Elliott fourth quarter True Value nominee DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 12, 1998) Bill Elliott, who organized a relief fund for tornado victims in Georgia is the fourth quarter nominee for the NASCAR True Value Man of the Year Award. True...
Elliott fourth quarter True Value nominee
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 12, 1998) Bill Elliott, who organized a relief fund for tornado victims in Georgia is the fourth quarter nominee for the NASCAR True Value Man of the Year Award. True Value, the Official Hardware Store of NASCAR, for the third straight year is sponsoring the award. The award, designed to honor a driver who proves one can be a winner off the track as well as on the track, is based on involvement such as community service and charitable efforts. Elliott, the 12-time winner of the NMPA NASCAR Winston Cup Scene Most Popular Driver Award, has helped many people in his home state of Georgia as well working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. "I am truly honored and surprised by this nomination," said Elliott. "Driving a race car is what I do for a living. But being able to bring a little bit of happiness to someone less fortunate than myself is extremely rewarding. All of the drivers do as much as we possibly can to help organizations and individuals in time of need. Those people that spend countless hours with individuals within these organizations deserve more credit than I could ever possibly give. My hat of thanks goes off to them." In late March a deadly tornado ripped through North Georgia, killing 12 and injuring more than 100. The twister destroyed 400 homes, 30 businesses and 13 farms. Elliott started a relief fund and urged fellow NASCAR Winston Cup competitors and teams to donate. With Elliott's contribution along with contributions from NASCAR teams and fans nearly $40,000 was raised. Elliott also helped the Dawson County chapter of the American Cancer Society, serving as the Honorary Chairman of the Dawson County American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Elliott's #94 McDonald's team also helped the cause with each team member expected to raise at least $100. Bill and is wife Cindy served on the event's board. This year the Relay for Life raised $50,000, which will go towards cancer research, prevention programs and patient services. Recently Elliott invited Jimmy Schneeberger to Daytona International Speedway. The 10-year-old Schneeberger, who is terminally ill with cancer, toured the garage area with his father and then met with Elliott and his brother Ernie for pictures. The Make-A-Wish Foundation and Elliott teamed up to give Michael Dempsey a chance to meet his hero. Dempsey and his family were flown to Phoenix and met with Elliott on Saturday morning. As a result, Elliott took Dempsey for a ride around the Atlanta Motor Speedway the following Wednesday. Sadly, Dempsey passed away the Saturday of that same week due to complications with stomach cancer. For the purpose of determining the NASCAR True Value Man of the Year Award winner, the NASCAR Winston Cup schedule has been divided into four quarters in which drivers are nominated for their off-track efforts. The national True Value Man of the Year Award will be chosen by a blue chip panel from the list of quarterly nominees. The year-end winner will receive a prize of $50,000 which will be divided evenly between the driver and the charity of his choice. In addition to the NASCAR True Value Man of the Year, True Value sponsors the True Value Man of the Race Award, which goes to the eligible driver who wins each of the 33 NASCAR Winston Cup championship events. Each True Value Man of the Race Award winner receives $1,000 with an additional $1,000 going to the charity of his choice.
Source: NASCAR Online