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Aussie Richie Crampton Wins Lucas Oil Nationals 

Aussie Richie Crampton Wins Lucas Oil Nationals

Crampton defeated Brittany Force in the final with the quickest pass of his career, his 3.695 second pass also the third quickest in history.

The Lucas Oil Dragster pilot took out the #1 qualifier spot and remained untouchable as he progressed through to the finals, defeating teammate Morgan Lucas, Larry Dixon and Shawn Langdon in the process.

"This race is going to go down in the history books," Crampton said.

"It was just some amazing racing today and there were some super-fast race cars out there. I keep forgetting that I ran a (3.69) in the final, because winning the event is so important.

"I couldn't be happier to be a part of Morgan Lucas Racing and to have such a great crew behind me. I've been working with them for a long time, so this means a lot to all of us."

The win comes two years to the day since Crampton earned his Top Fuel drag racing license, and was witnessed by his parents Alan and June, who flew out from Australia.

“When your family lives on the other side of the world and you're over here pursuing your own dreams, it's pretty special to have them with you in the winner's circle,” he said.

“Dad saw me take out my first race in Englishtown, New Jersey, last year, so it was great to have him here to see me claim another ‘Wally’.”

The victory moves Crampton to third in the NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel Drag Racing Series points heading into the biggest drag racing event in the world, the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals – which will be held at Lucas Oil Raceway, Indianapolis, in two weeks.

Crampton is the reigning U.S. Nationals Champion and has his sights set on becoming the first repeat winner in more than five years.

"As the reigning U.S. Nationals champion, I've got a lot to live up to," Crampton said.

"Winning today is perfect for our momentum to go to defend the Nationals title. It’s been a little rocky the last few races, but this has put as back where we need to be.”