*Original Text By Dave Despain
Hank Scott was a staple on the dirt track scene and a formidable competitor during the 1970s and 1980s, claiming 17 AMA Grand National event wins as well as setting numerous dirt track speed records.
Though Scott never captured the AMA Grand National Series national championship, he was always a top running privateer, having his best season of competition in 1980, when he missed the chmpionship title by a mere point, losing to Randy Goss.
In 1974, Scott captured his first win on the AMA Grand National circuit, beating Chuck Palmgren to the finish line on the Mile oval in Syracuse, NY.
His two favorite tracks on the Grand National tour were Indy and DuQuoin, because, "High Speed and I got along real well", said Scott. In 1978, he took his love on the high speed DuQuoin track into the record books as he became the first rider in AMA Grand National history to average more the 100 mph on a mile track. He reset the mark in Indianpolis, IN, in 1980 when he ran a lap of 102 mph.
Scott raced during an era of champions-in-the-making, notably Kenny Roberts,Ricky Graham, and Bubba Shobert. his favorite memory from his racing career came against Shobert in 1986 at Indianaplois while Bubba was on a 16-race win streak with Team Homda. Bubba and Hank came up against one another in the same heat round. On the last lap, Bubba went for it and Hank drafted by him for the win, breaking his streak.
Scott retired from racing but is still involved in motorsports, helping his 22 year old son, Ryan, compete in the United Stated Auto Club's famed Midget division. He was elected to the Dirt Track Hall Of Fame in 1999.
Hank received another honor in 2000, being elected into the AMA Hall of Fame.