Honored Heros: Distinguished Veterans
DDC Racing wants to honor the brave men and women who have served in America's Armed Forces. We thank you for your service, dedication and sacrifice to our great country. As a small token of our thanks, we offer a military discount. (Please email us us for details)
Every month, we will honor a new service member and if you are chosen, you will be recognized on this page, and you will receive a free DDC Racing T-shirt! The criteria is simple, you MUST be either active, honorably discharged, or retired from any branch of service and you MUST be a rider.
To Apply: Send us a short paragraph about yourself. Include any additional information or a message that you would like to share.
- Please send two pictures: one in uniform and one on the bike
- Include your favorite bike make, and model
- Include your favorite riding (place to ride/style of riding)
- email to: email@example.com
Nate Sheehy, US Air Force
Favorite Bike: My current 2018 KTM 250 XC-W
Favorite Riding: Tight, Technical single track, preferably with trees.
"My name is Nathan Sheehy, I have a beautiful bride of 21 years who’s name is Lisa. I also have 2 kids, Nolan and Naomi. Nolan just graduated basic training for the Air Force and loves to ride also.
I served 9 years in the Air Force as an Aircraft mechanic on the A-10 Warthog. I was stationed at Eielson AFB, Edwards AFB, Davis-Monthan AFB, Osan AB Korea, and Beal AFB. I loved what I did, and I wished I would’ve stayed in and retired.
I grew up in NorCal and started riding at the age of 13, It’s been a passion of mine ever since. I raced a bit as an adolescent (VCGP, district 36 H&H and scrambles), and then I joined the military directly out of high school. I had a child at the age of 19, and spent the next 15 years passing on my passion to my son. It is my hope to have him one day pass it down to the generations that follow him.
Live to Ride, Ride to Live.
God Bless America 🇺🇸" - Nate Sheehy
January 2021: No Submissions Received.
December 2020: No Submissions Received.
November 2020: No Submissions Received.
October 2020: No Submissions Received.
September 2020: No Submissions Received.
Nick Lake, US Army Engineers
Favorite Bikes: 2018 Husky TX 300 & my 1991 KDX 220 with a KX 250 engine!
Favorite Riding: Desert Racing
"I was an Army Engineer for over 7 years and I medically retired in 2014. I was deployed multiple times in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom & Enduring Freedom. I grew up riding dirt bikes, but I didn’t start racing until 2 years ago and I have been hooked ever since! I am racing the entire Best In The Desert Series this year in the Amateur Ironman class. Riding and racing dirt bikes has become essential to both my physical and mental health. I have currently sold my house and I'm living in my toy-hauler full time to chase this dream and I couldn’t be happier." - Nick LakeBITD # O62 Ironman
SCORE # 232X
DIST 38 # 62V
July 2020: No Submissions Received.
June 2020: No Submissions Received.
May 2020: No Submissions Received.
April 2020: No Submissions Received.
March 2020: No Submissions Received.
John Grady, US Air Force
Favorite Bikes: 2009 CRF450X, 2017 Husky FX450
Favorite Riding: The beautiful New Mexico Desert
“My name is John Grady, and I am a Master Sergeant in the US Air Force. I am an HH-60G Pavehawk Flight Engineer. Our mission is to rescue personnel who are isolated behind enemy lines, and provide casualty evacuation. I monitor aircraft systems in flight, operate the 50 caliber and 7.62 minigun crew-served weapons, and work with the para-rescue team to insert and extract them and the survivor/patient. I have been in for 13 years and running. My favorite riding is in the desert, and my favorite place to ride is my home state of New Mexico. I currently ride an 09 CRF450X and a 17 Husky FX450. To Nate: thank you for all your support to those of us serving our nation abroad.” - John Grady
Thank you for your service John!
January 2020: No submissions received.
December 2019: No submissions received.
November 2019: No submissions received.
October 2019: No submissions received.
September 2019: No submissions received.
