From the Photographer's Lenses: A Photo Essay of the 2011 Coca-Cola 600
There's a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. If that's the case, a picture of a NASCAR race is probably worth 43,000 words...in one lap.
Just imagine being at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday evening in the sweltering sun along the front stretch awaiting for the rumble of the cars.
As the pace car peels off to pit lane, the frantic action of the Sprint Cup season's longest race of the year ensues! About anything can happen, from grinding accidents to sterling passes for positions all across the 1.5-mile speedway in Concord, NC.
Making the 600-miler even more unique is how it transitions from late afternoon conditions to late evening settings, creating a game within the race for competitors and fans alike to adjust from the heat to the somewhat tolerable night temperatures.
Before you know it, a late caution flag may be waved for dangerous conditions on the track, which will certainly affect the outcome of the race.
Whether or not your favorite racer winds up as the winner of the Coca-Cola 600, to say you were one of the hundreds of thousands of spectators in the stands is about as unique as the country's largest HDTV located in O. Bruton Smith's pristine racing facility.
Capturing all the action from Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600 was Mallory Boyle, a freelance photographer originally from New Hampshire who's found her home in South Carolina.
Attending her very first race as a member of The Podium Finish family, check out her photos from her very first NASCAR race experience in the debut of a unique site feature we'll call "From the Photographer's Lenses!"
If you enjoy taking pictures from the track or know someone who'd like to have their photos featured here on The Podium Finish, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or by sending me a tweet on Twitter (@RTiongson).
Also, you can check out Mallory's online portfolio by visiting her website! For those around the Greenville, SC area, she is avaiable for hire! Thanks to Mallory for allowing us to share her photos from the race!