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September 2
Farmer City Raceway,
Farmer City, IL
Sanction: MARS Racing Series - $10,000
Information provided by: Staff and series reports (last updated September 3, 1:47 pm)
Spatola repels Pierce at Farmer City, earns $10,000
  1. Mike Spatola
  2. Bobby Pierce
  3. Shannon Babb
  4. Kyle Bronson
  5. Frank Heckenast Jr.
  6. Ryan Unzicker
  7. Billy Moyer
  8. Jason Feger
  9. Myles Moos
  10. Taylor Scheffler
  11. Nick Allen
  12. Brian Shirley
  13. Bob Gardner
  14. Donny Walden
  15. Kye Blight
  16. Colton Billington
  17. Skyller Lewis
  18. Logan Moody
  19. Kevin Weaver
  20. Paul Parker
  21. Chris Simpson
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Mike Spatola earned $10,000 with his Farmer City victory.
What won the race: Keeping a threatening Bobby Pierce at bay late amid lapped traffic, Mike Spatola of Manhattan, Ill., on Friday recorded his second straight MARS Racing Series victory at Farmer City Raceway. He collected $10,000 while outrunning Pierce and Shannon Babb for his flag-to-flag score in the 40-lapper.
Key notes: Spatola captured his sixth victory of the season and the third of his career career in MARS action. It was a repeat win with the tour after pocketing the $5,000 Big Daddy Scrap 40 at Kankakee (Ill.) County Speedway on Aug. 19. … McKay Wenger of Fairbury, Ill., threw a oil pump belt in time trials that forced him to scratch from the remainder of the program; he reported afterward that the engine trouble would likely end his 2022 season. … The series heads to Fairbury for a $10,000-to-win show on Saturday and wraps up the Labor Day weekend on Sunday at Spoon River Speedway with the finale paying $5,000 to the winner.
On the move: Frank Heckenast Jr. of Frankfort, Ill., started 12th and finished fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Spatola’s Rocket Chassis is powered by a Custom Race Engine and sponsored by Big Daddy Scrap, B&D Chemical, Steve’s Performance, TJS Mechanical, Illinois State Rifle Association, V.R. Haag Consulting and Allstar Performance.
Points chase: Before Farmer City: 1. Ryan Unzicker (589); 2. Jason Feger (572); 3. McKay Wenger (478); 4. Bob Gardner (407); 5. Mike Spatola (329).
Current weather: Clear, 68°F
Car count: 32
Fast qualifier: Mike Spatola
Time: 12.303 seconds
Polesitter: Mike Spatola
Heat race winners: Mike Spatola, Bobby Pierce, Taylor Scheffler, Myles Moos
Next series race: September 3, Fairbury Speedway (Fairbury, IL) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Spatola, Pierce
Row 2: Scheffler, Moos
Row 3: Babb, Bronson
Row 4: Moyer, Unzicker
Row 5: Feger, Walden
Row 6: Simpson, Heckenast
Row 7: Allen, Blight
Row 8: Shirley, Weaver
Row 9: Moody, Parker
Row 10: Lewis, Billington
Row 11: Gardner
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