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Evan Meets a ‘Real Racecar Driver’

20150409_164154_resizedAs 6 year old Evan opens the door of the Legoland Village Cottage, he has the biggest grin on his face possible. He turns back to his mom and says, “Look mom he is a real racecar driver.” It took Evan three years to have his dream of coming to Florida and visiting Disney come true. It was well worth the wait though because he got to hang out with Dylan, a racecar driver. Dylan of course loaded them up with a crew t-shirt, stickers, hero cards and coloring books. They were extremely excited when they found out that Dylan had arranged with his crew chief, Chad Pierce for them to have VIP seats and a backstage tour of the stunt show, “Lights, Motors, Action!” at Hollywood Studios.

Evan’s mother, Christy visited the Sunshine Foundation website to get info about their village. It is there that she saw that Dylan was a supporter of them. She then started to follow Dylan’s racing career. She recently saw an article about Dylan visiting the kids at the Shriners. At this point she reached out to Dylan and asked him if he would come meet her sons, Evan and Jake. Dylan was honored to be asked to be a part of their dream vacation to Florida. Evan and his older brother Jake showed Dylan the cool Lego racecars they had built. Well, you know that it didn’t take long for this racecar driver to sit right down and build him a racecar too.

Evan was quick to show Dylan his new braces on his legs. He got to pick them out and they had skulls on them. Evan did not allow his spina bifida to slow him down for one minute. He was eager to build and talk to Dylan about fast racecars. Evan’s older brother did have some good advice for Dylan though. Jake said, “When you need to get around a guy it is easy. You just go up high around him in the corner and drift. That is how you get pass him.” Dylan laughed and told him he would definitely be trying that in his next race.

Little Evan will be going to the Shriners Hospital this summer for surgery on his hips. This was a nice vacation for him before his surgery and months of rehab and recovery. Wanda Curtis, Family and Property Manager appreciatively said, "We at the Sunshine Foundation Dream would like to thank Dylan Martin for taking time to make a special visit to meet Evan and his family. The Sunshine Foundation has been answering the dreams of children with lifelong chronic conditions and abused since 1976. We are grateful for the support of Dylan and his team."

Christy, Evan’s mother had this to say about their experience, “The fact that Dylan took time out not only to come meet my boys but stay and play a while. He also brought them goodies and set up an AMAZING backstage tour at the Stunt show at Hollywood Studios!! We have loved and followed Dylan for almost 2 years now after seeing pictures of him doing an event at the Dream Village and noticing he helps Shriner's Hospital too. In our book he hangs the moon as Evan has been touched by BOTH organizations Dylan is involved with. This trip was our fun for the summer because on June 30 he will have hip surgery at Shriner's Hospital in Shreveport, LA and be in a body cast for 6 weeks. I know Dylan will go far in life just from the compassion he shows others and I pray daily that my 2 boys turn out half as AWESOME as Dylan is. Now back to words about "stuff" we did. The boys LOVED having a race car build off against Dylan. They LOVED their shirts and mommy will be ordering her one soon too!! When we got to the stunt show they were excited but covered their ears in the beginning. They got used to it pretty quick though and took them down and enjoyed the rest of the show. After the show they went backstage and sat in the cars and got to ask several questions and see all the "tricks" of how the show works!! Thank You again SO much!!

If you would like more information about the Dream Village go to www.SunshineFoundation.org

Special Thanks to Chad Pierce of Pierce Motorsports for arranging their VIP treatment at Lights, Motors, Action!

(Photos by Kim Scheffler and Christy Renfroe & Press Release Credit – Kim Scheffler)

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Rockin’ Music and Lip Smackin’ Food for a Great Cause

20150408_175424_resizedAs the sun begins to set, the music kicks in and the best Bar-B-Q in the area is served. This Meet & Greet that Dylan had set up started with heavy hearts as Lucas and Skyla were not able to attend due to sickness. The atmosphere changed quickly though when little Maci arrived with her contagious precious smile. The patio area filled up quickly. The Nathan Baldwin Band rocked as always. They sure know how to get the crowd into the cause. We had the best turn out yet. There were over 13 gift baskets and 6 gift cards to giveaway in the raffle. Special thanks to Gary’s Oyster Bar, Reiter Electric, Patio 850, Blackwater, Ike’s Eats & Treats and Pinkalious for helping out with the gifts.

