Hall of Fame Inductee – 2005
Called one of the greatest racers of our time, Scott Parker decimated all records during his extraordinary career. His nine titles and 94 national wins made him the all-time leader in championships and wins in AMA Grand National history by the time he retired in 2000.
Parker, who rode for Harley-Davidson’s flat track team most of his career, was considered the undisputed King of the Mile. His 55 career wins on mile flat tracks was more than double that of his nearest competitor. He was also the leader in wins on half-miles. Parker won the prestigious AMA Athlete of the Year Award three times during his 22-year racing career.
At age 17 Parker became the youngest rider at the time to earn his expert pro license when he turned professional. In 1981 a dream was realized when Harley-Davidson asked Scott to join the factory team and in 1985 he finished third in the AMA Grand Nationals.
He really began making a name for himself in 1988 when he won his first AMA Grand National Championship, which he did again in 1989, 1990 and 1991. At the 1991 Indy Mile, Parker surpassed Jay Springsteen as the all-time win leader in the AMA Grand National history with his 41st career victory.
But that would only be the beginning for this racing genius. In 1994 through 1998, Scott Parker became the first rider in history to win five straight AMA Grand National Championships. In those five championship seasons he won an incredible 39 nationals.
Before retiring, Scott would go on to win three more Nationals to bring his career total to 94.