Thursday, August 27, 2009

One Bounty Paid, Another One Grows @ Calhoun County Speedway

The Calhoun County Speedway in Rockwell City hosted another night of racing on the 1/5-mile oval track. On hand once again would be the IMCA stock cars, IMCA sportmods, IMCA hobby stocks, hornets, and the enduro/econo class. Unfortunately for one reason or another, the car count along with the crowd was low in numbers on this Thursday night of action.

Thirteen econo/enduro cars ran their feature first with Jason Lowe leading flag to flag for the win.

Only four IMCA hobby stocks were on hand. There was a bounty in place on Michael Murphy as the youngster has visited victory lane all three previous races thus far this season. $100 would go to the person that could beat Murphy, and Devin Smith proved to be just the man to do it. Murphy grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag, but Smith would scoot by on the low side on lap two to take the lead away. Murphy would slide back to third as Cody Gustoff took over the second spot. Murphy would regain the runner up spot with two laps to go, but by that time Devin Smith had a sizable lead as he picked up the win and the extra $100 for the bounty. Michael Murphy was second, Cody Gustoff third, and Tim Hanson rounded out the field.

Five IMCA sportmods proved that even with a low count, anything can happen. Mike Bailey took the top spot early on while point leader AJ Langenwalter suffered left front suspension damage on lap two. Langenwalter would be shown the black flag for a couple laps but did not leave the track. As the field drove into turn three Doug Smith made contact with Langenwalter and spun to the inside of turn four and clipped the inside tractor tire. Smith's night would be done while Langenwalter was sent to the pits for the damage.

As if that wasn't enough, more bizarre stuff would occur. Eric Puhrmann would also suffer left front suspension damage, but under the caution the flagman apparently felt it wasn't bad enough to send him to the pits. Puhrmann would get crossed up in turn two, at which point Jay Brannan would clip him and send Puhrmann into a spin. Puhrmann would regain control and head directly to the pits while Brannan was given the black flag apparently for rough driving. As a result, Mike Bailey was the only car technically being scored and therefore picked up the win. Not sure how the scoring will look with with everything that happened, but it was definitely a weird race.

Only four IMCA stock cars were in attendance as well on this night. A $100 bounty was placed on David Smith as he too has picked up every stock car win thus far at the track. Bill Reetz took command from his pole start and looked strong in the early going until he slipped up the track and allowed Smith under him with two laps to go. David Smith went on to take the checkered flag ahead of Bill Reetz, Brian Blessington, and Brian Snell.

I didn't stick around long enough to watch the hornet feature. It was closing in on the 10:00, which normally is early for me. However with a 90-minute drive back home and needing a good night's rest, I decided to take off at that point.

The Calhoun County Speedway will hold their season championship night on Thursday, September 24th. Be sure to check out their track website at for more details.

- Racing may be a hobby, but it's DEFINITELY addictive!!

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