November 2, 2015

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Lucas Oil weekend report


Lucas Oil ace Richie Crampton runs out of luck in Las Vegas second round

LAS VEGAS (Nov. 1) -- Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster driver Richie Crampton wondered if he could stay lucky in Las Vegas, but a second-round loss to eventual race winner Doug Kalitta ended his chances at hitting the jackpot.

Crampton got a "lucky" victory in the first round, bringing back good memories from his race win in Dallas two weeks ago, but he came up snake-eyes against Kalitta.

"Beating Troy Buff in the first round was pretty lucky," Crampton said. "We didn't make it to the finish line on all eight cylinders, so if it were a lot of other cars out there, we could've been going home early. We were fortunate to get around him, and then we had the challenge of racing Kalitta."

Crampton's pass of 3.819 seconds at 303.64 mph came as his Lucas Oil dragster was struggling to reach the finish line, but it was enough to hold off No. 12 qualifier Buff, who made a lap of 3.888 at 311.70 mph.

"We won Dallas two weeks ago with a few lucky rounds," Crampton said. "It really felt like another similar day was coming our way to like what we had in Dallas. We made a good run there against Doug, but we just came up a little short. He popped up and bit us, and it stings for sure because we were looking at the points. Nonetheless, we'll hold our heads high, test a little bit tomorrow, and go to Pomona (Calif.)."

Crampton made a decent pass of 3.801 seconds at 322.50 mph, but Kalitta's 3.796-second lap at 317.05 mph sent him to the semifinals.

With one race remaining in the 2015 season, Crampton remains in contention for second place in the Top Fuel standings. He's in fourth in the standings, 16 out of third place and 70 out of second.

"Of course we wanted to continue to do well for one of our great partners in Toyota at their Toyota Nationals race," Crampton said. "I can't thank them enough for being with us all year. It's always good to put a Toyota in the winner's circle, particularly at their race."

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