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Wallace’s Passion for Photography Continues at Bristol

By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Once again, Richard Petty Motorsports driver Bubba Wallace joined the NASCAR photography corps during the Bristol Motor Speedway race weekend.

The driver of the No. 43 Victory Junction Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 previously explained that he shoots photography when the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule allows. That schedule allowed Wallace to shoot during Thursday night’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series UNOH 200 and NASCAR Xfinity Series Food City 300.

Wallace still considers photography a hobby and admits he’s learning as he goes. He put the lens he bought just over a month ago to good use throughout Thursday and Friday’s action.

The 22nd-place starter in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race explained his experience shooting photography.

“It’s still here and there. Obviously, I’d like to go out and shoot whatever, but part of me feels a little hesitant, a little reserved on that stuff. One, I don’t know all the rules and regulations of where to shoot what not to shoot. Then you get side-eye from other photographers and I’m like ‘hey man, I’m just trying to learn.’ I don’t really know what I’m doing out there, but it’s all about getting that right shot.

“There is a part of me that wants to go down in the pits and get some candid shots, but them you get bombarded. I’m kind of here shooting to get away from all of it (the bombardment of fans), but you can’t get away from all of it. It’s fun, it’s always a challenge and one I’m still trying to figure out. I’ve been shooting for 5 or 6 years now, but I’m still learning every time.”

To date, Wallace has shot photos at Dover International Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, and New Hampshire Motor Speedway in addition to Bristol. Each track has unique vantage points that give photographers different shooting opportunities.

Wallace admitted that shooting at a road course would be interesting.

“Bristol’s pretty cool, I’ve shot here before. Road courses would be fun. I thought about going to Watkins Glen, but it was too hot. My couch seemed nicer than standing out in the heat.”

So far, Wallace has only shot photos at NASCAR-sanctioned events. With the National Football League season getting underway, he admitted that there is no chance of branching out to shoot photography of other sports any time soon.

“I’d have to get way better equipment for other sports. I’d have to get an 800mm lens and that costs $80,000. We’re good, so, no.”

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Seth Eggert has followed NASCAR his entire life. Seth is currently pursuing a writing career and is majoring in Communications and Journalism. He is an avid iRacer and video gamer. Seth also tutors students at Mitchell Community College in multiple subjects. He has an Associate's Degree in History.