Mike Spatola III Competes in Two Classes During Fairbury Fair!
(August 18, 2017) Mike Spatola III unloaded both a Super Late Model and a Crate Late Model on Thursday evening, August 17 at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois to thrill all of the race fans at the annual Fairbury Fair. Behind the wheel of his familiar #89 Super Late Model, Mike placed fifth in his heat race and later moved up to eighth in the $1,500 to win headliner. In Crate Late Model action, "Opie" timed in eighth fastest overall during qualifying, ran third in his heat race, and advanced to second in the $500 to win main event to trail only victor Myles Moos. Full results from last night at FALS can be accessed online at www.fairburyspeedway.com.

Spatola Grabs Two Top Fives Last Night at Kankakee County Speedway!
(August 12, 2017) The Spatola Racing team returned to action on Friday night, August 11 at Kankakee County Speedway in Kankakee, Illinois, as the MARS Dirt Car Series West division presided over a $3,000 to win shootout. Mike Spatola III knocked down the fifth quickest time of the thirteen entrants during the qualifying session and later ran third in his heat race. The Manhattan, Illinois ace then started the feature event from the inside of the third row before winding up fourth in the final finishing order behind only victor Jason Feger, Rusty Schlenk, and Frank Heckenast, Jr. Mike also drove a Crate Late Model and despite getting a hole in his radiator while leading his heat race, he stormed to the front in the A-Main to finish an impressive runner-up behind only winner Jay Morris! Full results from last night's stop to Kankakee can be accessed by clicking on www.kankakeecountyspeedway.com.

Mike Spatola III Victorious in Make-Up Feature at Fairbury!!!
(August 6, 2017) Mike Spatola III racked up his fifth feature triumph of the 2017 racing season on Saturday evening, August 5 at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois! In the make-up of the June 17 headliner, Mike started from the fourth position and grabbed the top spot around the halfway mark in the rain-postponed race. "Opie" then led the remainder of the distance to pocket the $1,300 top prize over McKay Wenger, Scott Bull, Kevin Weaver, and Scott Schmitt. In the regularly scheduled $1,300 to win weekly show last night at FALS, Mike won his heat race in preliminary action prior to slipping back to sixth in the final rundown of the A-Main. Full results from the 1/4-mile bullring can be accessed online at www.fairburyspeedway.com. (Rocky Ragusa Photo)

Spatola Racing Enters Prairie Dirt Classic Weekend at FALS
(July 30, 2017) The #89 team ventured to Fairbury American Legion Speedway on July 28-29 for the 28th edition of the 'Prairie Dirt Classic,' which was once again sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series. A robust field of 65 Super Late Model teams piled into the pit area in downtown Fairbury, Illinois to vie for the whopping $30,000 winner's check. On Friday night, Mike Spatola III timed in eleventh quickest in Group A during qualifying and later wound up sixth in his 25-lap preliminary feature, which paid $2,500 to the victor. Mike was then in a coveted transfer position in his B-Main on Saturday evening before unfortunately being taken out by another competitor in the waning laps, which dropped him to a thirteenth place effort and kept him out of the 100-lap headliner that was ultimately won by Brandon Sheppard. Full results from the lucrative weekend at FALS can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.

Mike Spatola III Pockets $3,000 for J.R. Kimler Memorial Victory!
(July 23, 2017) Mike Spatola III reached victory lane for the fourth time in 2017 in a big way by capturing the $3,000 winner's check on Friday night, July 21 in the annual 'J.R. Kimler Memorial' at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois! Mike timed in fourth fastest during the qualifying session and later scored the victory in his heat race. The Manhattan, Illinois ace then led all thirty circuits of the headliner to claim the big win over Jason Feger, Kevin Weaver, Ryan Unzicker, and Mckay Wenger. On Saturday evening, July 22 at the tiny Macon Speedway in Macon, Illinois, "Opie" finished second in his heat race and fourth in the $2,000 to win Big 10 Series feature event behind only victor Ryan Unzicker, Mckay Wenger, and Jose Parga. Full results from both Land of Lincoln venues can be found online at www.farmercityracing.com and www.maconracing.com. (Jim Jones Photo)

Spatola Racing on Podium All Weekend Despite Flat Tires!
(July 16, 2017) The Spatola Racing team returned to Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois and Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois on July 14-15 for two more UMP Super Late Model battles. In the $1,000 to win weekly show on Friday night at Farmer City, Mike Spatola III won his heat race and led the first seventeen laps of the headliner before a flat right rear tire sent him pitside to the attention of his crew. Mike then returned to the 1/4-mile bullring and rallied from the tail to salvage a strong third place podium effort behind only winner Rickey Frankel and runner-up Kevin Weaver.

