Sports Photography Slidshow

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.


Twice around the Clock, again, in Daytona Slideshow





2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona - Images by Brian Cleary

Since attending my first 24 Hours of Daytona sportscar race with my dad back in 1966, I’ve missed very few of the twice-around-the-clock endurance classics. In fact, the 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona will kick-off my 12th season as the Grand-Am Rolex Series’ official photographer.

For all of those 45 years, I’ve carried a camera to every single event I’ve attended, as my father had presented me with very first camera shortly before that 1966 24 Hours of Daytona.

In that span I’ve had the opportunity to take a lot of pictures of sports cars racing around Daytona International Speedway. The 2012 race, to be run over the January 28-29 will introduce the new Third Generation Daytona Prototype as well as several new GT class cars, and should be a spectacular event.

With the next edition right around the corner, this slideshow is a look back at the 2011 event that saw Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Joey Hand and Graham Rahal drive their Chip Ganassi Racing BMW Riley to an overall win and TV’s “Dr. McDreamy”, Patrick Dempsey end up on the GT podium with his Dempsey Racing teammates.

Roll your cursor over any image to get caption info, click on an image for print and download availability and pricing, or simply sit back and enjoy the slideshow!

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.

Back in the Day, the Battle of the Bays Slideshow





1999 Green Bay Packers @ Tampa Bay Bucs Dec 26 - Images by Brian Cleary

In the current NFL season, a football game between the Tampa Bay Bucs and the Green Bay Packers would draw little attention, with the teams headed in opposite directions, Green Bay is a Championship caliber team while Tampa Bay is in a painful rebuilding phase. Back in December of 1999, however, as I packed my cameras to head over to Tamps to shoot the matchup known as “The Battle of the Bays”, it was a highly touted rivalry between two playoff contending teams.

In 1999, The Tampa Bay Bucs were headed to an 11-5 record and a trip to the playoffs, while the Packers were to end up 8-8 after a late d=season 3 game losing streak. Among the stars on the Tampa Bay team were Warren Sapp, Warrick Dunn and Mike Alstott, the “A” Train. Leading the high-powered offense was Quarterback Shaun King (remember him, anyone?). Brett Favre, of course lead the Green Bay team.

On this beautiful December afternoon, the Bucs prevailed 29-10 and took a big step toward the NFC Central Division Championship.

Roll your cursor over any image to get caption info, click on an image for print and download availability and pricing, or simply sit back and enjoy the slideshow!

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.

Roll your cursor over any image to get caption info, click on an image for print and download availability and pricing, or simply sit back and enjoy the slideshow!

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.