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Merry Christmas

merry-christmas-2016It has been an eventful year for Dylan Martin. He began his season thinking he was running his Blackwater Integration Super Late Model in the Sunoco Series in Florida and instead he found himself running ARCA races at Fairgrounds Speedway in Tennessee; Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis and Chicagoland Speedway in Illinois. It wasn't the season Dylan thought it was going to be when February rolled around. Instead, at the age of 18 he moved to Mooresville, North Carolina alone and took a position with Empire Racing Group/Grumpys Inc (Grumpy & Sherry Cheek) in the race shop and signed as a driver with Richard Petty Driver Development Program. Dylan faced a new environment on his own. He graduated high school and moved to the mecca of racing in North Carolina. He was given an opportunity to expand his racing career and he took on the challenge with full force. Dylan learned to drive the heavier cars in the Late Model Stock class.

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November 17-18, 2016

a77f8f54-db48-45ad-b1b3-aa7d7586b93fDylan had the privilege of being asked to return for this year's Great American Teach-In at 2 local schools in Polk County, Florida. He was honored to have had the opportunity to speak to the students and share his passion for racing. He was met with great enthusiasm from the students and the staff at Crystal Lake Middle School, Lakeland, Florida and Garner Elementary, Winter Haven, Florida. The students asked some great questions and the teachers were very grateful for Dylan sharing his time. Many of the students wanted to know why Dylan chose racing as a sport/career. Dylan said he enjoyed the thrill of the speed and he had tried other traditional sports (football, baseball and soccer), but they didn't move fast enough for him. He explained that racing required his time and attention and if he wanted to succeed he had to set goals and work towards those goals. He shared with the kids that they could make goals and work towards them even if they didn't reach every one of their goals, but it was admiral to have set goals and strive to reach them.

December 9th - 11th

099b300a-d354-4956-93a9-abfed25c7a52It's almost here. We're raising money for these precious kids/families and you still have a chance to be a part of changing their lives. Come be a part of this great weekend at Auburndale Speedway, Auburndale, Florida, but if you can't make it you can click on the CARS link below and see how you could help donate to this amazing cause and help these families with their daily medical expenses as they battle life-changing illnesses.

51st Governors Cup

d636746b-3055-48df-9a20-f3d263d80cfcLakeland, FL - The 51st Florida Governors Cup Weekend is here. Dylan, Chad Pierce, Crew Chief, and the DMR team have put hours into getting Dylan's #7 Super Late Model back on the track after having a year off from Florida local track racing. The car looks good again and the driver is excited to be back in front of his home crowd of family, fans and friends. The weekend started off yesterday with tech and practice.

The car was initially tight in the corners and loose coming off the corners. Chad and the crew made several adjustments to the car to find speed and improve the handling for the 200 lap race on Sunday. The field of cars are running faster now than they were this time last year as technology and precision improves and Dylan and Chad are hard at work to get the #7 Super Late Model up to speed. Track conditions in the late evening practice session weren't anywhere near what they will be on race day tomorrow, so the focus of the team has been to dial the car in to what

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Preparations Underway for Governer's Cup

12017457_938832859509473_1297746167287105120_oLakeland, FL - We're dusting off the tires and putting the #7 Blackwater Integration Ford Super Late Model back on the track.  Chad Pierce, Crew Chief, has been giving her a thorough inspection to get her ready for New Smyrna Speedway next weekend at the 2016 Governor's Cup 200.  If you followed Dylan last season, you'll know there's some redemption   to be had by all those on the Dylan Martin Racing team at the Governor's Cup.  Dylan's super late model hasn't seen a track since last year's Governor's Cup when for some unknown reason, the super wouldn't fire after having had a great day of practice at NSS.  The super wouldn't make the race and hasn't been on a track since that day.  It wasn't without the help and efforts of so many trying to get the car fired up for qualifying, but she just wasn't having any of it. 

