Ryan Millington is an emerging name in the Late Model Stock Car scene, already making big strides in only his second year of competition at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC). Millington, the current points leader at the “Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars,” is looking strong after the first handful of race weekends at the historic short track.
2017 has been a year of firsts for Millington, he ran his first Speedweeks in Pro Late Models at New Smyrna Speedway (FL), amassing three top-five finishes, despite motor problems that plagued the team on the first practice day and on the first race day. Millington left New Smyrna with a seventh-place finish in overall points in Pro Late Models. The youngster is also coming off his Pro All-Star Series debut in the Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory, a race which he finished 19th.
Millington, a native of Statesville, North Carolina has already racked up four wins at Hickory so far, this season, and currently leads their LMSC track points. For Millington, the hot start has been great for his team.
“We have had an amazing start to the season with four wins and four poles, you can’t ask for a whole bunch more. My dad has given me a great car every week and I couldn’t have done any of it without him being by my side through it all, my sponsor MyComputerCareer.edu has really helped us a lot this season also,” Millington told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
Millington hopes his success doesn’t end at Hickory this season though, as his team will be chasing big wins amongst big competition in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 later this season at Martinsville Speedway (VA) and will be making the trek to Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC) for the Myrtle Beach 400 along with select races at Motor Mile Speedway in Virginia.
“We want to race up there at Motor Mile against great competition and some of the best in the country, we would like to be able to continue to win and compete against the best and at the big shows like Martinsville and Myrtle Beach, we feel it will really test where we are a team.”
With his white-hot start to 2017, coupled with an impressive 2016 season at Hickory that included three wins, Millington will be a driver to watch in the Mid-Atlantic for the rest of the season and come time for the big shows at the end of the year, don’t be surprised to see this young shoe up front.
-By Reese Nobles, Speed51.com Mid-Atlantic Correspondent
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