CONCORD, N.C. (May 18, 2018) - It was one year ago when rookie Natalie Decker made her ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut at Toledo Speedway, finishing 11th on the lead lap in the Menards 200. One year later, the Eagle River, Wis. driver is returning to the track where it all began. The 77th running of the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care comes to life this weekend, May 19-20.
Decker, driver of the No. 25 N29 Capital Partners-Yamaha Power Products Toyota for Venturini Motorsports, started the season strong with a career-best 5th-place finish at Daytona after winning the General Tire Pole. Bad luck, however, has stepped in over her last two outings at Salem and Talladega.
"We've been really solid all year long," said Decker. "I don't think our results over the last two races really tells the story. We had great runs going at both Salem and Talladega but got bit with some bad luck. I feel good going back to Toledo. It's big race for us to get back on track. I've got a ton of confidence in myself and this team."
Decker, with her confidence on the rise, is currently 6th in national championship standings after four races.
"My confidence is literally getting better and better with each lap no matter where we are racing. It's really just a matter of getting seat-time and experience. I only did seven races last year. This year, we're doing them all, and I can't wait for the next track, especially Toledo. It's just a really fun race track…so fast. Toledo will always be one of my favorites."
The Menards 200 spreads out over two days with ARCA Racing Series practice scheduled from 12:30 - 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 4. Pre-race ceremonies for the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care get under way at 1:30 Sunday afternoon, May 20. The Menards 200 is live on MAVTV at 2 p.m. Eastern. Follow all the on-track action through live timing, scoring and chat at arcaracing.com.
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 (www.NIASHF.org) - now finding themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Chip Ganassi, Andy Granatelli, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.
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