2017-12-15 Richie Crampton will return to Kalitta Motorsports and run the Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster in the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel Championship.
Crampton, joins Doug Kalitta in a full-time, 24-race seat on Kalitta's Top Fuel team.
Crampton is replacing Shawn Langton, who is moving to the Funny Car class to pair with JR Todd.
“It is an absolute honor to get the opportunity to race for Connie Kalitta in 2018,” said Crampton. “I cannot thank Connie, Jim and the entire Kalitta organization for giving me a shot this year and helping to turn this into a full season in 2018. This is something I had always wanted but never thought was possible. It is pretty amazing to be a driver for Connie Kalitta, and I am forever grateful.”