Female NASCAR Star Natalie Decker Opens Up on How She Started Racing and Developed an Interest

Published 12/26/2020, 1:26 PM EST
DOVER, DE – MAY 03: Natalie Decker, driver of the #54 N29 Technologies LLC Toyota, during qualifying for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series JEGS 200 at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)


In 2020, leading female NASCAR driver Natalie Decker competed in the NASCAR Truck Series. The 23-year-old recorded a 5th-place finish at the Daytona 500, a career-best finish to date.

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In a recent video, answering fan questions, she noticed that the most popular one spoke about her first tryst with racing.

Speaking about it, Decker said, “I got started in racing through my dad [Chuck Decker] and his side of the family. My dad owned a racetrack, it was called the World Championship Snowmobile Derby. He recently sold it a couple of years ago.

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“I grew up at that track. My mom told me – when she was pregnant with me, her exercise was walking around the perimeter of the property and walking around the track,” Decker added.

According to Decker, she was always near the track with her father. This was usually when he was at meetings or when they used to spend time with the snowmobile racers. Suffice to say, Natalie Decker loved it and she enjoyed falling in love with racing.

What else did Natalie Decker say?

As it turned out, Decker’s father was the one who got her onto the racing scene. They also followed NASCAR pretty closely, but she had only just grown fond of racing. Interestingly, she first began her racing career in snowmobiles, owing to her father’s success in the field.

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TALLADEGA, AL – OCTOBER 12: Natalie Decker, DGR- Crosley, Toyota Tundra N29 Technologies (54) during the running of the 14th annual Sugarlands Shine 250 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Al.(Photo by Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

However, she soon realized that snowmobile racing was not for her. Later on, she discovered her passion for NASCAR, though it took her dad some time to take her seriously. Despite this, her parents were supportive, especially when she began to race go-karts.

Soon, one thing led to another and now she is a full-fledged racer. Admittedly, her 2021 plans are still up in the air. However, she will definitely be involved in some form of racing.

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