Name: Mike Spatola III

Date of Birth: February 20, 1991

Hometown: Manhattan, Illinois

Nickname: "Opie"

Family: Robin (wife), Dawson (son), Mike (dad), Tammy (mom), Tracy (sister), Tiffany (sister), & Kenny (brother)

Hobbies: Golf

Years Racing: Since 2000

Favorite Track: Peoria Speedway - Peoria, Illinois

Favorite Race: 'USA Nationals' - Cedar Lake (WI) Speedway

Most Wanted Win: 'Dirt Late Model Dream' - Eldora (OH) Speedway

Most Memorable Moments: First UMP Summer Nationals Win & Making the 'World 100'

Career Goal: To Win a Dirt Late Model Crown Jewel Race!

Dirt Late Model Accomplishments:
* 2016 Nine Wins, Thirty-Four Top Fives, & Forty-Six Top Tens in Sixty-Six Races
* 2016 Six Weekly Wins at Fairbury A.L. (IL) Speedway
* 2016 Two Weekly Wins at Farmer City (IL) Raceway
* 2016 One Weekly Win at Peoria (IL) Speedway
* 2015 Kankakee County (IL) Speedway Track Champion
* 2015 Six Wins, Twenty-One Top Fives, & Twenty-Seven Top Tens in Forty-Two Races
* 2015 $2,015 Kokomo Klash Winner at the Kokomo (IN) Speedway
* 2015 $1,564 Special Event Winner at the Spoon River (IL) Speedway
* 2015 Four Weekly Wins at the Kankakee County (IL) Speedway, Hartford (MI) Speedway, and LaSalle (IL) Speedway
* 2014 Kankakee County (IL) Speedway Track Champion
* 2014 Seven Wins in Thirty-Six Races
* 2014 $2,014 Kokomo Klash Winner at the Kokomo (IN) Speedway
* 2014 $2,000 ALMS Series Winner at the Kankakee County (IL) Speedway
* 2014 $2,000 ALMS Series Winner at the Plymouth (IN) Speedway
* 2014 $2,000 UMP Late Model Winner at the Fairbury A.L. (IL) Speedway
* 2014 Three Weekly Wins at the Kankakee County (IL) Speedway & Hartford (MI) Speedway
* 2013 Three Wins at the Farmer City (IL) Raceway, LaSalle (IL) Speedway, & Kankakee County (IL) Speedway
* 2012 $2,500 Player Hater 50 Winner at the Winston (MI) Speedway
* 2011 Seven Wins in Rookie Year
* 2011 Twenty-Four Top Five & Thirty-Seven Top Ten Finishes
* 2011 $5,000 UMP Summer Nationals Winner at the Kankakee County (IL) Speedway
* 2011 $5,000 UMP Summer Nationals Winner at the Clayhill (TN) Motorsports
* 2011 $3,000 ALMS Series Winner at the Kankakee County (IL) Speedway
* 2011 $2,500 Player Hater 50 Winner at the Winston (MI) Speedway
* 2011 $2,000 ALMS Series Winner at the Kankakee County (IL) Speedway
* 2011 Two-Time $1,000 Weekly Winner at the Kankakee County (IL) Speedway
* 2011 Kankakee County (IL) Speedway Track Rookie of the Year
* 2011 Northern Allstars Late Model Series Rookie of the Year
* 2011 Third in Northern Allstars Late Model Series Points
* 2011 Second in UMP Late Model Rookie of the Year Points
* 2011 Twelfth in UMP Late Model National Points
* 2011 Finished Twelfth in $44,000 to win World 100 at the Eldora (OH) Speedway

 

Open Wheel Modified Accomplishments:
* 2011 Speedweeks Winner at the Ocala (FL) Speedway
* 2010 Eight Wins at Three Different Tracks in Indiana & Illinois
* 2010 Thirty-Eight Top Five & Fifty-Four Top Ten Finishes
* 2010 Second in Southern Illinois Region UMP DIRTcar Points
* 2010 Eighth in UMP DIRTcar Series National Points
* 2010 $3,000 Modified Winner at the Spoon River (IL) Speedway
* 2009 Voted Most Improved UMP DIRTcar Series Open Wheel Modified Driver
* 2009 Eight Wins at Four Different Tracks in Indiana & Illinois
* 2009 Forty-Eight Top Five & Sixty-Five Top Ten Finishes
* 2009 Fourth in UMP DIRTcar Series Midwest Region Points
* 2009 Sixth in UMP DIRTcar Series National Points
* 2009 Monster Midwest Tour Modified Winner at the LaSalle (IL) Speedway
* 2009 Labor Day Classic Modified Winner at the Quad City (IL) Raceway
* 2008 Nine Wins at Four Different Tracks in Indiana, Illinois, & Michigan
* 2008 Thirty-Five Top Five & Forty-Nine Top Ten Finishes
* 2008 Kamp (IN) Motor Speedway Track Champion
* 2008 Fourth in UMP DIRTcar Series North Region Points
* 2008 Eighth in UMP DIRTcar Series National Points
* 2008 UMP DIRTcar Modified Sportsman of the Year
* 2008 Kamp (IN) Motor Speedway Modified Sportsman of the Year
* 2008 UMP SummerNationals Modified Winner at the Peoria (IL) Speedway
* 2008 Monster Midwest Tour Modified Winner at the LaSalle (IL) Speedway
* 2008 Mod Palooza Modified Winner at the Hartford (MI) Motor Speedway
* 2008 Fast Qualifier of 123 Entrants in UMP DIRTcar Nationals at the Eldora (OH) Speedway
* 2007 Two Wins at the Kankakee (IL) Motor Speedway
* 2007 One Win at the Kamp (IN) Motor Speedway
* 2007 Twenty-Two Top Five & Thirty-Two Top Ten Finishes
* 2007 Second in Season Points at the Kankakee (IL) Motor Speedway
* 2007 Sixth in UMP DIRTcar Series North Region Points
* 2007 Seventeenth in UMP DIRTcar Series National Points
* 2006 Five Top Five & Thirteen Top Ten Finishes
* 2006 Seventh in Season Points at the Kankakee (IL) Motor Speedway
* 2006 Most Improved Driver at the Kankakee (IL) Motor Speedway
* 2005 Seven Top Ten Finishes & Three Trophy Dash Starts
* 2005 Rookie of the Year at the Crown Point (IN) Speedway
* 2005 Rookie of the Year at the Kankakee (IL) Motor Speedway

 

Go-Kart Accomplishments:
* 2004 Second in Championship Points
* 2004 Six Wins in Only Eighteen Starts
* 2003 Burris Midwest Summer Shootout Series Champion
* 2003 Eight Wins in Only Eleven Starts
* 2002 Champion of the Year at the Jules Raceway
* 2002 Fifteen Wins in Only Twenty Starts
* 2001 Third in Championship Points
* 2001 Seven Wins in Only Twenty-Two Starts
* 2000 Rookie of the Year
* 2000 Second in Championship Points
* 2000 Five Feature Wins

 

Overall Accomplishments:
* 390+ Heat Race Wins
* Winner at 20+ Different Tracks
* Four Consecutive Wish Upon A Star Championships
* Three Track Championships
* One Series Championship
* Four Rookie of the Year Awards
* Two Most Improved Driver Awards
* Two Sportsman of the Year Awards
* Mike Attended his First Race at the Santa Fe (IL) Speedway in 1992 (shown to the right)

 


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