“I am planning on winning all three races,” Parker, a nine-time AMA Grand National Champion, said. “When they brought back Springfield as a Regional in 1981, I won it, and ever since then I have really liked Springfield. When someone hasn’t seen one of our races asks me what race should I go to, I tell them Springfield is the place. It’s the best track, it produces great racing and it has a lot of history.”
After 20 years, nine championships and 93 National wins, the 38-year-old Parker retired from fulltime racing at the end of last season.
“I don’t seem to miss racing,” Parker said. “It’s sort of like I’m on vacation and I get to come to Springfield and have fun racing. Harley said they would provide equipment for a few races for me this year, so I will be riding the factory bikes at Springfield tuned by Bill Werner. I’m excited about coming to Springfield, I have won some short tracks, so Friday will be fun, and then two days on the mile. I know the track and where you need to be to get the checkered flag. It’s going to be great weekend.”