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Elliott to Race in Budweiser Shootout at Daytona
Besides a slight title modification, the "Budweiser Shootout" holds a great deal in store for race fans. The former 25-lap sprint among the winners of the "Bud Pole Award" from the most recent season has been re-formatted to 70 laps and now includes past champions from prior "Busch Clash" and "Bud Shootout" events.
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The Dodge Report: A Regular Update from the Dodge Garage
A regular update on the Dodge NASCAR Winston Cup Program from team owner and development leader Ray Evernham.
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Elliott Wins Most Popular for 15th Time
Bill Elliott has once again claimed the title of NASCAR's Most Popular Driver. Elliott has won the award 10 years in a row and 15 times in the last 17 years. Elliott outdistanced Dale Earnhardt to win the award, which included internet voting for the first time.

 

Elliott Finishes 11th in Final Race for Ford
November 20, 2000 - Bill Elliott closed out his relationships with Ford and McDonald's in fine fashion, bringing home an 11th place finish in the season-ending NAPA 500 at Atlanta.

"We had a decent day," said Elliott. "There were three or four cars you weren't gonna beat and I'm just proud to come out of here as good as we ran. We weren't that bad. We didn't have any race practice whatsoever, and I tell you, we didn't do bad for the way everything turned out and the way we ended up starting the day."

With the cancellation of Happy Hour, Elliott had zero laps of practice under a race setup, so the car was not good early. Elliott's Taurus was loose and slipped toward the rear of the field early on. The Drive-Thru Crew would adjust on the car on each pit stop to get the car to handle better.

On lap 139, Elliott would make it into the top twenty, with his sights set for more. Under a round of green-flag pit stops, Elliott would run as high as fourth on lap 191, he would pit the next lap and emerge from the pits 19th.

Elliott would battle his way to an 11th place finish, one lap down, just missing his eighth top-ten finish of the season.

"I have a little bit of mixed emotions," Elliott said. "In one way I'm glad the year is over, but a lot of things have changed and a lot of things have happened. I'll miss all my buddies at Ford, but we'll still be friends on down the road and look forward to new relationships with Dodge. All in all, things have gone well. It's been a great relationship with McDonald's and everyone, and now it's time to start another chapter.

"I think it'll sink in later. I want to put this car up and keep it as my last Ford ride in Atlanta."

Despite missing two races, Elliott finished the season 21st in the Winston Cup point standings. In 32 races, Elliott had three top-five finishes, seven top-ten finishes, eight DNFs, and pocketed a cool $2,447,788.

 

Ford Motor Company Honors Elliott with Spirit of Ford Award
In recognition of his contributions and dedication to the sport of NASCAR Winston Cup racing, Ford Motor Company today awarded Bill Elliott its prestigious Spirit of Ford Award in a special ceremony at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
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Bill Elliott Sunday Quotes
Dan Davis, director of Ford Racing Technology, presented Bill Elliott with the "Spirit of Ford Award" during a ceremony at Atlanta Motor Speedway earlier today. The Spirit of Ford Award is the highest honor Ford Motor Company gives out in auto racing and it recognizes those who have made a significant lifetime contribution to the world of auto racing. Elliott is ended a 25-year NASCAR Winston Cup career with Ford as he prepares to move over to Dodge next season.
Elliott Sunday Quotes

 

Elliott Qualifies for 2001 Bud Shootout Qualifying Race
After posting the 44th fastest speed in first-round qualifying, Bill Elliott took his 94 Ford out in the second round for another attempt. This time, Elliott turned in a lap of 28.811 seconds, at an average speed of 192.427 mph, to boost his starting position to 26th. If Elliott had posted this time during Friday's qualifying, he would have secured the fifth starting spot, but by posting this lap in the second round, he was the fastest car that attempted a qualifying lap during Saturday's session, securing his spot in the Bud Shootout qualifying race at Daytona in 2001.

"We never were good when we unloaded yesterday and we just struggled," said Elliott following his second-round qualifying run. "We went back and thought about it last night and Mike and I made some decisions to re-analyze where we were at and then at the last minute we made a few changes on the car and that fixed it."

"The track was good. It really didn't change any from yesterday. I wouldn't say it was a lot different than yesterday -- good cool conditions and the motor ran good. All in all, I wanted to re-run. I mean, it was one of those deals where I hated to give up practice, but I felt with as long practice was (45 minutes) that we really didn't give up a lot by not running that practice. Now we might look back and say we should have practiced, but we thought it was important to run again."

