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Elliott Finishes Season Finale on High Note
"At least we finished," said Bill Elliott after bringing his Dodge home seventh in the final race of the season. "That's better than we've been doing here lately. Track position meant everything like it has all season. We just couldn't make it up. It was pretty hard to pass out there. I'm ready for a break." Elliott finishes the 2002 season at 13th place in the point standings.

 

Elliott Homestead Qualifying Quotes
"I should be happy with that lap, but a lot of things change in a year's time," said Bill Elliott. "The Dodge Intrepids have run well this year, but it seems like if I won here a year ago I ought to be better. I shouldn't have any excuses, but I feel pretty good about that lap, and at least we picked up from practice."

 

Ford 400 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 15 35.610 151.643
Qualifying 10 35.444 152.353
Practice 2 6 36.508 147.913
Happy Hour 19 36.772 146.851

 

Elliott Homestead Preview
Sunday’s race will mark Elliott’s fourth career start at Homestead. Elliott has one win, one pole, one top-five and one top-10 at the speedway - all of which was earned in the 2001 race. He won from the pole position in 2001. Elliott ranks third in money won at the track.
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Elliott Finishes 30th in Phoenix
Bill Elliott fought an ill-handling race car and numerous problems on pit stops to finish in the 30th position at Phoenix International Raceway.

 

Elliott Starts 14th at Phoenix
"It's a long race on Sunday, so we'll see what happens," said Elliott. "I wish we could have been a little faster, but we'll take what we got and get ready for the race."

 

Checker Auto Parts 500 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 12 27.419 131.296
Qualifying 14 27.465 131.076
Practice 2 8 28.038 128.397
Happy Hour 18 28.271 127.339

 

Elliott Phoenix Preview
Sunday’s race will mark Elliott’s 15th career start at Phoenix. Elliott has one win, two poles, four top-fives and four top-10s at the raceway. He won from the 13th position in 1989 and started from the pole position in 1993 and 1995. Elliott ranks 10th in money won at the track.
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More Bad Luck for Bill, 39th at Rockingham
"We just can't seem to buy a break," said Elliott. "You can't depend on luck, but it sure would be nice to have a little of it sometime."

 

Elliott's Crew 7th in Pit Crew Competition
The number 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge pit crew, with Mike Ford as crew chief, finished seventh in the Union 76/Rockingham World Pit Crew Competition. The crew changed four tires and filled the car with fuel in 19.457 seconds with no penalties to bring home $4,000 for their efforts.

 

Rockingham Qualifying Quotes
"Any time you gain a little bit you're going in the right direction," said Bill Elliott after qualifying 10th. "Going out early you don't really know where you stand. We gave it our best shot, so wherever we end up we'll take it and get ready to race in practice tomorrow."

 

Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 6 23.924 153.035
Qualifying 10 23.793 153.877
Practice 2 8 24.433 149.846
Happy Hour 22 24.731 148.041

 

Elliott Rockingham 2 Preview
Sunday’s race will mark Elliott’s 46th career start at Rockingham. Elliott has amassed three wins, two poles, 11 top-fives and 20 top-10s at the speedway. Elliott’s 11th place finish at “the Rock” in February helped him break the $1 million mark in money won at the track. His most recent victory at the track came in the spring race of 1992 - his 25th visit to the track and 35th career victory. He earned both of his pole positions at Rockingham in 1988.
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Snake-Bit Elliott 33rd in Atlanta
"We just seem to have hit some bad luck these past few races," said Bill Elliott after finishing 33rd in the rain-shortened event at Atlanta. "I know these guys have worked awful hard. That's who I feel bad for. We still have some races left, and we'll keep plugging away with this Dodge team."

 

NAPA 500 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 1 29.033 190.955
Qualifying - Rained Out
Starting 12 Owner Points
Practice 2 12 30.055 184.462
Happy Hour 13 30.183 183.680

 

Elliott Atlanta Advance Quotes
"Atlanta has been a good race track. We had a good run there in the spring. We ended up in a little mishap there way early in the race. I said earlier that the new design has been very good to me. We came there in the spring and were able to sit on the pole. Mike (crew chief Ford) and all the guys have worked hard. I think that's what was more disappointing Sunday than anything. We had an awful good race car and it's the best I'd been at Martinsville in a long time. It's disappointing for the guys as hard as they've worked and as much effort as they've put in not to be able to finish up and end up as bad as we did Sunday."
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Elliott Atlanta 2 Preview
This weekend’s race marks Elliott’s 52nd career start at Atlanta. He has five poles, five wins, 12 top fives and 18 top 10s at the track. Elliott’s most recent victory at Atlanta came when he swept both of the 1992 races en route to a runner-up finish in the points championship. Elliott’s most recent pole at the track came in March when he earned his first pole of 2002 in the MBNA America 500. The pole was the Elliott’s first pole at Atlanta since November 1991 and his 52nd career Bud Pole in 663 races.
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Elliott 42nd at Martinsville
"What can you say about it? We had a good car all day. We were looking at a top 10 finish, but there's nothing you can do," said Bill Elliott after being taking out of the race following contact with Joe Nemechek. Elliott was credited with the 42nd spot in the finishing order, dropping him out of the top ten in the point standings for the first time since Pocono in June.

 

Elliott Starts Third at Martinsville
"It was just all about getting it hooked up off the corners today," said Bill Elliott after qualifying third for the Old Dominion 500 at Martinsville. "It took me a couple of laps to get going. The track was hard to get a hold of. If you hit it right, you've got it. If you don't, too bad. The team did a good job today. They were able to get it hooked up to the race track, and we pulled off a pretty good lap qualifying.
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Old Dominion 500 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 9 20.595 91.945
Qualifying 3 20.466 92.524
Practice 2 2 20.778 91.135
Happy Hour 7 20.751 91.253

 

Ford Fined Follwing Charlotte
NASCAR issued a fine to Mike Ford, crew chief of the No. 9 Dodge because team member Phil Gould went onto pit road during the race without a helmet. Ford was fined $2,000 and penalized under Section 9-4-A ("The crew chief assumes the responsibility for the actions of his team members.") and Section 12-17-A3 ("Crew member entered the car servicing area without a helmet").

 

Elliott Martinsville 2 Preview
This will be Elliott’s 40th start at Martinsville Speedway. Though he has never visited victory lane or earned the pole position at Martinsville, Elliott has accumulated 13 top-10s and three top-five finishes in 39 starts at NASCAR’s oldest track. He earned his top finish of third in the fall races of ’84 and ’94. His highest qualifying position of second came in the fall race of ’88.
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Elliott Blows Right-Rear Tire, Limps Home 35th at LMS
After Bill Elliott blew a right rear tire at Lowe's Motor Speeday, his chances of contending for the 2002 Winston Cup championship were, for all purposes, eliminated. “It’s anybody’s to win right now," said Elliott. "We’re pretty much out of it after (Charlotte), but you can’t focus on that. We’re top-10 in points right now, and you just have to go in each week and do your best. I can’t say enough about my guys. They’ve worked their tails off. It can wear on you, especially these last few races.”

 

UAW-GM Quality 500 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 10 29.539 182.809
Qualifying - Rained Out
Starting 9 Owner Points
Practice 2 9 30.384 177.725
Happy Hour 16 30.655 176.154

 

Elliott Charlotte 2 Preview
In May’s Coca-Cola 600, Elliott notched his fifth top-10 of the season, finishing ninth at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in the No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge. Starting in the fifth position, he managed to keep his Dodge Intrepid R/T on the lead lap all evening and maintained track position through the changing conditions.
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Elliott 19th at Talladega
Bill Elliott drove his No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge home in the 19th position at Talladega Superspeedway. Elliott and most of the other Dodges had to make an extra pit stop during the final laps of the event as the leaders were able to go the distance. Elliott gained a spot in the Winston Cup point standings, moving to eighth.

 

EA Sports 500 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 37 52.454 182.560
Qualifying - Rained Out
Starting 9 Owner Points
Practice 2 4 50.145 190.966
Happy Hour 17 50.374 190.098

 

Elliott Talladega 2 Preview
This will be Elliott’s 52nd start at Talladega Superspeedway, marking the most times Elliott has ever started in a “points-race” at any track on the NASCAR circuit. In his 51 starts at Talladega, Elliott has two wins, 10 top fives and 22 top-10 finishes. Elliott holds the track records for fastest qualifying time (212.809 mph, 44.998 seconds, April 30, 1987) and most poles by any driver (eight) at Talladega.
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Elliott Fights to Fifth at Kansas
"I had Dale Jr. by about a fender there at the end for fifth place. I had no choice but to come in and get four tires," said Bill Elliott after his fifth-place finish at Kansas Speedway. "I was either going to finish eighth or ninth, so what did I have to lose by pitting? We weren't bad today. We weren't as good as some of those guys. We were decent. I couldn't run with the 12, 48, 24 or the 8 when he was right. That's the way it goes. We got a fender rub there and came in and got it fixed and came back pretty good. At the end, we decided to put two tires on, and that didn't work. We put four on with three laps to go because we didn't have anything to lose. We had a pretty good afternoon."

 

Earnhardt, Elliott Dead Heat for NASCAR Most Popular Driver Vote
Sitting just shy of two million total votes, the Grands! Biscuits NMPA NASCAR Most Popular Driver Award has now received more votes in six months than it has in the rest of its history combined. The highest vote total in any single year prior was 400,000 in 2001. In the meantime, 15-time award winner Bill Elliott has made a major jump in the balloting and the battle between him and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is incredibly close.
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Elliott Kansas Qualifying Quotes
"That wasn't a bad lap. I'm just so proud of the guys and the way they've worked so hard this season. Hopefully we'll end up in the top 10 at the end of the day. We gave it our best shot today, and now we'll look forward to practice on Saturday and Sunday's race. You get a little older and you want it (championship) so bad. When you're younger, if it comes, it's fine. If it doesn't, you've got more time to try. Mark Martin has been close in the past, and he understands it. Jack Roush understands it. It'll be interesting to see what happens. I'm sure it's going to get real exciting."

