- The Decker family goes hand in hand with snowmobile racing in Eagle River.
"I was around it all the time and even though it wasn't car racing, it's still the same thing," said 19-year-old Natalie Decker.
Stock car racing is what Natalie Decker is mastering now and Venturini Motorsports has noticed. The North Carolina-based company recently signed her to a three race deal.
"I was in shock. I was like 'oh my god, this is actually happening!' It didn't hit me for a while until things started rolling along," said Decker.
The first step was making sure Decker had a sponsor. An investment company called N-29 in Madison stepped up.
"N-29 is based out of Wisconsin and I'm from Wisconsin so it's a good fit. They invest in start-up companies and I'm pretty much a start-up company," said Decker.
The three races that Decker signed on board for will start in Toledo, Ohio. Then it's on to Elko Speedway just south of Minneapolis.
"We've been with there with the super late so that's probably the track that I'll be most confident in and I'm really excited for that one," said Decker.
Then the last race will be the biggest. It will be at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.
"Pocono will definitely be the biggest race track I've ever gone on," said Decker.
The goal of Venturini Motorsports is to prep their drivers for the next level. For 19-year-old Natalie Decker, that's her goal as well.
"They've prepped a lot of drivers and put them into Kyle Bush Motorsports and then it just keeps getting bigger after that. My next step, I definitely want to be in trucks, Kyle Bush would be awesome to race for, and they're both backed by Toyota," said Decker.
No matter where this new deal takes her, Decker always wants to be a role model for younger girls.
"We got 30 races this summer with our super late program and three with Venturini and someday I hope to pave the way for other girls too," said Decker.
Decker will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina to get fitted for her new gear and have a few practice rounds before her first race on May 21, 2017 in Toledo.
|Story By: Katie LeszcynskiKatie Leszcynski