Dustin Ashe-Everest, US Army
Favorite Bike: KTM 525 MXC
Favorite Riding: Capital Forest WA , Ocotillo Wells CA & The Ridge MX track in Shelton, WA.
"I’m a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army stationed at Joint Base Lewis McChord WA. I’ve been riding since the age of 5 and recently become more involved in racing. I took a 1st Place finish at the 2018 BITD Vegas 2 Reno in Ironman Amateur, 2010 Parker 250 , and a handful of local off-road and MX races. This year I will be soloing the SCORE Baja 1000 aboard my KTM 450. I've been a huge fan of KTM’s for many years now and currently ride a KTM 450. I appreciate all the support that Nate and DDC Racing has done for the Active Duty and Veteran community." -Dustin Ashe-Everest
Thank you for your service Dustin!
July 2019: No submissions received.
June 2019: No submissions received.
May 2019: No submissions received.
Jesse Bergen, US Army
Favorite Bike: KXF450
Favorite Riding: Desert and trails.
"I joined the army in 2011 as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne division with one combat deployment to eastern Afghanistan. I started riding when I got out of the army in 2015." - Jesse Bergen
Thank you for your service Jesse!
March 2019: No submissions received.
February 2019: No submissions received.
January 2019: No submissions received.
Matt Madore, US Army
Favorite Bike: 2018 Beta 300rr
Thank you for your service Matt!
Zachary Arnold, US Army: Infantryman (2010-2013)
Favorite Bikes: Honda's & Yamaha's. I currently own and race a 2017 YZ250F
Favorite Riding: Moto & GP Style Tracks
"My name is Zachary Arnold. I joined the Army in 2010 and became an Infantryman. I was medically discharged in 2013 due to injury. I have ridden dirt bikes since age 4 and I could not imagine life without moto. I do some amateur motocross racing, and I also coach the MSF dirtbike school in my spare time. I operate a small shop out of my home and do some bike repair, race-prep, and sell parts as well." - Zachary Arnold
Thank you for your service Zach!
Joshua Dykstra, US Army: (2004- current) UTES Wage Leader
Favorite Bikes: Honda CRF450R, Honda CR125
Favorite Riding: Motocross and Supercross style tracks
Favorite Place to Ride: Morelands Supercross Track
"I serve as a 91B Light Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic. I have completed two tours overseas between Iraq and Afghanistan. I have every intention of staying enlisted for a minimum of twenty years. I started racing motocross back in 2001 and raced every weekend I possibly could, until I deployed in 2008. That is when I left the sport until recently, when I heard about an organization called Veteran MX. It immediately sparked my interest to get back into riding, especially with my son racing now. 2018 was my first full year back on a bike, and I managed to finish in the top 5 overall for points in 4 different classes between 2 different series." -Joshua Dykstra
Thank you for your service Joshua!
September 2018: No submissions received.
August 2018: No submissions received.
July 2018: No submissions received.
June 2018: No submissions received.
May 2018: No submissions received.
Chet Mainwaring, US Army: (1982-2002) RetiredFavorite Bikes: Husqvarna 701, Beta 300RR
Favorite Riding: Adventure riding and anytime I'm on two wheels
Favorite Place to ride: Washington State
March 2018: No submissions received.
February 2018: No submissions received.
January 2018: No submissions received.
December 2017: No submissions received.
November 2017: No submissions received.
Del Sheltrow, US Air Force: (1997-2013)
Favorite Bike: Gas Gas EC300
Favorite Riding: Enduro and Cross Country
Favorite Place to ride: Northern Italy"I'm originally from Michigan and I now live in Texas. I own D 'N' E Offroad. (www.dneoffroad.com) We provide track-side race support throughout northern Texas.
I am retired U.S. Air Force, I served from 1997 to 2013."
Thank you for your service Del!
September 2017: No submissions received.
August 2017: No submissions received.
July 2017: No submissions received.