It is absolutely amazing to see the community come together to help three ill children. There is no words to express the feelings you get when a complete stranger walks up and hands you $200 and says, “this is for the children and thank you.” This actually happened after a local racing family handed Dylan a hundred dollar bill for the kids and told him thank you for caring about the kids the way he does.

So as the band tears down the stage and the tables are cleared, Dylan gives the final thank you for everyone’s help and support. This little three hour event raised over $1,100 for the C.A.R.S. kids and Hank Longo from PGTV was there to capture it. “I got to witness a great young role model in our community, Stock Car Racing’s Dylan Martin. On Wednesday April 8th Dylan sponsored a “Racing For A Cause” fund raising event at Smokin’ Jim’s House of Bar-B-Q. This was for the C.A.R.S kids to raise money for 3 special kids fighting serious illnesses. The community support and donations to the cause were unbelievable, on top of a fantastic night with music by “The Nathan Baldwin Band” and out of this world Bar-B-Q, by Smokin’ Jim’s, who was gracious enough to donate a portion of all sales to the cause that night. Way to go Dylan!” Hank Longo PGTV Host and Producer of “Polking Around With Hank Longo”.

Dylan will let everyone know when the footage will air.

Skyla, Maci, Lucas and Dylan thank you all for your time and effort given!

THANK YOU!

To give online go to www.GoFundMe.com/DMRkids

(Photos & Press Release Credit – Kim Scheffler)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE NEXT EVENT TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE C.A.R.S. KIDS… WEDNESDAY, MAY 6TH 6PM TO 9PM

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Don't Judge a Racecar by its Body

IMG_0418 2After some serious thrashing by Chad Pierce and his crew the aftermath of a racecar that left Desoto’s demolition derby race a couple weeks ago was ready for the 100 lap race at Auburndale Speedway. Dylan’s crew chief, Chad, did wonders to get it back on the track. After a quick shake down it was discovered that the electric fan had locked up which caused the entire electrical system in the car to burn up. The crew quickly did some fixing and changing  to get Dylan back on the track.

The air was cool and the wind was strong which made for some interesting times during practice laps. Dylan’s next practice session was in the 13.75 second lap range. Chad pulled him in and said we are good to go. Now to wait for the drivers meeting and to get the tires out of impound. This would be only the second time Dylan would be racing his Super Late and it would be the longest race yet. He was excited to be running in front of his home crowd.

Dylan was third to go out for qualifying. It was 67 degrees outside and the sun was shining. Perfect conditions to lay down a fast lap. That is exactly what Dylan did…a 13.60 second lap which ended up being second fastest time out of the 12 cars. His smile said it all. You did not even have to ask him how he felt about his qualifying. Grinning from ear to ear as they pushed his car into tech was more than words could say. Chad and the crew were very happy about his qualifying efforts.

The top 6 drivers then pulled pills to see where they would start in the 100 lap race. Dylan got a 5. He would be starting 5th, third row inside. With sometime before the autograph session, Dylan watched some of the local drivers compete. It wasn’t long and he was getting his car ready to go to the front stretch to greet the fans and sign some autographs. He got a chance to meet some of the up and coming Mini Cup drivers along with some of his loyal followers. Dylan was all smiles and happy to spend a few minutes letting the fans know how much he appreciated them coming out and supporting his hometown track, Auburndale Speedway.

IMG_0479It was time to strap in and get ready for the green flag. At 9:25pm the cars were given the command to start their engines. 13 Super Late Model’s bunched up to take the start of this 100 lap race. Dylan had a great start. He stayed right on the bumper of #64. Lap 2 he got to the inside of #97 and took the position. Running in 4th now, the top 4 cars were nose to tail. Lap 8 saw the first caution of the night. The cars get back into single file and once they are sorted out the flagman, Julius, gives them the two to go sign. At this time each car has the choice to stay in position on the inside or go to the outside. So if you were 6th in line and no one in front of you decides to go to the outside you can which moves you up to starting on the outside pole (2nd).

Lap 11, Dylan restarted 5th. Taking the green the #23 gets into the #97 causing him to spin, caution back out for a restart. Dylan again in 5th takes the green and is able to get to the inside of #56 to take his position. He is running in 4th now. It doesn’t take long for the next caution to drop on lap 15. Lap 19, Dylan is starting 3rd. He gets a good restart and tries battling the #30 on the inside but can’t get it done. So he settles into a solid 3rd. The top 3 cars pull away from the pack. Chad reminds him to watch his line and save his tires.

