Nowlin rebounds after troubled start to win at Dragway

Richard Nowlin was frustrated, but not enough to keep him away from the track.

The Whitewater man returned Sunday to the Western Colorado Dragway, turning a bad start to the race weekend into a good one.

One day after Nowlin failed to qualify for the J & A Services Super Quick Series elimination round, he not only qualified Sunday, he won it.

“It was frustrating yesterday,” Nowlin said. “This is some of the toughest competition I’ve ever seen out here. That was the quickest bump spot I’ve seen.”

Nowlin has raced at the track for 12 years, he said.

Nowlin missed qualifying for Saturday’s 16-car Super Quick Series race by 0.06 of a second.

His time was 9.83 seconds and the slowest qualifying time was 9.77 seconds.

“There are a lot of quick cars,” he said. “There were 22, 23 that tried to qualify. That’s a testament to all the people here.”

He didn’t make many adjustments. In fact, his biggest adjustment was more tactical then mechanical.

“I tried to leave the line harder,” Nowlin said. “I needed to get rolling faster. It was tough with the mix of wind today. It was tough to judge what would happen.”

He barely qualified Sunday, grabbing the 16th and last spot.

That’s all it took. Nowlin defeated Anita Olsen in the first round, then knocked off Mark Sievers in Round 2, helped by a 0.17 reaction time. Nowlin beat John Baker in the semifinals with a time of 8.994.

In the final, Nowlin, who was racing his 1927 Ford Model T Roadster, named “The Other Woman 2” defeated Kurt Averill in his 1970 Ford Mustang. Nowlin had a time of 9.13 seconds at 144.42 mph.

“I started to spin my tires at the 100-foot mark,” Nowlin said. “I was lucky Kurt red lighted (left the starting line too soon).”

Eric Nyborg won the first Super Quick Series race of the year that finished early Sunday morning after a Saturday evening rainstorm delayed the start.

For results of the Super Pro, Pro ET and Sportsman classes, see Tuesday’s Daily Sentinel.


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