Natalie Decker Ready to Make Her Mark at Daytona After “Step up” to NASCAR Xfinity Series

Published 02/20/2021, 8:30 AM EST
DAYTONA, FL – FEBRUARY 15: Natalie Decker, driver of the #54 DGR-Crosley N29 Technologies LLC Toyota, during qualifying for the NextEra Energy 250 on February 15, 2019 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Natalie Decker is set to begin a new phase of her NASCAR career. The former Truck Series star is now making her debut in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with RSS Racing and Reaume Brothers Racing, driving the No. 23 Chevrolet in a few select races this season.

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It all begins on Saturday as Decker takes to the Daytona Road Course in her maiden Xfinity Series, and she even unveiled a unique livery for the race.
Decker’s car has sponsorship from Red Street Records, which is a record company co-owned by country music star, Jay DeMarcus. The No. 23 car will feature Jason Crabb – a two-time Grammy-winning artist – on the hood of the car.

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Safe to say, Decker is highly excited about her Xfinity debut, which is a big ‘step up’ for her. “A step up to a new NASCAR series, new team, new sponsor and partners, and new car. It’s a very big reveal,” the star driver said ahead of the race.

I’m very thankful 🙏🏼❤️🏁 pic.twitter.com/pM3T8fLj8E

— Natalie Decker (@NatalieRacing) February 6, 2021

Natalie Decker earns high praise from sponsor partner

DeMarcus reserved high praise for Decker, who he believes is a ‘bright light’ in NASCAR.
“Natalie is a bright light in racing. She is on the cutting edge of motorsports and the racing industry, and we consider ourselves on the cutting edge of the recording industry. So, it’s a partnership made in heaven,” DeMarcus said about the tie-up.
Decker makes her return to NASCAR after a disappointing end to the 2020 season. Decker’s season was cut short due to health issues, and she could not get the race-time she wanted and aimed for.
However, Decker still created history last season, with a fifth-place finish in the season-opening Truck race at Daytona, for Niece Motorsports. Decker became the first female driver to finish as high as fifth in a Truck Series race.
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)

Decker excited about ‘moving up a level’

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In the 2021 pre-season, Decker worked on her health issues and is now ready to return to the racetrack. The 2021 Xfinity Series deal was announced a couple of weeks ago, and Natalie was over the moon.
This just means the world to me. This has been a secret for a while now and I’m so excited that Red Street Records is gonna be a part of these five races that I’m doing in Xfinity. which is so crazy to say, that I’m moving up a level and we’re gonna be in the Xfinity Series,” she expressed.
Decker’s debut race begins on Saturday at 5 pm ET. Fans can catch the race on FS1, as well as MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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