(Long Pond, Pennsylvania – July 30, 2016) The Ansell-Menards team with Pennsylvania native Matt Kurzejewski behind the wheel of its No.52 Toyota had high hopes going into the ModSpace 150 at Pocono Raceway. A solid top-10 performance came to an abrupt halt with electrical issues in the closing laps of the race, resulting in an eleventh-place finish.
Kurzejewski, the 25-year-old from Mansfield, Pennsylvania placed 9th in the lone practice session on Friday morning, which was cut short due to weather.
“This Ansell-Menards team has worked its tails off since our last visit to Pocono and the car was very stable and had speed during our shortened practice session,” stated Kurzejewski.
Kurzejewski qualified seventh in his Toyota for the ModSpace 150.
Following his qualifying run, Kurzejewski said, “The team made some changes before qualifying to help the balance of the racecar. These changes helped, but with only one lap of qualifying I wasn’t sure of what to expect so qualifying seventh isn’t bad at all.”
When the ModSpace 150 started, Kurzejewski had to come down pit road on lap three to replace a side window that had flown out onto the racetrack. During this stop, the team addressed a radio communication issue it was experiencing during the first few laps of the race.
“The window coming out was very unfortunate but it also gave us the opportunity to fix the radios, which was a good thing,” continued Kurzejewski.
As the race continued, Kurzejewski battled back into the top-10 quickly and found himself battling for a position inside the top-5.
After a few pit stops for fresh General Tires, the Pennsylvania native battled for a top-5 spot before experiencing electrical issues with only a handful of laps remaining. This issue put a halt to a solid performance and resulted in an 11th place finish.
“The car had speed and I felt like we had a top-5 car before the issues. Our luck will turn around soon hopefully and we can put ourselves in position to win some races.”
Next up for Kurzejewski is the Berlin ARCA 200 on August 6 at Berlin Raceway (Michigan).