Lunatic Racing Team
We are a UTV team comprised of 14 members. Our full size UTV division includes team members: Eddie Freshwater, Mike Herring, Tommy Clark, Zach Hudson, Thomas Blanton, David Gazda, Ric McClellan, Lance West, Michael New & Shawn Ashmore. Our Little Lunatics are Tripp Clark, Little Thomas Blanton, Brayden New & Mckenna New.
We are pretty evenly divided between the main UTV manufacturers: 5 Yamaha/5 Can-Am/4 Polaris.
Yamaha YXZ 1000r: Eddie, Mike, Zach, Thomas & Michael
Can-Am Maverick X3: Tommy, David, Ric, Lance & Shawn
Polaris RZR 170: Tripp, Little Thomas, Brayden & Mckenna
Learn about our racers below, their background and what makes our team unique.
Eddie Freshwater #111
Eddie lives in Stockbridge, Georgia and drives a Yamaha YXZ 1000R. For as long as Eddie can remember, he’s had a deep desire to race. This desire pushed Eddie into the automotive field where he became an ASE certified technician. He grew up watching Baja, Raleigh, Stadium trucks, and drag racing. Living in the south the only options Eddie had were circle track and drag racing. He started drag racing as soon as he could drive. Eddie soon began building his own engines, manual transmissions and eventually custom suspension setups. Before he knew it, he was doing the same for many people in his area. Eddie raced in several heads-up classes over the years, winning a few championships along the way and earning several podium finishes. While his love for high-horsepower seat-of-your-pants drag racing was deep rooted, he always had a longing to race off road. As soon as Eddie found out about SXS racing, he jumped into it with both feet and fell in love! His first ever race was a 2-hour endurance race at Night in the Woods where he finished third. Eddie’s next race was the C.O.R.S. Nationals where he took home third place in the GP race. This sealed the deal for Eddie and he bought a new car for the 2019 season. If Eddie's not racing, you can catch him on the GP track at Durhamtown Off Road Park in Union Point, Georgia.
Eddie is sponsored by: Appalachian Armory and Off Road, Eyecon Performance Graphics, ISP (Innovative Safety Products) and Sharpsburg Muffler and Performance
Photo Credit: David Lando w/ WFO Productions
Mike Herring #911
Mike lives in Conyers, Georgia with his two dogs. His father owned an auto repair shop since 1977, so Mike’s been turning wrenches his whole life. He now runs his own business and enjoys getting paid to build motors in his automotive machine shop. Mike's dirt career started at the age or 8 when he began racing motocross. At 16, he took it to the street and started drag racing. He was a sponsored racer that raced on a loom and participated in index and pro mod racing. In 2013, he stopped drag racing and decided to return to the dirt. In 2019, Mike participated in his first UTV race. He ran in the amateur class of the C.O.R.S. SXS Racing Series, where he qualified 2nd in his very first race. His second race was wave two of the C.O.R.S. SXS Racing Series at Durhamtown Off Road Park in Union Point, Georgia, where he qualified 1st and finished 2nd in the amateur division. His buggy of choice is his 2017 YXZ 1000R SS SE. Mike bleeds Yamaha, don’t ever try to convince him otherwise.
