On assignment recently, I traveled to Ocala to document Tony Stewart and other NASCAR drivers who brought their dirt track cars to compete on the dirt track at the Bubba Raceway park. We brought along one of our new GoPro Hero 3s in the hope of mounting it on a car.
Luckily, NASCAR driver Ken Schrader was nice enough to oblige us, and let us mount a camera on his Federated Auto Parts modified car. Modified cars are a hybrid of open wheel cars and stock cars, with covered rear wheels and open wheels in the front.
The Bubba Raceway track is a 3/8 mile, D shaped, semi-banked clay track. The fastest modified car lapped the track in about 16 seconds, and reached speeds around 100mph. After ranking in the qualifier, Schrader raced in the final.
A couple of laps into the final Schrader was involved in a multi-car wreck, that damaged his car and put him out of the race.
It can be intense standing mere feet from race cars as they slide around a dirt track at high speed when you have no barricade or significant structure to provide protection or hide behind in the event of a wreck. Be sure to check out our GoPro footage and the photos of the aftermath.
Joshua C. Cruey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow the Orlando Sentinel photo staff on Twitter @OSPhoto. Like us on Facebook: Orlando Sentinel Photography.