Natalie Decker set to make first Martinsville Speedway start

Natalie Decker and the No. 54 N29 Technologies Toyota Tundra Team are set to tackle half-mile of Martinsville Speedway 

Track: Martinsville Speedway, 0.526-mile oval
Race: 21 of 23
Event: NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 (200 laps, 105.2 miles)
Friday, October 25th
11:00 a.m………...Rookie Practice
12:05 p.m………...First Practice
2:05 p.m………...Final Practice
Saturday, October 26th
10:05 a.m………...Qualifying
1:30 p.m………….Race (FS1)
(all times ET)

Natalie Decker will make her Martinsville (Va.) Speedway debut in the No. 54 N29 Technologies Toyota Tundra. The NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 will mark Decker's 17th NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series start with DGR-Crosley this season. 

The 0.5-mile paperclip of Martinsville Speedway will be a different test for Decker. The Eagle River, Wisc. native made her first short track appearance in the Truck Series earlier this year at Bristol Motor Speedway. She went on to finish in the 25th position after getting caught up in a late-race incident. In four career starts at speedways less than 1.5-miles, Decker has an average starting position of 21st and an average finish of 22nd. The No. 54 team tested at Martinsville earlier this season in preparation for Saturday's event where Decker posted the fasted lap times of all DGR-Crosley trucks participating. Despite her lack of short track experience in the Truck Series, Decker is optimistic for her Martinsville Speedway debut. 

The No. 54 team will be led by veteran crew chief Frank Kerr atop the pit box and Coleman Pressley from the spotter stand. The 200 lap NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 will be broadcast live on FS1 beginning at 1:30 p.m., ET on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Decker on Martinsville: "I can’t wait to race at Martinsville with my DGR-Crosley truck this weekend. I love short track racing because that’s what I grew up doing. I was not able to make the first Martinsville race this season because I was trying out for the W series, so I’m excited I am able to compete there for the first time."