At FALS on Saturday evening, a $2,000 top prize was on the line and Mike started off his night by posting the fifteenth fastest lap during qualifying. "Opie" then stormed up to second in his heat race and later grabbed the point near the halfway mark in the A-Main. Mike appeared on his way to a popular win before another flat tire on the final circuit helped drop him to runner-up behind only his cousin Frank Heckenast, Jr. Full results from both weekend races can be accessed online at www.farmercityracing.com and www.fairburyspeedway.com.

Mike Spatola III Nabs Third Win of 2017 Saturday at FALS!
(July 9, 2017) Mike Spatola III bagged his third feature victory of the 2017 campaign on Saturday evening, July 8 at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois! Mike timed in tenth quickest during the UMP qualifying session, but later stormed to the heat race triumph. "Opie" then led all thirty circuits in the weekly main event to claim the $1,300 win over Ryan Unzicker, Kevin Weaver, Scott Bull, and Dan Flessner. On Friday night, July 7 in a $10,000 to win UMP Summer Nationals showdown at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois, Mike ran fourth in his stacked heat race and sixteenth in the 50-lap headliner. Full results from both weekend races can be accessed online at www.farmercityracing.com and www.fairburyspeedway.com. (Rocky Ragusa Photo)

Busy Fourth of July Holiday Week for Spatola Racing...
(July 1, 2017) The #89 team was in the pit area tonight at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois, as a $1,300 top prize was on the line in a regular weekly show. Mike Spatola III timed in fourth quickest in qualifying prior to scoring the victory in his heat race. The Manhattan, Illinois standout then ran third in the headliner for the second straight evening behind only victor Kevin Weaver and runner-up Ryan Unzicker.

(June 30, 2017) Next up was a visit to Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois tonight for a $1,000 to win weekly program. Mike Spatola III qualified fourth fastest in time trials and later ran second in his heat race. After starting fourth on the grid in the main event, "Opie" eventually wound up third in the final finishing order behind only race winner Jason Feger and runner-up Ryan Unzicker.

(June 28, 2017) A hectic 4th of July holiday week for Spatola Racing started tonight in the 'Outlaw Clay Classic' at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series tour presided over the $10,000 to win program at the pristine Chicago-area facility. Mike Spatola III clicked off the fifteenth fastest lap of the 26 competitors during the qualifying session and later placed fifth in his stacked heat race. "Opie" was then scheduled to roll off from the inside of the eighth row in the 50-lap finale, but heavy rains and dangerous lightning unfortunately postponed the event to October 13.

Spatola Fourth at Farmer City; Transfers into Summer Nationals at FALS
(June 25, 2017) Mike Spatola III and his #89 team invaded Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois and Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois over the June 23-24 weekend. In a weekly Super Late Model program on Friday night at FCR, Mike laid down the quickest lap overall during time trials, ran second in his heat race, and later placed fourth in the $1,000 to win main event behind only winner Mckay Wenger, Rusty Schlenk, and Scott Bull. On Saturday in a $10,000 to win UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals shootout at FALS, "Opie" finished fifth in his heat race and won his B-Main before winding up fifteenth in the final rundown of the 50-lap feature event. Complete results from both Illinois bullrings can be accessed online at www.farmercityracing.com and www.fairburyspeedway.com.

Huge Four-Race Weekend for Spatola Racing in Illinois & Indiana
(June 18, 2017) The first week of the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals wrapped up tonight with a $5,000 to win throwdown at Daugherty Speedway in Boswell, Indiana. Mike Spatola III laid down the quickest time in his group during qualifying prior to scoring a triumph in his loaded heat race. The Manhattan, Illinois ace was then running fourth in the 30-lapper when overheating woes caused Mike to retire in the twelfth finishing position.

(June 17, 2017) Next up for the Spatola Racing team was a visit to Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois tonight for a weekly UMP Super Late Model showdown, which paid $1,300 to the victor. Mike Spatola III posted the fourth fastest lap overall during qualifying before running second in heat race action. Unfortunately, Mother Nature wiped out the main event, as rain showers invaded the Fairbury area before the feature could get underway.

(June 16, 2017) The grueling UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour made their first-ever stop at Sycamore Speedway in Maple Park, Illinois tonight and 38 competitors showed up to vie for the $7,500 payday. Mike Spatola III timed in ninth fastest in Group B during the qualifying session and later ran fifth in his heat race and fourth in the B-Main. After receiving a provisional to gain access into the 40-lap feature event, Mike was able to advance five positions to garner a fifteenth place showing.

