(Springfield, Illinois – August 21, 2016) Matt Kurzejewski and his Ansell-Menards team went into the SuperChevyStores.com 100 at the famed Springfield Dirt Mile with no expectations. This was Kurzejewski’s first time on dirt in any form of racecar. After battling up to the sixth position early in the race, an overheating issue would push the No.52 team to a 13th- place finish.
Kurzejewski, the 25-year-old from Mansfield, Pennsylvania placed eighth during the lone practice/qualifying session on Sunday morning.
“This dirt thing is a lot of fun,” stated Kurzejewski after practice. “I came in with zero expectations and now I love it.”
The SuperChevyStores.com 100 took the green flag on Sunday afternoon in front of a packed Springfield State Fairgrounds. Within a few laps, Kurzejewski found himself running sixth and staying within striking distance of the top-5 cars. The Ansell-Menards driver noticed the water temperature rising rapidly and was forced to pit under the first caution to cool the motor down.
“Running up front, tucked in behind the leaders wasn’t allowing enough air to get to the motor. When it started getting extremely hot and overheating, I was forced to back off a little and attempt to cool the motor down.”
Throughout the remainder of the event, Kurzejewski came to pit road during every caution period to use the cool down unit and attempt to cool the motor down as much as possible.
When the checker flag fell on the SuperChevyStores.com 100, Kurzejewski finished 13th in his dirt track debut.
“We had an awesome car. It’s not the result we were looking for but all in all it was a fun day. I learned a lot and the Ken Schrader race team brought a fast racecar to the track. Some things are out of your control and we will get more openings in the front nose before the next dirt race and show them what we have.”
Next up for Kurzejewski is the General Tire GRABBER 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds on September 4.