Bill Elliott

Nationality
usa United States
Full Name
William Clyde Elliott
Hometown
Dawsonville, GA
Date of Birth
10/08/1955
Height
6'1
Weight
180
First Year
1976
Last Year
2012

Career Overview

From Dawsonville, Georgia to the high banks of the Daytona International Speedway was not a quick path to success for Bill Elliott. Running mostly for his father, George, the younger Elliott showed talent, but the team was just missing the pieces to get him into victory lane.

After sponsoring the Elliott team for two years, Harry Melling purchased the team late in 1981. With the help of his first win in 1983, the Coors brewing company joined the Melling team in 1984 for what would be a very successful pairing. The highlights being the 1985 season when Elliott won 11 poles and 11 races in 28 starts, captured the Daytona 500 and Southern 500, along with the first Winston Million challenge. Despite all of that, he came up just short to Darrell Waltrip in the point standings.

Elliott would finally get his championship in 1988, outlasting Dale Earnhardt and Rusty Wallace for the title. A broken wrist made for a slow start in 1989, a tragic pit road accident that resulted in a crewman killed marred the 1990 season. Entering the 1991 season, it was apparent to all on the team that the chemistry was fading and it would be time to go in different directions.

That direction for 1992 was joining the legendary Junior Johnson. The pair won four out of the first five races they ran together, but in the end he would finish second to Alan Kulwicki that year. Engine issues late in the year and poor pit road strategy led to the firing of Tim Brewer as his crew chief and the remaining two years with Johnson’s team were a struggle to say the least.

Despite capturing the Southern 500 in 1994, Elliott left the Johnson team in favor of running his own team, Bill Elliott Racing. At different times the team showed promise, but they could never quite seal the deal. Injuries also impacted Elliott as he missed races in 1996 and 1998. After the 2000 season, Elliott sold his team and joined Ray Evernham’s new Dodge team.

Running for Evernham revived Elliott’s career as he picked up three wins in the three seasons together, including winning at Indianapolis.  After the 2003 season, Elliott dropped to part-time competition, while his seat in the number 9 ride was taken by Kasey Kahne.

Most notable of his final years was running for the Wood Brothers in the famous 21 car. Everywhere else was random efforts that low budget teams used him for his past champions provisional. After 2012, Elliott hung up his helmet for good to focus on mentoring his son, Chase Elliott’s rise up to the Cup Series.

Teams Driven For

Milestones

  • Career start 1 – 1976 race 3 Rockingham
  • Career start 100 – 1983 race 14 Pocono
  • Career start 200 – 1986 race 26 Charlotte
  • Career start 300 – 1990 race 10 Charlotte
  • Career start 400 – 1993 race 23 Richmond
  • Career start 500 – 1997 race 7 Bristol
  • Career start 600 – 2000 race 9 Talladega
  • Career start 700 – 2003 race 5 Darlington
  • Career start 800 – 2009 race 12 Charlotte
  • Career start 828 – 2012 race 18 Daytona (Final)
  • Career pole 1 – 1981 race 8 Darlington
  • Career pole 10 – 1985 race 11 Charlotte
  • Career pole 20 – 1986 race 17 Talladega
  • Career pole 30 – 1988 race 3 Rockingham
  • Career pole 40 -1991 race 20 Bristol
  • Career pole 50 – 2001 race 1 Daytona
  • Career pole 55 – 2002 race 20 Pocono (Final)
  • Career win 1 – 1983 race 30 Riverside
  • Career win 10 – 1985 race 13 Pocono
  • Career win 20 – 1987 race 19 Michigan
  • Career win 30 – 1989 race 14 Michigan
  • Career win 40 – 1994 race 23 Darlington
  • Career win 44 – 2003 race 35 Rockingham (Final)

Highlights

  • 1985, 1987 Daytona 500 Winner
  • 1985 Coca-Cola 600 Winner
  • 1985, 1988, 1994 Southern 500 Winner
  • 1986 All-Star Race Winner
  • 1987 Daytona Clash Winner
  • 1988 Champion
  • 2002 Brickyard 400 Winner

Other Accomplishments

  • 1984-1988, 1991-2000, 2002 NASCAR Cup Series Most Popular Driver (16x)
  • 2007 Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Inductee
  • 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee

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