Natalie Decker has logged more frequent flyer miles this summer than your average teenager. A mainstay with the Rev Racing Late Model Stock program, Decker travels back to her home state of Wisconsin on a regular basis to race her Super Late Model. During her latest stint in the Badger State, Decker picked up two wins in one weekend.
“It feels so great to come back to Wisconsin and see all my fans and be there with everyone again,” Decker told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “And when you add winning on top of that it, is an awesome feeling and makes for a great day.”
Decker, who recorded her first Super Late Model win earlier in July, made the trip to Wisconsin for the 36th annual Slinger Nationals. After battling power steering issues for the majority of the day and not getting much, if any practice, she did not make the 24-car starting field.
“It was a lot of hard work by all of us on Team 04,” said Decker. “We were all frustrated about Slinger, but the best way to get over it was to come back stronger and go for the big W.”
Instead of letting that get her down, going for the big W is just what she did. Decker responded with two straight wins, one Friday night at Golden Sands Speedway and another Sunday afternoon at State Park Speedway.
“I definitely put the pressure on myself to win those races because I knew Tom Ress gave me a car capable of winning,” Decker said. “Those are two of my favorite tracks and my car was on a rail.”
Friday in Plover, WI Decker duked it out with fellow female driver Reagan May for the win. The two raced door-to-door for the final laps with Decker edging May by a hair at the start finish line.
“We hugged after the race and I told her it was so much fun racing side by side with her and she congratulated me on the win,” recalled Decker. “It was a very exciting race and this race just became my new favorite win.”
With a Thursday rainout, Decker loaded up her No. 04 machine for a Sunday make-up at State Park Speedway. State Park Speedway point leader Jeremy Lepak grabbed the early lead, but Decker chopped into it throughout the course of the 60-lap feature.
Decker went to the high side and finally made a move around Lepak to the inside to win her second straight race at State Park Speedway.
“Once I got on the inside of him I needed to have my nose ahead of his before we got to the lapped car so I could come out in the lead,” Decker said. “Once I got on the inside of Lepak, the lapped car was only a few car lengths ahead of us. I had to make it happen in one corner and I was able to. It felt great to pick up another win there and win two races over the weekend.”
Decker is now back in North Carolina, but plans to travel to Wisconsin for the TUNDRA Series race at State Park Speedway on August 1 and the ARCA Midwest Tour Dixieland 25 at Wisconsin International Raceway August 4.
-By Jana Wimmer, Speed51.com Midwest Editor – Twitter: @JWimm22
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