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January 2, 2019 Posted by  in News

Celebrating the Season with Thankfulness

 

Celebrating the Season with Thankfulness
December 20, 2018

With the season of thankfulness here, I am thankful for each one of you. This journey can't and shouldn't be traveled alone and with each one of your prayers being felt, I knew I wasn't alone. I believe with your unselfish, countless hours of prayers, I'm here making this journey with each of you on my side. Every card, text, picture, poster and gift was a refreshing reminder that I wasn't going it alone. Every new challenge I face I know I have a pit full of friends and family cheering me on to succeed and conquer whatever I'm facing  

Thank You All for the love, support and prayers, Dylan

 

  Since our last newsletter in early November Dylan has been focused on his recovery and rehab. He's had several follow up appointments with his surgeons and the healing process is moving along. He's found out that there is a possibility that the plates in his wrists may be able to come out in about 9 months. Yes, a few more surgeries may be ahead for him, but he is determined to regain what he's lost from this accident. He's driven to get back to walking normally and he's pushing himself in rehab with great guidance and direction from some very qualified therapists. He goes to therapy three times a week and he's started to be more independent which he's extremely determined to get back to. If you know Dylan, he definitely wants to do things on his own. He's been extremely humble and patient with all of the assistance he's needed these last few months. He's been a good patient (his mom says).

 

This past weekend was the Bristol Family Charity Race at Auburndale Speedway. This is a race that Dylan has participated in for many years and he's helped to raise funds for the families each year as well. Dylan has had this race on his calendar since it was announced. He sold his Open Wheel Modified and bought a Pro Truck so he could go back to Pro Truck racing and the charity race was to be the opening to that newest path. Dylan never wavered in his quest (even after waking up from a coma) that he was going to participate in the Charity Race weekend. Many doubted him, but didn't want to discourage his drive, but felt he wouldn't be able to do it. But he had one goal - get back in his truck and get back on the track and he did just that. 11 weeks after his horrific motorcycle accident, Dylan climbed into his race truck and took to the track. He would run a day of practice ahead of the race weekend and then qualifying was up next. It was truly challenging for Dylan. Both physically and mentally. Here was something that he has a real passion for; something he's done for over 10 years; something that felt as natural to him as driving a car on the street does to us, but....it wasn't natural anymore; it wasn't without pain; it wasn't without emotions. This time was much different. This time it was tougher. His foot would shake on the gas pedal. It felt like knives were stabbing him when he hit the brake and he needed modifications inside the truck he'd never needed before. This time it was different. It wasn't just different for Dylan, but for his family too. What once the family knew brought him great joy, they had to watch as he struggled with it. Dylan was determined. He's worked for 11 weeks to get back to being able to climb into his truck. He wasn't gonna let the emotions of the weekend deter him. Dylan went out there and participated in qualifying along with 28 other trucks.

 

 

 

He took the green for 2 laps and he drove it in as hard as he could. Qualifying results were not the goal -- running those 2 qualifying laps were. And he accomplished that goal. Dylan knew that his body was still recovering from a very traumatic accident and his body had given him all it had so he could accomplish his goal. That was all Dylan had in him and everybody celebrated and respected Dylan for the decision he painfully made to bow out of the race. Dylan knew he couldn't physically drive 113 laps and he respected the other drivers that would be going door to door enough to remove himself from the race. If you're a racer, know a race, have ever been to a race you have to know how hard of a decision that was for him. But Dylan stood strong and made the right choice for himself. When it was time for the autograph session on race day, Sunday afternoon, Dylan drove his #7 Pro Truck out onto the track to participate in the autograph session even though he was going to have to drive his truck back off the track while 24 other drivers didn't. That's what we call #DYLANSTRONG.

 
  The charity race was to be the first time Dylan and his brother, Brandon, were going to race in the same class at the same time. Brandon wanted to honor Dylan's drive to survive, his fight to live and his strength to recover. Brandon had Dylan's iconic monkey logo put on the hood of his Pro Truck and offered for anyone who wanted to (and could) to sign it in support of Dylan. There were countless signatures and well wishes on the hood and it was special to see it cross the finish line of the charity race (as so many trucks did not) with the checkered flag flying. Dylan is in the race of his life right now and he to will be taking that checkered flag in the near future! Brandon presented Dylan with the hood after the race and it now has a home on the wall of Dylan's office. #DYLANSTRONG
 

 

 

Dylan has had the honor of going to several NASCAR races with David Reutimann and to be able to have Buzzie Reutimann as the Grand Marshall for the Bristol Family Charity Race was an honor. Thank you Buzzie for your support of local racing.

 

A special thank you to all those who worked tirelessly to prepare Dylan's truck for him. Some didn't start in the direction of getting Dylan's truck 'race ready' but Dylan always had the same plan -- have his truck ready to race. Thank you Chad Pierce and all your staff for getting Dylan's truck ready. Thank you Brandon Martin, Patrick Rickman, Henry Allen, Andy Metz, and more for wrenching on Dylan's truck when he couldn't, although Dylan would most certainly climb out of his wheelchair and onto the floor to work on it as he could. Thank you Rick Bristol for giving Dylan the opportunity to participate in the Charity Race weekend. Thank you Rex Guy for giving Dylan whatever he needed to test and practice prior to the race weekend (race track, lights, car lift, etc). And Thank You to the multiple surgeons, the Trauma ICU staff, the ICU staff, the staff at Bannasch Rehabilitation for patching him back together and giving Dylan the chance to do what he loves.

