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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>>     


August 24, 2016 - Ken Schrader Joins Venturini Motorsports at DuQuoin’s Magic Mile
1Concord, North Carolina (August 24, 2016) – Ken Schrader will join Venturini Motorsports, piloting the team’s No.55 Federated Auto Parts Toyota Camry on Labor Day weekend at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds’ ‘Magic Mile’ for the General Tire GRABBER 100 on Sunday, September 4.

“DuQuoin is one of my favorite places all-time,” said Schrader. “I’ve been going there a lot longer than I’ve been racing so I’ve got a lot of great memories from that place. It’s always a special place for us to run and this year is no different, especially running with the Venturinis and the series running under the lights for the first time on dirt. It’s going to be one heck of a show.”

Schrader, the oldest winner in series history aims for his 19th ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory and fourth on the DuQuoin dirt. Schrader, also a series team owner (No.52 with driver Matt Kurzejewski), will compete in his second consecutive race behind the wheel driving under a team banner other than his own – Schrader Racing. The Fenton, Missouri native finished fifth at Springfield driving for Cunningham Motorsports. <<MORE>>

August 21, 2016 - Overheating Issues Put Damper on Kurzejewski Dirt Debut
1(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. <<MORE>>


August 8, 2016 - Matt Kurzejewski Survives Wild Berlin 200 for Season Best
(Marne, Michigan – August 7, 2016)  Matt Kurzejewski and his Ansell-Menards team went into Berlin Raceway 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 third position when the checkered flag fell on a wild Berlin 200.

Kurzejewski, the 25-year-old from Mansfield, Pennsylvania spent the two short practice sessions on Saturday afternoon trying to get the hang of the tricky small circle racetrack located in the beautiful hills of Michigan.

“This place is tricky,” Kurzejewski stated.  “You never stop turning around Berlin, it’s a very tough race track to get used to and get into a rhythm due to that.”

Following his 10th place-qualifying run during Menards Pole Qualifying Presented by Ansell, Kurzejewski said, “Berlin Raceway is so easy to over drive, I felt I overdrove the car during qualifying and that put us 10th on the charts.” <<MORE>>


August 3, 2016 - Ken Schrader Enters SuperChevyStores.com ARCA 100 At Springfield Mile Dirt Event
1TOLEDO, Ohio (August 2, 2016) - By the time the Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com ARCA 100 comes to life on the Illinois State Fairgrounds Mile Dirt in Springfield Sunday, August 21, the Cunningham Motorsports 22 car will see its eighth different driver of the season, and this guy ain't no slouch.

Fenton, Missouri's Ken Schrader will be aboard the Cunningham Motorsports Ford for the 54th running of the SuperChevyStores.com 100 on the world's fastest mile dirt track. The historic event will coincide with the 164th annual Illinois State Fair, ongoing since 1853. <<MORE>>


August 1, 2016 - Electrical Issues Put a Halt to Top-10 Run for Kurzejewski
(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. <<MORE>>


July 23, 2016 - Battery Issues Put a Damper on Top-10 Run for Kurzejewski
Indianapolis, Indiana – July 24, 2016)  Matt Kurzejewski and his Ansell-Menards team had high hopes going into Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.  When the checkered flag fell on the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200, Kurzejewski finished 16th due to battery issues late in the event.

Kurzejewski, the 25-year-old from Mansfield, Pennsylvania placed 10th and eighth on the practice speed charts during the two practice sessions on Friday morning.

“We worked a lot on getting our Ansell-Menards Toyota to rotate the center of the corner a little better in both practice sessions,” Kurzejewski stated.

