Spatola III Bags Top Ten in Chuck Hamilton Memorial at Peoria
15, 2016) Over a rainy weekend, the Spatola Racing
team headed to Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Illinois on Saturday
evening, May 14 for the annual running of the 'Chuck Hamilton
Memorial,' which was sanctioned by the American Late Model Series
(ALMS). Mike Spatola III clicked off the fourth quickest time
in his group during qualifying prior to grabbing the fourth transfer
spot through his heat race. After starting the $5,000 to win headliner
from the inside of the sixth row, Mike advanced a couple of positions
during the 50-lapper on his way to a steady ninth place effort.
Complete results from last night can be obtained by clicking on
Spatola Nabs Top Ten
in Douglas Dodge 40; Caught Up in Wreck in FALS Frenzy
(May 8, 2016) Mike
Spatola III and his #89 team were back in the pit area at Farmer
City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois and Fairbury American Legion
Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois over the May 6-7 weekend for a
pair of high-profile MARS DIRTcar Series and American Late Model
Series (ALMS) co-sanctioned shootouts. On Friday night in the
$5,000 to win 'Douglas Dodge 40' at Farmer City, Mike timed in
second quickest in his group during qualifying, ran third in his
heat race, and later climbed up to ninth in the 40-lap headliner.
At FALS on Saturday evening, Mike clicked off the fourth fastest
lap overall during time trials prior to grabbing the second transfer
spot through his heat race. Unfortunately, "Opie" was
involved in an incident during the $10,000 to win 'FALS Frenzy'
main event and was forced to retire from the 50-lapper with front
end damage in the twenty-first position. Full results from both
weekend battles can be viewed online at www.marsracingseries.com.
Mike Spatola III Sets
Fast Time; Finishes Runner-Up at Farmer City!
(May 1, 2016) The
Spatola Racing team headed back to Farmer City Raceway in Farmer
City, Illinois on Friday evening, April 29 for a $1,000 to win
weekly Super Late Model showdown. Mike Spatola III clicked off
the quickest lap during the UMP qualifying session to earn Fast
Time honors and later placed second in heat race action. After
starting the A-Main from the outside of the second row, Mike took
the lead briefly during the feature before settling for a strong
runner-up effort behind only winner Scott Schmitt. Saturday's
scheduled stop at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury,
Illinois was then halted due to inclement weather. Complete results
from Farmer City on Friday can be viewed online at www.farmercityracing.com.
Spatola Earns Pair
of Top Fives at Farmer City and FALS!
(April 24, 2016)
Mike Spatola III and the #89 team tackled weekly Super Late Model
programs over the April 22-23 weekend at Farmer City Raceway in
Farmer City, Illinois and Fairbury American Legion Speedway in
Fairbury, Illinois. On Friday night at Farmer City, Mike timed
in eleventh quickest in qualifying prior to running fourth in
his heat race and fourth in the $1,000 to win feature event behind
only winner Scott Schmitt, Kevin Weaver, and Jason Feger. At FALS
on Saturday evening, Mike clicked off the third fastest time in
qualifying before finishing second in his heat race and third
in the $1,200 to win main event behind only victor Kevin Weaver
and runner-up Scott Schmitt. Complete results from both UMP shows
can be viewed online at www.farmercityracing.com
Mike Spatola III Picks
Up First Win of 2016 Season at Farmer City!
17, 2016) The Spatola Racing team celebrated in
victory lane for the first time in the young 2016 racing season
on Friday night, April 15 at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City,
Illinois! Mike Spatola III timed in second quickest during the
qualifying session and later placed second in his heat race. After
starting the weekly main event from the outside of the second
row, Mike drove to the lead near the halfway mark of the race
and led the remainder of the distance en route to the $1,000 triumph
over Mckay Wenger, Joe Harlan, Jay Morris, and Billy Drake!
At Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Illinois on Saturday
evening, April 16, another weekly Super Late Model show was held
and another $1,000 payday was on the line. With work commitments,
Mike did not show up at the track in time to qualify, but did
advance up to fifth in heat race action. After rolling off from
the inside of the fifth row in the A-Main, "Opie" battled
past four competitors on his way to a solid fifth place performance
behind only victor Billy Drake, Todd Bennett, Kevin Weaver, and
Mckay Wenger. Complete results from both weekend shows can be
viewed online at www.farmercityracing.com
(Double J Photos)
Spatola Racing Sixth
in Weekly Show at Peoria Speedway on Saturday
10, 2016) Mike Spatola III and his #89 Super Late
Model team traveled to Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Illinois on
Saturday evening, April 9 for a weekly program. Mike qualified
second quickest during the time trial session prior to picking
up the victory in heat race action. After starting the $1,000
to win main event from the pole position, "Opie" ran
towards the front early in the 25-lap contest before slipping
back to sixth at the checkers. Mike trailed only winner McKay
Wenger, Jason Wagner, Myles Moos, Eric Spangler, and Charley Hess
at the finish line. Full results from last night at Peoria Speedway
can be accessed online at www.peoriaspeedway.com.
Mike Spatola III Enters
Illini 100 Weekend at Farmer City Raceway
4, 2016) Spatola Racing ventured to Farmer City
Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois on April 2-3 to compete in the
annual running of the 'Illini 100,' which was sanctioned by the
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series. The two-day spectacular
started on Saturday night with a $6,000 to win shootout at the
1/4-mile fairgrounds bullring. Mike Spatola III wound up fourth
in his heat race, but ran into problems in his B-Main to finish
fifteenth, which unfortunately kept him out of the 25-lap main
event. Mike also missed out on Sunday's $15,000 to win feature
event after running seventh in his loaded heat race before scratching
from his B-Main. Full results from the disappointing 'Illini 100'
weekend can be obtained by clicking on www.woolms.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
Spatola Racing Tackles
LaSalle Speedway for Thaw Brawl Weekend
27, 2016) Mike Spatola III and his #89 team rolled
into LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois on March 25-26 for
the two-day 'Thaw Brawl' extravaganza. The MARS DIRTcar Series,
Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series, and American Late Model Series
tri-sanctioned the doubleheader weekend, which kicked off on Friday
night with a $5,000 to win program. Mike ran sixth in his loaded
heat race and third in his B-Main. Unfortunately, that consolation
race finish was one mere spot away from a coveted transfer position
into the 50-lap main event.
On Saturday evening at LaSalle Speedway, a whopping
$15,000 winner's check was on the line in the 'Thaw Brawl' finale.
Mike once again placed sixth in heat race action, but later earned
the second and final transfer spot through his B-Main. After starting
the 75-lap weekend finale from the inside of the tenth row, "Opie"
charged all the way up to sixth before unfortunately getting spun
on lap 67. The Manhattan, Illinois ace was dropped to fourteenth
at the checkers of the 2016 edition of the 'Thaw Brawl.' Full
results from LaSalle can be viewed online at www.lasallespeedway.com.
Mike Spatola III Lifts
Lid to 2016 Season in Tuckasee Toilet Bowl Classic
6, 2016) The Spatola Racing team kicked off their
2016 campaign on March 4-5 during the two-day 'Tuckasee Toilet
Bowl Classic' at Clarksville Speedway in Clarksville, Tennessee.
On Friday night in the $3,000 to win weekend opener, Mike Spatola
III ran fifth in his heat race and second in his B-Main to transfer
into the night's 30-lap headliner. After moving up inside of the
top ten, Mike eventually slipped back to fifteenth at the checkers
of the MARS DIRTcar Series show.
At Clarksville on Saturday evening, a $5,000 top
prize was up for grabs in the finale of the 'Tuckasee Toilet Bowl
Classic' doubleheader. Mike grabbed the fourth and final transfer
spot through heat race action and later posted a strong finish
in the 40-lap main event. The Manhattan, Illinois ace landed inside
of the top ten in the Volunteer State, eventually nabbing a solid
ninth place performance. Full results from Clarksville Speedway
can be accessed online at www.marsracingseries.com.