Ryan Milliken 1st To Win Titles In Three Different Classes
When Ryan Milliken made the long trip out to Texas from Florida for the 2016 NHRDA season opener he wanted to make a statement to the rest of the competition in the Pro Street class. He wanted everyone to know that he was there to win races, set records and win championships. Milliken and the Hardway Performance team meant business and they wanted the 2016 NHRDA Diesel Drag Racing Series to be one of their most successful seasons.
At the first event Milliken laid down some very impressive numbers to start the year off. He was the #1 qualifier with an 8.86 second ET at 156.05 mph. He made it to the final round where he went up against Matt Kubik of Newkirk, Oklahoma. Milliken and his Hardway Performance truck were just too much as Ryan went a blistering 8.73 seconds in that final round to take the win. The team left the Texas Diesel Nationals with the win and the points lead.
Milliken's Final Round Pass at the Texas Diesel Nationals:
Milliken and his team went to the Oklahoma Diesel Nationals looking to add to the points lead and looking for some big numbers as Ryan wanted the national record. It also happened to be the NHRDA Pro Street Shootout with $3500 up for grabs to the winner. Milliken managed to make it the final round once again where he would face off with Lavon Miller of Plain City, Ohio. It was setup to be a huge race but when Lavon turned on the red light it handed Milliken the win, but Milliken would have been almost impossible to beat as he made the quickest pass of the weekend at 8.76 seconds. Milliken and the team got their hands on another trophy and the NHRDA Pro Street Shootout check of $3500!
The Hardway Performance team made their next stop at the G & J Diesel Big Sky Truck Fest in Billings, Montana. Ryan had the truck on kill that event as he put down some huge numbers in qualifying with a run of 8.69 seconds at 157.74 mph to make him the #1 qualifier. In the final round Milliken took the win over Mike Skinner of Brighton, Colorado who broke in the finals. Ryan had what he wanted, another win, more points and the Pro Street National Championship in his sights.
The World Finals turned out to be a little rough for Ryan, the truck had some mechanical issues and he was defeated in the early rounds of competition. But that didn't matter as Ryan had gained enough points to clinch the 2016 NHRDA Pro Street National Championship. He added that accomplishment to his 2014 Pro Stock and Super Street National Championships making him the first driver in the history of the NHRDA to win 3 National Championship in 3 different classes.
Ryan stated before the world finals, "I'm going out there to win championships," and he did just that. Ryan also wanted to thank his sponsors at Hardway Performance, Suncoast Transmission and Fleece Performance for all their support throughout the season. Ryan also wanted to thank all his family and friends for their support as he chased down the Pro Street National Championship. Milliken and his Hardway Performance team will be looking to defend that title in the 2017 season.