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Giving Tuesday is Coming

Kaitlynn and Gianna need our help. Giving Tuesday is coming, but here's your chance to get a jump on donating. We are coming to the close of the 2017 season and our fundraising efforts for the CARS Kids. This is a great opportunity for you to be a part of making a difference in the lives of 2 families this holiday season. Both families have struggled this year with the expenses of the girls' medical care. Between doctors' appointments and the expense of traveling to them, the time taken off work and the loss of income has really been felt by both families.

You have a chance to help lighten that burden with your donations.

Little Gianna is 4 years old and was in a car accident in January where she received severe trauma to the brain and had a halo placed on due to injuries to her neck. We are happy to say that she's had the halo removed and will not have to have neck surgery. With therapy she should have full range of movement one day. She is in pre-K and loving it. She got a chance to go to Disney and see Frozen to celebrate having the halo removed.

Kaitlynn, a 16 year old beautiful young lady from Auburndale who was diagnosed with all three forms of scoliosis, Scheuermann's disease and was also recently diagnosed with a treatable blood cancer. Last December she had surgery to correct her spinal problems. They placed a rod down her spine from the base of her neck to her tailbone. When she came off the operating table she stood three inches taller. She is in physical therapy and dealing with nerve damage from scoliosis. Kaitlynn has had a rough year struggling with complications from the hardware placed in her spine. Her mother feels very confident in her new doctor and she'll be scheduled to have the hardware removed and replaced soon. She has remained in school and in fact will be graduating this spring with numerous college credits.

So as you can see, any help you can offer to these two precious children will help make a difference.

Our foundation is trying to bring a few extra smiles to these families. If you can help us do that, we would greatly appreciate any and everything you can do. Thank you for taking the time to consider helping our kids and families.

For Donations, Contact:

Kim Scheffler at KimScheffler10@yahoo.com
or
Staci Martin at Staci@DylanMartinRacing.com

https://www.facebook.com/CARSRacinForADream/

Credit cards can be accepted for donations.
All donations are tax deductible as CARS is a 501c3 organization.

Lets Raise Funds for a good Cause

July 14, 2017Posted by rboost in News

Summer School Is On The Agenda

Lakeland, FL - Dylan attended summer school on July 6th, lucky for him, he wasn't a student this time. Mrs. O'Neal Wiedenman asked Dylan to be a special guest for her summer school 'reading racers' students. And with a racing theme Dylan wanted his brother (fellow race car driver), Brandon Martin, to join him to visit with the students. It would be the students' last day of summer school and many had achieved enough reading points in the program to have special recognition for their efforts. Dylan and Brandon would be part of their reward for earning enough points. Mrs. O'Neal Wiedenman was one of Dylan's teachers when he attended Blake

Academy in his elementary years. Many of the teachers Dylan had were quite aware of the challenge that he faced with his racing schedule and school. They were very patient with him and his absences, but those didn't come without sacrifice. Dylan would take his school work with him on the road when he traveled to race his quarter-midget race car around the country. Many times Dylan would be out of school on Fridays and Mondays and it left the teachers with a great challenge of how to educate Dylan. When he was in school he was interested in very little except racing. Parent-teacher conferences came with many suggestions from his parents for the teachers to offer him material with racing themes (racing books/stories, racing relevant math problems, etc.). One of Dylan's memories of Mrs. O'Neal Wiedenman was bringing her to tears in her quest to find what would work for Dylan and draw his interest in schoolwork. Years later, she asked him to be a special guest for her reading students. Dylan was truly honored to do it. He's able to share a perspective with the students that many don't get to hear. Not everybody who comes to visit their classrooms were good students.