Mike is sponsored by: Appalachian Armory and Off Road, Eyecon Performance Graphics, Blue Otter Polarized, Historic Noir Coffee Group & Sharpsburg Muffler and Performance
Tommy Clark #187
Tommy lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia with his wife and three children. He is a gear head that has been turning wrenches since he was a young kid. His love for all things fast began at the age of 3 when his parents sat him on a 3-wheeler and showed him the basics. From the age of 3 to 14, you could find him outside on a 3-wheeler or his home-made go-cart. When he was 13, he started racing go-carts in a governed dirt gold plate class. He quickly graduated from go-carts to streetcars the next year. His father’s 1982 Stingray Corvette was his first motor build and drag race. In 2001, Tommy turned in the Corvette for his first car, a 1993 Dodge Viper RT10. With his Viper, he pursued Auto Cross and drag racing. He also frequented Road Atlanta. In 2003, Tommy upgraded from his 1993 to a 1995 Dodge Viper RT10. He started competing to become the world’s fastest 6-speed car and street tire car. In this pursuit, he was able to achieve 1100 horsepower and 1200-foot pounds of torque. Tommy brought home many first-place trophies and awards with his 1995 Dodge Viper RT10 before deciding to pursue his passion for off-road racing. He started riding dirt bikes in 2004 when he met his wife. Since 2004, that’s all she wrote. His journey started with a 2003 YZ250 dirt bike before upgrading to a 2005 YZ250. He took it from two wheels to four when he purchased his 2006 Yamaha Banshee. After racing and pushing the Banshee to its’ limits, he upgraded to a 2017 Can AM Maverick X3 XRS Turbo R. This has been his most recent and favorite transition so far. Tommy does not recognize the word “stock”. It does not exist in his world. Truer words could not be said to describe his Maverick. In the two years he’s owned it, he has upgraded to Whalen’s Big Turbo 240 kit, installed a K & N cold air intake, a custom 3” stainless exhaust, PAC Racing Shocks, Lone Star trailing arms, S3 A-Arms, S3 Gusset Kit, S3 Chassis Gusset Kit, Kryptic SXS roll cage, Kryptic SXS shock tower, Kryptic SXS radius rods, 26” Maxxis Ceros and a custom paint job. Tommy enjoys pushing the bar and seeing how much speed he can produce. He runs endurance racing and short course racing.
Tommy is sponsored by: Appalachian Armory and Off Road, Eyecon Performance Graphics, Whalen's Speed R&D, Honest Design and Prep & Sharpsburg Muffler and Performance
Thomas Blanton #959
Thomas Blanton is a Georgia native, born and raised. He currently lives in South Georgia with his son and drives a YXZ Yamaha 1000R. From a young age, Thomas always had an interest in anything with a motor. At the age of 5, he got behind the steering wheel for the first time on his parent’s golf cart. At 10, he began riding go-carts and at age 12, he learned to drive his grandfather’s 1968 M38A1 Jeep. It was the Jeep that sparked his fire for manual transmissions. Like many teenage boys with a need for speed, his first set of performance wheels was a 1991 Ford Mustang. It was his 5.0 that introduced him to drag racing and a new passion: rotary engines. He discovered a passion for the Mazda RX7 and a love for Auto Cross racing. Thomas obtained his degree in Motorsports Vehicle Technology, which opened doors for him in the Fab Shop at Panoz Racing School and an internship with Richard Petty Driving Experience. With his degree and experience in tow, Thomas began his own company: TVB Fabrications. In 2016, Thomas took the plunge into the UTV world by purchasing his Yamaha YXZ 1000R, which he’s been blowing down doors with ever since. Thomas enjoys short course racing on the Southeastern circuit. He’s one of the craziest Lunatics that sends it every time! Thomas has several podium finishes, metals, trophies and awards.
Thomas is sponsored by: Appalachian Armory and Off Road, Eyecon Performance Graphics & Sharpsburg Muffler and Performance
David Gazda #16
From a young age David has always been interested in going fast, specifically going fast in airplanes. The only obstacle he had was that he was terribly afraid of heights! As a student pilot David decided to take a lesson in aerobatics to get over this fear. Not only did it help him, but the instructor suggested he consider competing. As a freshly minted pilot with only 80 flight hours under his belt, David decided to fly in a competition. After borrowing a plane that he had never flown, he went on to win 3rd place in the Southeast Primary IAC event. David was hooked! Unfortunately, life knocked on his door and he had to focus on his career in aviation. David spent the last decade climbing the aviation ladders from instructing primary students, to aerobatics and upset recovery, to becoming Chief Pilot of a flight school and charter company. He is currently flying corporate jets, instructing in them and serving as a Check Airman. However, it still wasn’t the excitement David once experienced. While seeking new adventure, he decided to get a Can-Am Maverick X3 XRS Turbo R and that’s how he met fellow teammate, Tommy Clark. David has enjoyed pushing his limits on his X3, meeting new people and exploring this thing called gravity down here on land. In October of 2019, David ran his first race. He competed on the Short Course track in the Modified Amateur Class of CORS at Durhamtown Off Road Park in Union Point, Georgia. With a duct taped race number and a prayer, he was able to place first and immediately felt that lost excitement come running back! David is excited to be a part of Lunatic Racing and see where this new adventure takes him… besides an empty bank account.