 

Protection One 400 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 9 30.650 176.183
Qualifying 5 30.640 176.240
Practice 2 9 31.311 172.463
Happy Hour 18 31.806 169.779

 

Elliott Kansas Preview
This week, Bill Elliott comes to Kansas Speedway looking to finish the strong race that he started in 2001. In the inaugural Protection One 400 last September he put his No. 9 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T in the number three starting spot and moved into the lead by the 23rd lap. Elliott led for 33 laps before engine troubles forced him out of the race on lap 134. He finished 40th on the day.
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Elliott 18th at Dover Downs
"The car was OK at the beginning, but we just got behind and never could catch up," said Bill Elliott. "We just didn't have anything for anybody else. I have no ideas if the tires were a factor. We just got loose and went to the back. I don't know if the Dodges are at a disadvantage out there, but I sure didn't see any of them run very well."

 

Elliott Dover Qualifying Quotes
"The track was a little slicker than it was in practice Other than that, it's virtually no different. We had the fastest Dodge at least."

 

MBNA All-American Heroes 400 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 5 22.854 157.522
Qualifying 8 23.085 155.945
Practice 2 14 24.013 149.919
Happy Hour 12 23.874 150.792

 

Elliott Dover 2 Preview
In his last visit to Dover in June, Elliott ran one of his best weekends of the season, qualifying and finishing second. This will be his 38th start at Dover Int’l Speedway. Elliott’s four wins at Dover tie him for the most wins at the track among active drivers. He also has three poles, 12 top-fives and 19 top-10s at the track. Elliott set the track record for fastest 500-mile race (125.945 mph, 3 hours, 19 minutes, 0 seconds) in 1990, winning the race from the pole position. He has earned over $1 million in winnings at Dover.
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Winston Teleconference: Bill Elliott
Highlights of the Tuesday teleconference featuring Bill Eliott, driver of the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid R/T.
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Elliott 23rd at Loudon
“The guys did a good job today. It was just one of those days when you weren’t sure how things were going to work out, said Bill Elliott. "You knew track position was going to be important there at the end and you just weren’t sure what was going to happen with the rain. You pretty much knew it was going to come, it was just a matter of when.”

 

Elliott Loudon Qualifying Quotes
"That's not the lap we had here last time, but it was all right," said Bill Elliott. "It's about the same as we practiced and most of the guys slowed up a little. Robby Gordon hit the wall before I went out, so I really didn't know what to expect."

 

New Hampshire 300 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 24 29.237 130.273
Qualifying 20 29.330 129.860
Practice 2 17 29.609 128.637
Happy Hour 7 29.635 128.524

 

Elliott New Hampshire 2 Preview
In his last visit to New Hampshire in July, Elliott won his first pole at the track, third of the season and 54th of his career. He finished 34th. In 15 career Winston Cup starts at New Hampshire International Speedway, Bill Elliott has collected one top-five and three top-10 finishes. His best finish at New Hampshire was fifth at the 1999 Jiffy Lube 300.
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Elliott Survives Richmond in 16th
"We had a decent finish and that's about all you can say about it," said Bill Elliott after starting from the rear of the field and finishing 16th at Richmond. "The points really tightened up tonight. With 10 races to go, I'd say you've got about 10 cars that have a shot at the championship. We'll just get our stuff together and go to New Hampshire and try to do the best we can up there."

 

Elliott Qualifies 19th at Richmond
"We didn't pick up anything from practice, but we ran the same," said Bill Elliott after his qualifying effort. "We made some changes and got just a little too free. I'm proud. The guys have worked hard and we've just got to get going in the race. I figured we'd end up about 15th, but 19th isn't too bad. We had to take provisionals the last two times here, so it's a heck of a lot better than that."

 

Chevy Monte Carlo 400 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 35 21.561 125.226
Qualifying 19* 21.577 125.133
Practice 2 16 21.796 123.876
Happy Hour 14 21.717 124.327
* - Elliott will start from the rear of the field due an engine change after blowing his engine during Happy Hour.

 

Elliott Richmond 2 Preview
This will be Elliott's 42nd start at Richmond Int'l Raceway. He has one win, three poles, eight top-fives and 15 top-10s at the track. Elliott is tied for most Bud Poles (three) among active drivers at Richmond.
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Elliott 3rd at Darlington
"It was a long day, but it was a good day," said Bill Elliott after finishing third in the Southern 500, leading 43 laps on the day. "We had a pretty good piece. We got a little behind here and there in the middle of the race and picked it back up there at the end. We pretty much adjusted all day long. We still missed it there at the end, but all in all I was proud of the guys. They worked hard and got me back in a position to be pretty decent at the end of the day. The team is doing well. We've really come a long way."

Elliott’s No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid R/T led the way for Dodge with a third-place finish. Elliott led twice for 43 laps and moved up a notch in the standings to seventh. Elliott has scored 11 top-10 finishes and 15 top-15 finishes this season. He was ranked 14th in the NASCAR Winston Cup point standings after 25 races last year.
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Mountain Dew Southern 500 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Starting 8 Owner Points
Practice 1 10 30.108 163.332
Happy Hour 16 30.424 161.636

 

Elliott Darlington 2 Preview
This Sunday Bill Elliott will celebrate his 50th visit to one of his best tracks, Darlington Raceway. After 49 appearances at the track, Elliott leads all active drivers with five Bud Poles and is tied with Jeff Gordon for the most victories (five) among active drivers. He also leads all modern-era drivers in top-fives (20) and top 10s (32) at the track. Elliott’s 9.16 average finish at Darlington is best among all active drivers.
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Elliott 17th at Bristol
"It was typical Bristol," said Bill Elliott after finishing 17th at Bristol, one lap down. "We hung in there. We didn't get our lap back, but we kept at it. We got a decent finish out of it for Bristol."

 

Elliott Starts Fifth at Bristol
"We backed up what we ran in practice, and that's what you've got to do," said Bill Elliott after his qualifying laps. "I knew somebody would beat us because the track is so good. My guys have been working hard. We came here and tested and came back and qualified well. We won the pole here 11 years ago? I don't think that means a thing today. We'll just see where we end up, and hopefully we'll put on a good show here tomorrow night."

 

Sharpie 500 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 3 15.526 123.586
Qualifying 5 15.492 123.857
Happy Hour 2 15.889 120.763

 

Elliott Bristol 2 Preview
In his 38 appearances at Bristol, Elliott has one win, one pole, six top fives and 13 top-10 finishes. Elliott’s sole victory at the track came in Bristol’s 55th race, where he moved from 13th place to victory lane in the spring race of 1988. Elliott’s pole position came in fall three years later, as he started from the front in the 1991 Bud 500. His most recent top 10 finish at Bristol came in the track’s first race in 1997 when he finished seventh.
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Elliott 22nd at Michigan
"It was just one of them days," said Bill Elliott after the Pepsi 400, in which his car wouldn't stay in gear. "We were pretty good at the beginning, but you've got to be there at the end, too. I really don't know what caused the transmission problem. I'm just ready to go to the next track and try it again."

 

Julow Responds to Rules Change at Michigan
"I'd like to congratulate Ray Evernham for putting the No. 9 and No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/Ts on the front row of the non-Chevy segment of the Pepsi 400. Based on yesterday's results, we clearly don't have a level playing field for all manufacturers. But, we've showed that we know how to run on the flat tracks this season and proved we know how to win at Michigan, so we'll just have to work twice as hard today and tomorrow to get the Dodge back to victory lane." - Jim Julow (Vice President, Motorsports and SRT Marketing, Dodge)

 

Elliott Michigan Qualifying Quotes
"You've got to look at how fast the racetrack is right now. I feel like as qualifying goes on it'll get even faster. Who knows where we'll end up," said Bill Elliott, who's qualifying lap of 38.224 seconds was more than half a second faster than his fastest lap in practice. "I'm proud of my guys. They worked hard. We unloaded and we were decent, but they just keep chipping away at it making it better and better. This is the same car I ran at Indy and Pocono, but it's a different day."

 

Pepsi 400 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 8 38.786 185.634
Qualifying 6 38.224 188.363
Practice 2 22 40.094 179.578
Happy Hour 6 40.185 179.171

 

Elliott Michigan 2 Preview
Bill Elliott leads all active drivers with six poles and seven wins at Michigan. He has 17 top fives and 29 top 10s in his 49 Winston Cup Series appearances at the track. He swept both events at Michigan in 1985 and 1986 and won six of eight from 1984 to 1987. Elliott has won a Michigan race from the pole position three times in his career.
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Elliott 21st at The Glen
"We didn’t think we could make it so we came in and topped off," said Bill Elliott. "You just don’t know with these deals sometimes. We just have to keep chipping away at this thing. We’re testing at Bristol this week and then we’re going to Michigan. We’re gaining on it each week."

 

Elliott Starts Fourth Watkins Glen
"I'm so proud of these guys," said Bill Elliott who will start fourth at Watkins Glen, marking the fifth straight race that Elliott has qualified in the top five. Two of those five were poles and two were victories. "We've run so well this year. If we can just keep chipping away at it we'll be OK. We've got things going in the right direction. We've just got to keep getting it better. We backed up practice, and that's what it's all about. Sometimes you get better and sometimes you get worse. At least we had a top 10 car. We were seventh in practice, so any time you can stay in the top 10 you're in pretty good shape."

