Chuck Palmgren won five Nationals in the late-1960s to early 1970s: Santa Rosa Mile (’69); Sacramento Mile (’69); Nazareth, Pa., Mile (’70); Westbury, N.Y., half-mile (’72); and Indianapolis Mile (’72). He had numerous top-10 finishes on the national circuit and placed in the top 10 in points in 1968-70, 1972 and 1974. He was known as an innovator of the Yamaha 750cc motor and frame design. Traveling the circuit for many years, Palmgren was well-respected by his peers, always ready to help a fellow racer and sign an autograph for a fan."This is a great honor," said Palmgren, who lives in Huntington Beach, Calif. "I’m very surprised to be nominated. I’m happy to see dirt track represented along with the other great areas of motorcycling, from those who protect our rights to those who promote the sport and help open it up to others."Palmgren said of all his racing memories, two stand out: his wins at the Sacramento Mile and the Indy Mile."Indy was a bit different than Sacramento," Palmgren remembered. "Indianapolis took a lot of commitment, whereas Sacramento was a slick groove, and you could race the racetrack. Indianapolis let you go other places, and that made it more wide open, speed-wise. It was a lot quicker. There were a lot of places I liked to race, but Indy was a whole lot of fun."Palmgren is the eighth of nine new members announced for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2009. He joins off-road racer Randy Hawkins, suspension pioneer Gilles Vaillancourt, off-highway rights activist Mona Ehnes, industry entrepreneurs and technological trailblazers Geoff and Bob Fox, longtime motorcycle safety proponent David Hough, and noted race team manager Gary Mathers.Palmgren and the other members of the class of 2009 will officially be inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame this Dec. 5 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Impressive even by Las Vegas standards, with an 84-foot guitar marking the entrance and all the glitz and memorabilia that fans have come to expect at Hard Rock Café locations around the world, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has been recently renovated with new rooms, a new convention space and a new concert venue. Ticket information will be announced shortly on the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum website at MotorcycleMuseum.org.