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FENWICK: Favorite Photos From 2010

Being an avid photographer, we typically carry our camera everywhere. As a result, a majority of the photographs found in our personal collection tend to be of the racing variety.

This year we can safely say we took more than 1,000 racing related photos. From those photos we have selected eight of our favorites from the 2010 racing season. Here they are for your enjoyment along with a short explanation with each photograph.

Morgan Turpen kicks up some sparks at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway during a USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour sprint-car event there Oct. 23. (Adam Fenwick Photo)

This was our first asphalt sprint-car event, so naturally we couldn’t leave our camera at home. While the darkness of the cold October night made it difficult to take decent pictures, Morgan Turpen helped us out tremendously by kicking up sparks as she made her qualifying lap at the .363-mile asphalt oval

Chuck Hossfeld wheels his tour-type modified during practice for the North-South Shootout at Concord (N.C.) Speedway Nov. 5. (Adam Fenwick Photo)

The big attraction during the annual North-South Shootout at Concord Speedway is always the tour-type modified race. This year Chuck Hossfeld sat on the pole for that event and, as it turns out, this picture we took during practice day turned out to be the best picture we took all weekend.

A large crowd awaits the return of racing to North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway Sept. 4. (Adam Fenwick Photo)

Getting the chance to watch a race at North Wilkesboro Speedway was an amazing opportunity, but to see the crowd that flowed into the former NASCAR facility for a Pro All Stars Series late-model event was even more amazing. When we are asked how many people attended the reopening of the venue, we always pull this picture out as proof.

A sticker on the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota honors driver Brian Vickers, who was forced to sit out most of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. (Adam Fenwick Photo)

May was a rough month for driver Brian Vickers. He was diagnosed with a blood clotting disorder and later he had surgery to repair a small hole in his heart. But his Red Bull Racing team never gave up on him and placed this decal on the No. 83 Toyota that he will return to in 2011.

Chase Elliott drives his No. 9 Aaron’s Ford Mustang during a Sunoco LMS National Tour event at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway May 14. (Adam Fenwick Photo)

It’s truly unfortunate that the new body styles that were introduced in the Sunoco LMS National Tour this year didn’t take off. The Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro bodies are slick and look amazing on the race track. Here, Chase Elliott leads a race at Rockingham in a Ford Mustang body. The framing of the car in front of “The Rock” made the picture our favorite shot of the weekend.

Robert Johnson III awaits his turn to qualify for a UARA-STARS Late Model Series event at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway May 14. (Adam Fenwick Photo)

Taken during the same weekend as the previous photo, we credit the taking of this photo to dumb luck. As we were walking pit road we stopped to snap a few pictures, including this one of Robert Johnson III, son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson. We didn’t give the image a second thought until a few days later when we began going through the photos from the weekend and discovered this gem.

Kurt Busch does a burnout before making a pass as part of Pinks All Out at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C., April 24. (Adam Fenwick Photo)

It’s not every day a NASCAR driver decides to make a pass down a drag strip. But on this day in April Kurt Busch made a special guest appearance as part of the Pinks All Out television taping at zMAX Dragway. This photo also has added significance because our father, Jim Fenwick, was standing beside us as we snapped this and many other pictures that day.

NHRA Funny Car driver Jack Beckman gives a treat to a beagle during the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C., March 27. (Adam Fenwick Photo)

This photo was a case study in the phrase, “Right place, right time.” As we were walking the pits during the Four-Wide Nationals we stumbled across two friends standing in front of Jack Beckman’s pit area. As we chatted, we noticed a fan walk his pet beagle up to Beckman and asked him if he would give the dog a treat. This would turn out to be our favorite photo of the year.

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