Elliott to celebrate Michigan Speedway career

STATESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 15, 2000) - Bill Elliott will celebrate his 25 years in NASCAR Winston Cup racing at the track that has created as many fond memories as any other on the circuit. During Sunday's (Aug. 20) NASCAR Winston Cup event at...

STATESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 15, 2000) - Bill Elliott will celebrate his 25 years in NASCAR Winston Cup racing at the track that has created as many fond memories as any other on the circuit. During Sunday's (Aug. 20) NASCAR Winston Cup event at Michigan Speedway, Elliott will drive a McDonald's special edition red, yellow and silver Ford Taurus that displays his 25th season logo on each side panel.

"Michigan Speedway has been a big part of my career," said the 44-year-old Elliott. "I have a lot of great memories and a lot of fans and friends in the area. It's always special to race in Michigan."

A review of the statistics explains why Michigan Speedway holds a special place in the heart of the McDonald's Ford driver:

* Elliott is the winningest active driver at the track with seven victories. He is third on the all-time win list for Michigan Speedway.

* He has more pole positions (7) at Michigan than any other active driver. He is second on the all-time list.

* He is the all-time leader in earnings with $1,184,478.

* He has led more laps (872) at the two-mile track than any other active driver.

* His four consecutive wins (1984-1985) is a Michigan Speedway record.

Sunday's race will be Elliott's 613th career Winston Cup start. His career took its green flag on Feb. 29, 1976 in the Carolina 500 at North Carolina Speedway. He drove a powder blue Ford Gran Torino with only one sponsor - Dahlonega Ford, a dealership in Dahlonega, Ga., that was owned by his late father, George Elliott. He qualified 34th, finished 33rd and went home with a $640 check.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott