Bad Luck Plagues Decker at 51st Annual Governor’s Cup
Natalie Decker’s 2016 race season didn’t come to a close the way she hoped. Making her second straight trip to New Smyrna Speedway (FL) for the 51st Annual Governor’s Cup, bad luck plagued the Eagle River, WI driver and her Nason Motorsports team right from the get go.
“We hit a streak of bad luck starting on our road trip to the Governor’s Cup in Tennessee with our motorhome breaking down in the mountains,” Deckers said. “My spotter, Kyle Wolosek, and I did manage to make it to the track in time by getting ourselves a rental car and making it in time for Friday’s practice.”
However, Decker struggled in practice and qualified 28th for the 200-lap event. The 19-year-old driver’s hopes of making a charge in the race were dashed when her car had issues before the race even went green, ending her day early.
“During practice we struggled with finding speed and getting the car to turn good in the corners. Qualifying on Saturday was a disappointment. I really felt that I hit my marks just right and it was frustrating we couldn’t get the speed we needed. For Sunday’s 200-lap race, the car quit on the pace laps before the green,” Decker said. “Nason Motorsports Crew found the issue, the distributor blew a part and we were unable to race. The distributor may have been the issue since Friday’s practice and during qualifying. I am really looking forward to the day where my luck will turn around at New Smyrna Speedway so I can have the opportunity to race with the best.”
Decker is currently working on her 2017 schedule with the goal of getting as much seat time as possible. An announcement will be made regarding next year as soon as plans are finalized.