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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.

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