Sheet Metal Mash Up

A 5 car wreck early in the March 2012 Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway

Over the decades, Bristol Motor Speedway has gained a reputation for being the most exciting event on the NASCAR schedule. A few years ago the track was reconfigured to better simulate the feel of larger tracks. This had the effect of allowing faster and more competitive racing but in the process took away a lot of the excitement that fans had come to expect. In fact, Bristol held the record for the most cautions in a single race until 2005 – 20 cautions in 500 laps. In contrast, this wreck was the only major event during the entire March race. While this is good for drivers and team owners, it’s not what draws fans. In response, the track owners have committed to redesigning the track in an effort to bring back the kind of racing that made the short track famous.

Gear: Canon EOS 60D, Canon EF 28-300mm

Software: Adobe Lightroom 3, Adobe Photoshop CS5, Topaz Adjust 5

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12 Comments

  1. Edith Levy April 12, 2012 at 2:48 PM #

    Wonderful capture Curt. What do you think of you 28-300? I’m contemplating getting one.
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  2. Dave DiCello April 12, 2012 at 9:53 AM #

    Looks like you had great seats man! Awesome work
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  3. Adam Allegro April 12, 2012 at 8:19 AM #

    Sick capture Curt! What a fantastic moment stolen! Nice work buddy!
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  4. Mark Summerfield April 11, 2012 at 1:37 PM #

    Cool action shot, Curt! Perfect POV – sums up the action for both those in the crash and those who managed to avoid it.
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  5. LensScaper April 11, 2012 at 12:41 PM #

    After the horrific crash last year that killed Dan Wheldon it’s refreshing to see evidence of a crash in which there were no casualties. Sadly it’s the ‘incidents’ that the fans want to see – but I guess it would be different if it was a member of their family racing.
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  6. Jimi Jones April 11, 2012 at 9:13 AM #

    Lovely shot, Curt. Really nice action shot. I love live races, they are really an experience.
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  7. Mark Neal April 11, 2012 at 9:03 AM #

    Very nice shot, Curt. Aside from the very dramatic action, your composition is great!
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  8. Chris Nitz April 11, 2012 at 8:42 AM #

    I’m gonna guess that will not buff out and 100mph tape is not gonna cut it. Fun shot!
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  9. Steven Perlmutter April 11, 2012 at 8:39 AM #

    Awesome capture Curt. I imagine the sounds that come with these crashes is as dramatic as the images.
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  10. Len Saltiel April 11, 2012 at 7:31 AM #

    Super action shot Curt. I was only at an event once when I was a little kid. I don’t remember any crashes, only the noise.
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  11. Simon Morris April 11, 2012 at 7:02 AM #

    Cool shot, Curt… hats off to driver #99 for cruising around the circuit in reverse – he’s the man! hehe ;-)
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  12. Rich McPeek April 11, 2012 at 6:55 AM #

    Cool shot Curf! I have to admit that when I do watch NASCAR I’m waiting for the crashes.

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