Following his qualifying run, Kurzejewski said, “The car was really loose for qualifying, that’s typically not a bad thing but I didn’t want to take any chances, qualifying 13th wasn’t what we were hoping for.” <<MORE>>


July 14, 2016 - Hunt Brothers® Pizza To Serve as Primary Sponsor of Ken Schrader in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Eldora
Schrader to Drive No. 71 Hunt Brothers Pizza Toyota for Contreras Motorsports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 14, 2016) - Hunt Brothers® Pizza will be the primary sponsor for Ken Schrader and the No. 71 Contreras Motorsports (CMS) Toyota Tundra for the Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby July 20 at Eldora Speedway in Ohio as part of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

“This is such a nostalgic moment to be back with Ken Schrader, our very first driver when we started in NASCAR,” said Keith Solsvig, vice president of marketing for Hunt Brothers Pizza. <<MORE>>

July 11, 2016 - Late Race Contact Relegates Kurzejewski to Sixth-Place Finish at Iowa
(Newton, Iowa – July 10, 2016) Matt Kurzejewski and his Ansell-Menards team arrived at Iowa Speedway looking for a solid top-5 performance, and they did just that.  The Ken Schrader Racing team battled within the top-5 throughout the ABC Supply 150 until late race contact relegated them to a sixth-place finish.

Kurzejewski, the 25-year-old from Mansfield, Pennsylvania placed eighth on the practice speed charts after battling car gremlins during the sole practice session Saturday at Iowa Speedway.

“I felt we had a lot of speed,” Kurzejewski stated.  “We fought several minor issues with the car during the practice session and didn’t get a lot of time on the track.  I’ve said it time and time again, this team works harder than anyone and they got the issues corrected and we got the car where it needed to be.”

Following his qualifying run, Kurzejewski said, “The car was really loose for qualifying, that’s typically not a bad thing but I didn’t want to take any chances, qualifying eighth against a stacked field of cars is nothing to hang our heads about.”

The ABC Supply 150 took the green flag on Saturday night under the lights.  Kurzejewski quickly made his way to fifth, settling into that spot until the first caution at lap 87. The Ansell-Menards team pitted for four fresh General Tires along with minor adjustments to make its Toyota Camry handle better.

“That first run was brutal, when you have a long green flag run like that, it’s hard to hold on toward the end of the run,” continued Kurzejewski.  “The tires get worn out and it just becomes a handful.”

Once the race continued, Kurzejewski worked his way up to the second position and attempted to catch the leader and eventual race winner Chase Briscoe.

A late race caution gave the No.52 team the opportunity to put on four more tires and Kurzejewski gave it his all for the remaining twenty laps of the ABC Supply 150.  Kurzejewski got beat around a little during the last few green flag laps of the race, which caused significant damage to the rear of the Ansell-Menards Toyota and resulted in a sixth-place finish.

“It felt good to run up front for the entire race.  Chase (Briscoe) and his team have it figured out, they are tough each race,” Kurzejewski commented.  “I wish we could have gotten another shot at him there at the end but that’s part of racing.  The damage to the back of our Toyota made the car extremely loose and I held on for all I could.  We will take this race and build on it, our team is going in the right direction and a win is coming soon.”

Next up for Kurzejewski is the Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 presented by JIVE on Friday, July 22 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana.


June 27, 2016 - Kurzejewski Impresses in Winchester Debut, Brings Home Second Top-5 of Season
Concord, North Carolina -- June 27, 2016 – Matt Kurzejewski and his Ansell-Menards ARCA race team headed to Winchester Speedway (Indiana) for the Herr’s Potato Chips 200 this past weekend for his first attempt at the high banks in rural Indiana.  The Ken Schrader Racing team brought home a solid fourth place finish after competing inside the top five all day.

Kurzejewski, the 25-year-old from Mansfield, Pennsylvania quickly picked up the “Worlds Fastest Half Mile” quickly and finished final practice fourth on the speed charts.

“This place is breath taking! Winchester is everything I’ve been told and more,” Kurzejewski said. “It’s fast, wild, and takes your breath away.”

Kurzejewski qualified sixth for Sunday’s Herr’s Potato Chips 200 during Menards Pole Qualifying Presented by Ansell.

“I felt the car had a lot more in it for qualifying” Kurzejewski continued.

When the Herr’s Potato Chips 200 took the green flag on Sunday afternoon, Kurzejewski found himself quickly in the second position.  Kurzejewski would hold this spot until being passed by Dalton Sargent around lap 40.

