Claire Decker

Claire Decker

Decker sisters making Xfinity Series debut at Iowa


Earlier this year, sisters Claire and Paige Decker both started in the Camping World Truck Series’ race at Martinsville Speedway.

It was the debut for Claire Decker, while Paige made her debut last year in the fall Martinsville race. A cousin of theirs, Natalie Decker, also attempted to qualify for the April race, but failed to do so. Claire Decker finished 27th, while Paige Decker wound up 25th.

Now Claire, 21, and Paige, 23, will each attempt to make their Xfinity Series debut this weekend at Iowa Speedway. The siblings are entered in the American Ethanol E15 250 driving for Obaika Racing.

Claire Decker will drive the No. 77 Chevrolet, and Paige Decker will pilot the No. 97. Both cars will be sponsored by Vroom Brands.

“It’s not often you see two girls, yet alone sisters, in a NASCAR race” says team owner Victor Obaika in a press release. “So we are really excited about this opportunity and hopefully this experience will open doors for many more female drivers.”

The Deckers are just the second set of sisters to start in a national NASCAR race together after Amber and Angela Cope, nieces of Derrike Cope, started a Truck series race at Martinsville in 2010.

Both women are veterans of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program. Paige Decker was the first woman to win a TUNDRA Super Late Model race in 2013 and a year later Claire Decker won the Dick Trickle Memorial 99 +1 feature at Marshfield Motor Speedway in Marshfield, Wisconsin.

Two sisters, cousin will make Martinsville Truck race a family affair

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NASCAR has confirmed that three female drivers — all related — are entered for this weekend’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250 Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway.

Sisters Paige and Claire Decker will be joined by cousin Natalie Decker this weekend.

Paige Decker, 23, seeks her second career series start. She finished 30th at Martinsville last fall driving for Mike Harmon. She’s scheduled to drive for Harmon again this weekend. She wrote on her Facebook page: “So excited to be back behind the wheel after a long break!’’

Claire Decker, 21, will be attempting to make her first series start. She’ll drive for Jennifer Jo Cobb‘s team this weekend.

Natalie Decker, 18, also will be attempting to make her first series start. She’ll drive for NTS Motorsports.

“I’m excited but nervous to make my first laps,” Natalie Decker said in a release. “I hope to learn a lot on and off track. I am super thankful for this opportunity to be able to show my abilities and join an elite class of drivers.”

This marks the 22nd time three female drivers have entered a NASCAR national series race.

A NASCAR national series record four female drivers competed in the Oct. 2010 Truck race at Martinsville. Those drivers were sisters Amber and Angela Cope, Long and Cobb. Long finished 22nd that race, best of the four.