By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Kalitta Air/DHL Top Fuel Dragster pilot Richie Crampton will attempt to win his second straight race at the 50th Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida. Crampton won the 2018 race when he defeated Shawn Reed in the final round.
Crampton received the win when Reed broke. The Australian went 3.854 at 314.90 mph.
This race is a historic one on the series, as it is already listed as a sell out. In addition, eight legends of the sport will be competing in grudge races against each other for bragging rights.
Tony Schumacher is the last pilot in Top Fuel to win this race in back-to-back years. Schumacher, then driving the U.S. Army Dragster, won the race in 2007 and 2008.
Schumacher will not be competing at this race, as he has not found suitable sponsorship in order to compete. He lost the U.S. Army funding at the conclusion of the 2018 season after 19-years.
The regular Top Fuel pilots will be there. However, points leader Billy Torrence will not be competing.
Rookies Austin Prock and Jordan Vandergriff will be competing. In addition, the entry list also has Dominick Lagana, Pat Dakin, T.J. Zizzo, Chris Karamesines, Cameron Ferré , and Lex Joon.
With there being 18 cars on the entry list, only 16 cars will make eliminations on Sunday. That means two cars will be sent home and will not compete in this historic race.
Schumacher has the most wins by any Top Fuel pilot with five at this track. However, since he is not active and on the sidelines with a parked car, Doug Kalitta has the most wins of an active driver.
Kalitta has won the race three times. The Michigan native won the race in 2014, 2005, and 2000.
Schumacher won the Gatornationals in 2017, 2010, 2008, 2007, and 2004.
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