Spatola Fourth in Land of Lincoln 40 at Kankakee County Speedway
(August 15, 2015) A day before his wedding, Mike Spatola III and his #89 team rolled into Kankakee County Speedway in Kankakee, Illinois on Friday night, August 14 for the 'Land of Lincoln 40.' The American Late Model Series (ALMS) presided over the $3,000 to win special event. Mike knocked down the second fastest lap overall during qualifying prior to running second in heat race action. After starting the 40-lap headliner from the outside of the second row, "Opie" wound up finishing right where he started... in the fourth position behind only race winner Brian Shirley, Ryan Unzicker, and Jimmy Mars. Complete results from last night at Kankakee can be viewed online at www.kankakeecountyspeedway.com.

Mike Spatola III Sweeps Weekend Events at Kankakee and LaSalle!!!
(August 9, 2015) The Spatola Racing team picked up their fourth and fifth wins of the 2015 racing season over the August 7-8 weekend in their home state of Illinois! On Friday night at Kankakee County Speedway in Kankakee, Illinois, Mike Spatola III ran fourth in his heat race and later took the lead early in the weekly main event to bag the $1,200 top prize over Torin Mettille, Jay Morris, Donnie Johnson, and Randy Manos. At LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois on Saturday evening, Mike qualified third fastest in time trials, ran second in his heat race, and later led the last few laps of the headliner to score the $1,000 winner's check. Full results from both races can be viewed online at www.kankakeecountyspeedway.com and www.lasallespeedway.com.

Spatola on Podium in Trip to Fairbury American Legion Speedway!
(August 2, 2015) Mike Spatola III and Spatola Racing stormed into Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois on Saturday evening, August 1 for a weekly UMP Late Model showdown. Mike laid down the second quickest lap during qualifying and later placed second in his heat race at the 1/4-mile bullring. After starting the $1,200 to win headliner from the outside of the second row, "Opie" was able to move up to finish third behind only race winner Kevin Weaver and runner-up Daren Friedman. Complete results from last night at FALS can be accessed online at www.fairburyspeedway.com.

Spatola Racing Enters Prairie Dirt Classic at Fairbury American Legion Speedway
(July 26, 2015) Mike Spatola III and his #89 team invaded Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois on July 24-25 for the 26th Annual 'Prairie Dirt Classic.' On Friday night, Mike timed in twenty-eighth fastest in Group B during World of Outlaws Late Model Series qualifying and later ran sixth in heat race action. After finishing fourth in his B-Main on Saturday evening, "Opie" was unfortunately not able to transfer into the $26,000 to win headliner. Mike was then leading the Non-Qualifiers Race before suffering mechanical woes (broken right rear axle) late in the event, which dropped him to a tenth place effort. Complete results from FALS can be accessed online at www.woolms.com.

Mike Spatola III Collected in First Lap Wreck at Hartford Speedway
(July 11, 2015) The Spatola Racing team entered one lone event this past weekend, as they pulled into Hartford Speedway in Hartford, Michigan on Friday night, July 10 for a $1,500 to win weekly Super Late Model showdown. After arriving late to the track and missing preliminary events, Mike Spatola III started dead last (tenth) and had his work cut out for him in the feature. Unfortunately, Mike was caught up in an opening lap wreck and was placed ninth in the final finishing order. Full results from last night at Hartford can be located online at www.hartfordspeedway.net.

Hectic 4th of July Extended Weekend for #89 Team...
(July 4, 2015) The hectic Independence Day holiday weekend wrapped up in style for Spatola Racing, as they celebrated their third win of the 2015 campaign tonight at Spoon River Speedway in Banner, Illinois! Mike Spatola III laid down a New Track Record during the qualifying session and later scored the win in his heat race. After starting from the pole position in the A-Main, "Opie" led early prior to holding the point for the last twelve circuits en route to capturing the $1,564 top prize!!!

(July 3, 2015) The #89 team rolled into Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Illinois tonight for the unsanctioned 'Firecracker 40,' which paid $2,000 to the winner. Mike Spatola III advanced up to fifth in his heat race and later started from the inside of the fifth row in the 40-lap main event. Mike then stormed to the front and grabbed the lead on lap 17 and led up until the 23rd circuit when he was forced to pull in with a broken air filter stub. The mechanical woes cost "Opie" a shot at the win and caused him not to finish the race.

(July 2, 2015) Spatola Racing followed the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals grind to LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois for tonight's throwdown, which once again boasted a $5,000 payday. Mike Spatola III qualified fourth fastest in his group during time trials and later placed third in his heat race. After rolling off from the outside of the fifth row in the 40-lap headliner, "Opie" wound up slipping back to twelfth at the checkers tonight at the 1/4-mile bullring.