David is sponsored by: Appalachian Armory and Off Road, Eyecon Performance Graphics & Sharpsburg Muffler and Performance
Ric McClellan #12
Ric lives in Georgia and drives a Can-Am. He’s one of the newest Lunatics and likes to stress our team manager out by not providing her with his race profile. Hint, hint Ric.
Ric is sponsored by: Appalachian Armory and Off Road, Eyecon Performance Graphics & Sharpsburg Muffler and Performance
Lance West #4
Lance lives in North Carolina and drives a Can-Am. He’s one of the newest Lunatics and is the only team member that lives outside of Georgia. Growing up on a farm, Lance West had several years of driving tractors, farm trucks and ATVs at a very young age. He started racing go karts at age 12, after his dirt bike was stolen. After finishing 2nd in his first race and winning the second race against kids that had been racing for several years, his parents knew Lance had a special talent for racing. Quickly moving into the adult go kart classes because winning every race in two separate youth classes got the other parents a little frustrated, to say the least. Having the same winning results in the adult class brought its share of animosity towards his success. In 1999 when Lance was 14 years old, his father made the decision to let him try full size race cars in order to get away from the drama he had in go kart racing. However, the local dirt track did not allow anyone under the age of 16 to race. After some extremely persistent persuading, the owner allowed Lance to practice. This practice was a test to see if he could handle a full-size race car. Lance passed the test with flying colors and had officials run up to the car after the test to make sure it was him and not an experienced driver. Throughout the 1999 season, at the famed Fayetteville Motor Speedway, Lance at age 14 became the youngest driver ever to win a race! For the 2000 race season he moved into the highest possible class on dirt round track racing (super late model). Lance became the youngest driver to win a super late model race and several other “youngest to” records. Lance’s first full season in late model he finished 2nd in the championship points. In 2007 Lance made the bold step to move to asphalt circle track racing. His first season in NASCAR late model stock proved to be the best yet, winning 9 out of the 12 races that year, along with the season Championship by over 400 points! Lance’s incredible season ended on the last lap of the last race of the season... a parts failure caused the left rear wheel to break free from the car, sending Lance flying into the wall at a high rate of speed. Ultimately destroying his car. This unfortunate event happened at the worst time possible, the great recession. In this time his small family farm was shut down. With no income and a totaled race car, Lance made the ultimate decision to go to Iraq and help repair military trucks under military contracting work. This decision was made for two reasons: First, Lance had a deep desire to help with the efforts of our soldiers and second to save money to get back racing. Lance’s attitude was that no matter your feelings on the war, our soldiers deserve reliable and safe equipment to be in. While overseas working, Lance purchased a UTV. At first it was just for trail riding with friends. However, it didn’t take long to find local races to attend. After winning the first race he attended, Lance was hooked on SxS racing. Racing all over the South East from 2013-2018 Lance has a 90% + win rating with only a few parts failures holding that percentage back. In 2019, with the help of Mr. Craig Stevens, he tried his hand on the national level of SxS racing. The first national race Lance attended was the famed Crandon Speedway in Wisconsin. With no practice or qualifying, Lance took the lead on the start of the race and the first laps ever around the track were leading the best in the country! Lance went on to finish 2nd in his first national event. While participating in the LUCAS OIL OFF-ROAD SERIES, Lance led laps at every track but one for 2019. Lance’s arche nemesis, parts failures, kept him from winning several races that year, most notably the Red Bull World Championship. This race is one of the most prestigious off-road races in the world. Lance suffered a broken belt 50 feet from the finish line in this race. Despite this, Lance was still able to finish 4th, in a slow roll across the finish line. With Lance’s knowledge in advanced mechanics on military equipment, his ability to rebuild blown up trucks while in a war zone, a total of 21 years of racing experience and being an ATV enthusiast his entire life, Lance brings a lot to the table in the off-road industry. With one season under his belt, Lance is totally confident that the 2020 season will be a huge success.
