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July 14, 2017 Posted by rboost in News

Summer School Is On The Agenda

Lakeland, FL - Dylan attended summer school on July 6th, lucky for him, he wasn't a student this time. Mrs. O'Neal Wiedenman asked Dylan to be a special guest for her summer school 'reading racers' students. And with a racing theme Dylan wanted his brother (fellow race car driver), Brandon Martin, to join him to visit with the students. It would be the students' last day of summer school and many had achieved enough reading points in the program to have special recognition for their efforts. Dylan and Brandon would be part of their reward for earning enough points. Mrs. O'Neal Wiedenman was one of Dylan's teachers when he attended Blake

Academy in his elementary years. Many of the teachers Dylan had were quite aware of the challenge that he faced with his racing schedule and school. They were very patient with him and his absences, but those didn't come without sacrifice. Dylan would take his school work with him on the road when he traveled to race his quarter-midget race car around the country. Many times Dylan would be out of school on Fridays and Mondays and it left the teachers with a great challenge of how to educate Dylan. When he was in school he was interested in very little except racing. Parent-teacher conferences came with many suggestions from his parents for the teachers to offer him material with racing themes (racing books/stories, racing relevant math problems, etc.). One of Dylan's memories of Mrs. O'Neal Wiedenman was bringing her to tears in her quest to find what would work for Dylan and draw his interest in schoolwork. Years later, she asked him to be a special guest for her reading students. Dylan was truly honored to do it. He's able to share a perspective with the students that many don't get to hear. Not everybody who comes to visit their classrooms were good students.

Dylan's able to share his struggles with the students to provide them encouragement that with perseverance and hard work, you can accomplish the goal of education and graduation. He was not a textbook student and he was blessed to have teachers that strive to fit their lesson plans into something that would work for Dylan. Mrs. O'Neal Wiedenman had this to say about Dylan's visit, "The kids had a great time! Thanks for being an inspiration to them. I'm proud of you!". With the many challenges Dylan threw his teachers' way, they are proud of him and how he is able to share those challenges with students and encourage them to follow their dreams. Brandon and Dylan spent one-on-one time with the students during their lunch and shared stories about their years in the classroom and on the track. The students had some really good and funny questions for the boys. The students got a good laugh from Dylan and Brandon sharing about what they'd do if the other wrecked one. The students had lots of stories about their sibling rivalries. It was a fun time for all. Thank you Mrs. O'Neal Wiedenman.

UPDATE - For the many who are wanting to know Dylan's progress on his Open Wheel Modified.....it's still in the build stage. It's a slow process for sure, but Dylan is determined to get it built. When you're doing it without sponsors, the speed of the build is at a much slower pace. But rest assured he will get it complete. He's anxious to get it on the track and start competing in a class he hasn't tackled before. He'll be looking for businesses who want to partner with him on his new quest. Stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to be a part of Dylan Martin Racing.

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June 13, 2017 Posted by rboost in News

Spirit Day Fundraiser - June 15th, 2017

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May 23, 2017 Posted by rboost in News

Spirit Day Fundraiser - May 25th, 2017

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April 11, 2017 Posted by rboost in News

The Road to the Track Doesn't Always Have a Green Flag

Lakeland, FL - February 2017 didn't start like every other racing season Dylan has known. Dylan's season was approaching with uncertainty and without immediate direction. Dylan found himself searching for a new chapter and adventure in his racing career. He decided to trade his Super Late Model for an Open Wheel Modified and found budget racing was going to be the key to his 2017 race season.

Dylan has found great success on and off the track over the last 11 years and the 2017 season was going to be a challenge like none other. Most racers don't want to talk about the real struggles of racing. They want everything to be green flags and victory lanes, but the reality is there are yellow, red and for some, black flags along the way. We could imagine most successful racers experienced the yellow, red and black flags in their career paths. Dylan is experiencing those now. On the anniversary of Dylan's first ARCA race at Fairgrounds Nashville Speedway (2016), Dylan finds himself watching the race on TV, instead of watching it from inside the cockpit of the #48 Empire Racing Group Ford Fusion he drove in 2016. This isn't a vantage point any racer wants to watch a race from, but there are times (many times), they find themselves watching from the outside. He's passionate about a sport that has left him on the sideline so far for 2017. It's a painful experience, but a growing one as well. While Dylan may not be behind the wheel and on the track, he is in the shop. He's torn the OWM down to the chassis and has had it powder coated and he's rebuilding the car piece-by-piece, bolt-by-bolt. Dylan's committed to rebuilding the OWM and getting it on the track to compete with the best of the best. He's anxious to strap in and pull those belts tight again, but until that race day comes, he'll buckle down, rebuild the OWM and learn to handle the yellow flags of the racing journey. You may not have seen him in the line ups on the track just yet, but this hasn't stopped his drive to compete on the highest levels. He'll continue to strive to inspire kids to follow their dreams and reach for the stars.

Gianna is one of the kids that CARS is raising money for this year and we are happy to report that this week she had surgery to remove her halo and she's now in a neck brace while she's healing. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers as her road to recovery may still have many bumps along the way.

You can follow her progress on the CARS Facebook page (link below). There will be several opportunities for you to be involved in the fundraising for Gianna and Kaitlynn during this year. Keep a look out for how you can help make an impact in their lives as they learn to navigate their recovery.

CARS Racin' For A Dream

C- Cares
A - About
R - Restoring
S - Smiles

Dylan will be on his way to Shriner's Hospital for Children - Tampa on Tuesday to visit with the patients and take the Soda Tabs that everybody has been collecting. Dylan wasn't able to visit Shriner's last year while he was in North Carolina so he is anxious to get back and see some familiar faces with the staff and spend some time putting smiles on the faces of kids who are battling daily more than we may be able to battle in a lifetime.