By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
This was the final round between Richie Crampton and Doug Kalitta as teammates. Kalitta defeated Crampton in the Top Fuel final round at the Auto Club NHRA Finals on Sunday at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Pomona, California.
Kalitta won the Wally after he went 3.716 at 332.67 mph in his Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster. Crampton went 4.884 at 154.28 mph in his DHL/Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster.
“It was fun, for sure,” Kalitta said. “I was real proud of the effort we put in today. We gave it all we could and it’s definitely still on our list to win a championship. I was real proud of my guys today coming out of here with a win, and I love running here in Pomona. It’s a great team effort we got going on here, so I’ll keep digging.”
This was Kalitta’s third win of the season. He swept both races at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, as he won the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com in February.
The Michigan native also won the prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in September.
Crampton confirmed the news that has been speculated over the last several weeks of the season. He is leaving Kalitta Motorsports team and Shawn Langdon is returning to Top Fuel Dragster.
Langdon is losing his crew to Alexis DeJoria with her new independently funded team. Also, Global Electronic Technology has decided to leave as Langdon’s Funny Car sponsor.
While Global Electronic Technology is leaving Langdon’s side, they are still expected to be represented in the sport.
Prior to this final round, Kalitta held a 14-8 advantage over Crampton. However, Crampton held a 2-1 advantage over Kalitta in the three previous final rounds.
Kalitta had the starting line advantage with his 0.037 reaction tine. He then never trailed for the win.
Crampton was behind from the get-go with an 0.077 reaction time. Then, he went up in smoke early on in the race and then coasted to the finish line.
This is Kalitta’s 47th career Top Fuel win.