 

 
 
 
 
     
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December 7, 2018 Posted by  in News

Dylan Defying the Odds

       

Dylan Defying the Odds
November 7, 2018

The last time we sent out a newsletter it was to announce the Bowling Fundraiser for CARS Racin' For A Dream on September 30th. Well, I'm here to tell you, the fundraiser was a success and a hit, but Dylan took a big hit that day too. Dylan was on his way to the bowling fundraiser on that Sunday afternoon when he was hit by a car. He was driving a motorcycle and yes he was wearing his helmet and safety gear. Many of you may already be aware of the horrific accident it was, while others may not have heard. I'm here to tell you, Dylan is alive and well and a true miracle. It has been a grueling 5 weeks for Dylan, his family and all those who love him. Dylan wasn't expected to make it to the hospital. His father and brother where working in Arizona and his sister lives in Illinois. They all had to fly back immediately.
       
The surgeons took Dylan into surgery that night and worked on his right leg for more than 6 hours. He would have several other surgeries to go but all the orthopedic attention was put on hold when the neurosurgeon had to tell the family that there was little hope and his prognosis didn't look good. Dylan had slipped into a deep coma. The rest of the family was called in as was a nation of prayer warriors. Tests were ran and procedures were done and all showed no explanation as to why Dylan was not waking up. A couple painful days later, Dylan opened his eyes, It was a truly joyous day. His dad compared it to when you see your children born, a feeling like none other. If you know Dylan, you know he treasures his sleep and looking back, Dylan said he was just tired and needed sleep. Mind you, he had a long road ahead still. Orthopedics began to schedule his other surgeries. He had both wrists operated on by two different surgeons at the same time to minimize the length of time Dylan would be under anesthesia. He had his right ankle repaired during another surgery. Dylan spent 11 days in the Trauma ICU unit. He was then downgraded to the ICU unit for a few more days. Dylan was defying all the doctors' anticipated recovery timeline.
       

The day before Dylan's 21st birthday he was discharged from the hospital and admitted into a rehabilitation facility for in-patient rehab. Dylan, his family and friends (21 of them) all celebrated Dylan's 21st birthday in the rehab unit. It was truly a birthday to celebrate!!! Again, Dylan still defied their plans and he was discharged to go home 25 days after the accident that was supposed to take him from us. Dylan has received an enormous amount of support and prayers. The outpouring of support for Dylan was unimaginable. His room was flooded with cards, balloons, bears and gifts. Every time a new nurse would come in, they would gasp at the amount of love and support that had been shown to him. It has been humbling to be a part of that. This write up doesn't begin to share the extent of this miracle. His dad journaled each day of this journey on his Facebook and we shared those entries on Dylan's racing Facebook page. To see each day please visit Dylan Martin Racing LLC

       
Every day is Better Than Yesterday
       

On November 3rd, Dylan's brother, Brandon, raced in his first Pro-Truck race at Auburndale Speedway in Auburndale, FL. Dylan was able to join him for his debut in Black Betty (Dylan's #7 Pro Truck from the years past). It was a great evening at the track. It felt like home and Dylan was able to see many that had been praying for him countless hours. It won't be long before Dylan joins him on the track and what a glorious day that will be for all of us.

We can't thank you all enough for the enormous amount of support. Dylan's family, friends and fans adopted #DYLANSTRONG to support the strength he was exhibiting to survive and the strength he is going to need for recovery. It began to pop up on racecars all over the country, including his past teammate with Empire Racing Group/Grumpy's, Inc. Thad Moffitt's ARCA car at Indianapolis along with many other ARCA cars. It has truly been a journey that has shown us what the 'racing family' is made of.....sincere caring, strength and support. #DYLANSTRONG
       
       
   
   
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November 20, 2018 Posted by  in News

#DYLANSTRONG

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The Answer to your Question

Lakeland, FL - The question is am I still racing. The answer is "Yes". I am a racer at heart. It's in my soul. I may not be behind the wheel on the racetrack but if you ask me if I still race the answer will be yes. When you've been where I've been, got to do the things I've gotten to do, met the legends I have met and had a taste of the heart of racing you can't just not do it. We are in a time where circumstances will dictate the level that you can participate in this evolving sport. Some of NASCAR's household names are losing sponsors and in turn losing their rides. It's easy to get frustrated when you see drivers on that level be turned away from the sport. I was fortunate to have experienced this sport on a level that few get to. I would be lying if I didn't say I miss it greatly. But I will focus on racing in a sport that I love, on a level I can with my friends, fans and family behind me. If we stopped doing what we loved because we could no longer do it on the level that we wanted to we would all be sitting on the couch Sunday afternoon watching others do. So let me give you an update on what I've been up to.

When I traded my super late model for an open wheel modified I wanted to know the car and every bolt in it. I tore it down to the chassis had it painted and have been reassembling it bolt by bolt. This has been a slow process. But nonetheless still a process.

I have goals to have the car on the track this season. But if anybody has been in the sport long enough they know goals are only met with dollars. The truth is this is an expensive sport and to participate is sacrificial on many levels. I have been reassembling the open wheel modified while also working. As many of us local racers do, we can't just race full-time. There's a lot to be done to my car but I am confident with the experience that I was able to gain over the season I spent in North Carolina that I will be able to be on the track soon.

I am grateful for the support of my fans, friends and family. Many of my past sponsors still offer their support and I am appreciative of all those who have poured into my racing. I am excited for 2018 and look forward to getting back behind the wheel and wheelin' this car on the track. Look for me in the months ahead.