Top 10 photos of 2014: NASCAR-CUP

Your weekly dose of top 10 photos from around the world, shot by the award-winning Motorsport.com photographers. This week we look at the best NASCAR-CUP photos from this year.

Welcome to this week's top 10 photos from the world of NASCAR-CUP chosen by our own photo editors. With over 12,000 NASCAR Sprint Cup images from 2014, it's by no means an exhaustive list, just some highlights.


10. The year started out with a very popular Daytona 500 win for Dale Earnhardt Jr. He knows how to celebrate.

Race winner Dale Earnhardt Jr., Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Race winner Dale Earnhardt Jr., Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Photo by: Action Sports Photography

 


9. Kurt Busch attempted to do the Double (Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in the same day) and game a few hundred miles short of finishing the 1,100 total. Incidentally, this image of him and then-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll coming from the helicopter during on of the practice sessions at Charlotte leading up to the Memorial Day weekend races, has a totally different meaning now that they are involved in a physical abuse case from the Dover fall race.

Kurt Busch travels with girlfriend Patricia Driscoll back to Charlotte Motor Speedway from Indianapolis
Kurt Busch travels with girlfriend Patricia Driscoll back to Charlotte Motor Speedway from Indianapolis

Photo by: Walter G. Arce, Sr. KBI/ActionSportsInc.com

 


8. Jeff Gordon knows how to do a burnout with the best of them. Another popular win for the #24 at the Brickyard 400.

Race winner Jeff Gordon, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Race winner Jeff Gordon, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Photo by: NASCAR Media

 


7. Often imitated, never equalled. Night racing at Bristol is something to see.

Race action
Race action

Photo by: Action Sports Photography

 


6. Charlotte and Jimmie Johnson go together like PB&J.

Race winner Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Race winner Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Photo by: General Motors

 


5. Anyone who has been reading these articles will know that we love sparks and fire. The great thing about these (small) fires in NASCAR is that the photos catch the flames at their highest (which only lasts a millisecond) making the scene much more striking than video can.

Jamie McMurray, Ganassi Racing Chevrolet in trouble
Jamie McMurray, Ganassi Racing Chevrolet in trouble

Photo by: Getty Images

 


4. A beautiful start shot at dusk. Making Darlington look much more photogenic than it actually is (but isn't that our jobs?)

Start
Start

Photo by: Getty Images

 


3. And now we have arrived at that famous Miami-Homestead sunset. The annual date with hues of yellow, orange and gold.

 

Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota leads the field
Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota leads the field

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

 


2. Parker Kligerman's ride would go this way later in the season as well, unfortunately.

Huge wreck for Parker Kligerman
Huge wreck for Parker Kligerman

Photo by: Covy Moore

 


1. Multi-car crash, sparks, parts flying, aero flaps deployed, bent fenders, Talladega.

Crash for Joey Logano, Team Penske Ford, Kurt Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet, David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports Ford
Crash for Joey Logano, Team Penske Ford, Kurt Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet, David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports Ford

Photo by: Action Sports Photography

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Gordon , Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson , Jamie McMurray , Eric Gilbert , David Ragan , Denny Hamlin , Joey Logano , Parker Kligerman
Teams Team Penske , Stewart-Haas Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing , Hendrick Motorsports , Front Row Motorsports , Joe Gibbs Racing
Article type Commentary