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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