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Mike Spatola Sixth in FALS Frenzy Opener at Fairbury
(October 9, 2022) The annual running of 'FALS Frenzy' was next on the racing schedule for the Spatola Racing team on October 7-8 at Fairbury Speedway. The MARS Racing Series sanctioned the doubleheader weekend at the downtown Fairbury, Illinois oval, which kicked off on Friday night with a $5,000 to win throwdown. Mike Spatola III placed third in his heat race during the opener and later vaulted to sixth in the final rundown of the 40-lap feature event. In Saturday's weekend finale, which boasted a hefty $15,000 windfall, Mike ran fourth in his loaded heat race before starting and finishing sixteenth in the 50-lapper. Complete results from 'FALS Frenzy' can be located online by clicking on www.marsracingseries.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

Spatola Sixth in Harvest Hustle Finale at Sycamore Speedway
(October 2, 2022) The #89 team made their way to Sycamore Speedway in Maple Park, Illinois on September 30-October 1 for the 2nd edition of the 'Harvest Hustle.' The Lucas Oil MLRA Series doubleheader kicked off on Friday night in the Land of Lincoln with a $5,000 to win tussle. Mike Spatola III won his heat race in preliminary action, but unfortunately retired on lap 25 in the 40-lapper and was ultimately placed seventeenth in the final rundown. In Saturday's weekend finale, which boasted a $7,000 top prize, Mike ran third in his loaded heat race prior to advancing to finish sixth in the 50-lap headliner. Complete results from Sycamore Speedway can be obtained online by clicking on www.mlraracing.com. (Mike Ruefer Photo)

Mike Spatola III Competes in Illinois State Championship...
(September 25, 2022) The Spatola Racing team bolted to Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Illinois on September 23-24 for the annual running of the 'Illinois State Championship.' Following a rain-out of the $2,500 to win weekend opener on Friday night, Mike Spatola III competed for the $7,500 top prize at Peoria on Saturday evening. Mike stopped the clock third quickest overall during qualifying and ran second in his loaded heat race. After starting the 100-lapper from the inside of the second row, Mike was running in the fifth position near the halfway mark in the contest when mechanical issues forced him to pull pitside. At the pay window, Mike was ultimately paid for a thirteenth place performance in the 'Illinois State Championship.' Complete results from Peoria Speedway can be found online at www.peoriaspeedway.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

Spatola Moonlights in Crate Late Model for Seventh Victory!
(September 17, 2022) Manhattan, Illinois ace Mike Spatola III made a last minute decision to make a guest appearance in the Crate Late Model division on Friday night, September 16 at Kankakee County Speedway in Kankakee, Illinois. The decision paid off to the tune of his seventh feature win of the 2022 campaign. Aboard a #21 machine, Mike knocked down the second quickest time overall during qualifying and later secured a heat race victory. After starting the 20-lap weekly feature from the outside of the front row, "Opie" led each and every circuit to bag the $800 payday over a top five that included runner-up Matt Hammond, Jose Parga, Chase Osterhoff, and Torin Mettile! Complete results from last night at Kankakee County Speedway can be accessed online by clicking on www.kankakeecountyspeedway.com.

Mike Spatola Enters One for the Road Program at Fairbury...
(September 14, 2022) On Tuesday evening, September 13, the Castrol FloRacing Night in America Series sanctioned the annual 'One for the Road' at Fairbury Speedway and a $22,022 top prize was on the line at the downtown Fairbury, Illinois oval. Mike Spatola III was one of the 42 competitors that piled into the pit area at #FALS and he started off the night by laying down the sixth fastest lap in Group A during qualifying. Mike then placed seventh in both his heat race and his B-Main, which unfortunately did not advance the Manhattan, Illinois ace into the 50-lap headliner. Full results from last night at Fairbury Speedway can be found online by accessing www.fairburyspeedway.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

