Sievers makes the most of his racing $$

Mark Sievers smokes the tires on his dragster “Witch Doctor” before the green light at the Western Colorado Dragway track during the Super Quick trials Saturday.

Mark Sievers would love to drag race funny cars someday.

There is, though, one problem with that — the expenses.

For now, the 53-year-old Grand Junction drag racer is running a 1938 Fiat Topolino with a 632-cubic inch big block Chevy alcohol-injected motor.

“I bought it as a funny car,” Sievers said. “I took the body off it and converted it to a Fiat Topolino. It has a brand-new motor in it.”

Sievers would have loved to keep the funny car body, but fiances dictated otherwise.

“That was my goal, but the way finances have gone, I just couldn’t do it,” he said. “That’s where you’ve got to have big-time sponsors.”

Sievers, who works for Redlands Water & Power, estimated it would cost $800,000 a year to race a funny car competitively.

Instead, he claimed his second J&A Services Super Quick Series points title in three years this summer.

He led the points race going into Saturday’s final race of the season at Western Colorado Dragway, but not by much.

Three drivers were within 20 points of him and eight within 50 points. Ten points are awarded for advancing in each round, with the winner receiving 70 points.

“The competition is a lot better this year than it has been,” Sievers said. “More and more people are getting involved in the class. It started off we weren’t getting full fields. Now, we’re getting 20 to 25 cars trying to qualify and everyone is getting better.”

Sievers had the top qualifying spot for the elimination rounds, but his closest competitors all made the finals as well, including 2008 Super Quick champion John Widmer of Rifle.
Widmer, Kurt Averill, 50, and Richard Nowlin, 37, were 20 points behind Sievers entering Saturday’s races.

Anyone can participate in the Super Quick Series as long as they have one of the 16 fastest qualifying times for the main event.

Nowlin, who operates Commerical Tire Services, squeezed into the final qualifying spot with an time of 8.999 seconds in his 1927 Ford Model T Roadster.

He missed qualifying for the finals in the second Super Quick race of the season, otherwise he could be sitting in first place instead of Sievers.

“I was sixth-thousands of a second off,” said Nowlin, who took second in the first race of the series and won the third race.

Nowlin and Averill, who is also from Grand Junction, were looking for their first Super Quick Series title.

“Without Jim (Whiteley) sponsoring this class, it wouldn’t be possible,” Averill said. “It’s brought in competition from out of town. We have a decent turnout of out-of-town cars. It’s fun. It’s a chance to see faster cars. It’s great for Super Quick.”


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