March 14, 2017 (Concord, NC) – Announced today, 19-year old Natalie Decker from Eagle River, WI will join Venturini Motorsports (VMS) for three races during the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season. Complementing VMS’ already stout driver lineup, Decker, with sponsorship support from N|29 Capital Partners, will make her ARCA Series debut in consecutive race weekends starting with Toledo Speedway (May 21), Elko Speedway (June 3) and Pocono Raceway (June 9).
“This is definitely the biggest step in my racing career so far,” said Decker. “Racing takes sponsorship support, and it takes hearing a lot of No’s before you find a Yes. I’m so blessed and thankful to ‘N Twenty-Nine Capital Partners’ (N|29) for believing in me and providing this opportunity to compete with Venturini Motorsports.”
Natalie Decker has a packed 2017 racing schedule planned and couldn’t be more excited about what the upcoming race season holds in store. Along with racing at local Wisconsin tracks like State Park Speedway, Golden Sands Speedway and Marshfield Motor Speedway, the 19-year-old driver will compete full time on the ARCA Midwest Tour.
“I’m really looking forward to running the ARCA Midwest Tour,” Decker said. “It is an awesome group of people and many people are involved”
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.”
After a strong second-place run at Dells Raceway Park (WI) a few weeks ago, Natalie Decker decided her 2016 race season wasn’t finished just yet. The Eagle River, WI driver has teamed up with Nason Motorsports and will travel south to run the 51st Annual Florida Governor’s Cup 200 at New Smyrna Speedway (FL).
“After the successful race finish at the Falloween 150, Fred Nason mentioned Governors Cup as a possibility for me to race once again with their team,” Decker said. “The next step was to raise the funds and I had amazing support come through from fans to make it happen. The Nason Motorsports 04 hood will be sporting their names.”
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.
Natalie Decker’s Octoberfest weekend at La Crosse Speedway did not go as the 19-year-old driver hoped. The Eagle River, WI driver brought home a top-10 finish in the Stubby Feature Friday night and failed to qualify for the Oktoberfest 200 on Sunday.
“Oktoberfest was not what we had hoped for in the final results, but the upside of the weekend was that the new Nason Motorsports Super Late Model was where it needed to be on the last day in the last chance race for the ARCA Midwest Tour,” Decker said. “Nason Motorsports built a brand new car with a Pathfinder chassis for Oktoberfest and they showed up with a beautiful car for me to drive. We struggled to find the right set up all weekend but Nason Motorsports crew, along with Brian Back, Kyle Wolosek and Mike Beyer, never gave up and conquered the struggle on the last day with having the fastest car out on the track for the last chance race.”
Natalie Decker has entered a partnership with Nason Motorsports that will allow her to compete during Oktoberfest race weekend at La Crosse Speedway. The Eagle River, Wisconsin driver looks forward to competing in the fall spectacle with her new team in October.
“Nason Motorsports offered their new Pathfinder for me to drive at Oktoberfest and we were fortunate enough to have a partner step forward once again to make it happen,” said Decker. “The partner’s name will be riding on the hood of the new hot rod at Fest. He has supported me for many big races like the World Series of Asphalt and Governors Cup in New Smyrna, FL. Nason Motorsports is a first class operation and I am so excited to work with their 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.”
Natalie Decker set fast time Saturday night at State Park Speedway for the Newsline Nine Detjens Memorial 125. The Eagle River, WI driver felt good about her car and her chances to win her first Detjens Memorial heading into the 125-lap feature.
However, just a few laps in, the No. 04 came to a stop on the front stretch and had to be pushed into the pits. A distributor issues ended Decker’s night early.
The Decker Racing team believes they have the problem fixed and they are looking to get back on track Tuesday night with the ARCA Midwest Tour. Billed as one of the biggest races of the year, the Dixieland 250 will bring out some of the top drivers in the Midwest and will also be the longest race the ninteen-year-old driver will compete in this year.