John Parker claims two new championships

August 31, 2015


John Parker is pleased to announce he has added two new dirt track titles to his racing laurels. The multi-time national and provincial dirt track champion won the 2015 CMA Veteran Championship as well as the Medina TT Scrambles Championship, south of the border. It was Parker’s third Medina series title since 2009.


On July 19th Parker returned to New York for Round 2 of the Medina TT Scrambles Championship, in which he was holding third place in the points standings. Five points separated Parker from top of the scoreboard Ken Shaffer, who would prove to be Parker’s archrival in the series. Parker, who feels in his element on the motocross/dirt track fusion layout, came out strong to win both his qualifier and the main. The suspension issues he was dealing with at the previous round, which saw him finish third in the main, had been dealt with and his Kawasaki KX 450 DTX performed exactly the way Parker likes it, smooth, fast, and with lots of teeth.


Back on his home track in Welland, ON, July 25th, Parker raced the Vet class only. As has been the case since he decided in 2014 to compete in the Vet class he has been the dominant rider in the Vet class. He won his heat and then went on to record a win in the main.


On August 1st Parker raced both the Pro Open and Vet classes in Woodstock, ON. The rough and tumble Woodstock Fairgrounds ½ mile track proved to be a challenge for all concerned, with Parker handily winning his Vet heat and final. In Pro Open he grabbed fourth in his qualifier and greeted the checkered flag in ninth place in the main. 


Buoyed by his previous win in Medina, NY, Parker was more than pumped for the third round of the TT Scrambles Championship, which was held on August 2nd. He again nailed his qualifying heat and then went on to claim victory in the final. The win saw Parker squeeze by Shaffer in the points standings, albeit showing just a 1-point advantage going into the final round.


August 8th saw Parker head to Belleville, ON for the Norm Carr Classic ½ mile, an annual event that attracts most of the top dirt track riders from Ontario and Quebec, young and old. Parker stepped up to the plate to snare wins in both his Vet heat and final. Although there is one round left on the schedule, with a 37 points lead over Rick Gunby, Parker wrapped up the CMA Vet Class Championship at the Belleville event. In Pro Open action, Parker again recorded fourth place in his heat race and ninth in the main.


At the final Medina round on August 9th Shaffer again proved to be Parker’s chief rival. With the title at stake, both pulled out all the stops, but when all was said and done, the championship belonged to Parker. He again won his qualifier and for good measure hammered down the win in the main. Final points tally was 95 for Parker, 91 for Shaffer. Former Canadian National Speedway star John Kehoe completed the championship podium in third with 69 points.


“It has definitely been a good season for me and I’m happy to have won two more championships. Although I managed to dominate the Vet competition, it doesn’t mean that it was a cakewalk. There was some good old rivalry going in both title hunts and nobody was giving an inch. Of course, my Kawasaki 450 flat tracker and KX 450 DTX made my life a little easier. They’re awesome bikes,” Parker said.


Photography by Winston Grosse & Christopher Rodwell.


John Parker Racing 2015 Sponsors: Canadian Kawasaki Motors, Inglis Cycle Centre, Scorpion Helmets, 26 Suspension, Hot Cams, Pivot Works, Vertex Pistons, IM Leathers, Bickle Racing, Extreme Measures Kustom Paint, Saddlemen, Ron Wood Racing, A&A Racing, Garrett 64, DeCal Works, Dunlop Tires, WDC Media Relations