On the Pegs - November 2021 Volume 6 Issue 11 - November - Page 30

Legendary country singersongwriter Loretta Lynn was born April 14 , 1932 , in Butcher Hollow , Ky . Although widely known for her success within the country music industry , Lynn ’ s massive impact on the motocross community can be found at her and her late husband Mooney ’ s ranch in Hurricane Mills , Tenn ., where the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship has been held for four decades .
Since 1982 , Loretta Lynn ’ s Ranch has welcomed some 60,000 riders . Hosting an average of 36 classes vying for AMA National No . 1 plates each year , the annual event is known as the site of the largest amateur motocross event in the world . Lynn is the first person to be inducted into both the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame .
“ My mom has such an incredible legacy with her music ,” said Loretta Lynn ’ s daughter Patsy Lynn Russell . “ But thanks to [ Hall of Famer ] Dave [ Coombs Sr .] and [ his wife ] Rita for just happening on the ranch after a race in Oklahoma and seeing the property , that legacy has been enhanced in so many ways through motocross sports . So many people from all over the world may not know one song my mom sang , but they know her from motocross … from all of you coming to the ranch and participating . And that means the world to us . Thank you !”
Scott Plessinger was a top off-road racer in the late 1980s and early 1990s , and while he started his career in motocross , it didn ’ t begin to take off until he shifted to offroad racing . By the fall of 1986 he was winning nearly every local race he entered , but it wasn ’ t until 1989 that he finally claimed the ultimate prize , scoring his first AMA Hare Scrambles National Championship .
Throughout his successful career , Plessinger won two Grand National Cross Country ( GNCC ) titles in 1994 and 1995 , and two AMA National Hare Scramble titles in 1989 and 1992 . The four-time National Champion from Hamilton , Ohio has scored 41 national event wins during his career , mostly on KTMs .
“ Definitely want thank everyone that voted for me ,” said Plessinger . “ I really didn ’ t expect this … and I was really surprised to find out I was voted into [ the Hall of Fame ].”
Kenny Tolbert is a legendary tuner in AMA Grand National history , a man who built and developed