“Our car was incredible on the short runs, after 20 or so laps the General Tires would start to go away and it was just a matter of hanging on at that point.”

Kurzejewski fell back to the sixth position before getting a caution that allowed him and his Ansell-Menards race team to come down pit road for four fresh General Tires and adjustments.

After two late race restarts, the No.52 car was scored in the third position, with only a handful of laps remaining.  Kurzejewski battled hard to hang on to that position, but fell to fourth on the last lap.


June 20, 2016 - Kurzejewski Leaves Madison with Sixth Top-10 of the Season
Concord, North Carolina -- June 20, 2016 - Matt Kurzejewski and his Ansell-Menards ARCA race team headed to Madison Int’l Speedway (Wisconsin) for the Montgomery Ward Father’s Day 200 this past weekend with hopes of bringing home a solid finish.  The Ken Schrader Racing team did just that with a seventh-place performance while finishing in the top-10 for the sixth time this season.

Kurzejewski, the 24-year-old from Mansfield, Pennsylvania timed in during both practice sessions on Saturday in the top-10.  The Ansell-Menards team felt they had a very consistent car on the long run.

“Madison is tricky -- it’s a fast half-mile speedway with tight corners.  You are forced to hug the bottom of the corners and use a ton of brake to get around the speedway,” stated Kurzejewski after practice.

Kurzejewski qualified ninth for the Montgomery Ward Father’s Day 200.

“We picked up a lot for qualifying.  It’s crazy how tight this field is time wise,” Kurzejewski continued.   “One tenth of a second faster in qualifying and we qualify in the top five.”

When the Montgomery Ward Father’s Day 200 took the green, Kurzejewski quickly found himself in sixth position utilizing the difficult outside lane to gain several positions early in the 200-lap event.

“I felt we could roll the outside better than anyone on the restarts,” Kurzejewski said.  “Everyone was focused on getting his car to the bottom while we could pass several cars on the outside if need be.”

Much of the first half of the race was green flag racing.  While trying to be conservative with his tires and brakes, Kurzejewski went a lap down while running seventh.  A caution at lap 107 was an opportunity for the Ansell-Menards team to hit pit road for four fresh General Tires and Sunoco Race Fuel.

Kurzejewski battled with the top-5 cars for the remainder of the race, while trying to maintain the lucky dog position.  When the caution came out with just over 20 laps to go, the leader lapped the sixth-place car, which kept Kurzejewski from getting the lucky dog.  The race then went green to the checkered.  The Ansell-Menards team finished seventh.

“We got trapped a lap down and that dictated the rest of the race for us. Although the cautions didn’t fall in our favor, we had a top-5 car all day,” Kurzejewski said.  “That’s part of racing.  If we were on the lead lap after the last caution, I feel we could have challenged for a better finish -- still a good day for our Ansell-Menards team. “

Next up for Matt Kurzejewski and the Ansell-Menards team is the Sunday, June 26 running of the Herr’s Potato Chips 200 at Winchester Speedway (Indiana).


June 10, 2016 - Kurzejewski Leaves MIS Tied for 3rd in Points after Top-10
(Concord, North Carolina -- June 13, 2016) Matt Kurzejewski and his Ansell-Menards race team went into the Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway with hopes of having a solid run along with a good points day. The Mansfield, Pennsylvania native did just that with his eighth-place finish that also jumped him to tie for third in the season’s points standings.

Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell was cancelled on Friday afternoon due to crashes and the allotted time frame. The field was set by combined practice speeds from Thursday’s practice sessions.  Kurzejewski and his Ansell-Menards team started the Corrigan Oil 200 from the 12th position.

“This place is scary fast and although our practice speeds didn’t indicate the speed we had in our Ansell-Menards Toyota, it didn’t bother me to not qualify,” stated Kurzejewski at Michigan International Speedway.

Once the 32-car field took the green flag, Kurzejewski quickly made his way into the top-10.  During the first caution of the race, the Ansell-Menards team pitted for four fresh General Tires and fuel.  On a mid -race restart, Kurzejewski quickly found himself battling inside the top-5 when an electrical connection came loose inside the car.  This issue caused the car to shut off and forced the Ansell-Menards Toyota onto pit road.

