(born December 30, 1981) is a NASCAR
driver from Apollo, Pennsylvania
Ryan, a second generation racer, started his racing career at the age of 12, when his father put him behind the wheel of a go-kart. He went on to race in go-carts both locally and nationally for a period of 3 years. During this span, Ryan collected approximately 50 wins.
At the age of 15, Ryan advanced to Legacy cars (three-quarter scale Nextel Cup
cars), where he competed for 2 years and amassed 5 wins and 3 poles including winning the Blue-Grey Shootout at the Jennerstown Speedway
(PA) and the Fireball Roberts Memorial at the famed Hickory Motor Speedway
In 1999, while a senior at Kiski Area High School (PA), Ryan moved into Late Model competition locally at Motordrome (PA) and Jennerstown (PA) Speedways. In impressive fashion Ryan won the Rookie of the Year Award at both of these tracks. At the Motordrome Speedway, Hemphill garnered 20 top 10 finishes in 20 starts while finishing 2nd in the tight points battle, while at Jennerstown he finished a strong 6th in points.
The 2000 season saw Ryan continue his maturation as a race car driver. He continued his participation at the Motordrome Speedway as he finished 3rd in the overall points and collected 3 wins, 17 top 5 and 10 top 10 finishes. Ryan also stepped up with his participation in 2 American Speed Association
(ASA) events where he finished 12th in both. The year was capped off with his high school graduation and being named Auto... Read More