 

Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 7 72.055 122.406
Qualifying 4 72.044 122.425
Practice 2 33 73.768 119.564
Happy Hour 18 73.172 120.538

 

Elliott Watkins Glen Preview
Bill Elliott has three top-five and five top-10 finishes in 15 appearances at Watkins Glen. His top finish at the track is third, which he earned in 1988 race. Elliott’s best start, second, came in the 1995 race. Last year, Elliott finished 24th after starting the day in the 21st spot.
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Elliott Dominates Brickyard, Claims Back-to-Back Wins
Bill Elliott
AP Photo/Frank Polich
Bill Elliott's victory on Sunday in the ninth annual Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was his second straight triumph, third straight for Dodge and sixth of the season for the Intrepid R/T. Elliott's No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Intrepid R/T won its first race of the season last Sunday at Pocono Raceway. Elliott made his 680th career start Sunday and scored his 43rd career victory. Elliott's win in the Evernham Motorsports Intrepid was the first ever from the front row in the Brickyard 400.
Elliott Indy Post-Race Quotes

 

Elliott Just Missies Third Straight Pole
"I'm kind of on the pole. I'm just on the wrong side of it," said Bill Elliott after just missing the pole for the Brickyard 400 by .230 seconds. "I'm proud of my guys and what they've done. I'm very happy with the Dodge program. From where it started almost a year prior to the first event that Dodge entered at Daytona (in 2001), we've come a long way."

Elliott has ten top-five qualifying runs this season and 13 top tens. Nine of his last ten qualifying attempts ended up with top-ten starting spots and eight of those eight were top fives.
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Elliott Second Fastest in First Practice
Bill Elliott was second fastest in practice with a lap of 181.613 mph. Elliott has won a circuit-leading four poles in 2002 and will be going for his third straight on Saturday.

"Tomorrow is going to be a whole different day," said Elliott. "We never tried any qualifying runs at the test, and now we've just got to give it our best shot. It's a work in progress. The guys have built some great cars and worked hard. I'm proud of them. I really don't know what to expect tomorrow. I'm just going to go out there and drive it as hard as I can and see where we end up."

 

Brickyard 400 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 2 49.556 181.613
Qualifying 2 49.421 182.109
Practice 2 3 51.689 174.118
Happy Hour 1 50.872 176.915

 

Marlin, Elliott Bring Dueling Dodge Show to Brickyard
Intrepid R/T drivers Bill Elliott and Sterling Marlin will take their dueling Dodges to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend for the ninth annual Brickyard 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race. Marlin led 106 of 175 laps last Sunday in the rain-shortened Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway, but Elliott took charge with 19 laps remaining and held on for a 1.721-second victory over Kurt Busch. Marlin held on for third place and increased his lead in the series standings to 106 points over Mark Martin.
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Winston Teleconference: Bill Elliott
Highlights of Tuesday's NASCAR Winston Cup Teleconference with Bill Elliott, driver of the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid R/T, and team owner Ray Evernham.
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Elliott Indy Preview
Bill Elliott has three top fives and six top 10s in only eight appearances at the Brickyard 400. His top finish at the track is third, which he earned in both 1994 and 2000. Last year, Elliott finished eighth. Elliott has either qualified or finished in the top 10 at seven of his eight visits to the track-in five Brickyard races he accomplished both.
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Elliott to Join Schrader at M&M's Night of Stars on Wednesday
Ken Schrader and sponsor "M&M's"® team up every weekend on the race track competing for top finishes and checkered flags. This summer the two will join together for another race - a dash for charity. Schrader and "M&M's"® will host the first-ever "M&M's"® Night Of Stars on Wednesday, July 31st at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo. Schrader and several other Winston Cup drivers will each get behind the wheel of a dirt modified for a charity race at the 3/8-mile dirt track just south of St. Louis that Schrader co-promotes with longtime pal Ray Marler.
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Elliott Wins at Pocono!
Bill Elliott's victory Sunday in the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway culminated a grand slam weekend for Dodge Motorsports. Elliott's No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid R/T scored Dodge's fifth victory of the season on the NASCAR Winston Cup Circuit. It was also Dodge's first back-to-back victories since returning to the circuit in 2001. Ward Burton won in the No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T last week at New Hampshire. Elliott became the first winner from the pole in 2002 and recorded his fifth career victory at Pocono. It was Elliott's 42nd career victory in start No. 679.
Pocono Post-Race Quotes

 

Elliott’s Win at Pocono Completes Dodge Grand Slam
Bill Elliott rolled to a 1.72-second victory over Kurt Busch on Sunday in the Pennsylvania 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Pocono Raceway, completing a weekend grand slam for Dodge Motorsports. Dodge teams also won this weekend in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with Robert Pressley in the No. 18 Square D Dodge Ram at Michigan International Speedway, Casey Atwood in the No. 19 Dodge Intrepid R/T in the Pepsi ARCA 200 at Pocono Raceway, and Hank Parker Jr. in the No. 36 GNC Live Well Dodge Intrepid R/T in the NetZero 250 Busch Grand National race at Pikes Peak.
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Another Pole for Awesome Bill
Bill Elliott's lap of 170.508 mph gave him the No. 1 starting spot in Friday's time trials, giving him his second straight pole and his fourth of the season. It was also Elliott's fourth career pole at Pocono and his 55th career pole in 679 starts. Elliott ranks third in the modern era with his 55 poles behind Darrell Waltrip (59) and David Pearson (57). Elliott has nine top-five qualifying runs this season and 12 top 10s. Eight of his last nine qualifying attempts ended up with top 10 starting spots and seven of those eight were top fives.
Pocono Qualifying Quotes

 

Pennsylvania 500 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 3 53.131 169.393
Qualifying 1 52.765 170.568
Practice 2 14 54.759 164.357
Happy Hour 15 54.969 163.729

 

Elliott Pocono 2 Preview
This will be Elliott's 42nd start at Pocono Raceway. Elliott's four wins at Pocono tie him for most among active drivers, and his four pole positions at the track are one shy of tying him for the all-time pole record of five. He also has nine top-fives and 15 top-10s at the track. Elliott earned his most recent Pocono victory from the pole position in the spring race of 1992. He earned his most recent pole position at the track in the fall race of 1997.
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Elliott Loudon Qualifying Quotes
"That's not the lap we had here last time, but it was all right," said Bill Elliott. "It's about the same as we practiced and most of the guys slowed up a little. Robby Gordon hit the wall before I went out, so I really didn't know what to expect."

 

New Hampshire 300 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 24 29.237 130.273
Qualifying 20 29.330 129.860
Practice 2 17 29.609 128.637
Happy Hour 7 29.635 128.524

 

Elliott New Hampshire 2 Preview
In his last visit to New Hampshire in July, Elliott won his first pole at the track, third of the season and 54th of his career. He finished 34th. In 15 career Winston Cup starts at New Hampshire International Speedway, Bill Elliott has collected one top-five and three top-10 finishes. His best finish at New Hampshire was fifth at the 1999 Jiffy Lube 300.
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Elliott Survives Richmond in 16th
"We had a decent finish and that's about all you can say about it," said Bill Elliott after starting from the rear of the field and finishing 16th at Richmond. "The points really tightened up tonight. With 10 races to go, I'd say you've got about 10 cars that have a shot at the championship. We'll just get our stuff together and go to New Hampshire and try to do the best we can up there."

 

Elliott Qualifies 19th at Richmond
"We didn't pick up anything from practice, but we ran the same," said Bill Elliott after his qualifying effort. "We made some changes and got just a little too free. I'm proud. The guys have worked hard and we've just got to get going in the race. I figured we'd end up about 15th, but 19th isn't too bad. We had to take provisionals the last two times here, so it's a heck of a lot better than that."

 

Chevy Monte Carlo 400 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 35 21.561 125.226
Qualifying 19* 21.577 125.133
Practice 2 16 21.796 123.876
Happy Hour 14 21.717 124.327
* - Elliott will start from the rear of the field due an engine change after blowing his engine during Happy Hour.

 

Elliott Richmond 2 Preview
This will be Elliott's 42nd start at Richmond Int'l Raceway. He has one win, three poles, eight top-fives and 15 top-10s at the track. Elliott is tied for most Bud Poles (three) among active drivers at Richmond.
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Elliott 3rd at Darlington
"It was a long day, but it was a good day," said Bill Elliott after finishing third in the Southern 500, leading 43 laps on the day. "We had a pretty good piece. We got a little behind here and there in the middle of the race and picked it back up there at the end. We pretty much adjusted all day long. We still missed it there at the end, but all in all I was proud of the guys. They worked hard and got me back in a position to be pretty decent at the end of the day. The team is doing well. We've really come a long way."

Elliott’s No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid R/T led the way for Dodge with a third-place finish. Elliott led twice for 43 laps and moved up a notch in the standings to seventh. Elliott has scored 11 top-10 finishes and 15 top-15 finishes this season. He was ranked 14th in the NASCAR Winston Cup point standings after 25 races last year.
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Mountain Dew Southern 500 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Starting 8 Owner Points
Practice 1 10 30.108 163.332
Happy Hour 16 30.424 161.636

 

Elliott Darlington 2 Preview
This Sunday Bill Elliott will celebrate his 50th visit to one of his best tracks, Darlington Raceway. After 49 appearances at the track, Elliott leads all active drivers with five Bud Poles and is tied with Jeff Gordon for the most victories (five) among active drivers. He also leads all modern-era drivers in top-fives (20) and top 10s (32) at the track. Elliott’s 9.16 average finish at Darlington is best among all active drivers.
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Elliott 17th at Bristol
"It was typical Bristol," said Bill Elliott after finishing 17th at Bristol, one lap down. "We hung in there. We didn't get our lap back, but we kept at it. We got a decent finish out of it for Bristol."

