Top Fuel Harley rider Mike Scott retires

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Top Fuel Harley competitor Mike Scott anounced his retirement on Monday in a Facebook post. He said his retirement is effective immediately.

“With mixed emotions, I am announcing my retirement from Top Fuel Harley competition effective immediately, and with a heavy heart, [I] have decided not to pursue another ride for the remainder of the 2019 season or beyond. I was released from Jay Turner Racing on Thursday after Jay and I decided to terminate our business agreement. I would like to wish JTR the best of luck in their bid for the 2019 NHRA Top Fuel Harley Championship.”

Former Top Fuel Harley rider Mike Scott doing down the track
Mike Scott going down the track (Photo by Matt Polito/

At the time of his retirement, Scott was seventh in the 2019 standings. He had 278 points.

Presently, Tii Tharpe is the leader with 485 points. Beau Layne — who is not expected to compete again this season following a nasty crash at Pacific Raceways — is second with 442 points.

Doug Vancil is third with 437 points.

There is two events left for the Top Fuel Harleys this season. This weekend, they will be competing at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minnesota.

Their final race of the season will be at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Indiana.

“Many thanks to my family for indulging my nitro dreams; but most of all, I would like to thank Tridyne Projects for their continuous sponsorship and support; Lyle Newton, Jenna and the boys for allowing JTR the use of their bike so I had a fast and safe motorcycle; also to my many crew members Thank you,” Scott said. “Thank you also to Mike Rice for all his hard work on behalf of the Top Fuel Harley class before the NHRA took a chance on us.

“To put everyone’s minds at ease, my retirement is not because of family, health, financial, sponsor or work issues. Everything is fine. After 17 years of great memories, friends, investment of time and money, it is time to move on. I was lucky enough to race for some of the best tuners and owners in the business that allowed me to be able to campaign the best motorcycles in the industry; winning two championships, 2008 CMDRA and 2014 IHRA, and an NHRA National event win! Running career bests of 6.31/228MPH, my only regret is that I never ran a 20 or got a big Wally.”

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