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Karsyn Elledge takes next step in racing career

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 22, 2013 at 3:40 pm •  Published: June 22, 2013

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Karsyn Elledge likes playing with her phone, computer and riding her bike.

When she's not racing, of course.

Elledge, the 12-year-old niece of Dale Earnhardt Jr., is taking a big step up in her racing career this summer by heading west with her father. She unveiled Saturday at Sonoma Raceway the No. 3 mini outlaw sprint kart that she and Jimmy Elledge will take to 12 races across the West Coast during her break from school.

"It's been really easy for her from the start. She hasn't had to have a lot of guidance or direction," Elledge said. "She won the first three races she ever drove, so the fourth race was really hard because she lost. So I felt like it was safe because of the full containment seats and the wings, and I thought it was going to be able to teach her a lot of life lessons about sportsmanship and competing and life in general."

Elledge also wanted his daughter, who has won all but two races she's competed in this year in her box stock car, to take a step up in competition.

"I figured out here, the competition level is so much higher," Elledge said. "I figured if we could get her out here to compete in this class at the race tracks where Kyle Larson and Brad Sweet and a lot of those boys have competed, we can expose her to higher levels."

Karsyn, who received a text message from uncle Dale to calm her nerves right before her news conference to unveil the car and announce Nickelodeon had signed on as sponsor, said she's excited to take the next step.

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