HOMETOWN: Mansfield, PA
Matt Kurzejewski was born in small town America, in a town most peolple
never heard of. Mansfield, PA, Mansfield is the site of the world's
first night football game played under electric lights. Mansfield is
located near Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon and the Tioga-Hammond,
Cowanesque, and Hills Creek Lake areas. Matt graduated from a
Catholic school in Elmira, NY called Notre Dame High School. After
graduating he attended Mansfield University until he relocated to
Mooresville, NC. He is currently residing back in Pennsylvania. Green
Flag Interviews talked with Matt to find out some his past and what
plans he has for 2013 including ARCA race at Daytona in Feb.
How did you get started in racing?
Growing up, my father was a NASCAR Modified driver and I loved it. To
this day I can still remember going to watch him and sneaking in the
pits to hang out with him. At the age of 4 he bought me my first
quarter midget and its been history since. I went from quarter midgets
to 4 cylinders, legends cars, straight to an open wheel SK Modified,
tour modified, ARCA, the Camping World East, UARA, PASS, and now back
You have raced many types of race
cars. How long does it take you to adjust to new type of car?
I was always a natural, hopped in anything and automatically performed
well until I got in a UARA car and I was terrible. It took a lot of
effort and honing to perform well in a late model and it was one of the
best experiences of my life. I have never learned so much at one time.
My first UARA race that I won was possibly the most meaningful because
of how much hard work and effort it took to get that good. Also one of
the coolest races I've won was at Oswego Speedway. It's pretty cool to
win at a track that thousands and thousands of drivers have tried to
win at but only a hundred or so were successful. Along with knowing
that names like Richie Evans, George Kent, Jim Champine the list is
endless, that have won at Oswego.
So what are some your favorite tracks?
My favorite tracks on a large scale have got to be Iowa and
Dover. On a small local level, Oswego and Tri-County. Oswego is
legendary, as soon as you walk under the tunnel you can feel the hype
and excitement. Tri-County is one of my favorite's just because of the
success that I had there.
So you are going to race at Daytona in
the ARCA race this Feb. Tell us about your team and what type of car
you are taking to Daytona?
The main people with our team for the beginning of the season are Bob,
Brian, and Ron Keselowski. I raced my first ever ARCA race with the
Keselowski's in Toledo '08. Since then we have remained in close
contact with them and are glad to be working together again. They're a
true racing family with lots of knowledge.
My car that we are taking to Daytona is a former Dodge cup car. As far
as what we are running the rest of the season, I'm not sure yet. We
will know more after Daytona. I'm only running 9 races; Daytona,
Talladega, Iowa, Chicago, both Pocono races, Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan
and I'd like to run the Charlotte truck race along with the Iowa truck
Tell us something about you that would
surprise your fans.
I'm not sure if there's much about me that would surprise any fans and
the reason I say that is because I'm me. I'm very laid back, I love
hanging out on the lake, I snowmobile, ski and do all sorts of things
like that. I'm not much of a dirt biker or motorcycle rider tho, I
prefer to stick to 4 wheels. Although, I am a business person by trade.
I learned that from my father.
Is there anybody you would like to
I've got lots of people to thank from the Keselowski's, Dennis Setzer,
Jeff McClure, to Joey Arrimgton, mainly my family and friends and
everyone else involved. I would consider myself a family man. I need to
throw a shout out to Jerry Roberts that I promised him.
Check out great story about Matt that was on arcaracing.com