A Look Back at Bill Elliott in Atlanta Like the Wood Brothers, Bill Elliott has enjoyed a great deal of success at Atlanta Motor Speedway. A Georgia native, Awesome Bill from Dawsonville Georgia has 5 victories at his home track. This weekend ...
A Look Back at Bill Elliott in Atlanta
Like the Wood Brothers, Bill Elliott has enjoyed a great deal of success at Atlanta Motor Speedway. A Georgia native, Awesome Bill from Dawsonville Georgia has 5 victories at his home track. This weekend will mark Bill's 33rd anniversary racing at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
While Bill is remembered for winning the 1988 NASCAR Cup Championship, he nearly repeated the feat in 1992. He was edged out by Alan Kulwicki by one of the narrowest championship point margins in NASCAR Cup history despite winning the final race of the season.
In 1992, Atlanta was the final race of the NASCAR Cup season. Its outcome would determine the 1992 NASCAR Cup champion. Bill entered the race trailing Alan Kulwicki by the slimmest of point margins -- only 2 points.
Bill raced hard the entire day leading 102 laps and eventually winning the race. Unfortunately for Bill, a determined Kulwicki finished 2nd and, more importantly, led 103 laps giving Kulwicki 5 extra bonus points for leading the most laps. Kulwicki's effort earned him the Cup championship by 10 points.
Had Bill led the most laps, Elliott and Kulwicki would have finished tied in points. Bill would have won the Cup championship because he led the tie-breaker -- most wins during the season -- 5 wins to Kulwicki's 2 wins.
It was a bitter/sweet day for Awesome Bill - winning at his home track but finishing second in the Cup Championship. Bill's 1992 Atlanta win, despite finishing 2nd in the championship, is a testament to his incredible racing prowess and one reason he will be remembered as one of the greatest racecar drivers of all time.