 

Elliott Starts Fifth at Bristol
"We backed up what we ran in practice, and that's what you've got to do," said Bill Elliott after his qualifying laps. "I knew somebody would beat us because the track is so good. My guys have been working hard. We came here and tested and came back and qualified well. We won the pole here 11 years ago? I don't think that means a thing today. We'll just see where we end up, and hopefully we'll put on a good show here tomorrow night."

 

Sharpie 500 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 3 15.526 123.586
Qualifying 5 15.492 123.857
Happy Hour 2 15.889 120.763

 

Elliott Bristol 2 Preview
In his 38 appearances at Bristol, Elliott has one win, one pole, six top fives and 13 top-10 finishes. Elliott’s sole victory at the track came in Bristol’s 55th race, where he moved from 13th place to victory lane in the spring race of 1988. Elliott’s pole position came in fall three years later, as he started from the front in the 1991 Bud 500. His most recent top 10 finish at Bristol came in the track’s first race in 1997 when he finished seventh.
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Elliott 22nd at Michigan
"It was just one of them days," said Bill Elliott after the Pepsi 400, in which his car wouldn't stay in gear. "We were pretty good at the beginning, but you've got to be there at the end, too. I really don't know what caused the transmission problem. I'm just ready to go to the next track and try it again."

 

Julow Responds to Rules Change at Michigan
"I'd like to congratulate Ray Evernham for putting the No. 9 and No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/Ts on the front row of the non-Chevy segment of the Pepsi 400. Based on yesterday's results, we clearly don't have a level playing field for all manufacturers. But, we've showed that we know how to run on the flat tracks this season and proved we know how to win at Michigan, so we'll just have to work twice as hard today and tomorrow to get the Dodge back to victory lane." - Jim Julow (Vice President, Motorsports and SRT Marketing, Dodge)

 

Elliott Michigan Qualifying Quotes
"You've got to look at how fast the racetrack is right now. I feel like as qualifying goes on it'll get even faster. Who knows where we'll end up," said Bill Elliott, who's qualifying lap of 38.224 seconds was more than half a second faster than his fastest lap in practice. "I'm proud of my guys. They worked hard. We unloaded and we were decent, but they just keep chipping away at it making it better and better. This is the same car I ran at Indy and Pocono, but it's a different day."

 

Pepsi 400 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 8 38.786 185.634
Qualifying 6 38.224 188.363
Practice 2 22 40.094 179.578
Happy Hour 6 40.185 179.171

 

Elliott Michigan 2 Preview
Bill Elliott leads all active drivers with six poles and seven wins at Michigan. He has 17 top fives and 29 top 10s in his 49 Winston Cup Series appearances at the track. He swept both events at Michigan in 1985 and 1986 and won six of eight from 1984 to 1987. Elliott has won a Michigan race from the pole position three times in his career.
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Elliott 21st at The Glen
"We didn’t think we could make it so we came in and topped off," said Bill Elliott. "You just don’t know with these deals sometimes. We just have to keep chipping away at this thing. We’re testing at Bristol this week and then we’re going to Michigan. We’re gaining on it each week."

 

Elliott Starts Fourth Watkins Glen
"I'm so proud of these guys," said Bill Elliott who will start fourth at Watkins Glen, marking the fifth straight race that Elliott has qualified in the top five. Two of those five were poles and two were victories. "We've run so well this year. If we can just keep chipping away at it we'll be OK. We've got things going in the right direction. We've just got to keep getting it better. We backed up practice, and that's what it's all about. Sometimes you get better and sometimes you get worse. At least we had a top 10 car. We were seventh in practice, so any time you can stay in the top 10 you're in pretty good shape."

 

Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 7 72.055 122.406
Qualifying 4 72.044 122.425
Practice 2 33 73.768 119.564
Happy Hour 18 73.172 120.538

 

Elliott Watkins Glen Preview
Bill Elliott has three top-five and five top-10 finishes in 15 appearances at Watkins Glen. His top finish at the track is third, which he earned in 1988 race. Elliott’s best start, second, came in the 1995 race. Last year, Elliott finished 24th after starting the day in the 21st spot.
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Elliott Dominates Brickyard, Claims Back-to-Back Wins
Bill Elliott
AP Photo/Frank Polich
Bill Elliott's victory on Sunday in the ninth annual Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was his second straight triumph, third straight for Dodge and sixth of the season for the Intrepid R/T. Elliott's No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Intrepid R/T won its first race of the season last Sunday at Pocono Raceway. Elliott made his 680th career start Sunday and scored his 43rd career victory. Elliott's win in the Evernham Motorsports Intrepid was the first ever from the front row in the Brickyard 400.
Elliott Indy Post-Race Quotes

 

Elliott Just Missies Third Straight Pole
"I'm kind of on the pole. I'm just on the wrong side of it," said Bill Elliott after just missing the pole for the Brickyard 400 by .230 seconds. "I'm proud of my guys and what they've done. I'm very happy with the Dodge program. From where it started almost a year prior to the first event that Dodge entered at Daytona (in 2001), we've come a long way."

Elliott has ten top-five qualifying runs this season and 13 top tens. Nine of his last ten qualifying attempts ended up with top-ten starting spots and eight of those eight were top fives.
Elliott Indy Qualifying Quotes

 

Elliott Second Fastest in First Practice
Bill Elliott was second fastest in practice with a lap of 181.613 mph. Elliott has won a circuit-leading four poles in 2002 and will be going for his third straight on Saturday.

"Tomorrow is going to be a whole different day," said Elliott. "We never tried any qualifying runs at the test, and now we've just got to give it our best shot. It's a work in progress. The guys have built some great cars and worked hard. I'm proud of them. I really don't know what to expect tomorrow. I'm just going to go out there and drive it as hard as I can and see where we end up."

 

Brickyard 400 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 2 49.556 181.613
Qualifying 2 49.421 182.109
Practice 2 3 51.689 174.118
Happy Hour 1 50.872 176.915

 

Marlin, Elliott Bring Dueling Dodge Show to Brickyard
Intrepid R/T drivers Bill Elliott and Sterling Marlin will take their dueling Dodges to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend for the ninth annual Brickyard 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race. Marlin led 106 of 175 laps last Sunday in the rain-shortened Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway, but Elliott took charge with 19 laps remaining and held on for a 1.721-second victory over Kurt Busch. Marlin held on for third place and increased his lead in the series standings to 106 points over Mark Martin.
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Winston Teleconference: Bill Elliott
Highlights of Tuesday's NASCAR Winston Cup Teleconference with Bill Elliott, driver of the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid R/T, and team owner Ray Evernham.
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Elliott Indy Preview
Bill Elliott has three top fives and six top 10s in only eight appearances at the Brickyard 400. His top finish at the track is third, which he earned in both 1994 and 2000. Last year, Elliott finished eighth. Elliott has either qualified or finished in the top 10 at seven of his eight visits to the track-in five Brickyard races he accomplished both.
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Elliott to Join Schrader at M&M's Night of Stars on Wednesday
Ken Schrader and sponsor "M&M's"® team up every weekend on the race track competing for top finishes and checkered flags. This summer the two will join together for another race - a dash for charity. Schrader and "M&M's"® will host the first-ever "M&M's"® Night Of Stars on Wednesday, July 31st at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo. Schrader and several other Winston Cup drivers will each get behind the wheel of a dirt modified for a charity race at the 3/8-mile dirt track just south of St. Louis that Schrader co-promotes with longtime pal Ray Marler.
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Elliott Wins at Pocono!
Bill Elliott's victory Sunday in the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway culminated a grand slam weekend for Dodge Motorsports. Elliott's No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid R/T scored Dodge's fifth victory of the season on the NASCAR Winston Cup Circuit. It was also Dodge's first back-to-back victories since returning to the circuit in 2001. Ward Burton won in the No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge Intrepid R/T last week at New Hampshire. Elliott became the first winner from the pole in 2002 and recorded his fifth career victory at Pocono. It was Elliott's 42nd career victory in start No. 679.
Pocono Post-Race Quotes

 

Elliott’s Win at Pocono Completes Dodge Grand Slam
Bill Elliott rolled to a 1.72-second victory over Kurt Busch on Sunday in the Pennsylvania 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Pocono Raceway, completing a weekend grand slam for Dodge Motorsports. Dodge teams also won this weekend in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with Robert Pressley in the No. 18 Square D Dodge Ram at Michigan International Speedway, Casey Atwood in the No. 19 Dodge Intrepid R/T in the Pepsi ARCA 200 at Pocono Raceway, and Hank Parker Jr. in the No. 36 GNC Live Well Dodge Intrepid R/T in the NetZero 250 Busch Grand National race at Pikes Peak.
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Another Pole for Awesome Bill
Bill Elliott's lap of 170.508 mph gave him the No. 1 starting spot in Friday's time trials, giving him his second straight pole and his fourth of the season. It was also Elliott's fourth career pole at Pocono and his 55th career pole in 679 starts. Elliott ranks third in the modern era with his 55 poles behind Darrell Waltrip (59) and David Pearson (57). Elliott has nine top-five qualifying runs this season and 12 top 10s. Eight of his last nine qualifying attempts ended up with top 10 starting spots and seven of those eight were top fives.
Pocono Qualifying Quotes

 

Pennsylvania 500 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 3 53.131 169.393
Qualifying 1 52.765 170.568
Practice 2 14 54.759 164.357
Happy Hour 15 54.969 163.729

 

Elliott Pocono 2 Preview
This will be Elliott's 42nd start at Pocono Raceway. Elliott's four wins at Pocono tie him for most among active drivers, and his four pole positions at the track are one shy of tying him for the all-time pole record of five. He also has nine top-fives and 15 top-10s at the track. Elliott earned his most recent Pocono victory from the pole position in the spring race of 1992. He earned his most recent pole position at the track in the fall race of 1997.
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Elliott 34th at Loudon
"We made up four laps, but that doesn't matter," said a dejected Bill Elliott. "We had problems, and we've got to overcome them. We had a decent piece, but we need to keep working on it."

