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Ashley Clark, the 10-year-old drag racer, started racing this summer.

Speedy presenter: Ashley Clark waits for Tom Cook to hand her the steering wheel to attach to her dragster

The 10-year-old drag racer, daughter of Christy and Robin Clark of Sicamous, started racing this summer.

Clark drives a junior dragster in what is called Bracket Racing in the half-quarter mile, and reaches speeds up to 80 mph. She has already earned three first-place medals and one third-place medal. The car was built by Cook, who co-sponsors Clark with his wife Debbie.

Clark’s jacket, pants and gloves are all fire-proof as the vehicle runs on methanol, which is very flammable. Clark needs help getting into her dragster as it is tight-fitting, and the steering wheel has to be removed before she can get in and out.


Editor’s note: The original version of the story had an incorrect first name for Clark’s mother. The story has been changed to reflect that. We apologize for the error.

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