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


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.

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