 

Elliott Wins New Hampshire Pole
Bill Elliott won his third pole of the season and his seventh top 10 starting spot in the past eight races. He's started in the top 10 a total of 11 times this season. It's Elliott's 54th career pole.
Loudon Qualifying Quotes

 

New England 300 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 25 29.217 130.363
Qualifying 1 28.971 131.469
Practice 2 26 29.874 127.495
Happy Hour 37 29.937 127.227

 

First Half Review
"Bill Elliott is having one of his best seasons in years. He's eighth in points and has been running up front virtually the entire season. I think Bill will keep coming on strong the second half of the season, and Ray Evernham and the No. 9 Dodge Dealers team will just keep getting bigger and better." - Bob Wildberger, Senior Manager, NASCAR Operations - Dodge Motorsports

"Bill Elliott has performed like a very confident, veteran driver this year. He's quietly moved up to eighth in the standings, and I think Ray Evernham and that team will just keep getting better and better during the second half of the season. A year and a half ago, the 9 team wasn't even a team. Look how far they've come in a short time." - Tim Culbertson, Program Manager, Dodge NASCAR Winston Cup Engineering

 

Elliott New Hampshire Preview
In 14 career Winston Cup starts at New Hampshire International Speedway, Bill Elliott has collected one top-five and three top-ten finishes. Elliott’s best start came in the 1995 Slick 50 300 when he started in the fourth position. His best finished in New Hampshire was fifth at the 1999 Jiffy Lube 300.
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Elliott Seventh at Chicago, Eighth in Points
Bill Elliott
Bill Elliott on the bumper of Ryan Newman
"It wasn't a bad day. Track position was everything," said Bill Elliott. "If a guy got out front, he could pretty much do what he wanted. If you got by yourself or just among two or three cars, it wasn't bad. If you had to race three or four cars together, I couldn't do anything. I'm just glad we got out of here with a decent day. We'll keep dodging 'em and keep trying for those top 10s and top fives and the win will come."

 

Chicago Qualifying Quotes
"Everything went well today," said Bill Elliott who will start third Sunday. Elliott started fourth and finished 10th in the inaugural Tropicana 400 in 2001. "We kept nipping away at it in practice and we seemed to get better and better on each run. We just came up a little bit short, but I'm real proud of the way the guys worked. We've worked well together this year. It seems like our communication is getting on line where we need to be. If we just keep working on that, I think the second half of the year should go well.
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Tropicana 400 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 5 29.784 181.305
Qualifying 3 29.597 182.451
Practice 2 5 30.389 177.696
Happy Hour 31 30.788 175.393

 

Evernham Motorsports Names New Research and Development Coordinator
Evernham Motorsports today named Sammy Johns to the position of Test Team and Research and Development Coordinator for the organization's Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/Ts. Johns, previously the crew chief for Jeremy Mayfield in the No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T, will oversee the organization's ongoing commitment to delivering excellence on the track by preparing for the future.
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Elliott Chicagoland Preview
Last year, in the inaugural race at Chicagoland Speedway, Bill Elliott was among the fastest cars all weekend, from the first practice on Thursday to the checkered flag Sunday afternoon. Racing the same car he drove to a ninth place finish at Michigan four weeks prior to Chicago, Elliott started the race in the fourth position. He ran most of the race with the top 15 cars, moving as high as seventh before a late-race shuffling of the field gave him a 10th place finish for the day.
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Elliott Finishes 17th in Pepsi 400
"What can I say? It was one of those deals there at the end," said Bill Elliott after surviving the Pepsi 400. "Everyone gets to bumping each other. What can you do? We were in a position to have a top five finish, but I guess that's just what happens at Daytona. At least we moved up to night in the standings, and we're not that far from eighth. We'll keep working hard and try to get all we can get."

 

Daytona Qualifying Quotes
"All we need is about a half inch," Bill Elliott said after his qualifying run. "It's hard to make up a lot of ground. I think the guys have done a heck of a job with this Dodge. We just need to chip at 'em a little bit better. I've been proud of them the past several weeks. We've run really well. I feel like we're where we need to be and if we can just make this second half come together as well as the first half started, I think we'll be in good shape."

 

Pepsi 400 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 9 49.215 182.871
Practice 2 11 49.149 183.117
Qualifying 14 49.191 182.960

 

Elliott Daytona 2 Preview
Elliott holds the track qualifying record at Daytona International Speedway. He raced 210.364 mph to cruise to a qualifying time of 42.783 seconds at the 1987 Daytona 500. He is also one of only seven drivers to win the Daytona 500 from the pole position, having done it twice (1985 & 1987).
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Elliott Still Second in MPD Voting
Shattering all previous vote totals, the 2002 Grands!® Biscuits National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) NASCAR Most Popular Driver Award poll has surpassed 1 million fan votes in only four months of online voting. The highest vote total previous recorded for the award is 400,000. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who has led the poll since voting opened in March, continues to be the top vote recipient with nearly 300,000 votes to date. Bill Elliott is currently in second place followed in the top 10 by Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin, Kyle Petty, Rusty Wallace, Kevin Harvick and Michael Waltrip. NASCAR Winston Cup fans can continue to vote online once per day at www.nascarpopulardriver.com through Nov. 10.

 

Elliott Eighth at Sonoma
"I got loose in the corner and Nadeau and I got together a little bit. It was fun leading while it lasted," said Bill Elliott who finished eighth after leading late in the race. "We've just got to get a little bit better, but we keep digging on it every week. We ran out of gas about 200 yards from the finish and Mark got by us. We were off a little bit gearing wise today. The 97 was really good. On long runs, I wasn't bad. On short runs, I had a hard time with those guys."

 

Sears Point Saturday Quotes
"Practice doesn't mean a lot," said Bill Elliott after clocking the second fastest lap in Saturday morning's first practice. "Right now we're just trying to get our stuff ready for the race. That (practice) sheet is just an illusion. We'll work harder on the setup in the second practice. This is the best package I've had here in awhile. If I can keep it between the ditches we'll be all right. We'll have a little problem here and a little problem there, but it's nobody's fault. We've just got to get our stuff together and make it be right at the right time. Ray's doing a good job getting good stuff, and it seems like our people are coming together well. We've just got to keep plugging away at it."

 

Sears Point Qualifying Quotes
"If you can keep it on the race course, you're doing good here," said Bill Elliott who led all Dodge drivers with a fifth-place qualifying run. "I feel like as a whole most of the Winston Cup guys have gotten better at road racing. We've just got to keep working on it. I think the surface is a little bit better here. We picked up a little bit from practice and now we'll just get ready to race."

 

Dodge/Save Mart 350 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 10 77.151 93.323
Qualifying 5 76.936 93.116
Practice 2 2 77.491 92.449
Happy Hour 14 77.506 92.432

 

Elliott Sears Point Preview
In his visit to Sears Point last year, Elliott’s No. 9 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T brought home his third top 10 for the season and second in three races, finishing the day at ninth. He showed his patience throughout the day, starting 18th and running in the 10th position for most of the day. He avoided several spins and a late accident to move to ninth.
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Elliott Leads the Way for Dodge at Michigan
Bill Elliott started fourth Sunday in the Sirius Satellite Radio 400 at Michigan International Speedway, but the 46-year-old driver from Dawsonville, Ga., led the way by the end of the first lap at the two-mile oval in the Irish Hills of Michigan.
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Elliott 11th in Michigan
"We didn't pit for tires on that last deal," said Bill Elliott. "There wasn't a lot you could do. You were just in one of those positions. Should you pit and get four or stay out? We stayed out. It didn't hurt us that bad. It was just one of them days. We had a good car, led some laps and moved up a spot in the standings. All-in-all, it was a decent day."

 

Elliott Michigan Qualifying Quotes
"We weren't that good in practice, but the guys kept working on it and it paid off. Michigan has been good to be through the years. I love racing here. We'll have to see what happens Sunday. The track was good in qualifying, a lot more grip than I experienced in practice. Somebody is going to run good here in a minute if they can just figure it out."

 

Sirius Satellite Radio 400 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 26 39.011 184.563
Qualifying 4 38.152 188.719
Happy Hour 18 39.934 180.298

 

Elliott Michigan Preview
Bill Elliott leads all active drivers with seven poles and seven wins at Michigan. He has 17 top fives and 29 top 10s in his 48 Winston Cup Series appearances at the track. He swept both events at Michigan in 1985 and 1986 and won six of eight from 1984 to 1987. Elliott has won a Michigan race from the pole position three times in his career. His most recent victory at Michigan came in the fall race of 1988. Elliott’s most recent pole at the track came in the 1989 spring race.
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Elliott 30th at Pocono
"I'm OK, but it's a little disappointing," said Bill Elliott. "The guys worked so hard on the car, and the car was capable of winning, but we'll just have to come back and try again next week."

