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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.”

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.”

Mechanical Issues Hault Decker’s Quest for Detjens Memorial Win

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.

 

Decker Earns Top-Three at Golden Sands; Eyes Detjens Memorial Win

Natalie Decker continued her run of strong finishes Friday night at Golden Sands Speedway.  The Eagle River, Wisconsin driver earned her third straight top-three finish at the Plover, Wisconsin track.

 

 

“We had the fastest car in practice before the race, but the changes we made for the feature didn’t help us get that win,” said Decker.  “We definitely weren’t as fast as 14, who won, and 7-11 who took second.”