One year ago Natalie Decker made history as the first female driver to place top five in a top-three tier NASCAR race at Daytona, on February 14, 2020. Decker also became the highest-finishing female driver ever in a NASCAR Truck Series race, that Friday night at the NextEra Energy 250.
Just two weeks ago it was announced that 23-year-old Eagle River, Wisconsin native would make her debut in the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR’s second tier. So it’s fitting that Decker would unveil a new car to mark the occasion.
“A step up to a new NASCAR series, new team, new sponsor and partners and new car—it’s a very big reveal,” Decker said, by video call, prior to the 2021 kickoff.
Decker signed on to drive for RSS Racing/Reaume Brothers Racing and will be racing the No. 23 Chevrolet with sponsorship from Red Street Records, a record company co-owned by Rascal Flatts country music star Jay DeMarcus. Decker’s car, starting this weekend at the Daytona Road Course race, will feature the likeness of two-time Grammy Award winning gospel artist Jason Crabb.
“Another surprise too,” Decker added. “Jason (Crabb) had no idea he was on the hood of the car.”
Also on the call were DeMarcus and Crabb. DeMarcus, who founded Red Street Records back in 2018 after his own multi-platinum music career with Rascal Flatts, weighed in.
“I’ve been in Nashville for 24 years, and a lot of our fan base with Rascal Flatts,” DeMarcus explained, “is reality rooted in NASCAR culture. I couldn’t be more thrilled.” But DeMarcus hints that his participation and sponsorship of Decker’s car, through Red Street Records, is more personal.
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SOURCE: Forbes, Andy Frye