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Dedication and Determination Gets Dylan Martin to Daytona

Dylan Martin headshotNo one can explain why the race fuel smells sweeter and the horsepower feels stronger at a NASCAR track, but that is something every driver knows. When the lights come on at every local short track across the US, there isn’t one strapped-in driver that doesn’t dream about taking the green flag at Daytona International Speedway. Well folks, this weekend Dylan Martin, the young driver out of Lakeland, Florida, will get his chance. He has worked extremely hard for this incredible opportunity that is coming in the shape of a 700 Horsepower ARCA car. January 15th, Dylan will be testing in an ARCA car for Empire Racing LLC/Grumpy's Performance on the high banks of Daytona. The testing will allow him to race in the ARCA series this season with Empire Racing LLC/Grumpy's Performance. You heard me correctly, Dylan Martin will be competing in the ARCA series this season and that is just the beginning of some phenomenal news. So sit back, buckle up and hold on as you take a ride on Dylan’s journey from local short track racing to the world renowned Daytona International Speedway.

DSC_0009This little boy put a helmet on in May 2009 without ever knowing if he would get a chance to be on a NASCAR track. Dylan started racing Midgets around the age of 10. He had tried different sports but nothing felt quite right. Then it happened, he saved his money to buy a dirt bike. Here he felt at home, with speed came the adrenaline rush he was looking for but after a bad wreck it seemed his dream of going fast dwindled. But Dylan wasn’t giving up that easily. He convinced his parents that 4 wheels were safer than 2 and he soon found himself racing Midget cars all over the Southeast. With great success, he quickly jumped into a Pro Truck at the age of 13. This is when Dylan teamed up with Chad Pierce Motorsports. It didn’t take long before Dylan’s famous #7 found itself in victory lane. With Chad as his crew chief the move to Super Late Models was the next obvious step. Dylan realized very quickly in his racing career that the only way to find success was to surround himself with a hardworking knowledgeable team and that he did. Read more

Thank you from Dylan Martin Racing

Before we get into the announcements for next week and the happenings around the next step for Dylan Martin Racing, we want to take a moment and thank the people and sponsors that made all this possible.

We first want to thank Ambassador Racing, JR Garcia, Ray Garcia and the real boss Debi Garcia. They built the foundation of what Dylan has achieved to date. Dylan did not come from a racing family and the years we spent working with the Garcia's laid all the foundations of racing for us. All the time JR would shake his head and laugh when he asked for a tool and we only had one, or not at all. But made sure we had it on the list to have two for the next practice. We would encourage anyone wanting to get started in racing to hook up with Ambassador Racing School. Both Brandon and Dylan love going out to the Arrive and Drives every chance they get. So to JR, Ray and Debbie Thank you for all you have done.

Three odd years ago we had the pleasure of being introduced to Chad Pierce with Chad Pierce Motorsports. Talking about our vision between bowling at a fundraiser became the start of a three year relationship with Chad as our crew chief. All we could say for those years is WOW. From the very start with Chad, as a group we had one mission, to work Chad out of job. If everyone including Dylan did their job, we knew at some point Dylan would move beyond our group. Well as we sit here on the step of the door opening now, we at DMR can tell you without hesitation, without the teaching, coaching and support of Chad and his team, this would never be possible. Over the last few months as things were happening in the shop, Chad was always a voice of reason for us. His support for Dylan's future was never wavering. We recently had dinner with Chad and Nicole as the final decisions were being made knowing that meant Dylan would be leaving his stable, and the encouragement we got from them reinforced the family we had become. With all the wins, losses and crashes, the lifelong friendship with them is more important than anything we accomplished on the track. We wish Chad and Nicole a lifetime of success. And you can't thank them without talking about Butch and Barbara Pierce. We always loved when we were at the shop or track with Butch and Barbara, the days of standing on the wall next to Butch and we watched the boys do their thing will be surly missed by our family. The class this family has at the track has been second to none. For Chad, Mission accomplished, above and beyond. Read more

Happy New Year

127a5a25-52af-429e-86f9-bc4db5d5d6f8We want to take this time and thank all of our friends, families, supports and sponsors for their incredible support in the 2015 season. This season was full of all kinds of twists and turns and around every corner you all were there to support Dylan and the team. We are so excited about what is to come in 2016. Watch your Inbox for an email coming soon with exciting news. Happy New Year

Dylan was planning to race the Red Eye at New Smyrna Speedway on January 2nd, but the car is still in the works of being prepared for the 2016 season. We're sorry to be missing the race, but we are looking forward to being able to publish the 2016 schedule soon.

