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Originally published June 19, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified June 19, 2007 at 2:00 AM

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People in sports | Ten-year-old goes 60 mph in stock car

EATON TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Ten-year-old Stephanie Beane invited her girlfriends for a sleepover Wednesday night and they played with dolls.

On Saturday, she crawled into a stock car on the track of the Sandusky Speedway Motor-Sports Park and roared around the track at speeds of about 60 mph to become the youngest stock-car racer ever.

Stephanie finished her debut race in fifth place in a field of about a dozen mostly adult men and plans to race again this week.

Someday she wants to meet racers Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

"I want to race against them and I want to win," Stephanie said.

Derek Musso, spokesman for the Guinness Book of World Records, confirmed Stephanie's place in the record book. The youngest stock car racer on record was 12-year-old Amanda "A.K." Stroud, who competed in North Carolina during the 2001 racing season.

Permitting young drivers to race requires a higher insurance premium, which Speedway owner Kevin Jaycox gladly pays.

He tests younger drivers to make sure they are comfortable on the track. He only needed to watch Stephanie, who is the youngest so far, drive the track twice.

"She's really fast," Jaycox said before the race.

Newhouse news service

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