NHRA Racers Lagana & Crampton Hurt In Road Crash

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Dom Lagana, shown here in 2019 at zMAX Dragway, was among three injured in a road crash Sunday evening in Indiana. (HHP/Harold Hinson Photo)
Dom Lagana, shown here in 2019 at zMAX Dragway, was among three injured in a road crash Sunday evening in Indiana. (HHP/Harold Hinson Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS — Several members of the NHRA community were injured in a highway crash Sunday evening.

Dom Lagana, 34, and Richie Crampton, 40, were among three injured in a crash on County Road 1000 East in Indiana’s Hendricks County according to a report from local television station WISHTV.com.

The report, which cites the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office, indicates that Lagana, Crampton and a third person, identified as 30-year-old Jacob Sanders, were traveling southbound on County Road 10003 when the 1957 Chevrolet wagon they were in veered off the road and struck a utility pole. Speed was believed to be a factor in the crash according to the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office.

Lagana, the driver of the car, suffered life-threatening injuries in the incident according to the report from WISHTV.com. Crampton and Sanders both suffered injuries that were deemed not life-threatening.

Lagana has served as both a driver and crew member in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. He’s employed as a member of the Torrence Racing team. He most recently competed in the NHRA’s Top Fuel class during the 2019 season.

Torrence Racing driver Steve Torrence won Sunday’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at Lucas Oil Raceway, which is also in Hendricks County. Torrence later posted to Twitter asking for prayers for Lagana.

Crampton has scored 10 victories in the NHRA’s Top Fuel division, including a marquee victory in the U.S. Nationals. He last competed for Kalitta Motorsports last season, earning two victories and a sixth-place finish in the Top Fuel championship. He was released from his ride at Kalitta Motorsports at the conclusion of the season and hasn’t competed this year.

The vehicle involved in the accident is thought to be a car that was created by Crampton and Funny Car driver Jonnie Lindberg that was used as a tow vehicle for Lindberg’s Alcohol Funny Car on Sunday. The vehicle was commonly referred to as “Sh*tbox of Doom.”