Climbs to Seventh in Season Finale at Dome at America's Center!
2, 2018) Mike Spatola III wrapped up his version
of the 2018 racing season from November 29-December 1 at the Dome
at America's Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The annual running
of the 'Gateway Dirt Nationals' thrilled dirt racing enthusiasts
and drew a whopping 93 Super Late Model entrants to the indoor
spectacular. On Thursday night during the qualifying session,
Mike laid down the fifteenth fastest lap in Group B during time
trials to get his weekend started.
In his $5,000 to win preliminary event on Friday
evening, Mike placed second in his heat race prior to slipping
back to thirteenth in the 20-lap feature. By virtue of running
second in Saturday's consolation race, "Opie" rolled
off from the outside of the tenth row in the 40-lap headliner,
which boasted a hefty $30,000 payday. On the temporary 1/5-mile
oval, Mike was able to improve thirteen positions on the rugged
racing surface to bag a strong seventh place performance in his
season finale. Complete results from the season-ending weekend
in St. Louis can be viewed by clicking on www.gatewaydirt.com.
Mike Spatola Returns
to Eldora Speedway for Completion of World 100
14, 2018) Over a month removed from the original
'World 100' date, the completion of the rain-postponed crown jewel
spectacular took place on October 12-13 at the hallowed Eldora
Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Action was scheduled to start on Friday
evening at the "Big E" with a pair of $10,000 to win
Twin 25s, but additional inclement weather pushed back the preliminary
program to Saturday afternoon. Mike Spatola III finished sixth
in his heat race and sixth in his B-Main, which unfortunately
kept him out of the 25-lap daytime main event.
Following a several hour break to clear the grandstands
and rework the racetrack, the nighttime portion of the day/night
doubleheader took place on Saturday evening and all eyes were
focused on capturing the $51,000 top prize in the 48th edition
of the 'World 100.' Mike ran seventh in his stacked heat race
and later placed tenth in his B-Main. Unfortunately, "Opie"
was unable to transfer into the 100-lapper that was eventually
won by Tim McCreadie. Complete results from Eldora Speedway can
be located online by visiting www.eldoraspeedway.com.
Spatola Leads Early
at Berlin; Motor Problems Sideline #89 Team
30, 2018) Mike Spatola III and his #89 team ventured
to Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan on Saturday evening, September
29 for an American Ethanol Late Model Tour (AELMT) special. At
the sprawling, dirt-covered 7/16-mile facility last night, 22
competitors signed into the pit area to vie for the $6,000 winner's
check. Mike laid down the fourth quickest time in his group during
qualifying before running second in heat race action. After drawing
the pole position for the start of the 50-lap headliner, Mike
led the first fifteen circuits before a hole in his radiator caused
motor problems. The Manhattan, Illinois ace wound up retiring
from the contest in the fifteenth position. Complete results from
Berlin Raceway can be accessed online at www.aelmt.com.
Mike Spatola III Fifth
in Illinois State Championship; Tenth at LaSalle
(September 24, 2018) The
Spatola Racing team made their way to Peoria Speedway in Peoria,
Illinois and LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois on September
22-23 for a pair of $5,000 to win DIRTcar Super Late Model specials.
On Saturday night in the annual 'Illinois State Championship'
at Peoria, Mike Spatola III ran third in his heat race prior to
advancing up to fifth in the 100-lapper to trail only victor Brian
Shirley, Billy Drake, Jason Feger, and Allen Weisser. At LaSalle
on Sunday evening, another $5,000 payday was up for grabs in the
'Bill Waite Jr. Memorial Classic.' Mike placed fourth in his heat
race before moving past four competitors in the 40-lap feature
to record a solid tenth place showing. Complete results from both
Land of Lincoln ovals can be accessed online at www.peoriaspeedway.com
Spatola Racing Inside
of Top Five in Pair of Peoria Races!
16, 2018) Mike Spatola III and his #89 team invaded
Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Illinois on September 14-15 for a pair
of $2,000 to win Super Late Model showdowns that made up the 4th
Annual 'Fall Classic.' On Friday night, Mike timed in third quickest
in his group during qualifying, but ignition woes during his heat
race sent him to the consolation event. Following a B-Main triumph,
Mike rallied past eleven competitors during the 40-lapper to score
a strong fifth place effort behind only winner Allen Weisser,
Billy Drake, Bob Gardner, and Todd Bennett. At Peoria on Saturday
evening, "Opie" knocked down the quickest lap in his
group during qualifying, ran second in his heat race, and later
led early in the 40-lap headliner before claiming a third place
podium performance behind only victor Billy Drake and runner-up
Bob Gardner! Complete results from both weekend shows can be accessed
online at www.peoriaspeedway.com.
