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Crampton claims third US victory

- JAMES HETHERINGT­ON

SOUTH Australian Dragracer Richie Crampton continues to burn rubber in the United States after claiming his third win of 2015.

On Sunday Crampton took out the National Hot Rod Associatio­n Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tennessee, with his team Lucas Oil, knocking off past champion Larry Dixon in the final round.

The 34-year-old from Morphett Vale was thrilled to win at the historic racetrack.

“This has always been one of my favourite racetracks to come to as a crew member and now as a driver,” he said.

“In all honesty, it’s never been that good to Morgan Lucas Racing. We’ve struggled here in the past so to get a win here and turn all that around is just huge.”

Earlier this year Crampton won in Las Vegas and Kansas but said he had a secret weapon for the Bristol Dragway.

Crampton was celebratin­g Father’s Day in the United States and had daughter Emma, 1, watching on with partner Stephanie Laski.

“I told Dixon earlier that we have our little secret weapon,” Crampton said.

“That was pretty special to me to get that Father’s Day trophy with our kid in the winner’s circle.”

Crampton now stands as the most successful Australian in the National Hot Rod Associatio­n with five wins from as many finals.

He overtook Dave Grubnic, who had three wins in 17 final appearance­s over 15 years.

 ??  ?? THRILLED: Richie Crampton.
THRILLED: Richie Crampton.

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