Mike Spatola Leads Early; Finishes Second in Summer Sizzler!
(September 10, 2022) The #89 team entered one lone event over the weekend, as they ventured to Sycamore Speedway in Maple Park, Illinois on Friday night, September 9. The Dirt Kings Tour paid a visit to the Land of Lincoln oval to preside over the 'Summer Sizzler' and a $3,000 payday was up for grabs. Mike Spatola III won his heat race in preliminary action and later started the 30-lap feature from the inside of the third row. "Opie" then blasted to the front to lead laps 6-7 of the headliner before settling for a strong runner-up performance behind only victor Troy Springborn! Complete results from last night at Sycamore Speedway can be accessed online at www.dirtkingstour.com. (Chad Marquardt Photo)

Spatola Kicks Off Labor Day Weekend with $10,000 Triumph!
(September 5, 2022) Mike Spatola III and his Spatola Racing team celebrated in victory lane for the sixth time in 2022 on Friday night, September 2 at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois! Mike swept the MARS Racing Series special at the 1/4-mile fairgrounds oval by earning Fast Time honors during qualifying and also winning his heat race. "Opie," who just became a father for the third time, then led all forty circuits during the headliner to bag $10,000 in diaper money ahead of a top five that included runner-up Bobby Pierce, Shannon Babb, Kyle Bronson, and Frank Heckenast, Jr.!

Two more MARS Racing Series contests wrapped up the busy Labor Day holiday weekend for the #89 team. On Saturday evening, September 3 in a $10,000 to win battle at Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois, Mike placed fifth in his heat race and third in his B-Main prior to receiving a provisional to gain access into the 50-lap main event. The Manhattan, Illinois ace then picked off nine competitors during the 'FALS Super Nationals' en route to a thirteenth place showing. At Spoon River Speedway in Banner, Illinois on Sunday, September 4, Mike ran fourth in his loaded heat race before drawing a late caution flag in the $5,000 to win A-Main and was ultimately paid for an eighth place effort. Complete results from the entire weekend can be found online at www.marsracingseries.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

Mike Spatola III Clinches Track Championship at Fairbury!!!
(August 28, 2022) Following a disappointing night at Davenport (IA) Speedway on Friday, Spatola Racing invaded Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois on Saturday evening, August 27 for the 'FALS Cup' finale. Mike Spatola III earned Fast Time honors during the qualifying session and later won his heat race in preliminary action. After starting the $2,500 to win headliner from the pole position, Mike led the entire feature distance until the final lap. While he was forced to settle for a close runner-up performance behind only victor Jay Sparks, the Manhattan, Illinois ace was able to secure the 2022 Track Championship in the Super Late Model division at FALS! Complete results from last night's final points race can be found online by logging onto www.fairburyspeedway.com.

Spatola Keeps Rolling; Beats MARS Foes at Kankakee for $5,000!
(August 20, 2022) Mike Spatola III and his #89 team continued their winning ways on Friday night, August 19 at Kankakee County Speedway in Kankakee, Illinois! Mike laid down the seventh quickest lap overall during MARS Racing Series qualifying prior to running second in his loaded heat race. After rolling off from the outside of the second row in the 'Big Daddy Scrap 40,' Mike drove to the lead on lap thirteen and held the point throughout the remainder of the 40-lapper. "Opie" then celebrated a $5,000 triumph at the checkers by besting a top five that included runner-up Ryan Unzicker, McKay Wenger, Frank Heckenast, Jr., and Kevin Weaver! Complete results from Mike's fifth victory of the year can be located online at www.marsracingseries.com.

Mike Spatola III Wins Again; Cashes $2,500 at Fairbury Speedway!
(August 14, 2022) The Spatola Racing team went back-to-back at Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois on Saturday evening, August 13, as they claimed their fourth feature win of the 2022 campaign! Mike Spatola III earned Fast Time honors during Super Late Model qualifying and later secured a victory in his heat race. After starting from the pole position in the 30-lapper and leading on a couple of different occasions, Mike made a last turn pass on Kevin Weaver to earn the exciting triumph. The Manhattan, Illinois ace picked up the $2,500 paycheck over a top five that included runner-up Weaver, Mike Provenzano, Jake Little, and Tom Thoennes! Complete results from last night at #FALS can be found online by clicking on www.fairburyspeedway.com. (Rocky Ragusa Photo)

