Bill Elliott Celebrity LifeAlso known as William Clyde Elliott, Bill Elliott is an ex-stock car racing driver. Elliott has competed in various NASCAR races and series.
Apart from having won a lot of competition, Elliott also holds the record for quickest qualifying speed - 212.809 miles per hour to be exact. Moreover, he has another record which he set in 1987 at DIS.
To be precise, this particular record was for once again the quickest qualifying speed at 210.364 miles per hour. Experts claim that due to the use of restrictor plates at both these venues, these records are safe and will probably not be broken in the near future.
Elliot has had a fantastic career of racing which included a streak of 11 wins. Consequently, he was bestowed with the nickname “Million Dollar Bill”
Bill Elliott was born in Dawsonville, Georgia on October 8, 1955. Elliott’s family has been living in Dawsonville for generations.
The name of his father was Erving George Elliott Jr. and his mother was Mildred Reece. In his early years, Bill Elliott helped out his father with his speed shop along with his brothers Ernie and Dan. Elliott’s father also founded a Ford dealership in Dawsonville as the family was quite fond of the brand. As of today, Bill Elliott has two daughters and a son.
His son, Chase or William Clyde II is the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion. Currently, Chase Elliott takes part in the NASCAR Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports in the no. 9 Chevrolet.
On the other hand, his daughter Brittany Elliott took a different route and ended up joining the Air Force.
Bill Elliott’s NASCAR career
Elliott began his career driving his father’s car and in that car, he won his first Winston Cup Series in 1976. At the beginning of his career, Bill Elliott had almost no corporate support for five years and all his career-related expenses were taken care of by himself.
When he replaced his old Torino with a Mercury Montego, his career picked up the pace.
In 1984, Elliott was bestowed with full sponsorship by Coors worth around 400,000 dollars. With solid financial backing, Bill Elliott went on to win three races – the Michigan 400, the Miller high life 500 and the American 500.
With 1985 being the best year for Bill Elliott, he was named “Million Dollar Bill” and “Awesome Bill from Dawsonville”. Elliott also ended up making a record for completing the season sweep at four different tracks in one season.
After his endeavors with Melling, Bill Elliott was signed by Junior Johnson and Associates. After some disappointing seasons, however, Elliott announced that he would start his own team backed by McDonald’s in 1995.
The team was named Elliott-Hardy Racing. Bill Elliott failed to win a race during this time but he managed to bag two Top 10 finishes.
In 1996, the partnership between Elliott and Harding broke down and thus, the team was renamed as Bill Elliott Racing.
After dissolving the partnership Elliott changed multiple sponsors. He worked for another partnership Elliott-Marino Motorsports and even Evernham Motorsports.
After working for Evernham Motorsports, Bill Elliott took a semi-retirement wherein he took part in races but only rarely. In this period, he worked with some major names such as Mach 1 Racing, Ginn Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, R&J Racing, Wood Brothers Racing, Phoenix Racing, etc. As of now, Bill Elliott is still doing what he loves – racing.
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