Yesterday, NASCAR driver Natalie Decker was seen displaying some mild symptoms of dehydration and heatstroke at the Kansas race. She currently competes in the NASCAR Truck Series. She finished the race outside of the ‘Top-20’ in the 21st spot.
ESPN reports that after finishing the race she wasn’t feeling very well and was checked by the medical team on the track. They wrote, “The heat index approaching triple digits appeared to get to Natalie Decker, who walked unsteadily from her truck to the pit road wall and lay down after the race. She was checked there by medical personnel but appeared to be fine.”
Additionally, earlier this season, she was forced to stay out of racing because of some health issues. She missed the NASCAR Truck race at Pocono.
At Kansas, the temperature was over 90 degrees when the race started. After that, it kept on soaring and reached over 100 degrees.
The temperature inside the car is usually a lot higher than the outside, and drivers are bound to get dehydrated and feel some dizziness or other heatstroke-related issues.
Additionally, by the end of the race, the setting sun made things a bit cooler. However, it also made driving trickier, as part of the track was shaded and other parts were open. It created some areas to have less grip and others with plenty of grip.
In the race, Austin Hill rode to his first win of the season. He was followed by Brett Moffitt in the second place. Moffitt won the first stage of the race but was unable to keep his lead and finished around 3 seconds behind Hill.
Additionally, Grant Enfinger took the third place followed by the reigning series champion Matt Crafton at fourth. Derek Kraus finished at the fifth spot.