Author: Dylan Martin PR
Help put a smile on these kids faces... Donate Here!Dylan Martin, a 16 year old Pro Truck driver out of Lakeland, Florida is looking for a different victory flag. Normally it is a black and white checkered flag but this time it is going to be handing a $10,000 check over to 3 well deserving children that are fighting terminal illnesses. Dylan is racing in the 8th Annual Joey Coulter Charity 200 Race Weekend on Dec. 13th & 14th.
The proceeds from this race that is founded by C.A.R.S. Racing For A Cause all go to these kids. Dylan raised $6,000 last year for this foundation. He wants to be able to give even more to the 3 kids that were chosen for this years race. He has even put the faces of these wonderfully brave kids on the hood of his Pro Truck. So ever dime he collects will go straight to these kids. No amount is too small, please remember every penny you give will help create another smile! Help Dylan to make sure that Madison, Greg and Alex have the best Christmas ever! For more information on the foundation and the kids, go to
5th rain out in the Florida United Promoters Series
“It’s raining, it’s pouring but the truck racers are not snoring…they are agitated, anxious and eager.” Saturday night rain out makes for the 5th straight rain out in the FUPS Truck series, Dylan was there to go for his second straight win. He was also going to be driving Preston Iron’s V8 Bomber in a 50 lap race.
Dylan and his Blackwater Ford Raptor looked good all afternoon. He took to the infield twice to try to qualify. But both times it started sprinkling hard enough they had to pull in. The race was called around 8pm due to the weather. It was a very discouraging night for racing but on the flip side, Dylan was interviewed by PGTV for a segment about school students that are athletes. Mark Kuty and Bryan Lacey (Television Producers) came out in the afternoon to meet with Dylan. Dodging the rain drops and a random race car going by, it made for an interesting interview to say the least.
St. Joseph’s Children Hospital Tampa, FL Visit with the kids
So how does racing help kids…just ask Sophia, Andrew, Hunter and Rylee and they will tell you how. How sitting at a table drawing race cars and coloring in race trucks with a real live race car driver helped them forget about being in a hospital. If only for an hour, they were just kids, no IV’s, no doctors, just smiles, fun and laughter.
Dylan was happy to hear that others in the community had come to visit the kids. Hockey and football players had stopped by but one parent made a point to let Dylan know that it was extra special to have a 15 year old come by and hang out with them. To sit and draw and even play Mr. Potato head. The kids gravitate to his caring young spirit.
When leaving, Leah Class (Child Life Representative) apologized for only having a few children capable of coming down to visit with him and then asked Dylan if he would come back in October. He smiled and answered, “Whether it is for 1 kid or 100 kids, I will be here. I just made 4 new friends.”
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4th Rain Out in the FUPS Pro Truck series
The Blackwater Ford Raptor laid down the fastest lap in practice but it never got the chance to race. The track was extremely hot and slick but Chad Pierce was able to dial the truck in just right for Dylan. When you put knowledge and talent together you get one heck of a fast truck. And that it was! Unfortunately right before qualifying the skies opened up and spoiled Dylan’s opportunity to make it a back to back win. This makes for the 4th straight rain out in the FUPS Truck series.This weekend he will be driving double duty at Auburndale Speedway in the FUPS Pro Truck (Saturday Aug. 24th is a make-up rain date for the June 29th rain out) and the V8 Bomber Class.
Dylan goes pure stock racingDylan went back to the roots of racing this past weekend and tried his hand at running a pure stock racecar. He ran a 1974 Monte Carlo in the V8 Bomber class. The car belongs to Preston Irons. He asked Dylan to come wheel it a few times. That is exactly what Dylan did this past Saturday night at his home track, Auburndale Speedway. With the weather hot and extremely humid, the track was a bit slick. Dylan pulled his pill to start in the second Heat race. He took the green starting in 4th position. After trying the outside a couple times and not quite having enough to pull it off he had to settle for finishing in 4th.
The Feature put Dylan starting 9th. With 12 cars starting nose to tail, side by side they took the green. By lap 5, Dylan in his #6 Black Monte pulled to the outside of #25. A half lap later it was Dylan’s position. He then went to the outside of #57 and was working him hard. Unfortunately the caution flag dropped for a car that spun in turn 4. On the restart, Dylan was in 7th. He spent time trying different lines, entry earlier, exit later, until he found his groove. When the second caution flew for a car spinning in turn 4, Dylan with his keen eye was able to miss by going high and then low. Two laps later the checker fell with Dylan in 7th. He got out of Preston’s car and said, “Man, now that was fun”. He is looking forward to getting behind the wheel again this weekend. He will be racing this race for his sister, Ciara. She will be leaving the following day for college.
Welcome to our team...Dylan and the entire crew at Dylan Martin Racing want to thank Lakeland Manager Ryan Carmody, Holly Smith, Florida Field Marketing Coordinator and all the folks at Buffalo Wild Wings for joining our team. When Dylan hits the asphalt on August 17th at Citrus County Speedway, he will be sporting the Buffalo Wild Wings logo. He will also be passing out coupons to some of their local locations.
Holly made this announcement last week, “Buffalo Wild Wings is pleased to sponsor Dylan Martin Racing. As an active member in the community, Dylan symbolizes our core philanthropic outlook in Lakeland & the surrounding communities. We are excited to see him grow both professionally and personally.”
Thanks Ryan and Holly for believing, we are racing to make a difference!