Being on the track photography staff is a little different than a normal race weekend. Much of the weekend is spent shooting signs, tents, track vehicles, and driver appearances. Don’t get me wrong, these are all very necessary shots the track needs in order to sell advertising. If the track’s not making money, we’re not racing.

You also shoot a lot of fans. This can be a double-edged sword. It’s easy for me to find frustration in trying to make a crowd of people into a pretty shot. But, during the race, you get to see something that easily forgotten attending races week-in and week-out. Grown-ups reliving memories, kids experiencing this blast of excitement for the first time, families loosing themselves in a sport that I fell in love with a long time ago. It is invigorating. And trying to capture that excitement in a photo can be just as rewarding as shooting any race action I’ve ever shot.

Something I hope to always remember from this particular weekend was the small guest with Joey Logano. Joey brought this “mini-me” with him to the drivers meeting. The small guest was wearing a specially-made Logano firesuit just his size, along with a “Joey Logano Foundation” cap. After the driver’s meeting (and race postponement), I was walking back into the track and noticed Joey and the boy walking on the track. That kid looked like he was having the time of his life. I was happy and excited to grab such a special moment, but I wanted to make sure I didn’t linger. Moments like that just need to happen without distraction. Moments like that make me proud to be a part of this “family.”