Spatola Racing Celebrates in Victory Lane for Third Time in 2022!
(August 7, 2022) Mike Spatola III landed in victory lane for the third time in 2022 on Saturday night, August 6 at Fairbury Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois! Mike earned Fast Time honors during the qualifying session before securing a victory in his heat race. After starting the weeekly 30-lapper from the pole position, Mike led the final 18 circuits to claim the $2,500 'FALS Cup' triumph over a top five that included runner-up Myles Moos, Mike Mataragas, Jordan Bauer, and Mike Provenzano! Complete results from last night at #FALS can be found online by clicking on www.fairburyspeedway.com. (Rocky Ragusa Photo)

Mike Spatola III Battles National Stars in Prairie Dirt Classic
(July 31, 2022) A busy month of July for Spatola Racing wrapped up on July 29-30 with the annual running of the 'Prairie Dirt Classic' at Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois. The World of Outlaws Case Construction Late Model Series once again sanctioned the mega-event, which boasted a $50,000 top prize along with lap money.

On Friday night during preliminary action, Mike Spatola III timed in twentieth fastest in Group B during the qualifying session prior to winding up eleventh in his $3,000 to win preliminary feature. In front of a packed house on Saturday evening, Mike received a provisional to gain access into the 100-lap PDC and eventually earned a twenty-fourth place performance. Complete results from the entire 'Prairie Dirt Classic' weekend can be accessed online at www.woolms.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

Top Ten for Spatola Racing in $3,000 Junior Kimler Memorial
(July 23, 2022) A single event greeted the Spatola Racing team this weekend, as they invaded Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois on Friday night, July 22. The MARS Racing Series sanctioned the annual running of the 'Junior Kimler Memorial' and a $3,000 winner's check was on the line. Mike Spatola III stopped the clock fifth quickest overall during the qualifying session prior to grabbing the fourth transfer spot through his heat race. After starting the 30-lapper from the inside of the fourth row, "Opie" wound up slipping back to ninth by the time the checkered flag flew over the strong field. Complete results from last night at FCR can be found online by clicking on www.marsracingseries.com.

Hell Tour Stop at Farmer City Washed Out Again; Tenth at FALS
(July 17, 2022) After another rain-out of the $10,000 to win DIRTcar Summer Nationals show at Farmer City (IL) Raceway on Friday, the #89 team rolled back into Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois on Saturday evening, July 16. A weekly FALS Cup showdown was on tap at Fairbury last night and a $2,500 top prize was up for grabs. Mike Spatola III placed second in his stacked heat race and later started the A-Main from the outside of the second row. When the dust had settled at FALS, Mike was paid for a steady tenth place showing. Complete results from FALS can be found online by clicking on www.fairburyspeedway.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

Mike Spatola III Sees Rain at FCR; Runner-Up in FALS Special
(July 10, 2022) Following a rain-out on Friday night at Farmer City (IL) Raceway, the Spatola Racing team headed to Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois on Saturday evening, July 9 for the 'Bob Harty Memorial,' which boasted a $3,500 first place prize. Mike Spatola III stopped the clock second fastest overall during qualifying before running second in his heat race. After rolling off from the inside of the third row in the A-Main, Mike was able to work his way past a trio of competitors en route to a strong runner-up effort behind only victor Mckay Wenger! Complete results from FALS can be found online by clicking on www.fairburyspeedway.com.

Spatola Racing Places Second at Farmer City & Fifth at FALS
(July 3, 2022) The Spatola Racing team celebrated the Independence Day holiday weekend at two area tracks - Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois and Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois. On Friday night in a $1,000 to win weekly show at Farmer City, Mike Spatola III earned Fast Time honors during the qualifying session prior to running second in his heat race and a strong runner-up in the A-Main behind only victor Mckay Wenger. At FALS on Saturday evening in a $2,500 to win FALS Cup event, Mike stopped the clock second quickest in qualifying, finished second in his heat race, and later placed fifth in the feature behind only winner Ryan Unzicker, Mckay Wenger, Tommy Sheppard, Jr., and Titus Sneed. Complete results from each of these July 1-2 races can be accessed online at www.farmercityracing.com and www.fairburyspeedway.com.

