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Natalie Decker Not Medically Cleared to Start Vegas Truck Race, Credited With Last-Place Finish

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UPDATE: September 26, 2020 — 10:04 AM ET:

Natalie Decker posted an update on her condition to Twitter on Saturday. She stated that she is flying back home to get further evaluation and upon completion of the tests, she will let everyone know what caused her to miss Friday’s NASCAR Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

ORIGINAL STORY: September 25, 2020 — 9:22 PM ET

Bizarre news just before the start of Friday night’s NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, as Natalie Decker, who was slated to start 23rd, was not allowed to compete.

According to NASCAR, Decker was not medically cleared to compete in the event. However, as the truck had already passed pre-race inspection and was on the grid, Decker and the team will be credited with a last-place finish in the race.

No word on what ailment kept Decker from being cleared from the race, as of yet, but she was hospitalized and underwent surgery for complications due to gall bladder surgery back in June.

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Decker also revealed last September that she suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis.

The 23-year old driver scored the best finish for a female driver in NGROTS history with a solid fifth-place effort in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway.

Decker, who hails from Eagle River, WI, had contested 11 races with Niece Motorsports in 2020, Friday will count as her 12th although she was unable to compete a lap.

Once an official reason for Decker not being medically cleared for Friday’s race is revealed, we will amend this story.

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Toby is the Founder, Editor and go-to man for He is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed NASCAR as a fan since 1993.

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