From a young age, Natalie Decker set her goals high in the motorsports industry. Now, at age 22, the Wisconsin native is already well on her way towards becoming one of the top young drivers in the NASCAR scene.
Victories and a strong fan base have been a part of Decker’s life and career since she first got behind the wheel of a go-kart. In the years since, she has won races and championships, all leading to being a part of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program and on her way into the top levels of the sport.
It all started as a young racer, where she won four track championships around her native Wisconsin in go-karts. From there, it was a move into full-sized stock cars. She was the CWSSA Super Stock champion out of a talented field of 35 drivers. Success continued in the Limited Late Model division, where she won one race and had two podium finishes.
Another step up the racing ladder led her to becoming the Sportsman of the Year in the Midwest Truck Tour and one win and the Rookie of the Year crown in the Triple Crown Super Truck Series.
It was Decker’s move into the competitive Late Model ranks that really began her rapid rise onto the lists of top up-and-coming racing stars. She completed in every lap of the World Series of Stock Car Racing at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway in 2013. Her on-track success led her to being selected to the 2013 and 2014 NASCAR Rev Racing Drive for Diversity combine.
At State Park Speedway in Wisconsin, Decker had 10 fast times and seven feature races in 2014, leading her to the track championship. She was also the Rookie of the Year and finished fourth in overall points in the State Park Super Late Model division.
She was also a winner in the Super Late Model division at Wisconsin’s Golden Sands Speedway and on the competitive TUNDRA Super Late Model series in the upper Midwest in 2014 as well.
Top-level management at NASCAR selected Decker to be a part of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program with proven race-winning team Rev Racing in 2015. She battled week in and week out against the top short track racers in the country at “The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars,” Hickory Motor Speedway. Decker turned heads at Hickory and beyond with the Rev Racing team and also saw plenty of success with her family-operated Super Late Model tracks from Wisconsin to Florida. That success came in the form of four Super Late Model victories between Golden Sands and State Park Speedways.
Adding to her history of breaking records, Decker became the first female racer to ever score a podium finish in the ARCA Midwest Tour. Her success in the state of Florida through the season also earned Decker the prestigious title of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Rookie of the Year in the Sunshine State.
In 2016/2017, Decker has her sights set on continuing her progression up the NASCAR racing ladder as she sets her sights on achieving more victories and accolades on short tracks across America.
In 2018 Decker made Pole Position and finished 5th in the ARCA series at Daytona International Speedway. She finished 7th overall in the ARCA Series Point Standings.
She made her road course debut at Road America with AVE Motorsports in the Trans Am Series.
For the 2019 race season Natalie signs with DGR-Crosley in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series. Also after her success in 2018, AVE Motorsports brought her back for 5 more Trans Am Races in 2019.
2006-2009 OVAL & SPRINT GO-KARTS (AGE 9-11)
USA International Speedway, Shawano, WI – Two Oval “Track Championships”, One Sprint “Track Championship”
Badger Kart Club, Dousman, WI – Animal Junior I “Track Championship”
WKA Mid-West Sprint Series – 2nd overall ”Class Champion”
2010 MOD-FOUR STOCK CAR (AGE 12-13)
Golden Sands Speedway – Four Heat wins
LaCrosse Park Speedway Oktoberfest – One Heat win
2011 SUPER STOCK RESULTS (AGE 13-14)
State Park Speedway – Two Feature wins, 4th in overall points
Marshfield Motor Speedway – One Feature win, 4th in overall points
Golden Sands Speedway – “Rookie of the Year”, 8th in overall points
2012 SUPER STOCK RESULTS (AGE 14-15)
State Park Speedway – Two Feature wins, 2nd in overall points
Marshfield Motor Speedway – Two Feature wins, 2nd in overall points,
“Sportsman of the Year” and “Most Improved Driver”
Golden Sands Speedway – 3rd in overall points
CWSSA – “Overall Champion” – 1st in points out of 35 Drivers
2013 SEASON (AGE 15-16)
ARCA SCAG Midwest Truck Tour – 4 podiums, 3rd in season points
“Rookie of the Year” and “Sportsman of the Year”
Madison International Speedway – “Triple Crown Truck Series” 1 feature win, 1 podium, 3rd in overall points, “Rookie of the Year”
State Park Speedway Limited Late Model – 1 fast time, 1 feature win, 2 podiums
Accepted to compete in the 2013 NASCAR Rev Racing Drive for Diversity Combine
2014 SEASON (AGE 16-17)
Speedweeks New Smyrna, FL – Start of Super Late Model career. Competed in all seven races and finished every lap of every race. Gained valuable experience with some of the best super late drivers in the country.
State Park Speedway Limited Late Model – 10 fast times, 7 feature wins (out of 10 races), “Track Champion”
State Park Speedway Super Late Model – One (2nd place) feature, one (3rd place) feature, two (5th place) features, 4th Over All in Points, “Rookie of the Year”
Golden Sands Speedway Super Late Model – 1 feature win, two (2nd place) features, one (3rd place) feature, 3rd Overall in Points, “Rookie of the Year”
Tundra Series Super Late Model – 1 feature win
Marshfield Motor Speedway – plus 1” in super late model– 5th place feature
ARCA Super Late Models
WIR Kaukauna, WI – First ever ARCA Super Late Model Race
Oktoberfest LaCrosse, WI
Accepted to compete in the 2014 NASCAR Rev Racing Drive for Diversity Combine
2015 SEASON (AGE 17-18)
ARCA Midwest Tour Super Late Model Norway Speedway, Norway, MI - First ever female to podium 3rd place
Golden Sands Speedway Super Late Model – 1 Feature Win, 1 Heat Win
State Park Speedway Super Late Model – 3 Feature Wins, 1 Heat Win
2016 SEASON (AGE 18-19)
State Park Speedway Super Late Model - 1 fast time, 2 feature wins
Marshfield Motor Speedway Super Late Model - 1 feature win
Tomahawk Dirt Track Speedway - 1 feature win
2017 SEASON (AGE 19-20)
Highest finishing female in ARCA history on a road course - 7th
2018 SEASON (AGE 19-20)
Qualified pole position for season opening ARCA Race at Daytona (3rd female to do so in ARCA history)
Highest finishing female in ARCA history on a Super Speedway - 5th