Indianapolis, Indiana (September 4, 2016) - Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster driver Richie Crampton knows the way to the winner's circle at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, having gone there as winner of the U.S. Nationals in 2014 and again last year when teammate/owner Morgan Lucas won the race.
Crampton will try to make it his turn in the Morgan Lucas Racing rotation on Monday when he races for his second victory at Indianapolis from the No. 11 spot.
"Race day is just going to be race day," Crampton said. "We wanted to qualify a little better than that, of course, but we have been to the winner's circle here a couple of times with MLR, so as an organization, I think both of our cars have a crack at it tomorrow."
Crampton has shown the ability to put up big numbers at Lucas Oil Raceway, earning bonus points in two of the five qualifying sessions. His best pass was 3.772 seconds at 319.52 mph, which earned him a bonus point as the third-quickest driver in the second session. His 3.777-second pass at 324.90 mph in Q4 also earned him a bonus point.
"The car's been good, and we've been quick in a couple of sessions," Crampton said. "We just had some unfortunate delays on the starting line, which plagued a couple of the runs, and that's just how it is."
Lucas Oil Raceway is a home track to Crampton and the MLR team, which is based in nearby Brownsburg, Ind. He is able to see many friends and family members, all while sleeping in his own bed.
"It's been a good weekend," Crampton said. "Lucas Oil Raceway is a home track, and there are lots of Lucas and MLR people here for the biggest race of the year. This is the one you get amped up for, so I am really excited to have a go tomorrow.
"I think (crew chief) Aaron (Brooks) and this Lucas team have just been working tirelessly on this race car, and we are going to get it sooner or later, so it may as well be tomorrow."
Crampton squares off against Doug Kalitta in the first round of eliminations Monday. Kalitta qualified No. 6 with a top pass of 3.726 seconds at 321.81 mph.
Eliminations begin at 11 a.m., Monday. FOX Sports 1 will air the early part of Monday's eliminations live from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Live TV coverage will then shift to the main FOX Network with action from 1 to 4 p.m. (All times listed in ET).