Concord, North Carolina (July 19, 2018) – After turning in a solid fifth place finish last week at Elko Speedway, 21-year old rookie Natalie Decker will make her first ever start at Michigan’s Berlin Raceway in Saturday night’s Primera Plastics 200.
Decker, a native of nearby Eagle River, Wisconsin, is in the midst of her first full season schedule driving for Venturini Motorsports. Last week’s top-5 finish was Decker’s second of the season and first since winning the pole and finishing fifth in the season opening event at Daytona International Speedway.
Focused on gaining experience, the driver of Venturini Motorsports’ flagship No.25 N29 Capital Partners – Yamaha Power Product Toyota Camry looks ahead to the remainder of the summer schedule.
“I’m really happy with the run we had at Elko last week,” said Decker. “Running up front and finishing top-5 really gives me a lot of confidence going into Berlin. I’m excited to get back in the car – we’ve got a lot to build on moving forward the rest of the way.”
“This season has been a huge learning experience for me. Short track racing has always been my favorite but running the entire schedule this year has given me the opportunity to see a lot of new tracks and gain valuable experience.”
Assisting in Decker’s development is crew chief Frank Kimmel. Kimmel, a 10-time ARCA Series Champion and the all-time leader in series victories with 80, took over duties atop the 25-team’s pit box just prior to Elko. Kimmel drove for Venturini Motorsports in 2016 and joined the team’s crew chief lineup during last year’s off season.
“Frank and I have a great relationship and someone I’ve gone to for advice all season long. Having him as my crew chief is a big deal. He has so much information to share – he’s a huge asset – I’m really happy to have him on the radio.”
The Berlin race will mark the rookie drivers’ 14th race of the season and 21st overall in ARCA competition since splashing onto the scene in May of 2017.
Leading up to Saturday night’s Primera Plastics 200 Decker will make a local appearance joining teammate Christian Eckes for a fan meet and greet at the Wyoming, MI Menards store Friday night between 6:00-7:00pm.
The Primera Plastics 200 is the 14th race of 20 on the 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. At just 0.438 miles in length, Berlin Raceway is the second-shortest track on the 2018 ARCA Racing Series schedule.
Next up for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is the Primera Plastics 200 at Berlin Raceway. Practice is scheduled for 2:30 pm ET with General Tire Pole Qualifying to follow at 6:30 pm ET; the race will go green at 9 pm ET and will be televised live on MAVTV. ARCARacing.com will have live timing and scoring, live chat, and live on-track updates for all sessions for registered users.
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.