May 3, 2016 (Talladega, Alabama) – Going into the General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway, Matt Kurzejewski and his Ansell-Menards team were looking for a second straight top-10 finish. The team accomplished that goal with an eighth-place finish after battling back through the field late in the event.
With a single practice session for the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards, the Ansell-Menards team focused on getting its Chevrolet fast in the draft. Kurzejewski and the No.52 team ended the practice session with the 12th fastest time.
Since the ARCA Racing Series utilizes the group qualifying procedure on the super speedways, Kurzejewski lined up third in line for group 5. The 24-year-old qualified fifth for the afternoon’s General Tire 200.
Once the green flag fell, Kurzejewski stuck to the game plan of riding in the inside line for the first half of the race. He kept his Ansell-Menards Chevy within the top-six until a caution with 26 laps remaining brought the No.52 team to pit road for fuel.
Kurzejewski exited pit road in the third position but this would be short lived as the ARCA Racing Series official would deem him too fast entering pit road. Restarting deep in the pack with fewer than 25 laps remaining, Kurzejewski battled his way back into the top-ten to finish in eighth place.
“I am very glad to leave Talladega with a solid top-10,” stated Kurzejewski. “Super speedways are challenging because you don’t control your own destiny. Luck plays a huge factor in the outcome of these races. Speeding on pit road hurt our chances at a solid top-five finish, if not a shot at the win. I will learn from it and get ready for the next one.”
Up next for Kurzejewski: The ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards returns to action on May 22 with the Menards 200 Presented by Federated Auto Care at Toledo Speedway.