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Natalie Decker teams up with Ken Schrader and FURY Race Cars for ARCA opener

Photo By: Nigel Kinrade Photography / NKP

By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer

Natalie Decker has teamed up with Ken Schrader Racing and FURY Race Cars to pilot the No. 52 in the ARCA season-opener at Daytona.

In Decker’s two previous career ARCA starts at Daytona International Speedway she’s tallied finishes in the top-six.

In 2018 she won the pole for the race becoming just the third female to do so at the 2.5-mile superspeedway in ARCA.

“We are obviously very excited to have Natalie in the seat for the Daytona race! With her previous ARCA experience, we are pulling in with one of the more experienced drivers in the field,” says Ken Schrader.

The event gives Decker a chance to get some on track time before her first NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series start of the year, which will come a week later with Niece Motorsports.

Schrader who has spent almost 40 years in the sport has seen both hard work and success as a driver and owner. He has captured 18 ARCA wins, and 65 top-10 finishes after 28 years behind the wheel. In addition, Schrader also has four wins in the NASCAR Cup Series as well.

“I’m so thankful and honored to have the opportunity to drive for these racing icons! I will be learning so much and from some of the best!” says Natalie.

Decker will have Tony Eury Jr as her crew chief for the event. Eury Jr has also been a crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski, Michael Waltrip and Danica Patrick to name a few drivers.

“I’m really looking forward to going to Daytona with Natalie and working with Ken Schrader Racing. I’ve always liked Daytona, and I’ve had a lot of success there in the past,” says Eury Jr.

“I’ve built my career on mentoring young and up-and-coming drivers, trying to teach them the X’s and O’s of different levels of this sport, and that’s what we do as a company at FURY. Natalie has a lot of passion for racing, and our goal is to help her improve so that she can meet the goals she has set for her career.”

Decker spoke about how this whole deal came about saying, “I have owned a Fury super late-model since 2017, and have gotten to know Tony, Jeff (Fultz), Kaz (Grala) and all the guys at Fury very well. I love driving those cars. So, partnering with Fury and KSR for the Daytona race just seemed pretty natural.”

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