Jesse Cunnally, Us Marine Corps: (2004-2008) US Army: (2009-2014)
Favorite Bike: 2016 KTM 350SX-F
Favorite Riding: Virginia City/Honey Lake MX
"I was born in Carson City and raised in Virginia City, Nevada. Once referred to as "bad ass fast" by Bob "Moto-Mouth" Cavakis, but now I just pray for a top 20 finish which are few and far between. :) I started riding around the age of 4, and besides the years I spent on active duty, I never stopped riding. The Moto community has unlimited patriotism in their blood and I'm glad to be apart of a sport that supports their veterans."
"P.s. Mortars are Hung!!!!"
Thank you for your service Jesse!
Scott Hyde, US Army
Favorite Bike: DRZ400
Favorite Riding: Any day on the dirt in the mountains!
Favorite Place to Ride: Pine Nut Mountains/Carson Valley, Nevada
"I moved to the Carson Valley when I was 13 and got my first dirt bike soon after. I had left for the Army to start a new journey and never thought that I would move back to the Valley. That is until I came back and felt the sense of family and community that exists in our little village. I feel most at home when on the dirt in the Pine Nuts looking out over our home. I couldn’t think of raising my kids anywhere else."
Bryan L Wedmore, US Army
Favorite Bike: For Racing: a 1997 KTM 250EXC. This was by far the best woods bike I have ever owned. It just made me a better woods rider. My all time favorite "all around" bike would be an XR250. Bar none, that bike is indestructible!
Favorite Riding: Woods riding, (Enduros and Hare Scrambles).
All-time Favorite Place to Race: AMA District 15. I finished 3rd one year, it was around 2009 or so. I wasn't the fastest, but I was there trying at every race.
"Riding has been a part of my life for over 40 years. Dirt bikes have given me more enjoyment than I could ever put into words. I really could not imagine a life without them. The places I've seen and the people I've met at the races at the best people in America. It truly is a family sport and rarely have I ever seen any trouble at a race."
Thank you for your service Bryan!
March 2017: No submissions received.
February 2017: No submissions received
January 2017: No submissions received
December 2016: No submissions received
Travis Smith, US Marine Corps.
Favorite Bike: 2008 250SXF converted to a 350.
Favorite Riding: Motocross
All-time Favorite Place to Race: Perris Raceway
Current Status: Travis Smith is the owner of Thumper Racing. Travis and his team build the baddest big-bore engines available!
"We've been in the the Big Bore Four Stroke industry for awhile now and have seen them come and go. Our kits and components have all undergone extensive torture tests in the real world with real customers, real racing, real endurance riding, and we have fed that back into our kits. You can experiment yourself on your expensive four stroke, but when you want Big Bore Power that "Just Works" and won't leave you stranded, make your ride impossible to start, or give you power that's unpredictable and "peaky", give us a call."
Thank you for your service Travis!!
October 2016: No submissions received.
Gary M. Kidman, US Army
Served in the US Army Mortar Division 1964-1969 and was Platoon Leader in the US National Guard, Weapons Platoon.
Favorite Bike: 1992 CR500
Favorite Riding: Motocross. Gary enjoyed racing with the Old Timers (OTMX) from 1980 to 1995
Current Status: Retired. Loves working on classic cars and owns a mint 1992 CR500 and a sweet vintage Maico
"I'm a proud American who strongly believes in our freedom. My hope is that future generations preserve what many have sacrificed to protect."
Thank you for your service Gary!
August 2016: No submissions received.
July 2016: No submissions received.
Keith Serpa, US Marine Corps.
Served in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm
Owner: Carson Motorsports, Northern Nevada's Premier KTM dealership.
Favorite Bike: KTM 350 with a Thumper Racing 390 kit
Favorite riding: "Gwarly Idaho single-track"
Our favorite Keith Serpa quote: "That was a triple, black diamond, nipple twister...... I don't even know what that was, but it was not a trail!" #whoiskeithserpa
Thank you for your service Keith!