Sports Photography Slideshow

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.

IMSA's fabulous GTP era slideshow





IMSA GTP era, 1982-1993 - Images by Brian Cleary

This slideshow provides a look back at IMSA’s golden age of GTP Prototype racing, which lasted roughly from 1982 through 1993. To this day many fans consider these cars among the most beautiful and spectacular racing machines ever created.

I remember, as a racing photographer in Florida in the 1980’s and 1990’s, looking forward every year to IMSA’s season opening swing thought the state of Florida which, over the years included stops in Daytona, Sebring, Miami, West Palm Beach, and Tampa.

As a fanatical racing photography I was afforded tons of opportunities to photograph these great racing machines. If you have a favorite from this era, chances are good that you can find it in my archive.

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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.


Dan Marino's Final Game Slidehow





Dan Marino's Final Game - Images by Brian Cleary

As Drew Brees’ phenomenal 2011 NFL season continued last night and he surpassed Dan Marino
s long-standing single season passing yardage mark, my thoughts drifted back to that January day in 2000 when Dan Marino played his final NFL game.

As a lifelong Miami Dolphins fan, I was excited by the chance to once again photograph my hero, Marino, in action as the first round of the playoffs brought the Dolphins into Jacksonville to meet the Jaguars.

Of course, the game began with high hopes as I envisioned the aging star once again making the throws of his youth and rallying the Dolphins up and down the field and into the next round of the playoffs. Little did anyone realize that this would be the final day of Dan Marino’s brilliant career.

From the opening kickoff things went badly, as the Dolphins could do nothing right and the Jags could do no wrong. Marino repeatedly asked his aging arm to make the throws that it used to make, but was no longer able to.

By the second half marino had been pulled from the game and his own eventual replacement in Miami, Jay Fielder was at the helm for the Jaguars. By the end of the sad game, the Jags had opened up a 62-7 lead and the Dolphins were out of the playoffs.

The fallout from this lopsided defeat included both Dan Marino’s and coach Jimmy Johnson’s retirements as well as the deal that brought QB Fiedler to the Dolphins. As we all know, thigs have not been the same in Miami since.

However, Brees’ spectacular 2011 season has at least given Dolphans another chance to reflect of the career of the great Dan Marino!

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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.