age and not too long after that he bought me my first camera. When I returned to Daytona in the early 1980’s to pursue my degree in photography at Daytona Beach Community College ( now Daytona State College 8SEJ3FCUXG78 ), it was natural that before long I’d be pointing my cameras at race cars and race car drivers.


One thing led to another and before I knew it I was a credentialed stringer for the Associated Press at one of the biggest auto races in the world, the Daytona 500. At first I was too intimidated and awestruck to snap pictures of the heroes of my youth, Petty, Pearson, Allison, etc, but I eventually got over it .

Looking back it is amazing that I had the opportunity to photograph NASCAR throughout the 1980’s and although I’ve made a career in photography, largely photographing motorsports, I still look at my my collection of 1980’s NASCAR photography as among my favorites.

This slideshow represents many of my favorite photos of NASCAR’s legends as they appeared in the sport’s past. All are available as editorial stock photography and many are available as personal use prints through my site at bcpix.com.

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Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.

2011 NASCAR Preseason Daytona Testing





2011 NASCAR Media Day, Daytona - Images by Brian Cleary

Each year when the stars of NASCAR arrive in Daytona Beach, Florida for February's season opening Daytona 500, the first order of business is the annual media day.

This is a great opportunity to stock up on nicely lit portraits of the top drivers on the NASCAR tour.

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Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.

Images of Earnhardt




Images of Earnhardt's career by Brian Cleary - Images by Brian Cleary

As a photographer covering the NASCAR WInston Cup circuit in the 1980's and 1990's, all the way up until today, in fact, I had the chance to cover much if the career of the late Dale Earnhardt.

Not only was he a great photographic subject, he was also fun to watch in action.

As is often the case, my only regret is that I didn't shoot more pictures when I had the chance!

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Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.



Legends of NASCAR





Legends of NASCAR - Images by Brian Cleary

NASCAR has changed a lot since the days of Petty, Pearson, Yarborough, Parsons and Allison.

This slideshow takes you back to the days when real Fords, Chevys, Pontiacs, Oldsmobiles, etc, races wheel to wheel around the famous tracks of NASCAR's earlier years.

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Slideshows.bcpix.com is the Slideshow blog of Florida-based freelance photographer Brian Cleary and features selected collections of images from his online photo archive which contains more than 30 years of photography, both editorial stock and royalty-free stock photography and is housed at www.bcpix.com.