|January 10, 2017 - KSR Welcomes Austin Theriault
Concord, North Carolina (January 10, 2017) – Ken Schrader Racing, Inc. (KSR) is preparing for this week’s ARCA test at Daytona International Speedway. The North Carolina-based team will run all 20 ARCA races in 2017 with driver Austin Theriault and crew chief Donnie Richeson.
Theriault, a native of Fort Kent, Maine, comes to the team with an ARCA victory (Michigan International Speedway, 2014) and a fifth-place finish (Pocono Raceway, 2015) to his credit. In addition, Theriault has experience behind the wheel in NASCAR’s K & N East, Camping World Truck and the Xfinity Series. Theriault’s experience in the NASCAR Xfinity Series includes two races in 2016 with Rick Ware Racing, when he competed at Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway and a handful of races in 2014 with JR Motorsports (JRM), owned by Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Driving for Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) in the Camping World Truck Series, Theriault’s best finish was a fourth-place in 2015 at Daytona International Speedway, in his first truck series and superspeedway start. Later in the 2015 season, Theriault had a major setback when he crashed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and suffered two compressed vertebrae in his back. After weeks of therapy, he returned to race at Homestead-Miami Speedway for BKR and finished 11th.
Ken Schrader Racing, Inc. will again campaign its #52 race cars for the upcoming ARCA season. While primary sponsorship is not yet confirmed, long-time partner Federated Auto Parts will continue to support the team’s effort. Cross Insurance Agency, based in Bangor, Maine will also lend its support. Veteran crew Donnie Richeson, who has led KSR to numerous victories, with a variety of drivers during his 15-year tenure, will continue to oversee the team and call the races from the pit box.
“We are looking forward to an exciting season with Austin. He has proven to be a fierce competitor at every level of racing since his first mini stock race at the age of 13,” team owner Ken Schrader said. “I see a great deal of potential for the 2017 season. Austin has competed at a number of the tracks on the ARCA schedule and his previous success offers a great boost for our team.”
“It’s a huge opportunity for me to be able to run my first-ever full season at a national level with KSR,” said Austin Theriault. “With the support of Kenny and Donnie, I believe we can challenge for wins race-to-race and be in contention for a championship. Returning to tracks such as Daytona, Iowa, and Michigan will allow me to build on my previous experiences. Driving at historic places like Salem and DuQuoin for the first time will be fun. Let’s go!”
|October 17, 2016 - Kurzejewski and Ansell-Menards Team End ARCA Season on a Good Note
(Kansas City, Kansas – October 17, 2016) Matt Kurzejewski and his Ansell-Menards team went into the final ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards event of 2016 with high hopes of ending the season on a good note. The Kansas 150 marked the end of a 20-race season in which the team experienced a lot of ups and some downs.
Kurzejewski, the 25-year-old from Mansfield, Pennsylvania brought his Ansell-Menards Toyota home in the sixth position for the season finale.
Rain put a damper on the race day schedule at Kansas. The ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards officials were forced to cancel the morning practice sessions and set the field by owner points.
“The KSR team brought a fast car here to Kansas, it has good balance and speed,” stated Kurzejewski after his lone practice.
Starting seventh in his Ansell-Menards Toyota, Kurzejewski found himself fighting a loose condition for the first part of the race, dropping him back to 10th position. After the first round of pit stops at lap 42, Kurzejewski battled his way back into the mix.
“On the initial run we were just really loose,” Kurzejewski said. “Donnie Richeson made some adjustments during our pit stop which helped a great deal.”
Following a caution with just over 35 laps remaining in the race, Kurzejewski got into a rhythm and used the final 30 laps of the season to drive from 10th to sixth position and end his season with a dozen top-10 finishes.
“Our car was a lot better on the long runs,” continued Kurzejewski. “That long green flag at the end was key to our finish tonight. This team has worked hard all year and I am happy we could end it with a solid run here in Kansas. I am extremely grateful for everything Ken Schrader and the guys at Ken Schrader Racing have done for me this year. It has been an honor to drive the Ansell-Menards Toyota this season.”
With his sixth-place finish at Kansas, Kurzejewski solidly finished third in Driver Championship standings for the 2016 ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards
|September 24, 2016 - Kurzejewski and Ansell-Menards Team Bring Home Top-5 at Kentucky
| (Sparta, Kentucky – September 24, 2016) Matt Kurzejewski and his Ansell-Menards team went into Kentucky Speedway with the goal of bringing home a solid top-5 performance after several weeks of bad luck, and they did just that. The Ken Schrader Racing team found themselves in the fifth position when the checkered flag fell on a wild Crosley Brands 150.
