Throwback Thursday: Steve Morehead’s 1981 Harrington Grand National Win

Larry Lawrence | July 13, 2017
Steve Morehead gets a handshake after winning the Harrington (Delaware) AMA Grand National in 1981.

Photo by Henny Ray Abrams

In this week’s Throwback, we flip the calendar back 36 years to 1981 and the Harrington Half-Mile on June 7th of that year. After chasing Hank Scott most of the way, Steve Morehead caught a break when Scott’s Harley-Davidson was sidelined by a stripped axle nut with five laps to go.

Morehead took over the lead and held on to earn the victory, his second-straight at the legendary track located at the Delaware State Fairgrounds. Morehead was racing a Harley-Davidson XR750 borrowed from Tommy Duma, who was recovering from a knee injury at the time.

In the photo Morehead gets a handshake, runner-up Jay Springsteen takes a swig of champagne and Gary Scott smiles while observing the podium celebration.

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