Concord, North Carolina (July 25, 2018) – Twenty-one-year-old rookie driver Natalie Decker will introduce Shoney’s®, the iconic, All-American restaurant brand, as primary sponsor on her Venturini Motorsports (VMS) prepared No.25 Toyota in her return to the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards on July 27 at Pocono Raceway.
“It’s an honor to carry the Shoney’s brand this week on our Pocono car,” says Decker. “We had the opportunity to visit one of their newly branded stores while racing in Nashville earlier in the year. Had so much fun there not only meeting new people and fans but hanging out with Mr. David Davoudpour, Chairman and CEO of Shoney’s and his friendly team.” Admitting her love for sweets, Decker added with a smile, “Nothing would be better than celebrating my first win by eating Shoney’s Hot Fudge Cake in victory lane. It’s delish!”
Decker, a native of Eagle River, Wisconsin is in the midst of her first full season driving for VMS. In her last event two weeks ago at Elko Speedway, Decker turned in a solid performance, earning her second top-five finish of the season and first since winning the pole and finishing fifth in the season opening event at Daytona International Speedway.
“We have been America’s Dinner Table for more than 70 years and 2018 is the Year of the Woman so this is a match made in Equality Heaven,” said Mr. David Davoudpour, Chairman and CEO of Shoney’s. “Many of our guests are racing fans so we are thrilled to sponsor Natalie and put our new Shoney’s logo on the car of this rising female star.”
Shoney’s nation will be rooting for Natalie this weekend and of course, we’d love to see you in our restaurants before and after the race.”
In 2017, Decker earned her first ever superspeedway top-10 at Pocono. Friday’s event marks her fourth overall start at the Tricky Triangle. Earlier this year Decker was credited with an eighth-place finish at the same track after starting the race before giving way to replacement driver, Brennan Poole, who filled for Decker as she recovered from hernia surgery.
Friday afternoon’s Pocono event will mark the fan favorites’ 14th race of the season and 21st overall in ARCA competition since splashing onto the scene in May of 2017. Leading up to the green flag, Decker will join teammates Christian Eckes and Leilani Munter for a special autograph appearance with members of Pocono’s Kid Club.
The ModSpace 150 at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Friday, July 27. ARCA Racing Series teams will practice for 90 minutes starting at 9 am ET; General Tire Pole Qualifying is slated for 1 pm ET, and the 60-lap/150-mile race will go green shortly after 4 pm ET. Fox Sports 1 will televise the race live; ARCARacing.com will have live timing, scoring, and track updates throughout each on-track session for registered users.
Decker’s primary sponsor Shoney’s is world-renowned for serving fresh quality food at a great value with friendly service. Shoney’s was voted one of the best 8 family dining restaurants in the United States in the 2016 Consumer Picks Survey via Nation’s Restaurant News, placing #6 overall.
In the survey, Shoney’s was recognized for having the best rating for value among all family dining chains and also scored well for its service, menu variety and diners being likely to recommend it.
Since acquiring the great American eatery in 2007, Mr. David Davoudpour has been on a driven and spirited mission to reinvigorate and revitalize Shoney’s, a family-friendly, southern-style restaurant brand. Shoney’s is one of the first, and has always been one of the most popular, family casual dining concepts in the United States.
Shoney’s is a Nashville-based company that operates in 17 states and is now growing through franchising following an extensive revitalization effort. Since its humble beginnings in 1947 as a Charleston, West Virginia drive-in restaurant, guests have enjoyed Shoney’s family-friendly, casual dining experience. Visit www.shoneys.com for more information on restaurant hours, locations and special offers. Shoney’s is offering franchising opportunities to qualified single and multi-unit candidates. For more information, visit http://www.shoneys.com/franchise/. You can also follow Shoney’s on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. In order to get back to Shoney’s “Glory Days,” the brand is now growing through franchising, following an extensive revitalization effort. Shoney’s is offering franchising opportunities to qualified single and multi-unit candidates. For more information, visit http://www.shoneys.com/franchise/.
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.