Bill Elliott Biography and Wiki
William Clyde Elliott, famously known as Awesome Bill from Dawsonville, or Million Dollar Bill, is an American former professional stock car racing driver. His last competition in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 23 Chevrolet Camaro for GMS Racing where he won the 1988 Winston Cup Championship and garnered 44 wins in that series, including two Daytona 500 victories in 1985 and 1987, three Southern 500 victories in 1985, 1988, and 1994, one Winston 500 victory in 1985, one Brickyard 400 victory in 2002, one “The Winston All-Star Race” (non-points race) win in 1986, and a record four consecutive wins at Michigan International Speedway between 1985 and 1986 (7 wins overall at Michigan, the most at any one racetrack in his career).
Awesome Bill from Dawsonville currently holds the track record for the fastest qualifying speed at Talladega at 212.809 miles per hour (342.483 km/h) and Daytona International Speedway at 210.364 miles per hour (338.548 km/h), both of which were set in 1987. The mark at Talladega is the fastest qualifying speed for any NASCAR race ever done in the history of racing with the current usage of restrictor plates at Daytona and Talladega since 1988. It is improbable that these two qualifying speed records will ever be topped again.
Bill Elliott Age and Birthday
The racer was born in 1955 in Dawsonville, Georgia where many generations of Elliots are said to have lived there according to his autobiography. He celebrates his birthday on October 8th and his birth sign is Libra.
Bill Elliott Height
Elliott stands at an estimated height of 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall.
Bill Elliott Family
He was named after two of his relatives and is the youngest of three boys. He is the son of Erving “George” Elliott Jr. (1924-1998) and Mildred Reece (1921-1991). His father George created a lumber company and loved racing, and later created a speed shop where Bill’s brothers, Ernie (born 1947) and Dan (born 1951), worked. His father was also a Ford person and later created a Ford dealership as there were none in the area.
Bill Elliott Wife
Since 1992, Elliott has been married to his wife Cindy Elliott. The racer is a father to 2 daughters, Starr and Brittany, and one son, William Clyde II (nicknamed “Chase Elliott“). His son, The 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion, currently competes in the NASCAR Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports in the No. 9 Chevrolet. Brittany Elliott joined the Air Force in Security Forces.
Bill Elliott First Wife
Elliott had a first wife by the name of Martha Elliott. Details about her are not known but this section will be updated when we find any new information regarding the American race car driver’s first wife.
Bill Elliott Net Worth
Elliott has a net worth of $7 million as of 2020. This amount is from his long successful career as a race car driver.
Bill Elliott Salary
In his peak Elliott earned a decent amount as his salary, According to Forbes, the contract pushed his total earnings to $10.2 million, with his salary amounting to about $8 million.
Bill Elliott Career
Elliott made his first Winston Cup Series start at Rockingham in 1976 driving a car owned by his father. He qualified 34th in a field of 36 cars; Elliott only lasted 32 laps that day before the oil pump failed in his Ford Torino. Elliott bought a Mercury Montego from Bobby Allison in mid-1977 after his split from Penske Racing to replace the inferior Torino, and the move paid off. He won NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver Award a record 16 times (1984-1988, 1991-2000, 2002). Elliott withdrew his name from the ballot for that award after winning it in 2002. In the year 2005, the Georgia State Legislature declared October 8 as Bill Elliott Day in the state of Georgia. Elliott was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America on August 15, 2007, and into the 2015 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
He has also been honored by the state legislature with a stretch of roadway (the entirety of Georgia State Route 183) in his native Dawson County renamed Elliott Family Parkway. Elliott’s son Chase is also a NASCAR Cup Series race winner.
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