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Scott Parker Talks Sacramento Mile and Clash of the Titans III

| 3 May 2016 1:17 pm

Rider Update: Scott Parker

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SACRAMENTO, CA, APR. 29, 2016

Scott Parker had some of his most memorable AMA Grand National victories on the legendary Sacramento Mile, and this Saturday, May 21, he will return to Cal Expo to take part in the Clash of the Titans III, an exhibition race against his former hero and rival and fellow Flint, Michigan, native Jay Springsteen. It was Springsteen who won the first two Clash of the Titan events, over Chris Carr, and he is looking to make it three in a row at this year’s event.

For Parker, the return to Sacramento brings back some vivid memories of racing in one of the most iconic motorcycle races in America.

“The Sacramento Mile is a very special place for me,” said Parker, who, with 13 National wins, has more victories at Cal Expo than any other rider in history. “One that really stands out was in ’85, when I beat Wayne Rainey by a couple of inches. Almost every time I see Wayne, he brings up that race. He always says, ‘Why didn’t you let me win that race?’ – because Wayne never won on the Mile.

“The other one was in ’88, when I won the last race of the year there and put an end to the question of who the real champion was.”

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Parker is referring to a situation at the end of the 1988 AMA Grand National season, in which Honda factory rider Bubba Shobert had a chance to win the championship but had a weight penalty that disqualified him from a race early in the season, which he appealed. The appeal was ultimately denied during the Sacramento race weekend, and Parker clinched the championship before the race even started. But Parker didn’t want to win the title that way. He said he wanted to end the season with a victory, proving he would have been the champion regardless of the appeal decision.

And he did. Parker dominated that year’s Sacramento Mile season finale, over Shobert.

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Now Parker will return to Sacramento for the first time since he retired in 1999, and he’s looking forward to racing his friend and former Harley-Davidson factory teammate Jay Springsteen.

“Me and Jay actually got together and had dinner at Hooters the other night, and he was talking about how much fun it was going to be for me to come back to Sacramento,” Parker said. “He just kept going on and on about how it was one of the best things he’s ever been a part of, so he’s really got me pumped up. As far as training, I haven’t been on a bike much, but I think after a few laps it will all come back to me. After all, that’s what I did for 30 years.”

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Parker concluded by saying that the thing he was most looking forward to was getting back to see the fans.

“Sacramento always had some of the greatest fans in the series,” he said, “and I’m looking forward to seeing again all the great people who cheered me on back in my racing days. It should be a blast!”

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The AMA Pro Grand National Championship series is one of the longest-running motorcycle racing championships in the world. On the long straights of the Sacramento Mile, top speeds can reach 130 miles per hour. Flat-track racing has produced many of America’s Motorcycle Grand Prix Champions, such as Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Kenny Roberts Jr. and Nicky Hayden. Visit www.sactomile.com to keep up with all the latest on the event.

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Ticket Information
Ticket information is available for the May 21, 2016, Sacramento Mile at www.sactomile.com.

Fans can order tickets online at www.sactomile.com/tickets or by calling 844/SAC-MILE (844/722-6453).

How to Watch
FansChoice.tv is the official home for live-streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track events. The site also provides coverage of IMSA’s development and single-make series, and NASCAR’s touring and weekly series. Catch all the action at www.FansChoice.tv.

About AMA Pro Flat Track
AMA Pro Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt-track motorcycle-racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Florida, the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt-track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit www.amaproracing.com/ft/, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or live stream the on-track action on FansChoice.tv.

About AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle-racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.

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