Lap 26, caution out. Chad tells him that he has some front end damage so be careful. Dylan restarts 4th. The race goes green for a while. Dylan is running consistently in the 13.70 to 13.80 second laps. Chad says, “we have a better car on the longer runs for sure. Just keep doing what you are doing kiddo.” Lap 50, Dylan starts working on the #5 car. His car is hooking up great coming out of turn 2. He patiently waits for the right opportunity. Two laps later he gets the 5 coming out of 2 to take the 3rd spot. Dylan starts working on closing the gap between himself and 2nd place. Caution flag on lap 60.

Dylan restarts 3rd, he misses the shift on the start and the #5 gets by him. He then drives hard into turn 1 and gets into the back of 5, the 5 car wiggles and Dylan gets under him. They go green flag for almost 10 laps before caution flag drops. #81 blows a motor under that caution making the track go red. The track gets the fluid cleaned up and the field goes back to racing. Dylan restarts 5th but immediately gets the 56 on the start. He is running 4th and the race goes green for some time. The top 4 cars break away from the rest. Dylan is working hard to get by the #30. He is trying everything he can but can’t make the clean pass.

Caution flag on lap 91. Dylan chooses not to go to the outside on the restart, so he is 5th. Dylan is driving with great determination and focus. He is able to pick off the #56 on the restart lap then he gets the #5 the next lap on the inside after they drove side by side for a couple laps. Dylan’s car is definitely good and he is driving it like a veteran. #77 spins out in turn 4 to bring out a caution on lap 95. Chad radios to Dylan, “We need take a gamble with the choose rule. We are a 3rd place car unless we move them. So we need to try the outside on this next restart.” Dylan is confident in what his crew chief advises and goes to the outside. He will restart 2nd with 5 laps to go.

Dylan grips the wheel, grabs the shifter and gets a good side by side restart with #64. He runs the outside groove hard for two laps before he looses the position. The 30 is right there to keep Dylan on the outside. He gets by him and the 5 follows. Dylan drops easily into 4th to ride out the last couple laps. Checker drops with Dylan in 4th. Chad was happy to see him step to the outside and see what the car could do this late in the race.

So after only two races in the Super Late, Dylan finds himself just outside a top 3 finish. He will be returning on April 18th for the next 100 lap race at Auburndale Speedway.

Thanks to all the fans and friends that came out to watch Dylan run. A huge thanks to all of his sponsors and partners for believing in him and helping make each race possible.

To stay updated with all of Dylan’s events and races go to www.DylanMartinRacing.com

(Photos by Ciara Martin & Press Release Credit to Kim Scheffler)

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March 31, 2015Posted by rboost in News

Bringing Some Sunshine

20150323_142214-1_resizedThe remodeling of the lobby at St. Joseph’s Children Hospital had halted Dylan’s visits for a while. The area is still under construction but he was thankful that he could return to see his special friends. Even though it had been almost 9 months since his last visit, the staff remembered Dylan and greeted him with much gratitude. The first child he met was James. He was so excited to meet a real racecar driver. James signed and colored a picture for Dylan. With appreciation Dylan accepted it and told him he would hang it in his race trailer this weekend for ‘Good Luck’.

Sitting around the corner listening was the sweetest little smile you can imagine. Her name was Isabella. She too was coloring a picture for Dylan. Isabella told Dylan she wrote a special note on her drawing for him…”Good luck and be safe”. The parents of all the kids there could not thank Dylan enough for taking the time to visit with the kids. This was Isabella’s first time out of her room and she was so happy. Her mother told Dylan that the few minutes with him took her mind off why she was there and this was a blessing. Dylan asked Isabella what her favorite colors were and then he proceeded to color in a race truck for her to take back to her room. So a blue race truck it was. Isabella thanked Dylan with a hug and once again told him good luck.

“Dylan brought many smiles and laughs to the hospitalized kids he met during his visit on Monday. The coloring books Dylan provided were a big hit,” stated Kendal Mundy, Certified Child Life Specialist II at St. Joseph's Children’s Hospital. Dylan is looking forward to returning to see the kids again in June. For more information about St. Joseph’s Children Hospital go to www.StJosephsChildrens.com

To stay updated with all of Dylan’s events and races go to www.DylanMartinRacing.com

(Photos & Press Release Credit – Kim Scheffler)

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March 25, 2015Posted by rboost in News

Big Star is Back

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