Kurzejewski, the 25-year-old from Mansfield, Pennsylvania spent the lone practice session on Friday afternoon trying to get the hang of his new Ansell-Menards Toyota on the new pavement at Kentucky Speedway.
“The new pavement really made this track a one grove race track,” Kurzejewski stated. “If you got out of the grove just slightly you slowed down a half of a second.”
Following his 14th place-qualifying run during Menards Pole Qualifying Presented by Ansell, Kurzejewski said, “I felt I had a good lap in qualifying, it felt fast but looking at the speed charts we needed a little more speed.”
The Crosley Brands 150 went green under the lights in front of a great crowd last Friday night. Kurzejewski quickly settled into the top-10. During the first round of pit stops the Ansell-Menards team put on four fresh General Tires and made some adjustments to help the Toyota turn better in the center of the corner.
“Our car seemed to handle decently on the short runs, the longer we would go it would develop a tight condition in the center of the corner,” continued Kurzejewski.
As the race unfolded, Kurzejewski found himself sitting inside the top-10 after missing several late race incidents. A Green-White-Checkered allowed Kurzejewski a shot at a top-5 finish and the Ansell-Menards driver executed a great restart to finish fifth.
"We held on and stayed out of trouble," Kurzejewski said. “We were in the right places at the right times and were there at the end. We leave here with third in points and hopefully can hang on to that for one more race.”
The next event for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will be the season finale at Kansas Speedway, October 14.
|September 12, 2016 - Kurzejewski Finishes Seventh at Salem
(Salem, Indiana – September 12, 2016) The Ansell-Menards team, along with driver Matt Kurzejewski, went into the Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic by Meadow View/Salem Crossing Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery 200 with expectations of bringing home a top-10 finish. They did just that with a seventh place effort during the 100th running of this weekend’s ARCA race at Salem Speedway.
Kurzejewski, the 25-year-old from Mansfield, Pennsylvania placed 11th and sixth respectively during the two practice sessions on Saturday afternoon in preparation for the 200-lap feature under the lights.
“The racecar is very neutral,” stated Kurzejewski after practice. “The car has great balance and hopefully we can bring home a decent finish.”
Menards Pole Qualifying Presented by Ansell was rained out and the field was set by combined practice speeds. This put the No.52 Ansell-Menards Toyota starting in ninth position.
Once the green flag flew on the 100th edition of the ARCA 200, Kurzejewski continued to battle inside the top-10. During cautions the team made adjustments to the car along with bolting on fresh General Tires.
With 30 laps remaining the Ansell-Menards team put on four fresh General Tires to give Kurzejewski a shot at a top-5 finish. In the closing laps, he came up just short and finish seventh in only his second appearance on the high banks of Salem Speedway.
“The car was good, I was riding and trying to save my tires throughout the race similar to the spring race and the pace was just a little faster than I anticipated. All and all a good day for our team and we have three more races to get to victory lane.”
Next up for Kurzejewski is the Scott 100, September 15 at Chicagoland Speedway.
|September 7, 2016 - Overheating Issues Put Damper on Best Start of the Year for Kurzejewski
|DuQuoin, Illinois – September 6, 2016 -- Matt Kurzejewski and his Ansell-Menards team went into the General Tire GRABBER 100 at the famed DuQuoin State Fairgrounds with high hopes. After starting from a season-best third position, Kurzejewski ran inside the top ten for the opening laps of the race before overheating issues put the No.52 several laps down. Kurzejewski finished in 13th place.
Kurzejewski, the 25-year-old from Mansfield, Pennsylvania placed sixth during the lone practice/qualifying session on Sunday afternoon.
“We have a really good racecar,” Kurzejewski said following practice. “I feel like we have a solid shot at it tonight under the lights.”
Kurzejewski qualified third overall only .031 thousands of a second off the pole during Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell.
The GRABBER 100 went green under the lights on Sunday night, for the first time ever in ARCA Racing history, at DuQuoin. Within a few laps, Kurzejewski found himself running third and challenging for the second position. Shortly after that, the Ansell-Menards driver noticed the water temperature rising rapidly and was forced to pit under green flag conditions to cool the motor down. <<MORE>>