The fall race weekend at Richmond Raceway is definitely action packed. This is mainly because it is a 2-day show, and I love 2-day shows. I drive into Richmond Thursday night. Get up early Friday morning for the 8am Xfinity practice session, and then the day just flies by. We won’t leave the track till around 11pm, grab a quick bite, then get a few hours of sleep until it’s time for another early morning back at the speedway.

On Saturday, there is no on track activity until the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at 7:30pm, but a few of the team and I are out at the campgrounds bright and early to shoot folks cooking breakfast, playing cornhole, and other things “tailgaters” do. This race in particular produced the best and funnest camping shots I’ve ever been able to get (thanks to perfect weather and a great crowd.) After that, I mainly run around the midway shooting displays, fans, workers, and various driver appearances until race time.

I spent much of the race on pit road “experimenting.” Experimenting during the race is a double-edged sword. You may come away with some shots that you’re very proud of, or you may come away with 0 shots and a ton of time wasted. I’ve had plenty of experience with the latter, and it’s hard to shake that feeling of failure once it happens. I’m very thankful for the freedom we get during race time at the Richmond Raceway. That’s what makes it one of my favorite races on the schedule.

Thanks to Harrelson Photography for making me part of the team!