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Fans encouraged to grab a 'Selfie with Richie' through new online contest

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INDIANAPOLIS (April 7) - NHRA fans can win prizes every race weekend this season through a special contest with GEICO/Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster driver Richie Crampton.

Named "Selfies with Richie," fans at NHRA national events are encouraged to take "selfie" pictures with the rookie driver and post them to Crampton's official Twitter page, @richiecrampton (https://twitter.com/richiecrampton), using the hashtag #selfieswithrichie.

The contest kicks off with this weekend's NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, and track general manager Christian Byrd has donated a special prize for the inaugural weekend of #selfieswithrichie -- a pair of tickets to Sunday's elimination rounds.

Crampton will pick this week's winner Saturday evening after the final round of qualifying for the Four-Wide Nationals. Fans also are encouraged to use the hashtag #4Wide for the Charlotte race to help raise excitement for the event and the contest.

"I can't wait to meet all of the fans in Charlotte and get some pictures with them," Crampton said. "Meeting with fans has been one of the best parts of my rookie year, and I hope this contest encourages more people to come by our pit area or the GEICO display and say hello.

"I'll be picking my favorite each weekend, so I hope fans come up with some creative ways to take 'selfies' with me. I'm fairly new to Twitter, but it's been fun to interact with followers there. This should be a fun deal all year."

Prizes for upcoming races will be announced via @richiecrampton and the official Twitter page for GEICO Powersports, @GEICOPowersprts (https://twitter.com/GEICOPowersprts).

For most other events, Crampton will pick his favorite #selfiewithrichie at the end of the weekend and award the prize to that person. A grand-prize winner for the year also will be selected to attend a special event during NHRA's Countdown to the Championship.