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NASCAR Fans “Bummed” at Latest Natalie Decker News

Published 08/25/2022, 5:39 AM EDT
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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 on October12, 2019 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Al.(Photo by Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Natalie Decker was all but set to make her sixth NASCAR Xfinity Series start at Daytona International Speedway in the coming weekend. But unfortunately for her and her fans, she won’t be taking part in the race. Even though her name was on the entry list of the race participants.

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This is so because Decker’s sponsor, Diesel Beverages, which is going through testing, wouldn’t have the results just in time for the race, and as a result, Decker’s seat will be filled by Patrick Emerling in the Xfinity Series race.

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Naturally, a lot of NASCAR fans empathized with Decker while a few felt sorry for her and thanked her for the update, as they advised her to keep her head high for more opportunities, which will surely come her way in the future.

Natalie Decker is the face of NASCAR’s ‘Accelerate Her’ program

Earlier this year, NASCAR, in partnership with Busch Light Beer, launched the ‘Accelerate Her’ program, which was aimed at promoting female drivers. And among those drivers, perhaps the most famous and in some ways, the face of the program, is Natalie Decker.

Speaking about Decker’s role in the marketing side of the campaign, Krystyn Stowe, head of marketing, Busch Family Brands, Anheuser-Busch InBev, emphasized how she could be a big asset.

“Natalie’s now like this huge role model, this face to inspire future women to come into the sport and being able to shine a light on that and get more eyes on her and our other drivers,” she said.

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“I think ultimately is just going to help move the sport overall.”

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 15: Natalie Decker, driver of the #54 N29 Technologies LLC Toyota, during qualifying for NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series NextEra 250 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Decker herself reciprocates the opportunities and avenues this program can open up for her and drivers like her. “Busch really is showing us females that are a part of the program and future females that there’s comfort,” she said.

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There’s people there that believe in you, and they want you to succeed.”

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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