Photos: Nascar Pepsi Max 400

After a green-white-checker finish, Tony Stewart forged ahead of Clint Bowyer to the finish line in Sunday’s Pepsi Max 400 to win his first ever race at the 2-mile track; his second of the year and the 39th of his career.

Photographer’s Notes:


Cameras Used:

  • Nikon D700
  • Nikon D200

Lens Used:

  • Nikon 14-24 f/2.8
  • Nikon 24-70 f/2.8
  • Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII
  • Nikon 400mm f/2.8

Being as this was the Nascar Pepsi Max 400, I decided to bring along the Nikon 400mm f/2.8. Now this is not just a lens, it is something else. First of all, this piece of equipment comes in a contrapction that can only be described as a trunk. The lens weighs in at a wopping 10.2 lbs. That might not sound like a lot but put a camera body, a sturdy monopod and now you’re really talking. It’s a good thing that I also brought along my Blackrapid RS DR-1 Double Strap! Had I not brought that along, I’m not sure how I would have survived the day. Performance of the lens is spectacular, focus is fast. How fast you ask? Try tracking a Nascar stock car going 188mph around a track and getting an image in your viewfinder with a 4 degree angle of view or 6 degrees depending on if you using a DX format body or a 35mm format body.

All the other lenses came in extra handy also. The 14-24 is great at taking the entire track, the 24-70 is great for all the standard shots, and using the 70-200 might be the sweet spot if you were going to jump from photo spot to photo spot.