Countdown to the Daytona Shootout: Elliott

9 Days until the Budweiser Shootout Awesome Bill returns for 19th Shootout start. (Thurs., Jan. 29, 2004) -- How much is Bill Elliott a part of Budweiser Shootout history? It's simple. Out of 25 Shootouts, the tall, red-head driver from ...

9 Days until the Budweiser Shootout
Awesome Bill returns for 19th Shootout start.

(Thurs., Jan. 29, 2004) -- How much is Bill Elliott a part of Budweiser Shootout history? It's simple. Out of 25 Shootouts, the tall, red-head driver from Dawsonville, Ga., has competed in all but seven of them, and he has missed only four since making his debut in 1982 -- the year mullets were cool, Pac Man was hot, and E.T. was becoming America's favorite alien.

In nine days, the quiet man known as "Awesome Bill from Dawsonville" will be making his 19th start in the Budweiser Shootout, the most of any driver. He holds the distinction of being one of only three drivers to win the Shootout from the pole (1987). Elliott also holds Budweiser Shootout records in the following categories: most miles completed (1,182.5), most laps completed (515) and fastest average speed (197.802 mph in 1987).

The Budweiser Shootout at Daytona will be the first race of a part-time schedule for Elliott in 2004. He announced in the off-season that he would return only on a part-time basis, running a limited slate of races in the No. 91 Evernham Motorsports Dodge. Elliott hopes to compete in 15 events this year, but sponsorship will decide that. As of now, the only confirmed races he'll drive are the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona and the events at Las Vegas and Texas.

"I feel like I can contribute by running in the Budweiser Shootout and be a part of that, and then I'll help (Evernham Motorsports drivers) Jeremy (Mayfield) and Kasey (Kahne) through the Twin 125s and the Daytona 500," Elliott said. "My first goal is to take care of Ray Evernham, and make sure I can contribute whatever I can from my side, and then move on. It's still been very hectic, but when I walked into Daytona for testing, it seemed like I had a whole different mindset towards the season. It's like, 'Man, I can go out and do different things now.' I can look at things differently than I ever had before."

Elliott In the Budweiser Shootout: (Shootout finish in parenthesis)
1982 -- #9 Ford (10)
1983 -- #9 Ford (3)
1985 -- #9 Ford (3)
1986 -- #9 Ford (2)
1987 -- #9 Ford (1)
1988 -- #9 Ford (5)
1989 -- #9 Ford (12)
1990 -- #9 Ford (5)
1991 -- #9 Ford (4)
1992 -- #9 Ford (7)
1993 -- #11 Ford (9)
1994 -- #11 Ford (7)
1995 -- #94 Ford (3)
1996 -- #94 Ford (8)
1998 -- #94 Ford (3)
2001 -- #9 Dodge (12)
2002 -- #9 Dodge (18)
2003 -- #9 Dodge (16)

The 26th running of the Budweiser Shootout is scheduled for Sat., Feb. 7. It can be seen live on TNT at 8 p.m. ET. For race tickets, call 1-800-PITSHOP or log on to www.1-800-Pitshop.com.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Ray Evernham