Following in the footsteps of his dad Jeff, Ryan started racing in 2013 at the early age of 10. Over the course of his first year, he won more than half of all the events he competed in. 2014 was an exciting year with the competition heating up between Ryan and his younger brother Chase. They dominated the podium with almost every race finish featuring a Locke Brothers Racing Tiger Sprint in the top 3.
2015 brought many changes for the Locke Brothers Racing Team as they shifted their focus to the NEMA Lite division. The entire 2015 season was split between nonstop practices at Star Speedway and preparing the new race car for the 2016 season when Ryan would finally be old enough to compete.
Ryan’s first full season in the NEMA Lite Series was marked by success. In only his 8th start in a field dominated by veteran drivers he became the youngest driver to ever win in NEMA’s sixty three year history. He followed that up with 1 more top 5 and 2 more top 10 finishes. Ryan closed out the season winning the Up and Coming Young Driver Award, the Pat Thibodeau Youth and Determination Award and the Joe Csiki Memorial Most Improved Driver Award.
Ryan continued to show his growth in 2017 with a string of consistent runs throughout the season. He reached the podium 5 times and had 5 top-fives and 6 top-tens in just 17 starts. In only his second season as a driver, Ryan finished 3rd in championship points behind Danny Cugini, a2 time NEMA champion, and Jim Chambers, the 2016 championship winner. He also managed to finish ahead of 7 time champion Randy Cabral.
2018 was another exciting season for the Locke Brothers Racing Team. Ryan added 2 more feature wins to his name along with 3 more top-fives and 7 top-ten finishes.
Consistency has been the goal of the 2019 season. Currently in the points lead, Ryan has only finished outside the top 5 in one event. Ryan also brought home the win at one of the seasons most prestigious events, the Boston Louie Memorial Race.