“I had a ton of momentum on the bottom and was passing for fifth when out of nowhere the car just shut off,” Kurzejewski said. “Luckily we didn’t get hit and a caution flew a few laps later that allowed us to pit and get the issue fixed without losing a lot of positions.”

During the remainder of the race, Kurzejewski continued to battle inside the top-10 and found himself as high as second position in the latter laps of the race.  The team pitted at lap 90 for fuel and finished the race in eighth position.

“We had a good day on the track and in the points standings.  To come out of Michigan with an eighth place finish and tied for third in points is a good boost for our team,” continued Kurzejewski.  “These new composite body cars are fun to drive but very hard to pass with, anytime you go to pass someone you would immediately get aero tight.  The Ansell-Menards team will work on it and be better for the next one.”

Next up for Matt Kurzejewski and the Ansell-Menards team is the June 19 running of the Montgomery Ward Father’s Day 200 at Madison International Speedway in Madison, Wisconsin.


June 6, 2016 - Matt Kurzejewski Battles to Top-15 Finish at Pocono
Concord, North Carolina (June 6, 2016) Going into the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200, Matt Kurzejewski had very high hopes of continuing his previous success at Pocono Raceway in the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards.  After battling inside the top-10 throughout the 80 lap race, the Pennsylvania native brought home a 13th place finish due to competitors’ different fuel strategies.

Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell was cancelled due to weather on Friday morning, setting the field by combined practice speeds from Thursday’s practice sessions.  Kurzejewski and his Ansell-Menards team started the #AnywhereIsPossible 200 from the 14th position.

“We were really hoping to qualifying.  Our practice speeds weren’t an accurate reflection on the speed that our Ansell-Menards Toyota had,” stated Kurzejewski.

Despite sprinkles of rain in the area, the #AnywhereIsPossible 200 started on time and Kurzejewski found himself battling inside the top-10 by lap 5.  The team used a caution at lap 24 to bring the No.52 down pit road for four fresh General Tires and Sunoco Race fuel. 

The race went green for much of the remainder of the event, forcing the Ansell-Menards team to hit pit road for a green flag pit stop with fifteen laps remaining.  This would relegate the team to a 13th place finish.

“We had a decent Ansell-Menards Toyota all day, the strategy didn’t work to our advantage, but all in all a great learning day for our team,” Kurzejewski continued.  “The new composite bodies add different aerodynamic challenges to the cars and we made huge gains on that.  We will chalk it up as a learning experience and head to Michigan.”

Next up for Matt Kurzejewski and the Ansell-Menards team is the Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway. A practice session on Thursday afternoon, June 9 from 1 - 1:55 p.m. get things going for this year’s Corrigan Oil 200, followed by final practice from 2:05 - 3 p.m. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is scheduled for 1:40 p.m. on Friday, June 10.  Later that day, the Corrigan Oil 200 will start at 5:45 p.m.  The Race will be LIVE on Fox Sports 1.


May 29, 2016 - Kurzejewski Brings Home Top-10 Finish In Road Course Debut
1 May 29, 2016 (Millville, New Jersey) – Matt Kurzejewski went into the New Jersey Road Course with one goal, to finish top-10 and on the lead lap.  The 24-year-old accomplished that goal with an eighth place finish after starting the Twilight 150 from the fifth position.

During Saturday’s practice sessions for the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards, The Ansell-Menards team focused on getting Matt comfortable around the tricky New Jersey Road Course.

Next up on Saturday was Menards Pole Qualifying Presented by Ansell in which Kurzejewski put his Ansell-Menards machine in the sixth starting position.

Once the green flag fell, Kurzejewski settled comfortably into the top-10 while leading a few laps in the mid stages of the race.  The Pennsylvania driver continued to battle inside the top-10 for the entire Twilight 150 before bringing home a solid eighth-place finish in his road course debut.

