Shooting Talladega Superspeedway

We profile two photographers tasked with capturing all the action at NASCAR's largest and fastest raceway and ask them to divulge some tricks of the trade.


Bobby Labonte’s crew changes four tires and fills the tank. A good pit stop can be done in 14 seconds and often, the pit crew undergoes extreme physical training and has the athletic ability of Olympic-class athletes.


Photographers capture images at Talladega Superspeedway. Located in Lincoln, Alabama, it is a 2.66 mile trioval track and is the largest that NASCAR races on during the 10 month season.


NASCAR driver Elliott Sadler flips end-over-end in the trioval area at Talladega Superspeedway. Sadler walked away from the wreck.


Paul Menard’s crew look with disappointment at a broken radiator during a pit stop needed after a green flag collision at Talladega Superspeedway.


Bob Crisp’s image of Dale Earnhardt Jr., shows the effectiveness of panning to illustrate speed.


NASCAR veteran drivers Sterling Marlin (40) and Bobby Labonte (18) collide in the trioval section of Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama.


Mug shot of Bob Crisp.


A car shoots flames at the Martinsville, Virginal Speedway.


Speed can be illustrated by having all objects within the image still except for the cars traveling the track.


Shots made from outside the outer retaining walls can be particularly dangerous for the track photographer.


Dale Earnhardt Jr., pits at the Talladega Superspeedway. Shooting the pits from the grand stand photo towers can offer a different view for readers.


Spotters stand in the turn 3 tower at Talladega Superspeedway. Spotters play an integral part in keeping the track safe by being the eyes at the four corners of the track.


Using unusual technique can often take a photo from average to exceptional. Here, a fish-eye lens is used to shoot the track and the Goodyear blimp.


A portrait of Matt Kenseth at a NASCAR track.


A portrait of Juan Montoya at a NASCAR track.


A speed shot at Darlington Raceway.


Shooting from the photo towers can give you a vantage point above the fences.


A portrait of a Budweiser pit crew member.


Mug shot of David Griffin.


Shooting pit action with a wide-angle lens can give you a more realistic feeling. Here, Bobby Labonte’s crew fills their driver’s tank with gas. A typical NASCAR pit stop is performed in less than 14 seconds.


The group mentality continues in Victory Lane and there are often more photographers than space to shoot.


Jeff Gordon reacts to his win at the Talladega Superspeedway Victory Lane. Reaction can be telling in a still photo and is often the most coveted aspect of a photo for the working photojournalist.