One of the most successful AMA Grand National Dirt Track motorcycles racers of all time is David “Scott” Parker, from Swartz Creek. He started riding motorcycles at age 6, and rode in his first race when he was 11. In 1976 he was crowned the AMA 250cc Amateur National Dirt Track Champion, followed in 1978 by a Junior National Dirt Track Championship. That was the first year he drove the fleet 750cc machines.
He joined the AMA Grand National Dirt Track Tour in 1979 and became the youngest winner at 17, and would win a AMA Grand National Dirt Track Tour in 1979 and became the youngest winner at 17, and would win a second time that year and in the end his first season he finished 9th in the final point standings. He was voted the “Rookie of the Year”.
It would take ten years before he won his first Grand National championship, but talk about domination; he has since won eight more including four in a row. He lost a record breaking fifth by two points to Chris Carr. He leads the all-time AMA major dirt track wins with 94 wins. Second to him has 57 wins. All of his wins have come riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles. He has won approximately 25% of the races he’d finished.
He’s been named the AMA “Athlete Of the Year” three times.