Racing legend Bill Elliott has built one of the most distinguished records in NASCAR Cup history. Throughout his career he has radiated a modest and friendly personality that has endeared him to race fans of all ages. From cutting up car bodies in the early days to winning NASCAR’s first million-dollar bonus, Bill has seen and done it all. Though quiet and unpretentious, this NASCAR Cup champion has been dazzling fans with his racing ability for an amazing three decades. In 1985, he won 11 races and 11 poles on his way to winning the first Winston Million in NASCAR history, bringing a new fame to him and the sport of auto racing. His victories in the Daytona 500, the Winston 500 at Talladega and the Southern 500 at Darlington earned him the million-dollar bonus and the nickname, “Million Dollar Bill.” Bill’s “fuel-injected” success also landed him on the cover of Sports Illustrated as the first NASCAR driver to appear on the cover. Additional glory followed and in 1988, with six wins, six poles, 11 top-five and 22 top-ten finishes in 29 races, Bill earned NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series championship. Over his decorated career, Bill has achieved amazing popularity, winning the NMPA’s “Most Popular Driver” Award a record 16 times, eventually retiring his name from the contest in 2003. Bill now races a reduced driving schedule as he prepares to retire from driving and focus more attention on Bill Elliott Racing and supporting the promising racing career of his teenage son Chase. Bill’s devotion to both his sport and his supporters equals his talent, making him a legend with both his team and his fans. Once he hangs up the driving suit, the next accomplishment for Bill will be entering the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Voted one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers ever in 1998
1988 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion
1985 Inaugural Winston Million Winner
1985 Daytona 500 Winner
1987 Daytona Winner
2002 Brickyard 400 Winner
44 Career NASCAR Sprint Cup victories
175 Career NASCAR Sprint Cup Top-5 Finishes
320 Career NASCAR Sprint Cup Top-10 Finishes
54 Career NASCAR Sprint Cup Poles
16-time NMPA NASCAR Most Popular Driver from 1984 to 2002
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Born October 8, 1955…from Dawsonville, Georgia…family includes wife Cindy, and their three children Starr, Brittany and Chase…Bill and Cindy manage Bill Elliott Racing, a late model team, where Chase races…hobbies include snowboarding and flying airplanes…Bill’s charitable efforts support Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta…official website is www.billelliott.com.
Bill is one of those icons in racing that everyone admires and tries to emulate, and he’s someone I always hoped to work with one day. People really are drawn to him, and he never fails to carry himself with class and professionalism. Spending time with Bill and getting to know his family has been such a terrific experience. He’s a down-to-earth guy, a great role model and one of the true legends of our sport.” — Rick Hendrick, owner Hendrick Motorsports