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.”

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