After starting seventh, Natalie Decker of Eagle River, Wisconsin stayed near the point spot through most of the 80 laps and ultimately placed sixth in a one-lap dash to the finish line at the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona Speedway Saturday afternoon.
Decker appeared to prefer running the outside line with her N29 Technologies Toyota on the Super Speedway, running as a car in that train early and in almost every restart. For the most part it worked well, other than one occasion when she got shuffled back from fourth to 12th spot as the lone car in the middle of a three-wide group. She quickly made her way back into the top 10 and ran as high as fourth, spending most of the race between fourth and seventh in line.
Decker has clearly found success at the Daytona track, finishing fifth last season after starting on pole.
The race was the first of the 20-race schedule for the ARCA Menards series so Decker also sits sixth in the points standings as the series heads to its next event, the Pensacola 200 at Five Flags Speedway on March 9.
Decker is scheduled to stay in Daytona and begin preparation to run the opening race of the Gander Outdoors Truck Series, also at Daytona next weekend.