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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

July 15, 2016 Posted by rboost in News

You Can Help Make a Difference

343Dylan Martin, an up-and-coming NASCAR driver who is making an impact in young lives needs your help. He is headed to Lucas Oil Raceway for his 2nd ARCA race of the season on July 22nd and he needs your help with the expenses. Your donation will go towards the expenses of tires and fuel for the race car and the travel expenses for Dylan and his team, Empire Racing Group/Grumpy's Inc.

Coloring bookDylan has been dedicated to impacting kids for the last 5+ years and at his young age of 18 he has already reached many young people thru his racing. Dylan is an advocate for the Shriners Hospitals for Children, the Sunshine Foundation, Anchor House Ministries and TADD (Teens Against Distracted Driving). Dylan has created a custom coloring book that he passes out to the patients at the hospitals that he uses as a tool to connect with the children and give them a small break from the daily health challenges they face. Dylan needs your help to keep him in the driver's seat of the race car and continue to impact youth thru his racing. When Dylan visits schools, day cares and community events he uses his race car and helmet to talk about seat belt safety, helmet safety and it gives him an opportunity to talk about the importance of an education.

DSC_0001Dylan is eager to continue to be a role model for the youth and with your donation you can help make a difference along with Dylan. Giving is quick, easy and secure with the link above. Please consider giving to this fund and helping Dylan continue with his path of racing so he can continue impacting young lives. Any donation amount would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for all your support through the years. This journey for Dylan wouldn't be possible without each of you believing in him.

July 12, 2016 Posted by rboost in News

Dylan takes another shot at Hickory Motor Speedway

Photo Credits to HMedia

sftgsSaturday, June 25, 2016 - Dylan was bent on taking another shot at Hickory Motor Speedway and he was about to get the chance in the 80 lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Model Stock series race. His first race at this historic track came with an 11th place finish and racing without any radio communications with his spotter, crew chief or team. The team had put hours into getting the car ready for Dylan and Dylan had put in hours of practice getting ready to get behind the wheel and improve on his first race results. This would be the first race Dylan's family wouldn't make it to so he had Danny Hansen of HMedia join him to document the day through Dylan's social media sites and photographing the race.

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June 28, 2016 Posted by rboost in News

Dylan's Summer Is Loaded With Races

1As the summer heats up, so does Dylan's schedule. Dylan is slated to race six weeks in a row with the culmination at the Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, IN on July 22nd in the ARCA Racing Series Sioux Chief PowerPEX200. This will be Dylan's second ARCA race of the season and it presents a unique opportunity for marketing. The race will be televised on FoxSports1 and with Empire Racing Group's partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports the level of advertising could be limitless.

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June 8, 2016 Posted by rboost in News

Dylan Takes on Historic NASCAR Tracks

1Dylan Martin's journey has not only brought him to Kannapolis, NC (birth place of Dale Earnhardt, Sr), but it has brought him to the opportunity to race at some historical NASCAR tracks as well. Dylan took to Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Easley, SC on May 14th, where there were 29 races held for the NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) tour between 1951 until 1971. It also hosted two NASCAR Busch Grand National (now Xfinity Series) tour races in 1983. On April 10, 1971 Greenville-Pickens Speedway held the first NASCAR race that was nationally televised from start to finish, on ABC Wide World of Sports. The track has seen legendary winners such as Richard Petty, Ned Jarrett, Buck Baker and David Pearson, to name a few. The iconic history was definitely felt when Dylan rounded the track and was welcomed by the names of recent and past track champions that are painted on the walls of the track. Dylan raced in the twin 75's in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Model Stock series on May 14th. And while the finishes were not what the team and the driver had hoped for, his 8th place and 10th place finishes were sweetened with the history that this local track is keeping alive. With Dylan being a driver in the Empire Racing Group Driver Development Program and their partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports, racing on a track where the "King" (Richard Petty) found himself in victory lane multiple times puts a brighter light on the road that Dylan is striving to pave for himself.

Today, June 4th, Dylan will take to the track of Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, NC. This week, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., tweeted a picture of the Earnhardt family's late models that they raced at Hickory Motor Speedway in 1995. Tom Jensen with Fox tweets, It's easy to forget now, but once upon a time Kerry, Kelley and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were all up-and-coming racecar drivers. Hickory has adopted the phrase, The BIRTHPLACE of the NASCAR STARS to describe this classic speedway and today Dylan will be amongst the many that have had the privilege to dawn these corners of this racetrack. Hickory hosted NASCAR's Grand National Series (later the Sprint Cup) from 1953 to 1971. Junior Johnson became the most successful driver at Hickory, winning there seven times. Today, Dylan will compete in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Model Stock series in a 100 lap race. Hickory is often referred to as the "World's Most Famous Short Track" and Dylan will now get to include his name as one of the up-and-coming racers that have taken on the challenge of Hickory Motor Speedway.

Dylan's Season is well underway

510246d9-8e36-4770-b25f-8d083f09d7daDylan and the team have been busy preparing Dylan's Late Model Stock for the next race scheduled for this Saturday, May 14th at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Easley, SC. Dylan will be driving in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Twin 75's. Dylan hasn't driven this track before and he is anxious to take on a new 1/2 mile track challenge. The car has been refreshed and will take the track with a new look on Saturday. Between the car undergoing a refresh, Dylan's short break from behind the wheel and a new look for the car, the team and Dylan are ready to fire up the engine and get back to green flag racing.

fe88a994-6bee-49d1-b76d-cd793dff4bf1Dylan may not have been behind the wheel in the General Tire 200 at Talladega Speedway, April 29th when the ARCA Racing Series held the 4th race of the season, but he was a team member for the #48 Support Our Troops team of Sean Corr who finished the race in a dramatic finish in 5th place. The crew worked for weeks leading up to the race to prepare Sean's car and as Sean stated, they gave him a great car and the crew gave him some great restarting positions following pit stops during the race. Dylan was able to experience the race from outside the car and on pit road helping Sean bring his car home with a 5th place finish.

Dylan looks forward to the next time he will be behind the wheel of his Empire Racing #82 ARCA car on July 22nd in the ARCA 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway Indianapolis.

April 15, 2016 Posted by rboost in News

Martin proves tires are factor at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville

unnamedThe haulers rolled in Friday afternoon to Nashville's Fairgrounds Speedway and were welcomed with frigid temperatures and a brisk breeze. Even though the air was cold, the fans warmed the drivers up with their support and Dylan signed autographs Friday night for some new fans as he was taking part in his first ARCA race on Saturday, April 9th. Saturday morning might have been cold, but the team was quick to get the car warmed up and ready for the first round of practice.

Dylan and the team had worked hard in the prior weeks preparing the car for his ARCA debut. There was a certain sense of expectation and anticipation in the air. The crew worked throughout the day to make adjustments to the car to account for the track conditions and the car itself. They strived to find as much speed in the car as they could while making sure it was still drivable for Dylan. Qualifying came at 4:30pm on Saturday and Dylan rolled off his fastest lap of the day at 19.719 giving him a 16th starting position in a field of 34 cars in Saturday's Music City 200. Read more