We are currently looking for sponsors for the 2016 season. The hood could be yours for 2016. If you would like to be on board for the upcoming season, please contact:

Brandon Martin

863-860-3091 or by email at

Christmas is Here

3It's that time of year again when friends and family think about the Christmases of the past and plan for the coming holiday with their loved ones in mind. As we reflect on this wonderful holiday, we must keep in mind that Christmas is not just any holiday but may be the most important one of the year for some people. It is a time for remembering, a time to share the goodness of your heart with others, and for expressing with words and gifts what someone means to you. It is a chance to make wishes come true and to give something from your heart.

May this holiday season sparkle and shine, may all of your wishes and dreams come true, and may you feel this happiness all year round. Merry Christmas


Donation CheckWe said we would get back to you with the final number for the total funds raised for the C.A.R.S. Racing For A Cause, Inc. kids. We are proud to announce that on Saturday, December 12th, Dylan Martin Racing presented a check to C.A.R.S. in the amount of $12,724.77. We are honored to have been a part of this amazing organization to help 3 precious families. The efforts of so many went into this record-high donation for Dylan Martin Racing. We are so thankful for each person and business that donated large and small. Everyone’s help added up to the largest donation that DMR has been able to give to C.A.R.S. It’s with great celebration that Rick Bristol with C.A.R.S. announced that C.A.R.S. will be presenting a check to each family in the amount of $11,121.20. For the last 10 years, this is Rick’s final year with C.A.R.S. and with that he was able to present the families with a record-high check. Thank you all for your support throughout this entire season. We are truly grateful for your passion to help touch the lives of Maci, Lucas and Skyla.


Charity 200 Weekend

Weekend ScheduleToday is the start of the Joey Coulter Charity 200 race weekend. This is the weekend that we've all been waiting for all season long. With the efforts of so many, we've been raising funds for these 3 special kids and this weekend we get to celebrate with them. Come be a part of a great event and help to make this a special weekend for them. Gates open at 5pm today. We've shared the schedule below.


Fundraising-Thermometer-Goal-Reached-850x600Dylan Martin Racing has reached the goal of raising $10,000 for the C.A.R.S. Racing For A Cause, Inc. kids. With the help of so many we have gone over and above the goal. Between businesses donating items for raffle prizes, friends/fans/family buying raffle tickets and 50/50 tickets, eating great food at some really great local restaurants, spreading the word about these 3 special kids and through your prayers we have raised over $10,000 in 2015. The Joey Coulter Charity 200 race is just around the corner and just in time to present C.A.R.S. with a large check to help make a difference in the lives of Maci, Lucas and Skyla before the holidays. We can’t thank each of you enough for being a part of this and helping to touch these families. We are still accepting donations throughout the month of December and we are thrilled to have received so much support throughout this whole year. We will share more details of the final donation amount as the time draws closer, but we wanted you all to know how excited and thankful we are that we’ve not only met the goal – but exceeded it.



Want to Help

image1Want to help the CARS kids (Maci, Lucas & Skyla)? Here's a way you can help them and have your name on a race car! For just $10 you can have your name (or the name of a loved one) on the hood of Dylan's race car and half of your donation will go to the C.A.R.S.Racing for a Cause Inc. Go to and donate $10 and comment CARS kids and $5 of your donation will go to Maci, Lucas & Skyla.

On to South Florida

1F632BD379FC4B2C98F22F6B38A09016.ashxDylan is headed to Homestead Speedway. He’ll be in the pits for the Camping World Truck race on Friday and the Xfinity race on Saturday with Garrett Smithley. Garrett is from North Carolina and is making his Xfinity debut at Homestead. We’re excited to able to be in Homestead and watch Garrett go after his dream. He’ll be driving the #63 Adama-Nimitz Mittler Bros. Chevy Silverado truck in the Camping World Truck race and the #70 Segpay and Sun West Construction Chevy Camaro in the Xfinity race. Tune in for Championship weekend.