SPARTA, Ky. (Sept. 19, 2017) – Who doesn’t love a good surprise? Eagle River, Wisconsin’s Natalie Decker certainly got one Monday.
As it turned out, Venturini Motorsports has announced the addition of Decker to the team’s Toyota driver lineup for Friday’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards – General Tire Super Weekend at Kentucky Speedway, this version the Crosley Brands 150.
Driving the No. 55 N29 Capital Partners Toyota Camry, Decker’s opportunity is a direct result of her season success and the continued support from her marketing partner, N29 Capital Partners, LLC.
“I couldn’t be any more happy right now,” said Decker. “Our next race was not supposed to be until next month at Kansas, but the guys from N29 Capital Partners called yesterday and told me I’m running Kentucky. It’s awesome…totally caught me off-guard. I can’t thank them enough. The support they continue to show is simply amazing. And I can’t thank Venturini (Motorsports) and Toyota for believing and giving me this amazing opportunity in the ARCA Series.”
Making her big splash onto the ARCA Series scene back in May at Toledo Speedway, the popular 20-year-old driver has been impressive during each of her first five series starts, earning back-to-back top-10 finishes in her last two attempts, including a career-best seventh in her first road course start at Road America.
Decker appreciates every chance she gets to compete.
“Less than a week ago I was with the team (Venturini Motorsports) doing an appearance in Chicago. I was helping out Musselman’s and PADD (People Against Distracted Driving) doing an appearance at the Joliet Fan Rally and all I kept thinking about was how much it was killing me inside not to be at the track driving. Every driver feels this way when we’re not racing. Moments like these really make you appreciate the opportunity when you get the chance.”
This will be Decker’s first career start in the Bluegrass State and her first race on a 1.5 mile track, which will serve as a warm-up for her next appearance at Kansas Speedway Oct. 20.
Decker will not participate in ARCA’s rescheduled Wednesday open test session at Kentucky but will join the team on Friday for a full slate of action leading up to the Crosley Brands 150.
Raceday Schedule, Friday, September 22
Practice for the Crosley 150 is Friday afternoon, Sept. 22 from 1 – 2:30 p.m., followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 5:10 p.m. The Crosley 150 is scheduled to get the green flag just after 8:00 p.m.
In addition to Live Timing and Scoring and Live Chat at arcaracing.com of all on-track activities, the Crosley 150 is live on FS1.
Source – arcaracing.com