EES, Crampton & Hagan win wally’s at Bristol

June 21, 2015 6:51 PM | Written by Anthony Caruso III, Publisher

Rocky Boots/Mopar driver Matt Hagan can finally check the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals off of his bucket list. This is the first time that the Christiansburg, Va. resident won at his home track in seven tries.

Hagan defeated his Don Schumacher Racing teammate Ron Capps in the final round. Hagan went 4.164 at 303.23 to the NAPA driver Capps, who went 4.186 at 307.02.

Riche Crampton Lucas Oil Top Fuel Dragster David Rickert Matt Hagan

Richie Crampton (Photo by David Rickert)

Capps, who has won Bristol three times in his career, is now 20-11 against Hagan all-time. He also holds a 3-2 advantage in final rounds.

However, Hagan, who admitted he deep staged, got out early, before starting to pull away. This is his 18th career win, which now puts him into the Top 10 all-time in Funny Car wins.

In addition, Hagan re-gains the points lead from Capps. He also took the points lead from Capps at the Toyota NHRA Summernationals two weeks ago, before Capps re-gained it last week at the NHRA New England Nationals.

In another monstrous match up, Richie Crampton took down Larry Dixon to win the Top Fuel wally. Crampton went 3.884 at 321.04 to Dixon’s 4.004 at 250.41.

Crampton is now 3-0 against Dixon in final rounds. Dixon is also 0-4 in the final rounds this season, including losing last week to Tony Schumacher.

Dixon had the early lead off of the starting line, before he started to have trouble with his dragster around the 800 feet mark. He lost cylinders at that time, before Crampton drove around him for the win.

This is Crampton’s third win this season and the fifth of his career. To make it extra special, Crampton had his wife and daughter Emma in attendance at the race. Emma was also in attendance for his Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals win last Labor Day.

With 15 more wins, he will tie Morgan Lucas, his boss and owner of Morgan Lucas Racing.

In Pro Stock, Erica Enders-Stevens was able to defeat fellow Texan Chris McGaha for the wally. She had a 6.685 at 206.95 to her competitor McGaha, who had a 6.689 at 207.46.

Enders-Stevens is 10-1 all-time against the Harlow Sammons of Odessa driver, and now 2-0 in final rounds. In fact, both of those runner-up finishes are the only two times that McGaha made it to the final round.

She had the advantage off the starting line and never trailed, before winning at 0.0349 seconds, or approximately 11 feet.

She has won back-to-back races at Bristol. This win also snaps a two-race win streak by Summit Racing driver Greg Anderson, who was 8-0 in the past two races, before his first round loss to V. Gaines.

This is her fourth win this season and 16th of her career. She’s also the new points leader with the win.

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