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At age 100, she has a need for speed

Lifelong NASCAR fan and N.H. native serves as grand dame of the Magic Mile

Updated: July 13, 2011, 11:14 PM ET
By Tom Lakin | Special to ESPNBoston.com

The VIP at Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301, one of New England's biggest racing events of the year, stands 4-foot-10, has curly white hair and sounds, when she speaks in her soft, croaky voice, exactly like your grandmother. But at 100 years old, Laconia, N.H., native Rachel Gilbert is likely older than your granny, and she almost certainly has a different hobby: watching NASCAR.

That's right: Gilbert -- born in 1911, just three years after Henry Ford debuted the Model T, when many ...

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