“This place is tough,” stated Kurzejewski.  “I can’t say enough about my Ken Schrader race team.  They continue to work their tails off week in and week out to bring me fast racecars to the track.  I wish we could have brought home a top-5 finish, but we will take the eighth place finish to Pocono.”

Up next for Kurzejewski:  The ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards returns to action on June 3 with the General Tire 200 #AnywhereIsPossible 200 at Pocono Raceway.


May 23, 2016 - Kurzejewski Continues to Ride Moment with First Top-5 of '16
1May 23, 2016 (Toledo, Ohio) – Matt Kurzejewski and the Ken Schrader Racing team have shown improvements with each race and the Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway was no different.  The Federated Auto Care – Menards team brought home its first top-5 finish of the 2016 season during Sunday’s Menards 200.

During Saturday’s practice sessions for the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards, the Federated Auto Care – Menards team focused on getting its Toyota to the driver’s liking on race runs.  Kurzejewski and the No.52 team ended both practices respectively in the top-ten on the speed charts.

Next up on Saturday was Menards Pole Qualifying Presented by Ansell in which Kurzejewski matched his session best qualifying effort by placing his Toyota in the fifth position for the Menards 200.

Once the green flag fell on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Toledo, Kurzejewski settled comfortably into the seventh position early on.  The Federated Auto Care – Menards team utilized a caution at lap 79 to come down pit road for two new General Tires and adjustments to its Toyota. <<MORE>>


May 3, 2016 - Momentum Building for Kurzejewski
1May 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. <<MORE>>


May 2, 2016 - ARCA Winner, USAC Champ Don White Passes Away
KEOKUK, Iowa – It is with great sadness that we report that Keokuk, Iowa stock car legend and ARCA winner Don White has died. White, just shy of his 88th birthday, died at home in Keokuk Friday morning, April 29.

ARCAracing.com interviewed White in July of 2015 from his home in Keokuk. The former USAC and IMCA national stock car champion still loved recollecting his long career in stock car racing and the friendship he had with ARCA founder John Marcum.
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April 25, 2016 - Matt Kurzejewski Brings Home Top Ten in Salem Debut
1 Concord, North Carolina (April 25, 2016)  -- Contact with the turn four wall late in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 while battling inside the top-5, resulted in a ninth place finish for Matt Kurzejewski and the No. 52 Ansell-Menards Toyota.

Kurzejewski, who made his debut on the high banks of Salem Speedway during the 99th running of the ARCA Racing Series event at the famed track, was 10th fastest during Saturday’s practice sessions.

“Salem takes a lot of patience while on the edge of your seat each lap,” said Kurzejewski following Saturday’s practices.  The 24-year-old qualified 15th for the race during Menards Pole Qualifying Presented by Ansell.

“I’ve never had to drive a racecar like I had to drive this Ansell-Menards Toyota during qualifying,” Kurzejewski continued. “You literally hold your breath and are completely out of control for two solid laps.”

When the green flag fell for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200, Kurzejewski would quickly get in a rhythm and work his way up to the ninth position by lap 60.

“Once I got the hang of the track, I felt the car was really good.  Donnie (Richeson) and the Ken Schrader Racing guys worked hard and found what we needed to be fast here.  We could get off turn two better than anyone else and that was a tremendous help when passing cars.” <<MORE>>


March 28, 2016 - Jimmy Fallon: Profile
1TOLEDO, Ohio (March 28, 2016) – He’s not a late night talk show host, but we’re betting he could be…that is if he wasn’t a key component on Ken Schrader Racing's Ansell-Menards Toyota team. At 54 years young, the other Jimmy Fallon still loves what he does, still goes over the wall on raceday, and if need be, can belt out the National Anthem with the best of ‘em, and better than most. He can play a mean guitar too. But it’s the racing gig, through all its twists and turns, that keeps it all together.

“I love it more than ever,” said Fallon. “Out of everyone I’ve worked for, this is the best place I’ve ever worked. They (Schrader Racing) are such good people. I’m proud to be here. To be able to come back to Schrader Racing and not burn any bridges is pretty cool…to still do what you love.”