(July 1, 2015) The extended Independence Day holiday weekend kicked off tonight with a visit to the renamed Daugherty Speedway in Boswell, Indiana. The UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour presided over the $5,000 to win event and 37 competitors piled into the pit area in the Hoosier State. Mike Spatola III posted the fastest lap in his group during qualifying prior to scoring the win in his loaded heat race. After drawing the outside of the front row before the drop of the green flag in the 40-lapper, Mike wound up slipping back to sixth at the checkers.

Busy Week for Spatola Racing in the Land of Lincoln...
(June 27, 2015) Mike Spatola III and his #89 team rolled through the pit gate at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois tonight for a $1,200 to win weekly UMP program. Mike ran sixth in his heat race, but won his B-Main to gain access into the feature event. After starting the A-Main from the outside of the eighth row, "Opie" drove past six competitors en route to a steady tenth place finish.

(June 26, 2015) Tonight's UMP DIRTcar weekly show at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois, which was scheduled to pay $1,000 to the winner, has been rained-out.

(June 23, 2015) The Spatola Racing team dropped back on the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour tonight for a stop at Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Illinois. Mike Spatola III qualified sixth fastest in his group during the time trial session, but was later involved in a wreck during his heat race and was relegated to a ninth place effort. After winning the C-Main, Mike was forced to rely on a provisional to gain access into the $5,000 to win main event. The Manhattan, Illinois native then moved up eight spots during the course of the 40-lapper on his way to a fourteenth place showing.

Mike Spatola III Runner-Up at Hartford; Breaks Shock at FALS...
(June 21, 2015) Mike Spatola III and the Spatola Racing team returned to dirt-slinging action at Hartford Speedway in Hartford, Michigan and Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois over the June 19-20 weekend. On Friday night at Hartford in a weekly $1,500 to win Super Late Model showdown, Mike won his heat race prior to finishing an impressive runner-up in the main event. At FALS on Saturday evening, the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour presided over a $10,000 to win program. "Opie" set Fast Time overall during qualifying and later won his loaded heat race, but a broken right rear shock while running second in the 50-lapper dropped the Manhattan, Illinois native to a disappointing twenty-first place showing. Full results from both weekend battles can be viewed online at www.hartfordspeedway.net and www.fairburyspeedway.com.

Busy Extended Weekend for Mike Spatola III & Spatola Racing...
(June 14, 2015) Tonight's UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals showdown scheduled for Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, Wisconsin was unfortunately wiped out by Mother Nature. The $5,000 to win program will not be rescheduled...

(June 13, 2015) The UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals presided over the annual 'Masters' finale tonight at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin and a $10,000 top prize was on the line. Mike Spatola III knocked down the fastest lap overall during the qualifying session and later ran second in his loaded heat race. After rolling off from the inside of the third row in the 50-lap main event, Mike wound up slipping back to a seventh place effort tonight at CLS.

(June 12, 2015) Tonight's $1,500 to win weekly UMP show at Hartford Speedway in Hartford, Michigan was rained-out. The #89 team is now headed to Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin to compete in the $10,000 to win 'Masters' finale on Saturday evening, June 13.

(June 11, 2015) The Spatola Racing team kicked off a huge extended weekend of racing action tonight at Kankakee County Speedway in Kankakee, Illinois. The UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour rolled into the fairgrounds venue to preside over a $5,000 to win throwdown. Mike Spatola III clicked off the fastest lap in his group during the qualifying session prior to running second in heat race action. After starting the 40-lap headliner from the outside of the third row, "Opie" climbed all the way up to second to finish behind his cousin and winner Frank Heckenast, Jr.

Spatola Racing Nabs Second Feature Victory of '15 at Kankakee!
(June 7, 2015) Mike Spatola III picked up his second feature victory of the 2015 campaign on Friday evening, June 5 at the nearby Kankakee County Speedway in Kankakee, Illinois! After timing in third fastest in qualifying and advancing up to second in his heat race, Mike led from flag-to-flag in the weekly main event to score the $1,200 payday over Jay Morris, Lyle Zanker, Steve Dimmick, and Rich Bell. On Saturday night, June 6 in a similar $1,200 to win program at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois, "Opie" ran fourth in his heat race to earn the outside fifth row starting spot in the A-Main. Mike then blasted all the way up to second at FALS to earn an impressive runner-up showing behind only victor Kevin Weaver. Full results can be viewed online at www.kankakeecountyspeedway.com and www.fairburyspeedway.com.

Mike Spatola III Gets First Win of 2015 at Hartford Speedway!
(June 1, 2015) The Spatola Racing team celebrated in victory lane for the first time in 2015 on Friday night, May 29 at Hartford Speedway in Hartford, Michigan! Mike Spatola III ran second in his heat race, started from the pole position of the weekly main event, and led from flag-to-flag to score the $1,500 triumph. Following a rain-out on Saturday evening at Fairbury American Legion Speedway, the #89 team rolled into LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois on Sunday, May 31. "Opie" set Fast Time in qualifying prior to finishing second in his heat race and third in the weekly feature behind only victor Rich Bell and runner-up Billy Drake. Full results from the weekend can be viewed online at www.hartfordspeedway.net and www.lasallespeedway.com.

