Natalie Decker of Eagle River will be back on the track this week.

Venturini Motorsports (VMS) has unveiled its version of girl power when the longtime ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards team returns to Chicagoland Speedway this Thursday, June 28, with a trio of female drivers competing in the series’ Scott 150 event. 

VMS has entered Decker in the team’s flagship No. 25 N29 Capital Partners – Yamaha Toyota; Leilani Münter in the No. 20 Vegan Strong Toyota; and Toni Breidinger in the No. 55 VMS Toyota. It is the first time in the modern era of stock car racing that one team has entered three female drivers in a single event.

It comes as no surprise that the Venturini team would bring three female drivers to an event. Team owner and Chicago native, Bill Venturini won two ARCA driving championships in 1987 and 1991, the first coming with an all-female pit crew, led by his wife and team co-owner Cathy Venturini.

“It was a way to get some extra attention and some added sponsorship back then,” Venturini said. “But I never would have come to the racetrack with a pit crew that couldn’t compete. It was far from a publicity stunt.”

VMS has earned 47 series wins over the last 30 years, including three at Chicagoland. Leading the “Girl Power” charge for VMS in 2018 is 20-year-old rookie Decker. 

Decker, competing in her first full season of ARCA competition, won the General Tire Pole and finished a career-high fifth during this year’s season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Performing on racing’s biggest stage, she added her name to the record books becoming just the third woman in ARCA’s history and fourth in Daytona’s 59-year track history to start a race from the pole position. 

Driving VMS’ iconic No. 25 car, the Eagle River native is currently seventh in the series’ driver point standings — accumulating four top-10 finishes in her first ten series starts on the season. Thursday’s start at Chicagoland Speedway will be Decker’s first on the 1.5-mile tri-oval. 

Decker, Münter and Breidinger will all appear at the 17th annual Joliet Race Fan Rally on the streets of downtown Joliet on Wednesday, June 27, from 5 to 10 p.m. 

The Scott 150 will officially kick off the second half of the 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season. The race will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 on Thursday, June 28, at 8 p.m. 

Good luck to Natalie on the track this week.