Bill Elliott profile

BILL ELLIOTT Born: Cumming, Ga. Resides: Dawnsville, Ga. D.O.B.: 10/8/55 Spouse: Cindy Children: Starr - December 25, 1977 Drives McDonald's-sponsored Ford Thunderbird owned by Elliott-Hardy Racing... returned home to Dawnsonville,...

BILL ELLIOTT

Born: Cumming, Ga. Resides: Dawnsville, Ga. D.O.B.: 10/8/55 Spouse: Cindy Children: Starr - December 25, 1977

Drives McDonald's-sponsored Ford Thunderbird owned by Elliott-Hardy Racing... returned home to Dawnsonville, Ga., team this year after three-year stint with Junior Johnson's team... Started racing short tracks in Georgia with brothers Dan and Ernie... Started in Sportsman division in 1970... Made Winston Cup debut in 1976... First full Winston Cup season was 1983... Credits Harry Melling for giving him biggest career break... First win came in 117th starts, Winston Western 500 in 1983 at Riverside... First pole came in 56th attempt, at '81 Rebel 500 at Darlington... 407 starts, 40 wins (tied for 12th on all-time list), 46 poles (8th on all-time list), $14,543,663 in career earnings (second only to Dale Earnhardt)... 1988 Winston Cup champion, first Ford driver to win since 1969... Three-time Winston Cup runner-up (1985, '87, and '92)... American Driver of the Year in 1985 and 1988... Voted Most Popular driver in 1984, '85, '86, '87, '88, '91, '92, '93 and '94... Won inaugural Winston Million in 1985 by winning three of four "Crown Jewel" events (Daytona 500, Winston 500, Southern 500)... Won four consecutive races in 1992 to tie modern-era record... Won The Winston Select in 1986 and Busch Clash in 1987... Won single-season record 11 superspeedway races in 1985... Owns fastest recorded time in stock car, going 212.809 mph in qualifying for 1987 Winston 500 at Talladega... $936,779 in '94 earnings, finished 10th in '94 Winston Cup standings.

Two greatest loves, outside of the family, are snow skiing and fl ying... Has multi-engine instrument-rated and helicopter-rated pilot's license. Owns three planes (Cessna Conquest 11, Cessna 210 and Cessna 182)... favorite food is chicken and pasta, favorite actor is Harrison Ford... If Winston Cup career never panned out, would either be a pilot or driving a big truck for his good friend Cutis Colwell in Blairsville.

WINSTON CUP VICTORIES: 1983 - Riverside 1984 - Michigan Charlotte Rockingham 1985 - Daytona Charlotte Darlington Atlanta Dover Pocono Michigan Pocono Michigan Darlington Atlanta 1986 - Michigan Michigan 1987 - Daytona Talladega Michigan Charlotte Rockingham Atlanta 1988 - Bristol Dover Daytona Pocono Darlington Dover 1989 - Michigan Pocono Phoenix 1990 - Dover 1991 - Daytona 1992 - Rockingham Richmond Atlanta Darlington Atlanta 1994 - Darlington

SOURCE: 1995 NASCAR Winston Cup Media Guide

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Bill Elliott , Junior Johnson