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Northwoods Spotlight - Decker Racing 8-28Submitted: 08/28/2013
Story By Marisa Silvas


PLOVER - Three ladies who grew up in Eagle River spend most of their summers in Central Wisconsin. The reason, it's where the rubber meets the concrete.

Paige Decker a race car driver from Eagle River says, "Getting in the car and putting my helmet on, that's my comfort zone and that's where I like to be."

Her cousin Natalie Decker adds, "When I'm here with my family it's awesome because we're all bonding and stuff."

And Paige's sister Claire Decker explains, "It's actually really thrilling when someone's door to door with you. It's like you can reach out and touch their car."


The Decker name and speed go hand in hand. But a family of snowmobile racers has given way to the new generation in stock cars.

"Racing has always been in my blood," Paige explains. "So I guess it just kind of stuck. Now I'm used to it, spending the week days at the shop and the weekends at the race track."

Claire adds, "A lot of guys will come over and help us because they knew our dads from racing before."

Allen Decker is Paige and Claire's Dad. "My job is to just like my father gave to me, the opportunity to go racing," Allen says.

Sisters Paige and Claire race with their cousin Natalie. All three started in go carts but moved up the ranks in a flash.

The youngest, Natalie just turned 16 and got her drivers license this summer... but she says it wasn't easy.

"(The driving instructor) said the major thing is you have to look in your mirrors," Natalie explains. "Well it's kind of hard because I've never looked in my mirrors before. I always had a spotter telling me where people are at."

The Decker girls are very competitive, but they enjoy having each other to count on, especially in such a male dominated sport.

Next year these talented ladies will be racing in the same class, but the ultimate goal is NASCAR.


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