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2016 Season Winding Down

e2fab752-8a52-42c5-8a11-78672aaae919Lakeland, FL - While NASCAR is deep in the chase, Dylan Martin's 2016 season is winding down. Chicagoland Speedway was the final confirmed race on the schedule for 2016. With a 24th place finish, it wasn't the race results Dylan or his team at Empire Racing were looking for. The Empire Racing hauler pulled into Chicagoland Speedway and unloaded a really sharp looking No. 48 Ford sporting the Petty Blue paint scheme. The car was an eye-catcher wherever it was on the track. Unfortunately, with some troubles on pit road and a couple challenging pit stops, the No. 48 car spent the last 70 laps of the Scott 150 in the garage. Unable to finish the race with shock bolt damage, it wasn't the wrap up to the 2016 season anybody was hoping for. Martin wrote this after the ARCA Racing Series Scott 150, "Our night is over unfortunately. Broke a LF (left front) shock bolt and blew a tire because of it. We had a good car and were just riding. But it's racing. Thank you everyone for all the support and to my team and sponsors for the endless hours put in to make sure we get to the track."

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ARCA: Dylan Martin to Honor 'The King' in Petty Blue Ford at Chicagoland

img_2563MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Taking to the track on Thursday, September 15, at Chicagoland Speedway for the ARCA Racing Series Scott 150, Dylan Martin (@DylanMartin07) will make his third start in the No. 48 Empire Racing Group/Richard Petty Motorsports Development Team Ford, in a special tribute to “The King,” Richard Petty.

The No. 48 car will don the famous “Petty Blue” paint scheme, celebrating a year-long tribute leading up to Richard Petty’s 80th birthday next July. The NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee won 200 races in his time on the NASCAR circuit and currently owns Richard Petty Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series. Petty continues to craft the future champions of the sport through the Richard Petty Motorsports Development Team by preparing future industry talent for the next step in stock car racing with top-quality equipment and an understanding of what it takes to be successful in the sport.

“All of the Petty entities are celebrating 80 years of the King in a special way,” said Rebecca Moffitt, daughter of Richard Petty. “We thought it would be fun for Empire Racing Group to get in on the celebration by running a paint scheme that mimicked the 1969 Ford Torino that the King drove.”

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On the way to Chicago

ctgMooresville, NC - We are excited to announce a new partner for the hood of Dylan Martin's #48 Ford for this week's Scott's 150 at Chicagoland Speedway on Thursday,September 15th. We are proud to introduce CTG (Comprehensive Technology Group) to the team. CTG designs, integrates, installs and maintains individually tailored audio/visual and broadcast systems. Regional and national in scope, they offer a complete suite of products and services to businesses large and small.

CTG is committed to providing high-quality service, technical expertise and professionalism as a Certified Audio Visual Solutions Provider (CAVSP) through InfoComm International®. With the commitment that Empire Racing Group has to excellence, it was a good fit for CTG to join the team for this race. We want to thank Jim Wile, Managing Principal for their partnership with Dylan. Check out CTG's website and see where they can help you with your audio visual and/or broadcast needs. []

The race will air live on Fox Sports 1 on Thursday, September 15th @ 8pm EST. Tune in and watch Dylan wheel the new composite body Empire Racing Group ARCA car adorned with CTG on the hood.


cars-new-logoCARS Racin' For A Dream, Inc., will be on board with Dylan at Chicagoland Speedway also. Dylan will be carrying their logo on his #48 Ford to help promote this amazing charity and bring awareness to the families that this charity is striving to help in 2016. Check out their website and see how you can get involved and help these 5 amazing families.


chicagoland-speedway-logo-fullWant to meet Dylan? Dylan will be participating in the Race Fan Rally on Wednesday, September 14th in downtown Joliet, IL signing autographs for the fans. Come down and meet Dylan, get an autograph and a custom coloring book for your children.

Race Fan Rally is FREE to the public and will include show cars, cup cars, stock cars, junior dragsters, midgets, race simulator, ARCA haulers showcased and drivers on stage for interviews and autograph sessions.

