Confidence Building for Natalie Decker; ARCA Start at Gateway Next

Rookie Natalie Decker will make her tenth ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start of season with Venturini Motorsports Friday, June 22 in the PapaNicholas Coffee 150 at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Coming off her fourth top-10 of the season last week at Madison, the 20-year old Wisconsin driver will resume her duties behind the wheel of her familiar red and white No.25 N29 Capital Partners – Yamaha Power Products Toyota Camry.

Running ARCA’s full 20-race slate and quickly approaching the halfway point of the season, Decker looks ahead, ready to heat up throughout the upcoming summer schedule.

“We’ve had a decent start but have a lot more to prove the second half of the season,” says Decker.

“I’m just really excited to move forward. I’m back and feeling 100%. My team and sponsors have been really supportive and given me a great opportunity this year. The goal is to get back in the car and perform at the highest level. We’re going back to some tracks for the second time, so I have a lot more confidence at places like Pocono, Salem and Kansas.”

“I feel we’ve made some big gains but still have some work to do. There’s always room for improvement. Working on my qualifying runs is something I’ll focus on. We’re always good in the race but starting with better track position will help, especially on the speedways. Gateway is next – I’ll be ready.”

Decker, currently occupying the seventh spot in the ARCA Series’ driver point standings will be a part of history when the series visits Chicagoland Speedway next Thursday for the running of the Scott 150. Joining teammates Toni Breidinger and Leilani Münter, the trio of female drivers will be the first ever to compete in the same race under one team’s banner.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will make its return to Gateway Motorsports Park for the first time since 2007 with Friday’s Papa Nicholas Coffee 150. The event will mark the halfway point of the series’ 2018 season.

The PapaNicholas Coffee 150 is the tenth race of the 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season. The race will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 2 at 9 pm Eastern/8 pm local on Friday, June 22. will have live timing and scoring of practice, qualifying and the race for registered members.