David Gilliland Racing-Crosley announced on Friday that ARCA mid-packer Natalie Decker would join the team as a development driver in 2019.
Decker will make starts in the NASCAR Truck Series, NASCAR K&N Series, and the ARCA Series. Decker spent the last two season in the ARCA Series where she made 27 starts and recorded 2 Top-5’s, 11 Top-10’s and 1 pole award. He average finish in 2018 was 11.8 and her average finish was 11.8. For you math whizzes that’s not a plus or minus, just a flat line.
For the sake of comparison, her teammate Chandler Smith won 2 races and had 6 Top-5’s in 9 starts. Christian Eckes won 3 races and also had 6 Top-5’s in 13 starts. Michael Self won 2 races and also had 6 Top-5 finishes in 10 starts. From a number standpoint, they demolished Decker. Teammates are the easiest way to judge the equipment/talent level. Venturini won 8 races in 2018 (Logan Seavey won as well), Decker didn’t record one of them.
In 2019, Decker will move up to the truck series with sponsor No. 29 Technologies in tow, leaving behind her accomplished teammates. For the sake of arguing we’ll throw out the unproven Danica theory. Maybe she wasn’t given the same equipment as her teammates. With DGR-Crosley she will essentially be in Kyle Busch Motorsports trucks. The “mechanical failure” excuse isn’t going to cut it.
Decker will make her Truck Series debut at Daytona this February. Her full schedule will be announced at a later date but it will include partial schedules in the Trucks, K&N and ARCA Series.
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