Fallon’s journey through motorsports has indeed taken a lot twists and turns, but you might expect that from a kid who six days out of high school packed his bags and signed up with the United States Navy. But before he signed on the military dotted line, he developed a passion for music and racing growing up as a boy in Avon, New York, just south of Rochester. <<MORE>>


March 22, 2016 - Donnie Richeson Readies KSR for Busy Week
1 TOLEDO, Ohio (March 22, 2016) – After the relatively long pause between Daytona and Nashville, it’s finally time for Ken Schrader Racing’s (KSR) ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards team to hit the road.

“We all wish we were at the race track,” said longtime KSR crew chief Donnie Richeson. “We’ve been at the shop way too long…this is getting old. We gotta get out of here and go.”

In fact, the team has just rolled two fresh Composite Body cars up into the trailer for two days of testing Tuesday and Wednesday. Ironically, they are not heading to Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville first, but on the way back.

“We’re loading two in the trailer as we speak. Salem tomorrow (Tuesday) and Nashville Wednesday. If we’re going to go up the road that far, we might as well do both. It also depended on Schrader’s schedule. He’s able to be at Salem tomorrow.” <<MORE>>


February 15, 2016 - Matt Kurzejewski Battles Highs and Lows
1 (Daytona Beach, FL - Feb 15th, 2016) - Matt Kurzejewski, who came into the weekend, as a favorite to win the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway was ready to tackle the season opening race in his Ken Schrader Racing prepared Ansell Protects - Menards Toyota.

With veteran crew chief Donnie Richeson calling the shots on the No.52 machine, Kurzejewski was quick in both practice sessions and felt this car was the best car he has had for his fourth race at the prestigious Daytona International Speedway.

“We showed speed all weekend and this team gave me the best opportunity I’ve had to win at Daytona.”  stated Kurzejewski.

Kurzejewski, who came into the weekend with a best start of fifteenth, qualified seventh on Friday afternoon for the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire. <<MORE>>


January 21, 2016 - Matt Kurzejewski Hits the Ground Running with KSR
1(TOLEDO, Ohio – January 21, 2016) – Defending General Tire Superspeedway Challenge champion Matt Kurzejewski got reacquainted with Daytona Int’l Speedway during the recent ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards open test last Saturday. The Mansfield, Pennsylvania driver also had the opportunity to get to know his new Ken Schrader Racing teammates.

“The whole team is just phenomenal,” Kurzejewski said. “Ken Schrader Racing has assembled an amazing group of people. Donnie Richeson (crew chief) and I just clicked immediately…it was right off the bat. The amount of confidence I had around me was unexplainable.”

Kurzejewski, who recently announced a full season in Schrader’s No. 52 Ansell-Menards Toyota, spent about four hours on and off the track last Saturday, got what they needed, and headed for the hills. He ended up 34th overall on the speed charts among 64 drivers. <<MORE>>


January 13, 2016 - Ansell and Menards to Sponsor Schrader Racing
(CONCORD, N.C. - January 13, 2016) - Officials from Ansell Protective Products and Menards have jointly announced that they will become co-primary sponsors for the No. 52 Ken Schrader Racing (KSR) entries in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in 2016. The announcement coincides with Ansell's continued sponsorship as an ARCA Official Sponsor.

Matt Kurzejewski, the 2015 General Tire Superspeedway Challenge Series champion, will drive the Ansell-Menards car out of the Schrader Racing stable. The 24-year-old Mansfield, Pennsylvania driver has 14 career ARCA starts, with seven top-10 finishes.

"Ansell is proud to continue its co-sponsorship with Menards for the eighth year," said Kevin Brennan, Ansell's Marketing Manager, Retail & Automotive Aftermarket - North America. "We're excited to begin the new season, with an experienced racing team, like Ken Schrader Racing and an "up and comer" like Kurzejewski. Ansell is confident that this is a recipe for success and we're looking forward to kicking off the season strong, this February in Daytona." <<MORE>>