On my fourth trip to Daytona International Speedway in 2017 (and sixth time visiting total), I had the pleasure of shooting my first Daytona 500.

Being the first race for each of NASCAR’s premiere series’, it was a great time connecting with friends I hadn’t seen since Homestead last November. I don’t know how many times I heard, “it’s like the first day of school,” but that was the sentiment.

Despite some showers on Thursday, we were blessed with great weather and awesome light for the Xfinity and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. I tried to make the most of the light and shadows (in between red flag sessions.) It was definitely an adventure trying to keep my mind fresh after so many days at the same track.