Dylan's able to share his struggles with the students to provide them encouragement that with perseverance and hard work, you can accomplish the goal of education and graduation. He was not a textbook student and he was blessed to have teachers that strive to fit their lesson plans into something that would work for Dylan. Mrs. O'Neal Wiedenman had this to say about Dylan's visit, "The kids had a great time! Thanks for being an inspiration to them. I'm proud of you!". With the many challenges Dylan threw his teachers' way, they are proud of him and how he is able to share those challenges with students and encourage them to follow their dreams. Brandon and Dylan spent one-on-one time with the students during their lunch and shared stories about their years in the classroom and on the track. The students had some really good and funny questions for the boys. The students got a good laugh from Dylan and Brandon sharing about what they'd do if the other wrecked one. The students had lots of stories about their sibling rivalries. It was a fun time for all. Thank you Mrs. O'Neal Wiedenman.

UPDATE - For the many who are wanting to know Dylan's progress on his Open Wheel Modified.....it's still in the build stage. It's a slow process for sure, but Dylan is determined to get it built. When you're doing it without sponsors, the speed of the build is at a much slower pace. But rest assured he will get it complete. He's anxious to get it on the track and start competing in a class he hasn't tackled before. He'll be looking for businesses who want to partner with him on his new quest. Stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to be a part of Dylan Martin Racing.

June 13, 2017Posted by rboost in News

Spirit Day Fundraiser - June 15th, 2017

May 23, 2017Posted by rboost in News

Spirit Day Fundraiser - May 25th, 2017

April 11, 2017Posted by rboost in News

The Road to the Track Doesn't Always Have a Green Flag

Lakeland, FL - February 2017 didn't start like every other racing season Dylan has known. Dylan's season was approaching with uncertainty and without immediate direction. Dylan found himself searching for a new chapter and adventure in his racing career. He decided to trade his Super Late Model for an Open Wheel Modified and found budget racing was going to be the key to his 2017 race season.

Dylan has found great success on and off the track over the last 11 years and the 2017 season was going to be a challenge like none other. Most racers don't want to talk about the real struggles of racing. They want everything to be green flags and victory lanes, but the reality is there are yellow, red and for some, black flags along the way. We could imagine most successful racers experienced the yellow, red and black flags in their career paths. Dylan is experiencing those now. On the anniversary of Dylan's first ARCA race at Fairgrounds Nashville Speedway (2016), Dylan finds himself watching the race on TV, instead of watching it from inside the cockpit of the #48 Empire Racing Group Ford Fusion he drove in 2016. This isn't a vantage point any racer wants to watch a race from, but there are times (many times), they find themselves watching from the outside. He's passionate about a sport that has left him on the sideline so far for 2017. It's a painful experience, but a growing one as well. While Dylan may not be behind the wheel and on the track, he is in the shop. He's torn the OWM down to the chassis and has had it powder coated and he's rebuilding the car piece-by-piece, bolt-by-bolt. Dylan's committed to rebuilding the OWM and getting it on the track to compete with the best of the best. He's anxious to strap in and pull those belts tight again, but until that race day comes, he'll buckle down, rebuild the OWM and learn to handle the yellow flags of the racing journey. You may not have seen him in the line ups on the track just yet, but this hasn't stopped his drive to compete on the highest levels. He'll continue to strive to inspire kids to follow their dreams and reach for the stars.

Gianna is one of the kids that CARS is raising money for this year and we are happy to report that this week she had surgery to remove her halo and she's now in a neck brace while she's healing. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers as her road to recovery may still have many bumps along the way.

You can follow her progress on the CARS Facebook page (link below). There will be several opportunities for you to be involved in the fundraising for Gianna and Kaitlynn during this year. Keep a look out for how you can help make an impact in their lives as they learn to navigate their recovery.

CARS Racin' For A Dream

C- Cares
A - About
R - Restoring
S - Smiles

Dylan will be on his way to Shriner's Hospital for Children - Tampa on Tuesday to visit with the patients and take the Soda Tabs that everybody has been collecting. Dylan wasn't able to visit Shriner's last year while he was in North Carolina so he is anxious to get back and see some familiar faces with the staff and spend some time putting smiles on the faces of kids who are battling daily more than we may be able to battle in a lifetime.