Elliott’s No. 9 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T led once for 26 laps, but engine problems relegated Elliott to a 30th-place finish and he dropped two spots to 11th in the series standings.

 

Wet Track Washes Out Friday Practice and Qualifying
Mother Nature and points leader Sterling Marlin were the only winners at Pocono Raceway Friday. The starting lineup for the 200-lap/500-mile Pocono 500 was determined by current NASCAR Winston Cup Series owner point standings after the 2.5-mile track seeped rainwater throughout the day. As a result, all on-track activity, including the two-lap qualifying session, was cancelled.

 

Pocono 500 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Starting 9 - -
Practice 1 25 54.715 164.485
Happy Hour 8 54.574 164.913

 

Elliott Pocono Preview
This will be Elliott’s 41st start at Pocono Raceway. Elliott’s four wins at Pocono tie him for most among active drivers, and his four pole positions at the track are one shy of tying him for the all-time pole record of five. He also has nine top-fives and 15 top-10s at the track. Elliott earned his most recent Pocono victory from the pole position in the spring race of 1992. He earned his most recent pole position at the track in the fall race of 1997.
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Elliott Starts, Finishes Second at Dover
"We had a decent day," said Bill Elliott after scoring a runner-up finish at Dover Downs International, his 300th career top ten. "Track position and lapped cars are everything. I caught him but just ran out of time. The guys did a heck of a job. I wish I could have caught him (Johnson). I did everything I could there at the end and got close. I just couldn't get there. We stayed tight. We were a little loose the second set of tires, and we tightened it up and chased it the rest of the afternoon."
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Elliott Just Misses Pole at Dover
"It wasn't a bad lap," said Bill Elliott, who qualified second fastest at 154.374 mph, missing the pole by 15 hundredths of a second. "We weren't real sure about the race track because it got a little hotter. The guys put a good effort under me, and that's what it's all about. It's important to start up front every week. I've started up front here and had trouble, and I've started in the back and had trouble. I'd rather be up front and take my chances."
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MBNA Platinum 400 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 7 23.195 155.199
Qualifying 2 23.319 154.373
Practice 2 7 23.988 150.074
Happy Hour 11 24.215 148.668

 

Elliott Dover Preview
Elliott’s ninth-place finish at Charlotte was his 299th career top-10 finish in 26 years of Winston Cup racing. Elliott will be looking for his sixth top-10 of the year to reach the milestone of 300 career top-10s at Dover Int’l Speedway this weekend. This weekend’s start at Dover will mark career number 672 for Elliott - the NASCAR veteran earned career start number 650 in last fall’s MBNA Cal Ripken, Jr. 400 at Dover.
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Elliott Ninth at Charlotte, Tenth in Points
"That last caution hurt us," said Bill Elliott after his fourth top ten of the season. "I think we could have stayed out and made it the distance. That's racing and we got out of the longest race of the season with a top-10 finish, so that's not all bad. We're happy. We moved up to the top 10 in points, so we'll just keep trying to get better and get 'em next week at Dover."

 

Coca-Cola Racing Family 600 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 10 29.441 183.411
Qualifying 5 29.087 185.644
Practice 2 15 30.287 178.294
Happy Hour 21 30.947 174.486

 

Elliott Charlotte Preview
This will be Elliott’s 51st start at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. He has two wins, four poles and 20 top-10s at the track. His most recent pole-position at the track came in the Coca-Cola 600 in 1992. Elliott’s most recent win at the track came in the fall race of 1987. He has earned over $1.5 million in winnings in points races at Charlotte.
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Elliott 10th in The Winston
"In this business, you just never know. When they inverted that deal, I felt like the thing laid down a little bit motor wise," said Bill Elliott after finishing 10th in The Winston. "It might have broken a valve spring or something. When I got ready to go, I couldn't run what they ran. We've just got to get better. We're going to talk about it and decide if we're going to bring the same car back for the 600. I know one thing, that 40 car won't bring his car back. You always learn stuff, but you know how this business is. Sometimes you hit it and sometimes you don't. We've just got to keep digging at it and make the changes we need. It's just whatever the fans want as far as the format goes. I don't care. It's going to run wherever we go, that's all I know."
Elliott finished third in each of the first two segments before the top ten was inverted for the final 20-lap segment.

 

Elliott The Winston Qualifying Quotes
"It's just one of them days. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose and sometimes you have to choose between the two. You come here and it's all out for one night. Now it's going to depend on how well we get it set up for the race. That loose lugnut is just part of it. You put so much pressure on everyone to perform in a deal like this and it's just hit or miss. That's all there is to it. They do a good job week in and week out. You can't say anything about the effort they put in. That's what racing is all about."

 

The Winston Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 4 29.974 180.156
Practice 2 7 29.825 181.056
Qualifying 18 116.797 46.233
Happy Hour 16 30.594 176.499
Segment 1 3 - -
Segment 2 3 - -
Final Finish 10 - -

 

Elliott The Winston Preview
This will be Elliott's 17th start in The Winston. He has one win, six top-fives and 12 top-10s in the race's history. Elliott is tied with Terry Labonte for the most Winston starts among active drivers (16). He has an average finish of 7.88 in the "All-Star Event."
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Dodge City Rolls Into Charlotte
Spectators attending next weekend's Coca-Cola 600 will have more to do than just watch the action - they'll be a part of it. Dodge, in conjunction with local Dodge Dealers, is giving race fans the opportunity to experience Winston Cup racing action firsthand at the Dodge City exhibit at Concord Mills Mall in Concord, N.C. Designed to bring the excitement of the Dodge Motorsports NASCAR Winston Cup program to the fans throughout the country, Dodge City is an interactive, innovative motorsports experience.
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Elliott Second in MPD Voting
Leading for an award that is one of the most traditional and prestigious in NASCAR Winston Cup stock car racing, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is currently following in the footsteps of some of the greatest names in the sport’s history, including his father’s. Earnhardt continues to lead in balloting for the Grands! Biscuits NMPA NASCAR Most Popular Driver Award. Already shattering the record for votes in a season, more than 500,000 fans have now cast ballots for the Grands! Biscuits NMPA NASCAR Most Popular Driver Award - and voting continues until Nov. 10. The previous record was 400,000 votes all of last year, itself doubling the previous year’s record total number of votes. Bill Elliott has received the second-greatest number of votes. Tony Stewart is third, while Jeff Gordon is fourth and Mark Martin fifth. Kyle Petty moved up to sixth in the voting, followed by Bobby Labonte, Kevin Harvick, Rusty Wallace and Ricky Rudd.

 

Evernham Motorsports Hosts Inaugural Fan Appreciation Day
In appreciation of their support, Evernham Motorsports invites fans to join Bill Elliott, Jeremy Mayfield, Casey Atwood and Ray Evernham for the inaugural Evernham Motorsports Fan Appreciation Day. The event will be held Friday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Evernham Motorsports facilities in Statesville, N.C.
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Elliott 14th at Richmond
"That was a pretty decent finish and we seem to keep gaining on it a little bit," said Bill Elliott after his 14th-place effort at Richmond International Raceway. "We'll take a little break and then go to Charlotte and see if we can't have a good run there and work our way back up into the top 10. We should have been better today, but it didn't turn out too bad."

 

Elliott Richmond Qualifying Quotes
"It just didn't run good. I felt like the car was decent, but it just didn't go anywhere."

 

Pontiac Excitement 400 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 24 21.225 127.202
Qualifying 39 21.781 123.961
Starting 38 2nd Prov.
Practice 2 10 21.711 124.361
Happy Hour 11 21.660 124.648

 

Elliott Richmond Preview
This will be Elliott's 41st start at Richmond Int'l Raceway. He has one win, three poles, eight top-fives and 15 top-10s at the track. Elliott is tied for most Bud Poles (three) among active drivers at Richmond. Elliott's win at Richmond was earned from his second pole position at the track in the spring race of 1992. He took his most recent pole in the fall race of 1997.
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Elliott Loses Cope to 90 Team
Donlavey Racing has hired Ernie Cope to serve as crew chief on the No. 90 Donlavey Racing Ford and driver Rick Mast. Cope had been head mechanic since last October on the No. 9 Evernham Motorsports Dodge driven by Bill Elliott. Prior to joining Evernham Motorsports, Cope was the car chief for the No. 27 Pontiac fielded by Eel River Racing. Before his stint at Eel River, Cope called the shots for Geoff Bodine Racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

 

Elliott Fourth in Fontana
Bill Elliott scored a fourth-place finish in California, his best of the season and his first top five. He moved to 11th in the NASCAR Winston Cup standings and trails 10th-place Tony Stewart by only 36 points.

"We thought we could do it on no tires, but we were still off there a little bit," said Bill Elliott. "I never could make it right. I drove down in turn one and got loose. Jimmie went on the outside and the 16 went on the inside and we wound up fourth, but we had a good car and a good run. We shouldn't have finished. When that piece of paper got on the nose, it pegged the temperature hand. It shouldn't have finished. It was just whoever got out front and got in the clean air. I earned it several times today. We kept plugging along and kept chipping away toward the top 20, top 15, top 10. We got within 10 seconds of being lapped and the caution came out. I thought I had a flat tire and drove off into turn one and we came right in. We had to play catchup from then on. We elected not to come in on that there at the end because we needed track position. The only gamble we had was to stay out. We were either going to finish sixth or seventh if we came in and put on tires. We got an opportunity to do better and we came away finishing fourth. That's the things Mike (crew chief Ford) and I talk about on the radio. We try to figure out the best thing to do. The Dodge was pretty good today, but still it's the guy who can get it all put together, and Jimmie Johnson and his guys did it today.

