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Bill Elliott
October 9, 1955 Bill Elliot born, Dawsonville, Georgia
  Bill Elliott
September 7, 1974 Bill Elliot wins his first race, Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, Georgia
  Bill Elliott
February 29, 1976 Bill Elliott runs his first Winston Cup race at the North Carolina Speedway
  Bill Elliott
September 1, 1985 Cale Yarborough's broken belt at the Southern 500 in Darlington, SC, ensures a million-dollar celebration for Bill Elliott. Elliott won the Daytona 500 in February and the Winston 500 in May. With the win at Darlington, he became the first person to win three of the top 4 races in the NASCAR circuit
  Bill Elliott
February 9, 1987 Bill Elliott sets a track record at Daytona, qualifying at 210.364 miles per hour
  Bill Elliott
April 30, 1987 Bill Elliott sets the record for fastest lap in a stock car, 212.809 at Talladega Motor Speedway
  Bill Elliott
November 20, 1988 Bill Elliott wins the 1988 Winston Cup point championship
  Bill Elliott
March 10, 2000 Bill Elliott becomes the lead driver for the Dodge return to racing team
  Bill Elliott
July 29, 2002 Bill Elliott wins the Pennsylvania 500 at the Pocono Speedway
  Bill Elliott


Awesome Bill from Dawsonville, this Georgia racing legend began his long career of winning at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia. Then, in February, 1976 he made his debut in the NASCAR circuit at The Rock in North Carolina. He drove part-time until 1983. The following year Elliot enjoyed one of the best years of his career in his remodeled Ford Thunderbird. In 1985 Elliott won three of four major races, earning a one million dollar bonus, but losing the Winston Cup championship to Darrell Waltrip. He had to wait until 1988 to snag that honor, beating Rusty Wallace by 24 points. He would later be named "Driver of the Decade" for his remarkable performance over the 10-year span.

As costs rose sponsorships became an issue in the 1990's. Bill had some problems, mostly from a injury in 1996 that forced him to miss 7 races. Then, in May 2000 Bill announced that the Elliott Family Racing Museum would be moving to Thunder Road, the new racing attraction in Bill's hometown of Dawsonville, Georgia.





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