(June 15, 2017) Mike Spatola III and his #89 team kicked off a huge extended weekend tonight at Kankakee County Speedway in Kankakee, Illinois, as the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour rolled into town to preside over a $5,000 to win shootout. Mike clicked off the fastest lap in his group during time trials, but unfortunately blew a right rear tire running towards the front of his loaded heat race. "Opie" then rallied to grab the second transfer spot through the B-Main and started the 40-lapper from the inside of the ninth row. The Manhattan, Illinois native was then involved in an early tangle and eventually retired in the twenty-first position.

Spatola Runner-Up to Unzicker Last Night at Farmer City Raceway
(June 10, 2017) The Spatola Racing team entered only one Super Late Model event over the weekend, as they tackled Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois on Friday evening, June 9. Mike Spatola III laid down the quickest time overall during the UMP qualifying session prior to scoring the victory in his heat race. After starting the $1,000 to win feature event from the pole position, Mike ran second the entire distance and eventually garnered an impressive runner-up showing behind only victor Ryan Unzicker. Full results from last night at FCR can be accessed online at www.farmercityracing.com.

One-Two Weekend for Mike Spatola III in Land of Lincoln!!!
(June 4, 2017) Mike Spatola III racked up his second feature win of 2017 on Saturday night, June 3 at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois! Mike stopped the clock second fastest during the qualifying session, won his heat race, and later led all thirty circuits of the headliner. "Opie" beat Scott Schmitt, Kevin Weaver, Ryan Unzicker, and Scott Bull to the checkered flag to bag the the $1,300 windfall. Earlier in the weekend at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois on Friday evening, the Manhattan, Illinois ace earned Fast Time honors during qualifying and won his heat race before settling for a strong runner-up performance in the $1,000 to win headliner to finish behind only race winner Ryan Unzicker. Complete results from both weekly shows can be viewed online at www.farmercityracing.com and www.fairburyspeedway.com. (Rocky Ragusa Photo)

Spatola Racing Finds Victory Lane for First Time in 2017 at Spoon River!
(May 29, 2017) The Spatola Racing team celebrated in victory lane for the first time in 2017 on Sunday night, May 28 at Spoon River Speedway in Banner, Illinois! Mike Spatola III laid down the quickest lap during qualifying, won his heat race, and later took the lead around the halfway mark of the UMP headliner on his way to capturing the $1,500 top prize! Earlier in the holiday weekend, Mike battled of the $2,000 winner's check on Saturday evening, May 27 at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois. "Opie" won his heat race in preliminary action, but later slipped back to sixth in the main event to finish behind only winner Billy Drake, Scott Bull, Michael Kloos, Ryan Unzicker, and Jason Feger. Full results from both weekend shows can be viewed online at www.fairburyspeedway.com and www.spoonriverspeedway.com. (Hall Racing Photos)

Mike Spatola III Busy in Huge Tripleheader at Farmer City & FALS
(May 14, 2017) Mike Spatola III was behind the wheel of his new Moyer Victory Chassis from May 11-13 in a huge MARS Dirt Car Series triple shot at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois and Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois. On Thursday night in the $3,000 to win weekend opener at Farmer City, Mike battled more fuel pressure problems throughout the program and unfortunately missed out on the 35-lapper, which was won by Shannon Babb. In the inaugural $20,000 to win 'Farmer City 74' on Friday evening, "Opie" took use of a track provisional to gain access into the 74-lap main event and was eventually credited with a twenty-sixth place performance.

The big Mother's Day weekend tripleheader then wrapped up on Saturday at Fairbury with the annual running of 'FALS Frenzy,' which carried a $10,000 top prize. Mike laid down the ninth quickest lap in Group B during qualifying prior to running fourth in his stacked heat race. After grabbing the second transfer spot through his B-Main, the Manhattan, Illinois native advanced up to eighteenth in the 50-lap headliner. Complete results from all three races can be accessed online at www.marsracingseries.com.

Mechanical Woes Slow Spatola Racing All Weekend in Land of Lincoln
(May 7, 2017) The Spatola Racing team unloaded a brand-new Moyer Victory Chassis on Friday evening, May 5 at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois. After suffering through fuel issues on the new ride all night, Mike Spatola III switched to a back-up car for the $1,000 to win feature and wound up nineteenth in the final finishing order after caving his nose in during the race. At Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois on Saturday night, May 6, Mike hurt a motor during qualifying for the $1,300 to win show and was forced to scratch from the remainder of the weekly Super Late Model program. Full results from both Land of Lincoln venues can be accessed online at www.farmercityracing.com and www.fairburyspeedway.com.

 

 

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