Decker Records Strong Second-Place Finish in Falloween 150
Natalie Decker got back to her successful ways Sunday at Dells Raceway Park (WI), earning a runner-up finish in the Falloween 150.
After a disappointing weekend at Octoberfest, the Eagle River, WI driver worked with her Nason Motorsports team to get the Super Late Model dialed in for the 150-lap event and the final race in Wisconsin for 2016.
“I was really looking forward to racing at Dells Raceway Park, last time I was on that track was a few years ago in my Limited Late Model and we never had much luck at DRP,” Decker said. “Saturday, Nason Motorsports had me testing their car and each time we went out on the track we found more speed. By the end of the day we still needed to find a couple tenths for Sunday’s qualifying.”
Decker found more speed on Sunday when she laid down the 13th fastest lap in qualifying. With over 40 cars taking time, it was a good start to race day for the 19-year-old-driver.
“On the morning of race day, Nason’s and I took the four wheeler around the track and I really focused on the line I need to run for qualifying,” Decker stated. “The focus of my qualifying line and hitting my marks needed to be perfect along with a great setup. We all accomplished both and made it into the 150 lap race on qualifying time.”
Decker started the Falloween 150 from the 13th positions and started to work her way towards the front. By lap 25 she cracked the top 10 and by lap 90 raced just outside the top-five. With 10 laps to go, Decker continued her march forward and took over the fourth position. The leaders were racing hard in front of her, and Decker made sure to keep her nose clean and in position to pounce if given the opportunity. As the white flag flew, the leaders tangled and Decker held strong to bring home a second-place finish.
“In the final 10 laps I was up to fourth and was inching up on the two leaders running side by side, but I knew I had to really be on top of my game in case they spun each other out so I wouldn’t get caught in it,” Decker explained. “On the last lap that is exactly what happened and I was able to miss the two leaders as they spun and made my way up to second for the green-white-checkered finish. The restart was single file and I needed to make sure my start was perfect so number eleven wouldn’t get by me in the final laps.”
Decker is currently working with Nason Motorsports on future plans, whether for more races in 2016 or the 2017 season.
“Nason Motorsports has been a first class operation to work with and it means a lot when Fred Nason, owner, tells me that he believes in me,” Decker said. “We are still in the planning stages for our next race and what next season holds. I do know that Nason Motorsports is a great fit and there may be more races with their team in the future.”