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May 27
Spoon River Speedway,
Banner, IL
Sanction: Midwest Big 10 Series (Gary Cook Jr. Memorial) - $2,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated May 28, 10:00 pm)
Spatola outruns Unzicker for Big 10 victory
Gary Cook Jr. Memorial
  1. Mike Spatola
  2. Ryan Unzicker
  3. Jose Parga
  4. Rickey Frankel
  5. Bob Gardner
  6. Russ Adams
  7. Cody Maguire
  8. Gary Schalmo
  9. Robbie Bauman Jr.
  10. Matt Shannon
  11. Bobby Richey Jr.
  12. Travis Horner
  13. Myles Moos
  14. Danny Riekena
  15. Bill Kettering Jr.
  16. Jimmy Miller
  17. Cole Swibold
  18. Greg Kimmons
  19. Jamie Wilson
  20. Melissa Hansmeyer
  21. Jacob Denney
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Mike Spatola heads to victory Sunday evening at Spoon River.
What won the race: Outside front-row starter Mike Spatola of Manhattan, Ill., outran Ryan Unzicker at Spoon River Speedway on Sunday to earn his first career Midwest Big 10 Series victory. Spatola earned $2,000 at the Gary Cook Jr. Memorial.
Key notes: Spatola won for the second time this season; he previously won a weekly show at Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway on April 28. … An early wreck eliminated Cole Swibold. ... Unzicker lowered the track record in time trials. … Spoon River hosted the second of three Memorial Day weekend events for the Midwest Big 10 Series, which opened its season after a pair of earlier rainouts. ... Daryn Klein won his first Big 10 event Saturday in Lincoln, Ill., while Monday's action will be contested at Macon (Ill.) Speedway. … Spoon River hosts the Big 10 finale on Sept. 2 and the UMP DIRTcar Summernationals on June 21.
Winner's sponsors: Spatola's Rocket Chassis by Brucebuilt Performance is powered by a Custom Race Engine and sponsored by Big Daddy Scrap, Health Nutz Natural Foods, B&D Chemical, Steve's Performance, Fastlane Wraps, T&S Heating, Cooling and Refrigeration, Allstar Performance and Koch's Equipment Company.
Points chase: Before Spoon River, Daryn Klein of Fairview Heights, Ill., was atop the series standings after one event.
Car count: 21
Fast qualifier: Ryan Unzicker
Time: 13.118 seconds
Heat race winners: Myles Moos, Ryan Unzicker, Mike Spatola
Next series race: May 28, Macon Speedway (Macon, IL) $1,200
Editor's note: Corrects winner's engine builder.
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