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Matt Kurzejewski
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DOB: 6/27/91
HOMETOWN: Mansfield, PA
FAMILY:
Father, Dan
Mother, Kim
Sister, Taylor
Website: MattKurzejewski.com
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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 to ARCA.

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.

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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 race.

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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.

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Is there anybody you would like to thank?
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
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01.21.2013
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