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Crampton will not run Q3

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The SealMaster Top Fuel dragster team is still trying to adjust to its new driver Richie Crampton. But that’s reportedly not the reason why they did what they did on Saturday.

The team will not attempt a third session qualifying pass. Kalitta Motorsports says they’re blaming it on a parts issue, as they try to save parts, for Sunday’s eliminations at the sixth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill.

SealMaster team being towed back to the pit (Photo by Kalitta Motorsports)

SealMaster team being towed back to the pit (Photo by Kalitta Motorsports)

Honestly, we’re not buying that reasoning, because Kalitta Motorsports has tons of parts. In fact, they have been running with parts with Doug Kalitta and Shawn Langdon with no problems. And they have been in this game long enough to understand to know the damage in parts the car will take going down the track.

The SealMaster team will still run qualifying session No. 4 on Saturday afternoon. He’ll try, along with the team, to have a good run during that pass to get a good position for Sunday’s eliminations.

This is Crampton’s fourth race with the team. He joined the team for the prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway during Labor Day weekend.

Crampton, who was previously the driver of the Geico and Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster the past several seasons for Morgan Lucas Racing, before the team folded after last season. He got the call to drive the call on the Monday of the U.S. Nationals, two days after rookie Troy Coughlin Jr. pulled out of the ride due to a lack of driving experience, he said.

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