Cam Baldwin arrived at Barona Speedway on opening night earlier this month strapped into a child’s car seat in the back of his parents’ RV. By the time the floodlights came on and the smell of gasoline pierced the air, Baldwin was strapped into a different kind of car seat. The 6-year-old donned a fire retardant suit and climbed through the window of his No. 23 mini dwarf, a boxy, 3-foot-tall car with a roll cage and a lawnmower engine. He was off to the races. Since the early 2000s, kids as young as 5 years old have whipped race cars around a one-tenth of a mile track on the infield of Barona’s quarter mile clay oval. The high-octane, low-to-the-ground drama takes place on Saturday nights at the Barona Indian Reservation. The track’s youth program serves as a feeder system to the adult racing leagues and helps keep the lights on at Barona. “Dirt tracks like ours, they come and go all the time,” said Troy Salazar, whose family has managed the track since 1999. “All it takes to kill a program like ours is lack of interest or lack of cars.” For many of the kids who drive at… Read full this story
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