Concord, North Carolina (June 20, 2018) – 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. ARCARacing.com will have live timing and scoring of practice, qualifying and the race for registered members.
ABOUT VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS:
Over the last 35-years Venturini Motorsports (VMS) has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in professional motorsports. Known for long-time dominance in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, Venturini Motorsports is held in high regard as one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the county. Since 2007, VMS has specialized in the career development of some of today’s top racing talent including current NASCAR “Stars” – Joey Logano, Erik Jones, William Byron, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Darryl ‘Bubba’ Wallace Jr., Daniel Suarez, Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, Ben Rhoads, Ryan Reed, Brandon Jones, Matt Tifft, Brennan Poole, Dalton Sargeant, Justin Haley and Todd Gilliland. Integrity, dedication and continuous innovation paired with years of on-track success has helped define Venturini Motorsports as one of the longest tenured teams in all of modern day racing. In 2012, the Venturini racing family was recognized for their collective achievements and inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame – now finding themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Chip Ganassi, Andy Granatelli, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.