Michigan II: Bill Elliott preview

MICHIGAN "I like Michigan. I've always liked Michigan. It's like I've said a million times. It suits my driving style. California, Indy, Kansas, Las Vegas, they're all places that tend to favor how I like to drive. Michigan is another one. It's...

MICHIGAN

"I like Michigan. I've always liked Michigan. It's like I've said a million times. It suits my driving style. California, Indy, Kansas, Las Vegas, they're all places that tend to favor how I like to drive. Michigan is another one. It's a flat fast racetrack and it's just been a place where I've been able to put it all together in the past. We had a good run at Indy and California, so we'll just have see."

"We've been close here over the past few years, but we've just never had everything go our way. It seems like we've been second fiddle a few times, but almost winning the pole and almost winning the race aren't the same thing. These days you've got to have everything go your way to come out on top. We've learned a few things over the past few weeks, and we're gaining on it. Like I said, I like going to Michigan. It's a track I'm comfortable at."

ALL-TIME START LIST (see Milestone Record bullet point below)

"I guess it means that I've been around awhile. Records are nice but there's a time and a place to think about all of that. I think later I'll be able to look back at certain things, but right now we're just concentrating on trying to win races."

RACE NOTES

Bill Elliott is scheduled to drive chassis No. 30, which he drove to victory lane in each of his three wins for Evernham Motorsports. Elliott also drove No. 30 to a fifth-place finish at Indianapolis this year.

STATS & FACTS

MICHIGAN RECORDS

Elliott leads all active drivers with seven wins at Michigan - 1984(a) 1985(a,b), 1986(a,b), 1987(b) and 1989(a). He ranks third behind David Pearson (9) and Cale Yarborough (8) for most wins all-time at the track.

Elliott's six pole positions at Michigan are more than any other active driver - 1982(b), 1984(a,b), 1985(b) and 1988(a,b). Elliott's total ranks second all-time behind David Pearson (10).

Elliott leads all active drivers with 17 top-five finishes at Michigan.

Elliott holds the all-time record for most top-10 finishes at Michigan Int'l Speedway with 29.

Elliott has led 29 Michigan races for a total of 1,004 laps led - most of any active driver.

MILESTONE RECORD

This weekend's race at Michigan Int'l Speedway will mark Elliott's 718th career Winston Cup Series start, moving him ahead of Bobby Allison to rank sixth on the all-time start list. Elliott became one of only seven Winston Cup drivers to reach the 700-start mark when he qualified 25th at Darlington this March. He ranks third among active drivers in starts behind Ricky Rudd and Terry Labonte.

WINS FROM A MICHIGAN POLE POSITION

Only 14 of Michigan's 68 events have been won from the pole position, and Bill Elliott has done it three times - 1984(a) and 1985(a,b). Elliott won the 1985(a) race from the pole position after the lineup was determined by Winston Cup car owner standings due to rain.

SWEEPING UP AT MICHIGAN

Elliott is one of only seven drivers to sweep both races at Michigan in the same year. He is the only driver in NASCAR history to win four consecutive races at Michigan - 1985(a,b) and 1986(a,b).

WINSTON CUP POINTS RACE

Following his 20th place run last weekend at Watkins Glen Int'l, Elliott remains 17th in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series points race.. He is 149 points out of 15th place, and 280 points out of the top-10.

MOST RECENT RUN AT MICHIGAN

Elliott started the Sirius Satellite Radio 400 earlier this year, in 16th place. He pitted for the first time on lap 12 and took only two tires. He reported varying conditions with his racecar in the corners. On lap 38 Elliott came in again and this time the Dodge Squad made adjustments for a car that Elliott reported had too much "bite." He took four tires and the crew made a wedge adjustment that helped the handling of the Elliott's Dodge in the ensuing laps.

Elliott continued to provide feedback to Mike Ford (team director) and the crew who added two more rounds of wedge and an air pressure adjustment to the four tires he took on lap 72. Elliott began picking off the field one by one once he returned to the track and began making his move in the top 10. A pit stop on lap 120 allowed the crew to make a trackbar adjustment and change tires again. Twenty-two laps later, Elliott reported that his Dodge was vibrating. (It was later learned that his left rear tire was going down.) He managed to hold on without losing too many positions but was forced to pit 10 laps later under green flag conditions. A caution flag flew two laps later and Elliott was caught the last car on the lead lap. He eventually went a lap down and finished 24th.

LAST WEEKEND AT WATKINS GLEN

Elliott began last weekend's 90-lap race at Watkins Glen Int'l in the 25th position. A caution on the first lap slowed the field for several laps, but Elliott wouldn't pit until lap 23 when the second caution of the race was displayed for a fire on pit road. Elliott continued to battle for track position and fluctuated with cars running midpack on the racetrack. He was able to gain several spots leading up to his final pit stop on lap 53, when he pitted for four tires and fuel. The pitting sequence, which occurred under caution, shuffled the field, and Elliott was once again mired back in traffic. He was able to maintain his position on the track in the closing laps to finish in 20th place. He remains in the 17th spot in the Winston Cup points race, 149 points of 15th place and 280 points out of 10th place.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Terry Labonte , Bobby Allison , Cale Yarborough , David Pearson