Lance is sponsored by: Fast Lane RV & Off-Road, Green Industries, Bird Co., Appalachian Armory and Off Road, Eyecon Performance Graphics & Sharpsburg Muffler and Performance
Michael New #110
Michael lives in Georgia and drives a Yamaha YXZ 1000R. Remainder of Michael's profile will be updated shortly.
Michael is sponsored by: Appalachian Armory and Off Road, Eyecon Performance Graphics & Sharpsburg Muffler and Performance
Shawn Ashmore #727
Shawn lives in Georgia and drives a Can-Am. Remainder of Shawn's profile will be updated shortly.
Shawn is sponsored by: Appalachian Armory and Off Road, Eyecon Performance Graphics & Sharpsburg Muffler and Performance
Dual Division: ATV & UTV
Zach Hudson #88
Zach lives in Dawsonville, Georgia. The job that pays the bills is a gunsmith. Zach has been riding off road in some form or fashion since he was 6. Unlike most, he started on two wheels with a Yamaha PW 80 and then moved on to a Kawasaki KX 85. His first quad was a Yamaha Raptor 350. He quickly discovered he enjoyed four wheels over two. Zach has always enjoyed working on anything with an engine. Between his truck, car and quad, his hands are bound to be dirty. His saying is that if it has a motor, he’s interested. Zach currently has a Suzuki LTR 450r and a Yamaha YFZ 450r. Depending on the race or the ride, will determine which quad you catch him on. Zach has recently bought a Yamaha YXZ 1000 that he is in the process of building. He hopes to run his first UTV race in the 2020 season.
Zach is sponsored by: Appalachian Armory and Off Road, Eyecon Performance Graphics & Sharpsburg Muffler and Performance
Photo Credit: David Lando w/ WFO Productions
Tripp Clark #2
Tripp is 11 years old and lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He is getting ready to begin 6th grade in the Fall of 2020. Tripp has been riding a 4-wheeler since he was a baby. Strapped to his mother in a snugly as a passenger since 3 months old, to taking it solo and riding one of his own since 4 years old. He started on a 90 cc 4-wheeler and quickly transitioned to a 50 cc dirt bike. He then graduated to a 125 cc 4-wheeler. Since 2019, he has been on a 200 cc Yamaha Blaster, which is his current ride. Tripp started racing his UTV in the Fall of 2019. For his debut, he ran his Polaris RZR 170 in the Kids Stock Class at CORS Southern SXS Nationals at Durhamtown Off Road Park in Union Point, Georgia on November 29, 2019, where he placed 6th over all. Tripp then ran the SCORS UTV Winter Series at Sunnyside ATV Paradise in Wrens, Georgia, where he placed 2nd on the Short Course. Since then, Tripp has participated in Shot Out Racing's Battle at the Bullring in Ocala, Florida in January of 2020 where he placed 3rd. He raced again in Round 2 of Shot Out Racing's Battle at the Bullring in May of 2020 and placed 3rd on the Circle Course & 1st on the Short Course.
Tripp is sponsored by: Appalachian Armory and Off Road, Eyecon Performance Graphics, ITP Tires & Sharpsburg Muffler and Performance
Photo Credit: David Lando w/ WFO Productions
Little Thomas Blanton #356
Little Thomas is 5 years old and lives in Georgia. He is currently in kindergarten and has been racing UTV's in the kids stock class since 2017. He ran his Polaris RZR 170 in the Kids Stock Class at CORS Southern SXS Nationals at Durhamtown Off Road Park in Union Point, Georgia on November 29, 2019, where he placed 5th.
Little Thomas is sponsored by: Appalachian Armory and Off Road, Eyecon Performance Graphics & Sharpsburg Muffler and Performance
Brayden New #120
Brayden is 7 years old and lives in Georgia. He is currently in 2nd grade and has been racing UTV's in the kids class since 2018.
Brayden is sponsored by: Appalachian Armory and Off Road, Eyecon Performance Graphics & Sharpsburg Muffler and Performance
McKenna New #130
McKenna is 5 years old, lives in Georgia and is getting ready to start kindergarten. McKenna is making her debut into the UTV world in 2020 and will be racing in the kids stock class in her Polaris RZR 170.
McKenna is sponsored by: Appalachian Armory and Off Road, Eyecon Performance Graphics & Sharpsburg Muffler and Performance
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