Mike Spatola III Transfers
into Twin 25 at Eldora; World 100 Postponed
9, 2018) Spatola Racing had planned to unload
their #89 machine from September 6-8 at the hallowed high-banks
of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio to vie for the prestigious
globe trophy in the 48th Annual 'World 100.' However, with the
rainy remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon postponing Friday and
Saturday's action at the "Big E" until October 12-13,
only Thursday night's $10,000 to win Twin 25s escaped the wrath
of Mother Nature. In the wee hours of Friday morning after a lengthy
rain delay, Mike Spatola III timed in 41st quickest during the
qualifying session before grabbing the fourth and final transfer
spot through his heat race. Mike then rolled off from the outside
of the eighth row in his 25-lapper prior to winding up fifteenth
in the final finishing order. Complete results from the soggy
weekend in the Buckeye State can be found online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
Spatola Racing Runner-Up
in UMP Special at Fairbury!
2, 2018) Mike Spatola III and his #89 team rolled
into Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois on
Saturday evening, September 1 to compete in a $3,000 to win UMP
special event. Mike knocked down the quickest lap overall during
Super Late Model qualifying to earn Fast Time honors and later
placed second in his heat race. After starting fourth on the grid
in the A-Main, Mike drove up to second to finish a strong runner-up
behind only victor and cousin Frank Heckenast, Jr. Complete results
from last night at FALS can be located online at www.fairburyspeedway.com.
Mike Spatola III Continues
Recent Hot Streak with FALS Win!
27, 2018) The Spatola Racing team continued their
recent hot streak by capturing their twelfth triumph of 2018 on
Saturday evening, August 25 at Fairbury American Legion Speedway
in Fairbury, Illinois! Mike Spatola III laid down the third quickest
time overall during qualifying prior to scoring a heat race victory.
Mike then led the majority of the weekly Super Late Model main
event to bag the $1,300 top prize over Kevin Weaver, Donny Walden,
Dan Flessner, and Jay Morris. On Sunday night, August 26 in a
weekly $1,500 to win throwdown at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa,
Michigan, "Opie" was up to fourth in the feature before
motor issues dropped him to ninth in the final finishing order.
Full results from both weekend shows can be viewed online at www.i96speedway.com
(Rocky Ragusa Photo)
Spatola Racing Picks
Up Eleventh Win Last Night at FALS!
19, 2018) Mike Spatola III and his #89 team found
victory lane for the eleventh time in their 2018 season on Saturday
night, August 18 at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury,
Illinois! after timing in second fastest overall in Super Late
Model qualifying and running third in his heat race, Mike started
the weekly A-Main from the outside of the third row. "Opie"
then streaked to the front in his new XR1 Rocket Chassis by Brucebilt
Performance and took the lead on the last corner of the final
lap to secure the $1,300 payday over Jeff Curl, Kevin Weaver,
Jay Sparks, and Donny Walden! Complete results from last night
at FALS can be viewed online at www.fairburyspeedway.com.
(Rocky Ragusa Photo)
Mike Spatola III Reaches
Victory Lane for Tenth Time in 2018!
12, 2018) The Spatola Racing team celebrated in
victory lane for the tenth time in 2018 on Friday evening, August
10 at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois! Mike Spatola
III debuted a brand new XR1 Rocket Chassis by Brucebilt Performance
and promptly laid down the third quickest lap in qualifying before
winning his heat race. After starting the weekly UMP Super Late
Model main event from the pole position, Mike led early in the
feature distance before retaking the point for good with five
circuits remaining in the race. "Opie" scored the $1,000
payday by besting Bob Gardner and Donny Walden!
At Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury,
Illinois on Saturday night, August 11, the MARS Racing Series
presided over the annual #FALS Frenzy, which paid $10,000 to the
winner. Mike fought carburetor issues during qualifying and later
wound up eighth in his heat race and sixth in his B-Main. After
receiving a track provisional to gain access into the 50-lapper,
the Manhattan, Illinois ace moved up to finish thirteenth in the
final rundown. Full results from both Land of Lincoln bullrings
can be viewed online at www.farmercityracing.com
(Hall Racing Photos)
Spatola Makes Last
Minute Decision to Invade Area Tracks
(August 5, 2018) Mike
Spatola III and Spatola Racing initially had plans to enjoy the
August 3-4 weekend away from the racetrack, but made a last minute
decision to instead compete in weekly Super Late Model events
at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois and Fairbury American
Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois. On Friday night at Farmer
City, Mike set Fast Time in qualifying, ran fourth in his heat
race, and later climbed up to fourth in the $1,000 to win main
event to trail only victor Kevin Weaver, Allen Weisser, and Matt
Shannon. At FALS on Saturday in a $1,300 to win contest, Mike
once again earned Fast Time honors in time trials before placing
second in both his heat race and the A-Main behind only race winner
Kevin Weaver. Full results from both Land of Lincoln bullrings
can be viewed online at www.farmercityracing.com