Decker Becoming Stronger Driver with New Race Team
Natalie Decker brought home a 12th-place finish in penultimate race of the 2016 season at State Park Speedway last Thursday night.
Despite grabbing a few wins earlier in the year, the midseason transition from racing the No. 04 car to racing the No. 36 the past few weeks has been a challenging task.
“We are still trying to find the issue with the 36 car on why the handling changes abruptly after it runs and handles pretty good for about 10 laps,” Decker said. “It feels like something is wrong with the rear end so this week we will be doing some testing, hopefully Brian Back will find the answer. Brian has been great to work with and is really smart with the car along with his racing experience so I have faith we will get it fixed for our last race at State Park this Thursday.”
The Eagle River, Wisconsin driver led the State Park Speedway point standings for the first half of the year, but the team’s recent struggles have seen her drop to fifth in points with one race remaining. While it is disappointing not to challenge for a championship this year, Decker says she thinks the ups and downs of 2016 will make her a stronger driver.
“I am really glad I was able to finish out the season at SPS and am thankful for Ben Martinson offering his number 36 car for us to finish out the season,” said Decker. “I am definitely not a quitter and going from the points leader in the No. 04 car to having struggles with the number 36 car, I believe I am only becoming a better driver because of the change. It may not show in points but in the long run it was a good switch.”
Decker has one final race at State Park Speedway this year, slated for next Thursday, September 1. She is working on putting a few other things together in order to get behind the wheel a few more times before 2016 comes to a close.
“We have had a lot of support from other teams offering their car to run in some of the remaining ARCA Midwest Tour races. We will keep the fans updated as we firm up the rest of the season’s schedule,” Decker stated.