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NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series driver Natalie Decker will miss Saturday’s Pocono Organics 150 at Pocono Raceway after suffering from bile duct complications in relation to her previous surgical removal of her gallbladder.
Decker has been hospitalized since Tuesday (June 23) to receive treatment for her medical issues. Her official medical condition is unavailable to the general public. Decker had surgery in December to remove her gallbladder after suffering from previous medical ailments.
Decker has made three starts this season with Niece Motorsports, including the season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway where she finished a career-best fifth. The Wisconsin native had been scheduled to compete in approximately 10 events this season. Decker’s next slated event is the July 9 contest at Kentucky Speedway, but it is currently unknown when she will be cleared to return to the track.
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I wanted to let everyone know what’s been going on this week, I’ve been in the hospital for the last four days with bile duct problems. Thank you everyone for the birthday calls/texts/comments! Sadly I won’t be racing this weekend but want to wish my 44 team and all my teammates at Niece Motorsports good luck this weekend! I’ll let everyone know when I’m released and home resting! Thank you 🙏🏼
TobyChristie.com reports that Bayley Currey will drive the No. 44 Chevrolet in place of Decker Saturday at Pocono Raceway. Currey, who has competed part time in all three national touring series of NASCAR this season, recently resigned from his driving duties at CMI Motorsports in the wake of team owner Ray Ciccarelli‘s comments.
In two truck races this season, Currey has a best finish of 28th, which came at Charlotte Motor Speedway with CMI. The 23-year-old Currey also made two starts for Niece Motorsports last season, including a 23rd-place result at Pocono before backing it up with a career-best sixth place effort at Michigan International Speedway.