STATESVILLE, N.C. – North Carolina’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Rookie of the Year, Ryan Millington, is heading south to Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina this weekend to compete in the 225-lap, $10,000 to win NASCAR Late Model portion of the Myrtle Beach 400 for the first time.
Millington, 14, finished fifth in his only other Myrtle Beach start last year, racing in the Southeast Limited Late Model Series Pro division portion of the 400, but he has never competed in the NASCAR Late Model event.
The competition will be much tougher for Millington this time around, including 2014 NASCAR National late model champion Anthony Anders, past Martinsville Speedway race winner Tommy Lemons, Jr., this year’s Southeast Limited Late Model Series Pro division champ Anthony Alfredo and over 40 other stars from throughout the region and beyond.
“I’m really looking forward to going to Myrtle Beach and testing my skills against the best in the area,” Ryan said with a smile. “I think we showed at Martinsville that we could be as fast as all those guys were, but we’ve just had a rash of motor problems and even had something happened to the rear end at Hickory recently, so that’s all held us back from showing what we could do. If we can keep everything together this weekend and stay out of trouble, I believe we will do fine.”
When the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series North Carolina State Rookie of the Year award was brought up, Ryan’s smile grew wider.
“That’s really an honor,” the Tao Tao sponsored racer noted. “We finished second in Hickory track points as well so we’re all pretty excited about how our season went. I’ve learned so much this year. It’s hard to race these late models because the competition at every track is really tough and there are so many guys that have been racing them for years. It’s hard to beat that experience.”
I think we’ll be fast enough to run with them this weekend as long as nothing goes wrong, but it’s 225 laps and that’s a long, long race there. You have to manage your tires and your car and be very patient, something us drivers aren’t always good at. We were 25th with 25 laps to go in last year’s Southeast Limited race and we finished fifth, so hopefully luck goes our way and we can run well again this weekend.”
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About Ryan Millington
Ryan Millington is an accomplished 14-year-old racer from Statesville, North Carolina. Growing up in a family with a background and love for the sport, Ryan has already been a winner on both dirt and pavement, competing in several different types of cars.
He’s won over 80 races in go-karts on dirt and he’s already won on INEX legends cars on pavement.
In 2015, Ryan had legends car wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Anderson Motor Speedway, and a mini-outlaw win at Millbridge Speedway on the dirt.
The personable teenager also had a pole and several strong finishes this season in the Millington Motorsports No. 17 late model stock car.
2016 has seen Ryan and the team concentrating on building their late model program out of their shop in Statesville, N.C. They won three times and finished second in points at Hickory Motor Speedway, and have been named NASCAR’s North Carolina State Rookie of the Year for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2016.
Ryan’s promotion and coaching is handled by veteran Performance Coach Tom Baker of Team Full Throttle in Mooresville, N.C.
His marketing partners include Scott Millington Motorsports and TAOTAO USA Inc. His website is www.RyanMillington.com.