"We started in the back and that puts you in adversity there. We kept plugging along and got in the top 10. The caution fell our way, but we had to come in because I thought we had a flat on the restart.. We had a decent car. We've got to get out of here and keep working. I'm proud of everything the team has done. The motor ran great today. This Dodge team has come a long way in the last three or four months.

"These are the places you can come across and get your first win if you find yourself in the right place. Jimmie had a good car from the get-go and I think he put himself in position to win. That's what you've got to do."

 

Elliott California Qualifying Quotes
“The tire got into the fender in turn one and grinded the left front tire. I got sideways and that was it. There was no need to run another lap after that. It was over.”

 

NAPA Auto Parts 500 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 10 39.509 182.231
Qualifying 46 40.930 175.905
Starting 39 3rd Prov.
Practice 2 14 39.882 180.527
Happy Hour 16 40.249 178.886

 

Elliott California Preview
This will be Elliott's sixth start at California Speedway. Elliott has posted his best finishes in the last three California races where he finished 19th in '99-'00 and 14th last year. Still looking for his first top 10 at the track, Elliott will also look to improve on his best starting position of 12th, which he earned in the 1998 California 500.
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Elliott Involved in "Big One", Comes Home 19th at Talladega
Bill Elliott's number 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Intrepid R/T was caught up in the big wreck at Talladega Superspeedway. Elliott was running at the rear of the field with hopes of avoiding the "big one" to no avail. With 22 laps remaining, Tony Stewart and Mike Wallace made contact starting the melee and collecting 24 cars in the process. Elliott, despite the damaged race car, finished 19th and gained a spot in the point standings, moving to 12th, 356 points behind leader Sterling Marlin.

 

Elliott Talladega Qualifying Quotes
"I don't know what happened. Really, nothing happened. We just slowed down. That's life. There's nothing I can do about it now."

 

Aaron's 499 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 20 51.952 184.320
Qualifying 38 52.215 183.392
Starting 39 3rd Prov.
Practice 2 22 50.624 189.158
Happy Hour 33 50.687 188.919

 

Elliott Talladega Preview
This will be Elliott's 51st start at Talladega Superspeedway, marking the most times Elliott has ever started in a "points-race" at any track on the NASCAR circuit. In his 50 starts at Talladega, Elliott has two wins, 10 top fives and 22 top-10 finishes. He has started in the top five in his last four visits to the track.
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Elliott Talladega Tuesday Teleconference
“I was hoping I’d run faster (when he ran 212 mph in ’87). I thought we had a car capable of running faster than that. I still say my most impressive thing was running 210 at Daytona because Daytona was so much more a handling, tougher race track to run 210 there as it was to run 213 at Talladega. Talladega had the capability of running a lot faster."
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Elliott 31st at Martinsville
"We just had trouble with our brakes. We fixed it, but we could never get our laps back. I feel bad for the guys. We qualified well, and I felt like we had a top five car, but we didn't get a top five finish," said Bill Elliott after the race. Elliott slipped to 13th in the point standings.

 

Martinsville Qualifying Quotes
"That was fun. The car is real good. I had to give 'em a little excitement there on that second lap. I think the second lap would have been faster, but the car just didn't stick. The car is fine (after scraping wall). We're just breaking it in a little bit right now." - Bill Elliott

 

Virginia 500 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 20 20.302 93.272
Qualifying 6 20.163 93.909
Practice 2 24 20.572 92.046
Happy Hour 33 20.604 91.900

 

Elliott Martinsville Preview
This will be Elliott's 39th start at Martinsville Speedway. Though he has never visited victory lane or earned the pole position at Martinsville, Elliott has accumulated 13 top-10 finishes in 38 starts at NASCAR's oldest track. He earned his top finish of third in the fall races of '84 and '94. His highest qualifying position of second came in the fall race of '88.
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Number 9 ninth in Texas
"We had a good run. It's another top 10," said Bill Elliott. "The guys did a good job. We just couldn't get it freed up like we needed to. It was just too tight at the end there, but we'll take it and head to Martinsville."
With the ninth-place finish, Elliott moves into tenth place in the point standings, 245 points out of the lead.

 

Elliott Takes Texas Pole!
Bill Elliott is fast and it seems the faster the track, the better. Elliott roared to his second pole position of the 2002 season, both coming at the two fastest tracks on the circuit so far. Elliott's super-quick lap of 27.803 seconds, at an average speed of 194.224 mph, shattered the previous track record at the Texas Motor Speedway. The pole is the 53rd career top-starting spot for Elliott.

 

Elliott Texas Qualifying Quotes
"My guys are doing a fantastic job. The track came to us and everything played in our favor. I hate it Frank crashed in turn one. I was really worried about what that would do to the race track. I drove that thing off into the turn and it stuck and I knew it was going to be good. I got through one and two and the car stayed on the bottom. That's the way it's going to be here Sunday. You've got to stay on the bottom. You never know what the track is going to be like. I got through one and two pretty good."
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Elliott Third in MPD Voting
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. leads, and more than 130,000 votes have been cast for the Grands! NMPA NASCAR Winston Cup Most Popular Driver Award. Voting began in early March at www.nascarpopulardriver.com, and NASCAR fans have responded in amazing numbers. Approximately 400,000 voted all of last year. Voting continues through November 10. Voting breakdowns were unavailable but, especially since it is early in the process, differences were relatively close down the list. Behind Earnhardt, Jr., in order, were Tony Stewart, Bill Elliott, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Ricky Rudd, Kyle Petty, Rusty Wallace, Kevin Harvick and Dale Jarrett.

 

Samsung/RadioShack 500 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 11 28.062 192.430
Qualifying 1 27.803 194.224
Practice 2 - Rained Out
Happy Hour - Rained Out

 

Elliott Texas Preview
In last year's Harrah's 500 at Texas, Elliott avoided danger all day to move up 25 spots after starting 39th. His 14th place finish was his third best at Texas Motor Speedway. Elliott was forced to use a provisional to start the race after he cut a tire on the first lap of his qualifying run.
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Dallas Dodge Dealers Sweepstakes to Give Away Replica of Bill Elliott's Dodge
To celebrate Dodge's visit to Texas Motor Speedway in this weekend's Samsung/Radio Shack 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race, Dallas' Dodge Dealers are giving one lucky person a chance to live a lifelong dream - to sit behind the wheel of his/her own NASCAR Winston Cup Series replica Dodge Intrepid R/T.
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Elliott 21st at Bristol
"That's not necessarily the finish we were looking for, but at least we came out of here with our car in one piece and we managed to stay out of trouble," Bill Elliott said following the Food City 500. "We didn't lose a spot in the points, and that's good. We'll take it and go on from here."

 

Bristol Qualifying Quotes
"Going out early is always a negative here," said Elliott. "It's hard to get everything like you need it. We'll just have to take what we've got and race Sunday."

 

Food City 500 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 12 15.270 125.650
Qualifying 30 15.440 124.266
Practice 2 21 15.739 121.905
Happy Hour 25 15.920 120.527

 

Ford Heads Home
Mike Ford, crew chief for the No. 9 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T driven by Bill Elliott, is an Eastern Tennessee native. Ford is from nearby Morristown, Tenn., and first attended a Bristol race at age 10. His favorite driver back then? Who else, Bill Elliott.

 

Elliott Bristol Preview
In his 37 appearances at Bristol, Elliott has one win, one pole, six top fives and 13 top 10 finishes. Elliott's sole victory at the track came in Bristol's 55th race, where he moved from 13th place to victory lane in the spring race of 1988. Elliott's pole position came in the fall three years later, as he started from the front in the 1991 Bud 500. His most recent top 10 finish at Bristol's came in the track's first race in 1997 when he finished seventh.
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Top Ten for Elliott at Darlington
"We weren't bad. We were off just a little bit," said Bill Elliott. "We never could get what we needed. We made up a lap because somebody malfunctioned. All-in-all, it wasn't a bad day. We got out of here with a 10th place finish. Track position here seems to be everything, and we never could get it back. We'll take it and go on to Bristol."

 

Darlington Qualifying Quotes
"That was a pretty good lap," Elliott said after his qualifying lap. "The car feels good, and we've got a good starting spot. It's not the pole, but we're going to be OK. I think we'll race good."

 

Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Practice 1 4 29.208 168.365
Qualifying 10 29.142 168.746
Practice 2 7 30.379 161.869
Happy Hour 22 30.788 159.725

 

Elliott Darlington Preview
Darlington is one of Bill Elliott's best tracks. In his 47 appearances at the track Elliott leads all active drivers with five Bud Poles and is tied with Jeff Gordon for the most victories (five) among active drivers. He also leads active drivers in top fives (20), top 10s (31) and laps led (937). His 9.15 average finish at Darlington is tops among all active drivers and is his personal best among all the tracks he has competed on.
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Accident Ends Elliott's Day in Atlanta
“I just ran into smoke and the next thing I knew I was in the inside wall," said Bill Elliott after the accident that regulated him to a 35th-place finish. "You just put yourself in a bad position being back that far. I had just a little bit of a problem. We got off a little bit there car wise, but we kept fighting around a little bit. The guys did a good job. The car was pretty decent. We were making some changes there toward the end, and I thought we were going to get better. You never know in this business. Track position now in the last 20 or 30 laps is everything.”
Sunday marked Elliott's 51st career start at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

 

Elliott Wins Atlanta Pole
Home Sweet Home. Georgia native Bill Elliott won the pole position for the MBNA America 500 at his "home track" of Atlanta Motor Speedway. Elliott spun a quick lap of 28.944 seconds, at an average speed of 191.542 mph, to score his 52nd career pole. Elliott edged rookie Ryan Newman by .012 of a second to earn the top-starting spot, his first pole of the season.
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    MBNA America 500 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 16 29.406 188.526
    Qualifying 1 28.944 191.542
    Practice 2 33 30.802 179.988
    Happy Hour 8 30.295 182.994

     

    Elliott Atlanta Preview
    In last November's NAPA 500 Elliott started sixth (his best starting position at Atlanta since March of 1992). He ran in the top 20 all day, getting as high as third in the early stages of the race. A tight handling car kept Elliott from maintaining his top five position, but he was able to run with the lead pack for the entire race, gaining valuable spots in the closing laps to finish 14th. He also gained a valuable spot in the points race, moving from 16th to 15th.
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    Elliott Tuesday Teleconference
    “After three races is there anything to sum up? I think things have been going well. We just need to keep chipping away. It seems like Sterling and them have got their act together. We just need to be a little bit better."
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    Elliott Eighth in Vegas, Continues Point Climb
    "That was another good run," said Bill Elliott after an eighth-place run at Vegas. "We’ve been pretty consistent in the first three races. That was our best finish of the season, and we’re holding our on in the point standings. That last two-tire stop worked out pretty good for track position. We’re off to a pretty good start, and we’ll just keep trying to get better.” Elliott is now sixth in the Winston Cup point standings after three races.

