If you live anywhere in Florida, you know the summer rains can be brutal on the mid racing season. With that in mind, the DMR team felt it was good to take a little time off and regroup the team for the second half of the season. With summer coming to an end, it was time this past weekend to hit the track again, and what a better way to start the second half of the season then to take the team out of state and race a different series to spice up the action. Dylan had the chance to race in the Xtreme Racing Series “Showdown at Sundown” in Williamston, NC. This was also no ordinary race, the promoter partnered with Dylan Martin Racing’s “DMR Kids” to bring in C.A.R.S Racing for a Cause. This allowed DMR Kids and C.A.R.S. the ability to bring awareness and raise funds for the C.A.R.S. charity in a new series that runs around the country and having Kim Scheffler, Skyla and her grandma, Terrie there really brought the charity to life.
The Car: • Owner: Joe Ryan Osborne • Wheelbase: 73.00 in • Overall Width: 60.00 in • Overall Length: 10 ft 6 in • Height: 46 in • Engine: Yamaha 1250cc • Horsepower: 140 hp • Weight: 1,300 lb. with driver
The Track: • Anderson Motor Speedway • Seating: 5,000+ • Length: 3/8 Mile • Front Banking: 3 Degrees • Back Banking: 6.5 Degrees • Turns: 14 Degrees
This race was comprised of (2) 25 Lap Segments, Qualifying was done on a single lap for starting position. The finish of segment 1 determined you start of segment 2. Dylan had a slip in the qualifying lap giving him a P-21 starting position out of 27 cars. With Dylan and Joe talking about the 1st segment, they decided to let Dylan continue to get use to the car and pick up spots as he could, but stay out of trouble and get into the next segment. Dylan did just that after an early spin on his own, he regrouped starting from the rear and finished P-17 in the first segment. The start of the second segment saw a lengthy lap 1 as they were trying to get the cars going in the right direction. Dylan climbed as high as P-5 in the final laps, but slipped back to P-10 on a Green-White-Checker. A top 10 was our goal as this was the first time Dylan had driven a Legend and for Dylan and the crew, all goals were met including putting the car back on the trailer with no damage. The DMR team would like to thank Daniel Lyon for putting on a great event and allowing DMR Kids to bring in “C.A.R.S” for a great fundraising opportunity. We want to thank “C.A.R.S” for having Kim Scheffler, Skyla and Terrie come up to represent the charity. We would also like to thank Joe Ryan Osborne for putting together a great ride and all the pointers to get through the race. We would also like to congratulate Joe on placing 3rd at Bowman Grey the following night in the modified race. The 50/50 and raffles at the track got us $397 closer to the $10K goal. Keep up the great work.
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After all the calculating and counting, the total for the fundraiser at Gator’s Dockside – Highland City is in. It was a record breaking fundraiser. You all come out in droves. You bought raffle tickets. You bought 50/50 tickets. You ate and you drank. And just like that….you all raised $1,888.77 for Skyla, Lucas and Maci. You purchased $1,362 in raffle tickets & 50/50 tickets. And Gator’s Dockside donated 15% of your checks to the tune of $526.77. Angela Reinink, Gator’s Dockside’s General Manager, said this about the event, “It’s the biggest check we have cut in a long time. Like years. Closest one to it was $426 but that was at 10% back…but most checks are only $200-$300 so I’d say you guys rocked it! Everyone that I have talked to about the event really enjoyed themselves that night and can’t wait until the next one!"
We can’t thank you all enough for your support. The next fundraiser will be at Gator’s Dockside on August 27th. We will send out the flyer shortly. Mark it on your calendar so you can come out and be a part. If you’re unable to attend, you can always to go www.GoFundMe.com/DMRKids and donate there. We want to thank all those who donated raffle items. Their generosity allowed us to raise almost $1400 in ticket sales.
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While we bring this to you with mixed emotions, we feel that it’s best to share this information with all of you, our fans, sponsors and supporters. Dylan Martin Racing has needed to make some changes in the garage, so-to-speak. We have had to downsize our team and make some tough decisions. Kim Scheffler, Dylan’s Public Relations Manager, won’t be finishing out the season with us. We say “with mixed emotions” because while we have lost a great member of the team, we have to be excited to see what is ahead for her on her journey. Although, she continues to be a huge supporter and believer in Dylan, his talents and his path, she won’t be in the role of his Public Relations Manager moving forward. We have been so blessed to have her as a part of this team for the last 3 years. Kim has spent endless hours building a foundation for Dylan Martin Racing. The depth of passion and belief that she brought to this team is infectious and while she may not be in the garage with us, we know she will be cheering us on in all aspects of Dylan’s journey. With Kim’s expertise in the sport of racing and her years of building relationships, we are confident that God has her in His hands and she will flourish in all that she does. She has a love for this sport and an even bigger heart for the youth. Kim has always believed that racing is an avenue to reach youngsters and impact their lives through such a mesmerizing sport. We feel she will continue to touch lives in all she does, as she doesn’t do anything without putting her full heart and soul into it. Kim has been not only a Public Relations Manager for Dylan, but has been a mentor to him as well. We all know that God has all of us in His hands and we believe that there are huge things ahead for Kim Scheffler and for Dylan Martin Racing. We are so grateful for all that Kim poured into this team and we are confident that the seeds she planted will reap a harvest beyond any of our expectations. This has been an incredible journey over these last few years. Dylan has grown not only professionally, but personally as well. Kim provided a constant pillar for Dylan and she instilled a confidence in him he didn’t have before. We can’t thank Kim enough for ALL she did for this team and for Dylan. We want to wish Kim the very best (and better) in all that lies ahead for her.
Dylan had the privilege of visiting the kids at Camp Care A Lot hosted by The Shriners Hospitals for Children last week. The camp is for patients of The Shriner’s hospital ages 8-11. The campers were deep in their activities when Dylan arrived and they were happy to have been able to spend some time with a real race car driver. Although Dylan wasn’t able to take his Super Late Model to the camp due to the weather that day, the kids were still very interested in the car. They loved seeing Dylan’s Hero Card that had a picture of the car on it and they got to talk about the car a lot. One of the campers told Dylan to make sure the headlights were on when he was racing so he could see where he was going. Dylan got to explain to him the headlights are just stickers. It was fun to see these campers contemplate what that really meant. They were so surprised the headlights weren’t real and didn’t actually turn on.
Some of the kids' favorite activities during camp were swimming and eating watermelon. They all seemed to enjoy the swimming part tohelp them cool off from the Florida heat. Dylan was able to hand out pages from his custom coloring book for the campers to take home in their portfolios from the week’s activities. He was happy to be able to attend this year's camp as he always enjoys being able to hang out with the kids. The kids are such an inspiration to Dylan with their lively spirits and heartfelt thank you’s.
It was exciting for Dylan to see Leigh Dittman again. Leigh is a former patient at the Shriners Hospital, and she was giving back by being a counselor for the camp this year. Leigh has raised funds for the Shriners Hospital through her fundraising and being an advocate for the hospital.