Bill Elliott Nears $1 Million Milestone at Atlanta

Elliott near $1 million milestone at Atlanta HAMPTON, Ga. (March 11, 1999) Bill Elliott, known as "Million Dollar Bill" after winning the "Winston Million" in 1985, is positioned to become the second driver to reach the $1 million mark in...

Elliott near $1 million milestone at Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. (March 11, 1999) Bill Elliott, known as "Million Dollar Bill" after winning the "Winston Million" in 1985, is positioned to become the second driver to reach the $1 million mark in career winnings at Atlanta Motor Speedway in this weekend's Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race.

Elliott, driver of the McDonald's Ford Taurus, has accumulated $977,405 at the 1.54-mile speedway since 1976, when he won $950 in the Atlanta 500. The first driver to exceed the $1 million mark at Atlanta was seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt, in 1995.

Elliott, who is third in all-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series winnings with $19.7 million, has already surpassed the $1 million mark at three tracks: Daytona International Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway and Michigan Speedway.

Elliott is a five-time winner at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He won twice in 1985 and 1992 and the 1987 fall race.

Despite a disappointing premature finish in last week's Las Vegas 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Elliott and the "Drive-Thru Crew" remain optimistic about the 1999 season.

"I felt like we had a good day going, the best we've had in a long time," said Elliott, after being collected in an accident on lap 130 while running 10th. "Man, the McDonald's Taurus was so good. It's encouraging to run as strong as we were running."

Elliott's top-10 tracks in career winnings include Daytona International Speedway ($1,002,517), Lowe's Motor Speedway ($1,236,606), Michigan Speedway ($1,076,268), Talladega Superspeedway ($977,672), Atlanta Motor Speedway ($977,405), Darlington Raceway ($958,405), Richmond International Raceway ($785,070), Pocono Raceway ($752,760), Dover Downs International Speedway ($747,355 and North Carolina Speedway ($722,935).

Bud Pole Qualifying for the Cracker Barrel 500 will be held on MCI WorldCom Pole Day on Friday.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Bill Elliott