DGR-Crosley announced today the addition of six races to Natalie Decker’s Gander Outdoors Truck Series schedule.
The 21-year-old Eagle River, Wis. native, joined DGR-Crosley’s driver development programearlier this year with plans of running 11 Gander Trucks races. With the support of her longtimepartner N29 Technologies, Decker will now be piloting her No. 54 Toyota Tundra in 17 racesthroughout the season.
Decker’s Gander Trucks schedule for the remainder of the 2019 season is as follows: DoverInternational Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway,Iowa Speedway, Gateway Motorsports Park, Chicagoland Speedway, Kentucky Speedway,Pocono Raceway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, MartinsvilleSpeedway, ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz., and Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Decker has three Gander Trucks starts under her belt in 2019. Her first start at DaytonaInternational Speedway ended in a fiery crash. After a rough debut in Daytona, Decker and herN29 Technologies team went to the 1.5-mile tracks of Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway and LasVegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway where they finished 24th and 13th respectively.
“I’m so excited to add more races with DGR-Crosley,” said Decker. “I’m very thankful for theopportunity to be with this team. David [Gilliland] does such a great job with putting the rightpeople in the right position, and I’m learning so much and enjoy working with Frank [Kerr, crewchief] and all my guys. I didn’t think that I would be racing this much this year in the Trucks, butI’m so excited that we are. I love competing in the Truck Series – it’s challenging but so fun.Looking forward to continuing to learn as much as possible and putting together solid finishes.This year is all about learning and getting experience.”
Team co-owner David Gilliland thinks the added races will be beneficial to Decker and heryoung career.”I think it’s great that Natalie and N29 Technologies have decided to pick up more races thisseason,” said Gilliland. “Seat time is so important, and we see her progressing and learning everyrace. She has a great team of guys helping her – adding consistency and additional seat time isgoing to be very beneficial.”
Decker’s next race will be on May 3 at the one-mile track of Dover (Del.) InternationalSpeedway.