Richie Crampton Earns Full-Time Gig in Top NHRA drag racing

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After winning Supercars championships in 2003 and 2004, Launceston native Marcos Ambrose decided to try making it on America’s NASCAR circuit.

He competed in 227 races over seven years in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but he never tasted anything close to the success he had in Supercars, but he did win races in 2011 and 2012. He made 77 starts in the NASCAR Infinity Series and won five times. He tried his hand in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but only ran 22 races in that code, not winning once.

He acquitted himself quite nicely in all his years as a driver on America’s most cutthroat circuit, NASCAR, where race driving meets professional racing.

What is our interest in Ambrose, you might ask.

We simply found him an interesting juxtaposition to former NASCAR drive Robby Gordon, who in the middle of this year, was banned from racing in Australia based on video evidence of him doing donuts in the streets of Darwin.

All of the above came about when we wanted to do an article on Adelaide, Australia’s Richie Crampton.

Crampton does not do turns of any kind. He races in straight lines only and has recently secured a seat in the National Hot Rod Association’s Top Fuel Dragster bracket. Think of strapping yourself to a bullet, and then being fired out of a gun and you have some idea of the centrifugal forces Crampton will experience.

He will be working for Kalitta Motorsports in the 24-event NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season.

“It is an absolute honour to get the opportunity to race for Connie Kalitta in 2018,” Crampton said.

Crampton has won seven Top Fuel events, including the Melbourne Cup of the straight-liners, the U.S. Nationals in 2014.

We like his story because he paid his own way to earn his license and worked as a mechanic to pay the bills while he was paying his dues.

Driving for Kalitta is one of the top gigs in drag racing.