Another Chapter

Lakeland, FL - Another chapter is waiting to be written for Dylan Martin in his racing journey. Dylan starts the 2017 season with optimism that he will have many new challenges to face and find success in a new class this coming season. In an unexpected turn, the #7 Blackwater Integration Super Late Model has found a new home as Dylan has acquired a Open Wheel Modified in its place in the garage.

He has brought on a new challenge in a new class. Dylan is tearing the Open Wheel Modified down to its chassis and rebuilding it. How best to know what you have in a newly acquired car, but to tear it down and rebuild it yourself, bolt-by-bolt. Dylan is excited about the task he's taken on and is looking forward to seeing the progression of the car from the rails to the track. He hasn't driven in this class before but he is anxious to get behind the wheel and continue to improve his driving skills in yet another class.

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Whats ahead for 2017

Lakeland, FL - What's ahead for Dylan Martin for the 2017 season? That is the question on many minds these days. Dylan raced in back-to-back races on January 7th and 8th at New Smyrna Speedway and Auburndale Speedway. His Super Late Model might have still had some dust on it that needed to be dusted off. He finished both races, but neither were finishing positions he had wanted. His car struggled at both tracks lacking in speed. Chad Pierce, crew chief, dug hard looking for those extra tenths that were needed, but the car fought them all weekend. Dylan did a heck of a job wheeling it to finish the races but both races brought their own challenges. Finishing the Red-Eye 100 at New Smyrna Speedway and driving to Auburndale Speedway at 1am and back at it with the crew at 8am to change the set-up of the car for the short track of Auburndale Speedway proved to be a challenge that the whole crew was up for and were successful at. Dylan's super was ready for the short practice session and qualifying for the Diamond 100 at Auburndale Speedway on their season opener. But throughout the race, the car just wouldn't come to Dylan. He fought a very loose car and maybe some damage from the earlier wreck at the Governor's Cup was haunting the car. Nonetheless, the crew did a great job getting the car ready for Dylan for both the Red-Eye 100 and the Diamond 100.

So what's ahead for Dylan for 2017......It's a question to remain unanswered at this point as Dylan is exploring his options for the 2017 season and wants to move ahead with purpose and intentions of success. There may be changes in the future for DMR. Just buckle up and stay on course with us to see where the road twists and turns in the future.

Dylan's Super Late Model will carry the CARS' Racin' For A Dream logo for the 2017 season. We are proud to be a part of this amazing cause. Dylan is honored to be able to support Kim Scheffler and the families that CARS will be helping this season. Stay tuned to see how you can be involved in changing lives in our community and making a difference.

https://www.facebook.com/CARSRacinForADream/?fref=ts

Dylan is still collecting Soda Tabs for the children at the Shriners Hospital in Tampa. If you have soda tabs you want to drop off at the shop, please email us at Staci@DylanMartinRacing.com. Dylan will be visiting the patients at the hospital in just a few weeks and taking the Soda Tabs that have been collected. The staff at the hospital is always so thankful for the support. The monies raised from recycling the soda tabs goes directly into special programs or events for the patients at the hospital.

The children are always excited when Dylan comes to visit them and it puts a smile on the faces of the patients and the staff. Dylan missed visiting with them during his 2016 season and is excited to be able to be back to spend some time with the patients.

http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/locations/tampa

15871745_1210691275675274_1739395097235120249_nNew Smyrna Speedway starts its 50th Year Anniversary Celebration this Saturday night! Pro Late Models will be in action for 125 laps in The Zack Donatti Memorial 125! The Top Super Late Model drivers will battle for 100 Laps in the Red Eye 100! The American Auto Sportsman start their season with a 25 lap feature race AND a DASH FOR CASH presented by Atlantis Contractors! And the always entertaining Bombers will there!

15056282_1156519497759119_3394867374517746114_nThe first 50 people in the grandstands are FREE!

(In the event of rain out Saturday, the races will be ran on Sunday 2 PM)

Gates Open Saturday at 6 PM. Racing starts at 7:30.

Adults $20. Seniors/Military $18. Kids 11 & Under are Free!

New Smyrna Speedway is Your NASCAR Home Track!

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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