Wednesday, August 01, 2012
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Baldwin to race in Dirt Grand Nationals

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[August 01, 2012]  Chad Baldwin of Lincoln leaves Wednesday for Sacramento, Calif., to race his quarter midget at the Dirt Grand Nationals.

Chad, the 11-year-old son of Mark and Stephanie Baldwin, has been racing since he was 5 years old. He raced the grands last year at Taylorville and won the B class championship, beating out racers from all over the country.

His home track is the Abraham Lincoln Quarter Midget Association raceway at Broadwell.

Chad comes from a racing background. He follows in his mother's steps, as she raced quarter midgets also. He is the grandson of Doug and Sue Newman, and Doug raced go-carts. Chad's great-grandfather Jake Newman raced stock cars, and his other great-grandpa was a drag racer, so racing runs in his blood.

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Grandpa Newman bought the cars and maintains them for Chad. His other grandson, Riley Freitag, has also started racing recently

Chad will be racing three classes in California: Light Mod, B and AA, which is the fastest and runs on alcohol.

Chad also plays football and baseball.

[Text from file received from Sue Newman]

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