Mike Spatola III Runner-Up at Farmer City; Sees Rain at FALS
(June 26, 2022) Mike Spatola III and his Spatola Racing team headed to Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois on Friday night, June 24 for a $1,000 to win weekly Super Late Model program. Mike timed in seventh quickest overall during the qualifying session before placing third in his heat race. After rolling off from the inside of the third row in the A-Main, "Opie" steered past a trio of racecars during the contest to land in the runner-up spot behind only victor Tommy Sheppard, Jr. Saturday's $2,500 to win 'FALS Cup' showdown at Fairbury Speedway was then unfortunately washed out by inclement weather. Full results from FCR can be accessed online at www.farmercityracing.com. (David B. Stukins Photo)

Spatola Enters Trio of Summer Nationals Shows in Busy Week
(June 20, 2022) The #89 team entered a trio of DIRTcar Summer Nationals shootouts from June 14-19 in the Land of Lincoln. On Tuesday night in the Summer Nationals opener at Kankakee County Speedway in Kankakee, Illinois, Mike Spatola III knocked down the fastest lap in his group during qualifying prior to placing third in his heat race and twelfth in the $5,000 to win feature event. Following a few days off, a $10,000 top prize was up for grabs on Saturday evening at Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois. Mike finished fourth in both his heat race and the B-Main, but later received a provisional before salvaging a sixteenth place showing in the 50-lap main event.

The third and final "Hell Tour" program of the hectic week took place on Sunday at Sycamore Speedway in Maple Park, Illinois. "Opie" finished sixth in his stacked heat race and fourth in his B-Main, which forced him to rely on another provisional to gain access into the $5,000 to win headliner. Mike was then able to advance past six competitors during the 40-lapper to leave Sycamore with a fourteenth place performance. Complete results from all three races can be accessed by clicking on www.dirtcarsummernationals.com.

"Opie" Lands on Podium in Pappy and Bob Allen Memorial!
(June 12, 2022) One lone event was on the racing calendar for the Spatola Racing team over the June 10-11 weekend, as they ventured to Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois on Saturday evening for the annual running of the 'Pappy and Bob Allen Memorial.' The DIRTcar Super Late Models raced for a $5,000 paycheck last night at the 1/4-mile oval. Mike Spatola III earned Fast Time honors overall during the qualifying session prior to placing third in his heat race. After starting the 30-lap feature from the inside of the third row, Mike ran in the second spot through much of the distance before winding up third at the checkers behind only victor Tanner English and runner-up Ryan Unzicker! Complete results from last night at FALS can be viewed online at www.fairburyspeedway.com.

Spatola Slips to Seventh in $2,500 FALS Cup Showdown
(June 5, 2022) Mike Spatola III and his #89 team found themselves back at Fairbury Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois on Saturday evening, June 4. A weekly FALS Cup program was held last night and a $2,500 top prize was up for grabs for the Super Late Model competitors. Mike timed in fourth fastest overall during the qualifying session before running second in his heat race. After rolling off from the outside of the second row in the 30-lap headliner, "Opie" ultimately slipped back three spots to finish seventh in the final rundown. Complete results from last night at Fairbury Speedway can be found online by accessing www.fairburyspeedway.com.

Mike Spatola Cashes $3,000 for First Career MARS Victory!!
(May 30, 2022) The Spatola Racing team captured their second win of the 2022 campaign and Mike Spatola III earned his first career MARS Racing Series triumph on Saturday night, May 28 at Fairbury Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois! Mike timed in third quickest overall during qualifying and won his heat race to earn the inside of the second row for the start of the 30-lap sprint. "Opie" then came out on top of a fantastic race to bag the $3,000 winner's check ahead of runner-up Jason Feger, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Ryan Unzicker, and Mckay Wenger!