August 25, 2016 Posted by rboost in News

Preparations underway for Chicago

chicagoland-speedway-logo-fullMooresville, NC - Preparations are underway for the upcoming ARCA Racing Series Scott 150 on September 15th. This will be Dylan's third ARCA race this season and he's excited to run the 1.5 mile track in Joliet, IL. This is the last ARCA race on the schedule for 2016 for Dylan. Empire Racing Group is putting a lot into this race. They're building a brand new ARCA car with a composite body and Dylan will be the first driver to drive the new car. Here's a sneak peak of the new body..... The team is anxious to see what this hot rod can do on the 1.5 mile track. We'll share the finished product when it's ready to hit the track. She'll have some new partners on board and we're excited to share that news in the very near future. Make plans to either join us at the track or watch the race LIVE on Fox Sports 1 September 15th. It will be the kick-off to the racing weekend with the NASCAR Camping World Truck race on Friday, the Xfinity Series race on Saturday and the Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday with the start of the Chase to the Championship. A lot of racing, a lot of fun and Dylan is ready to make this happen.


CARS NEW LOGOWe are proud to be a part of this amazing charity. Thank you to everyone that came out and supported the July 28th Gator's Event. It was a record breaking amount that we received from the receipts that were dropped in the spirit bucket...WAY TO GO EVERYONE... $755.52, that is not only the highest for our events but the biggest check they have ever wrote for any spirit night. Thanks to all of you that make this possible every month!

Check out their new website and see how you can get involved and help these 5 amazing families.

August 3, 2016 Posted by rboost in News

Dylan drives a great race at Lucas Oil Raceway

DSC_0170Brownsburg, IL - Dylan Martin and the Empire Racing Group pulled into Brownburg,IN with an expectation of a great race. Although the finishing position wasn't what they were hoping for, Dylan and the team had a great race. Dylan didn't practice at Lucas Oil Raceway before Friday, July 22nd, the day of the race. ARCA had 2 practice sessions slated for the drivers that afternoon before qualifying. The feels-like temperature was a steamy 105 in the heat of the day. Because LOR is such a flat track with little banking, the officials and fans wouldn't be able to see the track during race time so the haulers weren't able to park in the pits. This left the teams without a place to get out of the heat, but that didn't stop them from giving 100% all day. Grumpy Cheek, crew chief, engineered the car with his knowledge of the racetrack and set the car up to Dylan's driving style. After the first practice session, Dylan said the car wouldn't turn in the corners. The crew made some adjustment and he went back out. Dylan said it was better but it would chatter up the track when he got on the throttle. For the second practice session the crew changed the sway bar and bolted on sticker tires to give Dylan the best mock qualifying run possible. At one point in the second practice session, Dylan was on the speed charts in 8th position. Dylan was happy with the car and its set up and he was anxious to see where he could put the car come qualifying time. Dylan would be the 12th car to qualify. When Dylan took the checkered for qualifying he was sitting 2nd on the speed chart. Dylan and the team would have to wait until all 33 cars qualified before they'd know where Dylan would be starting in the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by Jive. Dylan found himself starting in 11th position. It was an incredible team effort and starting 11th was a great result from everyone's hard work.

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July 22, 2016 Posted by rboost in News

Dylan Heading to Indy

77a57fc2-30da-4fe6-8e1c-435cb4ec8abfMoorseville, NC - Dylan Martin heads to Indianapolis. Dylan will be racing on the flat track of Lucas Oil Raceway (formerly known as IRP) in his Blackwater Integration/Empire Racing Group/Grumpy's Inc Ford Mustang in the ARCA Racing Series presented by MenardsSioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 presented by Jive. This will be Dylan's second start in the ARCA series. His first was at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in April. The caution flags didn't fly to his advantage in that race and tires proved to be a key. Dylan is anxious to improve on his finishing spot in Friday's race at LOR. Dylan has been racing in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Model Stock series at various tracks (Hickory Motor Speedway, Caraway Speedway, Greenville-Pickens Speedway) and has gained insight and experience with driving these heavier cars,unlike the Super Late Models he had been driving in Florida. Dylan said, "I am excited to get back in the driver's seat of the #48. Our team has worked hard toget the car ready for Friday night's race. I have learned a lot these last few months and I hope I can show that on the racetrack Friday night and bring home a good finish for the team." Read more