Flat Right Rear Tire Ends Spatola's Charge at Fairbury A.L. Speedway...
(May 25, 2015) Mike Spatola III and his #89 team traveled to Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois on Saturday evening, May 23 for a regular weekly Super Late Model throwdown. Mike ran third in his heat race and later started the $1,200 to win main event from the inside of the fourth row. The Manhattan, Illinois native had then moved all the way up to third in the running order of the feature before a flat right rear tire caused him to retire in the seventeenth position. Sunday's stop at LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois was then washed out by Mother Nature. Full results from FALS can be viewed online at www.fairburyspeedway.com.

Spatola Breaks Rear-End at Hartford, Climbs to Ninth at FALS
(May 17, 2015) The Spatola Racing team roared into Hartford Speedway in Hartford, Michigan and Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois on May 15-16 for two more UMP Super Late Model showdowns. On Friday night at Hartford, Mike Spatola III ran third in his heat race and was up to second in the $1,500 to win main event before a broken rear-end knocked him back to a disappointing eighteenth place effort. At FALS on Saturday evening, Mike finished fifth in his heat race, won his B-Main, and later passed six competitors during the $2,000 to win feature event en route to a solid ninth place performance. Complete results can be viewed online at www.hartfordspeedway.net and www.fairburyspeedway.com.

Mike Spatola III Earns Top Fives in Visits to Farmer City and Fairbury!
(May 3, 2015) Mike Spatola III and his Spatola Racing team entered a pair of weekly UMP Super Late Model programs over the May 1-2 weekend at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois and Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois. On Friday night at Farmer City, Mike won his heat race prior to finishing fourth in the $1,000 to win feature event behind only winner Scott Schmitt, Joe Harlan, and McKay Wenger. At FALS on Saturday evening, "Opie" once again won his heat race in preliminary action before winding up third in the $1,200 to win main event behind only victor Scott Schmitt and runner-up Scott Bull. Complete results from both venues can be accessed online at www.farmercityracing.com and www.fairburyspeedway.com.

Spatola Racing Competes in Illini 100 Weekend at Farmer City Raceway...
(April 19, 2015) Spatola Racing trekked to Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois on April 17-18 for the annual 'Illini 100,' which was once again sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. Unfortunately, Mike Spatola III was unable to transfer into both feature events over the action-packed weekend. In the $6,000 to win weekend opener on Friday night, Mike finished fifth in his heat race and fifteenth in his B-Main - due to a wreck. On Saturday evening in the $15,000 to win 'Illini 100' finale, "Opie" got into the wall during qualifying and later ran eleventh in both his heat race and his B-Main. Complete results from the disappointing doubleheader can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.

Mike Spatola III Runner-Up in Don Bohlander Tribute at Peoria!
(April 12, 2015) Mike Spatola III and his #89 team rolled into Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois and Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Illinois on April 10-11 for a pair of Super Late Model events. On Friday night at Farmer City, a $1,000 paycheck was on the line in a weekly UMP DIRTcar Series show. Mike timed in tenth fastest in qualifying and later ran fourth in heat race action. After starting the A-Main from the outside of the fifth row, "Opie" hung around the top ten before eventually claiming a twelfth place performance against a strong field of competitors.

At Peoria on Saturday evening, the annual running of the 'Don Bohlander Tribute' paid $5,000 to the winner. Mike once again clicked off the tenth quickest lap during time trials prior to scoring the win in heat race action. After rolling off from the pole position in the 50-lap affair, the Manhattan, Illinois ace ran second in the entire distance and finished an impressive runner-up behind only race winner Bobby Pierce. Complete results from both Land of Lincoln venues can be found online at www.farmercityracing.com and www.peoriaspeedway.com.

Spatola Racing Kicks Off 2015 Season in Thaw Brawl at LaSalle Speedway
(April 5, 2015) Spatola Racing started their 2015 racing season over the April 3-4 weekend in the annual 'Thaw Brawl' at LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois. On Friday night, Mike Spatola III knocked down the quickest lap overall during American Late Model Series (ALMS) qualifying and later finished fifth in his heat race and seventh in the $5,000 to win lid lifter. At LaSalle on Saturday evening, Mike qualified fastest in his group once again and later bagged the fourth and final transfer spot through his heat race. After rolling off from the inside of the eighth row in the $15,000 to win headliner, "Opie" drew a late caution in the 75-lapper and was placed sixteenth in the final finishing order. Complete results from LaSalle can be viewed online at www.lasallespeedway.com.

 

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