Through the Lens NAPA Super DIRT Week XLIV

Predating the automobile by 75 years, photography was a well-established art form by the time auto racing began. Vested photographers crouched behind corner fences and surrounding victory lane are as much a part of the race day tradition as the racing itself.

The dawn of digital photography has enabled a younger generation in ways their predecessors could have never dreamed of. Long gone are the late nights spent in acrid darkrooms developing film; today's photographer can fine-tune their image with software, bringing all the drama and intrigue of a day at the track right to the electrically lit screen in your pocket.

This in no way diminishes the art of taking the photo itself. The anticipation of action, the instinct to close the shutter at the right moment, and the angle from which a photo is taken are still as integral to the final product as they have ever been.

Now that the checkered flag has fallen on the 49th running of NAPA Super DIRT Week, let's take a look through the lens of three young photographers who are making a name for themselves in the world of Dirt Racing Photography.

Tom Morris

Shoots for: MyRaceNews.com

Hometown: Worcester, MA

Home Track: Lebanon Valley (Dirt) and Stafford (Asphalt)

Experience: 4 Years

Why Motorsports Photography: After my first trip to Monadnock (NH) Speedway in 2016, I found an album of photos that John Miller had taken that day, and it was the first time I saw really "artistic" short track photos. Despite having zero experience, I decided I wanted to try to do it myself.

Camera: Sony A7III

Favorite Lenses: Sony 70-200/2.8 and Sigma 35/1.4

Quentin Young

Shoots for: Dirt Track Digest

Hometown: Syracuse, NY

Home Track: Brewerton Speedway

Experience: 4 Years

Why Motorsports Photography: I've been going to races since I was a little kid and always had fun bringing my old point and shoot camera to Super DIRT Week at the mile. In 2017, I decided to pick up an entry-level DSLR camera and take it more seriously than I had previously.

Camera: Canon 5D Mk IV

Favorite Lens: 300mm f2.8

Matt Sullivan

Hometown: East Greenbush, NY

Shoots For: RaceProWeekly

Home Track: Lebanon Valley

Experience: 5 Years

Why Motorsports Photography: I grew up in dirt racing working on race cars from the time I was old enough to turn a wrench with my father. Dirt racing gave me friends that became family, so I decided to take my love for photography and racing and combine them to bring the races to people that it might not otherwise reach, preserve the current and future history of the sport, and represent it in a way that generates interest to a new era of fans.

Camera: Nikon D750

Favorite Lens: 70-200 f2.8


Tom Morris, Quentin Young, Matt Sullivan