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Decker Announces Ambitious Schedule for 2017 Racing Season

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”

Decker Partners with Nason Motorsports for Octoberfest

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.”

Changes Have Decker Back on Track & Focused for 2016 Season

The last two weeks for Natalie Decker have been anything but easy and left her 2016 season hanging in limbo.  After a 13th-place finish in the ARCA Midwest Tour event at Wisconsin International Raceway on Tuesday, August 2, Decker and her long-time crew chief and car owner parted ways, leaving the Eagle River, Wisconsin driver without a car and crew for the remainder of the 2016 season.

 

Decker missed two races on her schedule, but then got a plan put together to race State Park Speedway (WI) on Thursday, August 11, where she is the current Super Late Model point leader.
“Ben Martinson called when he heard we needed a car to race,” said Decker.  “Ben’s No. 36 car has been sitting in the shop for two years and wasn’t race ready, but Brian Back and Ben offered to put it together in less than 24 hours so I could race at State Park Speedway.  It is so amazing how race families come together to help each other out in times of need.”

 

Despite an up and down day, Decker put together a 10th-place finish at the Wausau, Wisconsin track in her new ride.  The 19-year-old driver will continue to pilot the No. 36 machine for the remainder of the year at State Park Speedway.

“We made it to the track just in time for the final practice session and the car was fourth fastest right out of the trailer,” said Decker.  “As the night went on we had rear end issues and the 36 car was not handling well.  Kyle Wolosek came to help Brian Back crew the car and they both will be finishing out the season with me at SPS in the 36 car.  I am so thankful for their commitment and we all work together really well.  It’s fun having Brian and Kyle to work with, they are both past race drivers and we can relate on the handling of the car.”

 

During the change, Decker also missed her first ARCA Midwest Tour event of the year.  Now she hopes to make the remainder of those races while setting her sights on a State Park Speedway championship.

“We are trying to get into a car for the remainder of the ARCA Midwest Tour races.  We would really like to finish out the season with Midwest Tour, it is a great series with a lot of talent,” said Decker.  “We are focusing on getting the 36 car to run at the front of the pack at SPS.  I love a challenge and this change will only make me a better driver and stronger person.”

Decker Overcomes Mechanical Issues for 13th Place Finish

Natalie Decker battled through the tough qualifying rounds and used the last chance race to qualify for the Dixieland 250 at Wisconsin International Raceway last Tuesday.  Despite some mechanical problems, the Eagle River, Wisconsin driver raced her way into the 250-lap event and earned a 13th-place finish in her longest race of the year.
“During qualifying we had ignition issues, but thanks to Wegner Engines for coming over to our pit to fix the problem,” said Decker.  “We have been having issues with our left front ball joint coming loose, which affected the car’s handling but we kept digging. Over all, I am very happy to have had the car make it through all 250 laps, my longest race yet.”