Natalie Decker has strong showing in ARCA season opener

In 2018 Natalie Decker won the pole award for the ARCA Menards Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway. It was the start of what proved to be a strong season at Venturini Motorsports.

The talented driver spent much of the Lucas Oil 200 near the front of the field after beginning the race seventh. She would make moves in an attempt to make a play for the lead but in the end finished sixth on the day.

Decker, 21, opted to move to DGR-Crosley for the 2019 season where she would see action in NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series and ARCA Racing Series events.

Longtime partner N29 Technologies followed Decker to DGR-Crosley.

The Wisconsin native finished seventh in the overall ARCA Menards Series point standings.

“I’m really excited to be making the step up to trucks, especially with DGR-Crosley. They bring fast Toyotas to the track every weekend whether it be in the K&N Series or Truck Series,” said Decker. “Making the transition to trucks is going to help me progress my career and build my skill set. Being able to race in all three series will be beneficial because I can run an ARCA or K&N race that will help me prepare for the truck race. I think it’s very important that I’ll have the same team around me whichever series I’m running and having David (Gilliland) there to help coach me and give me advice. Being a driver with a lot of experience and the father to a race car driver, I’m really excited to learn from him.”

Her first truck series race is expected to be the season opener next week at Daytona.