     

    Vegas Qualifying Quotes
    “You chase the race track, but sometimes you never catch it. I guess I don’t like to drive the car as loose as some of these guys. We picked up a little bit from practice, but we didn’t pick up enough,” said Bill Elliott.

     

    UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 17 31.896 169.294
    Qualifying 23 31.826 169.667
    Practice 2 25 32.745 164.906
    Happy Hour 23 32.832 164.473

     

    Elliott Las Vegas Preview
    In Elliott's four visits to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he has earned one top five and two top 10s at the track. His best start came in his first race at the track, when he started fourth and finished ninth in the 1998 Las Vegas 400. His best finish came at the CarsDirect.com 400 in 2000 when he moved up 35 spots from his provisional start of 39th, to end up fourth on the day.
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    Elliott 11th at The Rock, Eighth in Points
    “We had a lot of fun out there today," said Bill Elliott after the Subway 400 at Rockingham. "The guys did a great job, but the car kept pushing. We made some changes during the race, and the car got pretty good at the end and we moved up. I guess 11 is our lucky number this year. That’s the second straight 11th-place finish, and we’re eighth in the points, so we’re gaining on it.”

     

    Rockingham Qualifying Quotes
    “We ran exactly what we ran in practice. The car feels pretty good, but we didn’t pick it up and you’ve got to do that in qualifying. You’re supposed to get quicker.”

     

    Subway 400 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 7 23.930 152.990
    Qualifying 28 23.930 152.989
    Practice 2 3 24.329 150.486
    Happy Hour 13 24.444 149.779

     

    Elliott Rockingham Preview
    Sunday's race will mark Elliott's 45th career start at Rockingham. Elliott has amassed three wins, two poles, 11 top fives, 20 top 10s and over $900,000 in earnings at Rockingham. His most recent victory at the track came in the spring race of 1992 - his 25th visit to the track and 35th career victory. He earned both of his pole positions at Rockingham in 1988.
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    Elliott 11th in Daytona 500
    “The car drove good. It just wouldn’t run," said Bill Elliott after the 44th running of the Daytona 500. "I’d say the fans got their money’s worth today. I couldn’t get to the front. It never ran a lick all day long. We started out pretty tight, but that wasn’t the problem. It just wouldn’t go and I don’t know why. I just got lucky getting through all that smoke. Overall, it wasn’t a bad finish, but we were hoping for a better run today.”

     

    Dodge Gets Million-Dollar Incentive
    Jim Julow, Vice President, Dodge Global Brand Center, announced Friday night at the annual Dodge team dinner that a Dodge team will receive a $1 million bonus if it wins the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Championship. The winning driver will be awarded a 2003 Dodge Viper.

     

    Elliott Finishes 14th in Gatorade 125
    "We've got to be a little bit better for the Daytona 500," said Bill Elliott after his 14th place run. "We realize that, but it gave us a gauge of where we need to be. We need to be better, and we're going to work harder and continue to see what happens. This is back like the way it was a couple of years ago, but the Dodge didn't run under this configuration. We're going through a pretty big learning curve right here. I like the way we've spread out a little bit now versus last year. Everybody was right on top of each other then. We need to tweak this a little bit to make it a little better. It looks to me like it came down to handling. That and a little more speed and we'll be in good shape."

     

    Elliott Wednesday Daytona Quotes
    "That time really didn't mean anything," said Bill Elliott after posting the top speed of 188.595 mph during Wednesday's second practice. "We weren't really the fastest. We were just in between two drafts. That's the only reason we were up there."

     

    Ray Evernham Monday Daytona Quotes
    "Bill and I have gotten closer. We have a better understanding. I think he's in the best physical condition I've seen him in. He's happy. He's healthy. He's very focused on the race car. I think he's confident again. I think there was a time when he wasn't sure if it was him or the car. Now he's had some good cars, and he knows he can win again. I think he's planning on winning more this year. Our biggest challenge is making sure we give him the car to win. Now, when you give him a car that can win, he can win with it."
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    Daytona 500 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 9 49.167 183.046
    Practice 2 12 49.131 183.184
    Qualifying 9 48.867 184.173
    Practice 3 23 48.284 186.393
    Practice 4 47 48.535 185.429
    Practice 5 30 48.067 187.238
    Practice 6 1 47.721 188.595
    Gatorade 125 14 - -
    Starting 29 - -
    Practice 7 14 47.970 187.617

     

    Elliott Finishes 18th in Shootout
    Bill Elliott started the Budweiser Shootout from the fifth position but faded after the mandatory round of pit stops to come home in the 18th position.

     

    Daytona Qualifying Quotes
    "I told Mike Ford (crew chief) that we'd be lucky to run a 48.75, so we didn't miss that too much," said Bill Elliott after posting the ninth fastest time. "We've got a decent starting spot in the Twins. We started on the pole in the Daytona 500 last year and finished fifth, so maybe we can start in the top five this year and improve on our finish."

     

    Elliott Daytona Notes

  • Bill Elliott, last year's Daytona 500 pole winner, will drive a brand new Evernham Motorsports Dodge Intrepid R/T Chassis in the Daytona 500.
  • He'll compete with last year's Pepsi 400 chassis in the Budweiser Shootout.
  • Elliott, a 46-year-old 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion from Dawsonville, Ga., won a race and finished 15th in the 2001 NWCS.
  • The Evernham Motorsports driver won two poles and had five top five and nine top 10 finishes last season. He has 41 career victories in 659 starts.

     

    Budweiser Shootout Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Starting 5 Qualifying Draw
    Practice 1 21 49.053 183.475
    Practice 2 3 48.155 186.893

     

    Dodge, Mopar Open Up the 2002 Race Year
    Dodge teams are gearing up for season-opening events in NHRA and NASCAR Winston Cup this week, with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series taking the green flag for the first time in 2002 next week at Daytona International Speedway.
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    Ford Wants a Piece of Hardware for Himself During Speedweeks
    After Bud Pole Qualifying for last year's Daytona 500 was complete, Mike Ford, crew chief for Bill Elliott's No. 9 Dodge for Evernham Motorsports, found himself in Victory Lane holding Elliott's Marshall Teague trophy, which is awarded to the driver who captures the pole for the Daytona 500.
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    Elliott Second Fastest as Winston Cup Testing Wraps Up at Daytona
    Bill Elliott closed out Winston Cup testing at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday. Elliott posted the second quickest speed (184.298 mph) during Thursday's afternoon drafting session.
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    Elliott Completes Day Two of Daytona Test
    "My teammates are running pretty good, and we're still struggling a little bit, but we've just got to keep working," said Bill Elliott after day two of Daytona testing. "You sort through all your stuff, go back and analyze all your data and you come back down here in February and race. That's what we're trying to do, throw everything we can at the race car and see what it likes and what it doesn't like and then try to make the best evaluations we can to come back down here. I'm very pleased with the way things have gone so far. Ray (Evernham) and all the guys have worked hard. They've put in a really good effort to this point. Ray having a year under his belt as a car owner should really help him this year. I just want to run good and be competitive."
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    Elliott 4th Fastest in Day One of Daytona Test
    Early in the test session, Bill Elliott blistered a fast lap of 187.052 mph, which caught everybody's eye the garage. But the lap was removed from the speed chart when it was revealed that the team accidently was using a 15/16th restrictor plate instead of the mandated 7/8th. Once Elliott's crew installed the proper plate, his best lap was 181.943 mph.

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    First Day of Daytona Test Rained Out
    The first day of the second session of Daytona tests was rained out. The teams that finished in the even-numbered owner’s points standings in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series will now test the Daytona International Speedway Tuesday through Thursday.
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    Elliott Set to Tackle Daytona Testing
    Bill Elliott will begin testing on Monday as the second wave of Winston Cup teams participate in the Jan. 14-16 Winston Cup test session at Daytona International Speedway. The teams that finished in the even-numbered owner’s points standings in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series will test on the 2.5-mile tri-oval at Daytona. Besides defending champion Michael Waltrip, other drivers expected to attend the test include Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Bobby Labonte, Rusty Wallace and Jeff Burton.
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    Dodge Fishing for School of Marlin in 2002
    Dodge returned to the NASCAR Winston Cup Circuit after a 16-year absence in 2001 and opened the season with a bang by capturing the front row for the 43rd annual Daytona 500 with Bill Elliott and Stacy Compton.
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