Another MARS Racing Series program took place on Sunday, May 29 at Spoon River Speedway in Banner, Illinois. The annual 'Gary Cook, Jr. Memorial' was on tap and a $5,064 payday was on the line. Mike stopped the clock third fastest overall once again during qualifying and was leading his heat race until suffering a broken transmission. The crew quickly made repairs and the Manhattan, Illinois ace was able to start shotgun on the field in the 40-lapper before picking off eight competitors en route to a thirteenth place showing. Complete results from both Memorial Day weekend contests can be found online at www.marsracingseries.com. (Rocky Ragusa Photo)

In Rainy Weekend, Mike Spatola Nabs Top Five at Quincy!
(May 23, 2022) After Mother Nature took home victories with the MARS Racing Series on Friday and Saturday, the #89 team was finally able to compete again on Sunday, May 22 at Adams County Speedway in Quincy, Illinois! Mike Spatola III laid down the fifth quickest time overall during the qualifying session prior to running second in heat race action. After starting fifth on the grid in the $7,000 to win headliner, "Opie" was able to move up one spot during the 40-lapper to leave the former Quincy Raceway with a solid fourth place performance behind only victor Tommy Sheppard, Jr., Ryan Unzicker, and Jason Feger! Full results from last night in Quincy can be viewed online by clicking on www.marsracingseries.com.

Spatola Racing Competes in Hectic Illinois Speedweek
(May 15, 2022) The four-race "Illinois Speedweek" kept the Spatola Racing team busy from May 11-14. Things kicked off in the Land of Lincoln with a pair of $22,022 to win Castrol FloRacing Night in America Series battles at Spoon River Speedway in Banner, Illinois and Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, Illinois. On Wednesday night at Spoon River, Mike Spatola III placed fourth in his loaded heat race, second in his B-Main, and twentieth in the 50-lap feature. In the second round on Thursday at Lincoln, Mike ran second in heat race action, but later ran into trouble during the 50-lapper and was officially placed twentieth in the final rundown.

The MARS Racing Series then took over the sanctioning duties over the weekend in a pair of lucrative events at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois and Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois. At Farmer City on Friday evening in a $15,000 to win throwdown, Mike finished eighth in his heat race and twelfth in his B-Main, which unfortunately kept him out of the 47-lap main event. In Saturday's speedweek finale at FALS, which boasted a hefty $30,000 paycheck, Mike was unfortunately not able to transfer into the 50-lap headliner again after running seventh in his heat race and thirteenth in his B-Main. Complete results from all four "Illinois Speedweek" races can be found online at www.floseries.com and www.marsracingseries.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

Mike Spatola III Runner-Up in $2,500 FALS Cup Opener!
(May 8, 2022) Mike Spatola III and his #89 team rolled into Fairbury Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois on Saturday, May 7, as the track held it's season opening 'FALS Cup' event. Mike laid down the ninth fastest lap overall during the qualifying session prior to securing a heat race triumph. After starting the $2,500 to win main event from the inside of the second row, Mike drove up to the second spot in the 30-lapper to earn an impressive runner-up performance behind only race winner Tommy Sheppard, Jr.! Complete results from last night at FALS can be accessed online at www.fairburyspeedway.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

Spatola Opens Up 2022 Campaign with Victory at Farmer City Raceway!
(April 24, 2022) The Spatola Racing team kicked off their 2022 campaign in winning fashion on Friday night, April 22 at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois! Mike Spatola III timed in second fastest at the 1/4-mile facility during qualifying and later won his heat race. After starting the weekly main event from the pole position, Mike led the final ten circuits around the fairgrounds oval to pocket the $1,000 winner's check over Kevin Weaver, Ryan Unzicker, Blaze Burwell, and Jason Wagner!

On Saturday evening, April 23 at Peoria Speedway, a $5,098 top prize was up for grabs - along with a myriad of other bonuses - in the 'Garry Swibold Memorial.' Mike knocked down the second quickest lap overall during qualifying before running second in his heat race and fourth in the fast dash. After rolling off from the outside of the second row in the 50-lapper, "Opie" wound up right where he started in the feature... in the fourth position behind only race winner Justin Reed, Todd Bennett, and Rusty Schlenk. Complete results from both Land of Lincoln venues can be viewed online at www.farmercityracing.com and www.peoriaspeedway.com.

 

 

 

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