Decker Girls Racing up the Ranks

By: Ben Fischer Email
By: Ben Fischer Email

Auto racing is traditionally fueled by guys. But a trio of ladies is changing that at State Park Speedway.

"I don't think people give us as much credit as we deserve," said Paige Decker.

"Guys always," adds Paige's sister, Claire Decker, "you know, always have smart comments. Say, "you can't race, you can't do this."

"It makes me work harder, knowing i'm racing against all boys," said cousin Natalie Decker.

Move over gentleman, because here come the Decker girls from Eagle River.

All three began racing go-carts before moving into stock cars, the youngest being Natalie, who started at age nine.

"Our dads started out racing snowmobiles, and that's how decker racing started," the 15-year old Natalie said. "I mean, they were racing when we were younger, so we just kinda got into it."

"We kinda just moved gradually into cars" said Claire, 18 years old. "Paige went right to super late. And I went from super stock to super late."

"It was really a quick transition into the full sized cars, we really didn't stay in the same class for more than a year, so they really like to keep us moving up quick," the 20 year-old Paige said.

A sisterly rivalry between Claire and Paige keeps them moving rapidly up the ranks.

"i want to beat her more than I want to beat anyone else on the track, and we're both running for rookie of the year for points in the Tundra series," Paige said.

"For sure between me and Paige, we're always trying to beat the other person," a smiling Claire said. "With Natalie, there probably will be, when she gets into a super late."

All three of the Decker girls talked about how they've gotten a bit of a hard time on the race track by the guys competing. But all three know, they can hold their own, out on the circuit.

"Yeah, I want to beat them and stuff. It's cool, like them, they're like, oh, I got beat by a girl," Natalie said.

"The guys will pick on us, more than they're going to pick on anyone else, no one wants a girl to beat them," Paige added. "You know, we're here and we're staying."

"If they want to come and say something to us, you know, we'll just be like, okay, you know, let's settle it on the track," Claire said.


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