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Sielsky Takes "New Do" Into the Highbanks of Salem Speedway After week off to regroup, team is ready to go! Mooresville, NC (July 17, 2001) - American Speed Association rookie Matt Sielsky and his Sielsky Racing team is heading to the highbanks...

Sielsky Takes "New Do" Into the Highbanks of Salem Speedway
After week off to regroup, team is ready to go!

Mooresville, NC (July 17, 2001) - American Speed Association rookie Matt Sielsky and his Sielsky Racing team is heading to the highbanks of Salem Speedway in Salem, Indiana this weekend for the Tecumseh 300 on Saturday night, July 21st. Sieksly will be heading to the track with a new attitude, after the team took a week off from traveling with the series to regroup. He will have a new look and a new hairdo, as voted by fans on 51SportsRacing.com.

Sieksly will show up to the southern Indiana track with red and white hair. Fans had a choice of many colors including blue, white and black and florescent yellow in the 51SportsRacing.com web poll. His hair will be dyed to match the look of his red and white, unsponsored number 10 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

"The fans voted for me to color my hair red," said the 23-year-old Illinois-native. "But I thought I would go ahead and make it red and white to match the car. We just want to grab a little attention, especially from fellow rookie Johnny Sauter, and hopefully it will change our luck around. Maybe the new color will be a good luck charm, and it will help us steal the attention away from Johnny on the track too!"

Sielsky is in the process of reorganizing theSielsky Racing Team. Sielsky utilized the week off to get some of the team personnel back on the right track, and now they are poised to attack the ASA once again. Sielsky Racing decided to skip last weekend's Tires.com 300 at Belrin Raceway (as did several other ASA teams), but Sielsky says the team is ready to get back on track and back to the front.

"Missing an event was really hard on us, but something like that is just what we needed to do to get back in the right mindset and back on track," said Sielsky. "Ever since the accident we had at Concord Motorsport Park, we have been behind, and the four week stretch of events wasn't really helping us out. The time off was good for us, and we got a lot of things accomplished."

During the time off, Sielsky and his team traveled to Salem, Indiana, where they spent a day testing for the Tecumseh 300, an event Sielsky ran last year in his brief stint with LaFavre Racing.

"I think the testing and the time off will make us well-prepared for Salem. It is a tough track with a lot of history and tradition, so we will need to be ready to race some of the best highbanked racers in this series. I really enjoy these tracks and the speeds we run, so I am looking forward to the weekend. I think we can come away with a top-10 and even top-five finish. That would be a big victory for this team."

If Sielsky scores the victory, any chance the young Sielsky would change his hair color to match that of a checkered flag? "Anything is possible," laughed the former open-wheel racer. "The red and white is pretty cool, but there's no better color in racing than black and white!"

You can watch Matt Sielsky and Sielsky Racing this weekend by tuning into TNN at 9pm (EST) on Saturday night for live coverage of ASA's Tecumseh 300 at Salem Speedway in Indiana.

-SR-

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