"Pit road selection is critical here. If you get a bad pit right off of turn four, it becomes a real negative on green-flag stops, so there were a lot of things that went into our decision to go again."

 

Atlanta Qualifying Quotes
"That's the same I've been all day," said Bill Elliott. "We keep gaining on it, but we just haven't been that good since we unloaded. I can't figure it out. We were a bit loose earlier and now we're a bit on the tight side, but we'll worry about it tomorrow."

 

Evernham Chooses Valvoline
Evernham Motorsports today announced it has chosen Valvoline as a technical partner for its two-car Dodge sponsored NASCAR Winston Cup racing program beginning next season.
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Atlanta Notes

  • This will mark Elliott's final run for Ford after 25 years before he moves to Dodge in 2001
  • Elliott will be running "Heavy D" for the second straight week after it finished 22nd at Homestead
  • Elliott ranks 2nd on the all-time Ford win list with 40, trailing only Ned Jarrett, who won 43 times in a Ford.

     

    NAPA 500 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 37 29.546 187.640
    Qualifying 44 29.501 187.926
    Practice 2 6 29.442 188.302
    Starting 26 28.811 192.427
    Happy Hour - Rained Out

     

    Elliott's Last Dance in a Ford
    An end of an era will take place this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway as Bill Elliott, driver of the No. 94 McDonald's Taurus, will end a 24-year NASCAR Winston Cup racing relationship with Ford Motor Company. Elliott, who announced earlier this year he would switch to Ray Evernham's Dodge effort in 2001, will also be running as an owner/driver for the final time in Sunday's NAPA 500.
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    Elliott Finishes 22nd at Homestead
    November 12, 2000 - The day at the Homestead-Miami Speedway did not go as planned for Bill Elliott. Elliott coasted home 22nd in the Pennzoil 400, three laps down.

    After making the event in first-round qualifying, starting 23rd, the team attempted to find the proper race setup for Sunday. Elliott's best lap during Happy Hour equaled his spot in the starting lineup 23rd.

    Tony Stewart dominated the race, while Elliott hung around the 20th position for much of the event. On lap 110, while running 20th, Elliott would go a lap down to the leaders. Elliott would lose another lap after pitting on lap 150 for a vibration.

    Elliott and the Drive-Thru Crew now head "home" to Atlanta in what will be Elliott's final run in a Ford.

     

    Dodge Makes Historic First Laps at Chicagoland Speedway
    The stars and cars of NASCAR Winston Cup and the Indy Racing Northern Light Series took the historic first laps at Chicagoland Speedway today, officially marking a new era of racing in the Chicago Metropolitan area. NASCAR Winston Cup driver, John Andretti drove the #19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T while Scott Sharp turned laps on the 1.5 mile oval in his #8 Delphi Automotive Systems Indy Racing Northern Light Series car.
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    Loose Day at The Rock for Elliott
    October 22, 2000 - Loose, loose, loose. That was Bill Elliott's day in a nutshell at Rockingham.

    After a stellar qualifying effort landed Elliott the fourth starting spot, the 94 Taurus lost its race engine during the Saturday morning practice. The Drive-Thru Crew went to work at replacing the engine but lost all of the morning practice. Elliott returned to the track during happy hour and posted the 15th quickest lap during the session.

    Once the Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 would get underway on Sunday, Elliott would jump to the third position on the first lap. After a quick start, the McDonald's Ford was loose and getting worse.

    Elliott continued to fall back into the field dealing with the ill-handling race car. The Drive-Thru Crew made many adjustments on pit stops to remedy the problem, to no avail. At one point, after making a pit stop under caution on lap 158, Elliott would enter pit road again for the crew to measure the track bar.

    Eventually Elliott would drop to the final car on the lead lap in the 25th position. As the race near to a close, the crew was able to get the car to handle better and Elliott started picking off several positions. Elliott would cross the finish line in the 16th position.

     

    Ford Clinches Second Straight Manufacturer's Championship
    Ford Motor Company claimed its 14th all-time manufacturer's championship by virtue of Dale Jarrett's victory in today's Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 at North Carolina Speedway.
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    Elliott Loses Engine in Morning Practice
    Bill Elliott went went out in Saturday morning practice for the Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 and thought they broke an oil line. Elliott came back in, the crew checked the oil line and sent him back out. Once Elliott returned to the track, the engine blew. Although Elliott was credited with three laps during the practice session, he was unable to complete a competitive lap.

     

    Rockingham Qualifying Quotes
    "It's all these guys like I keep saying week-in and week-out," said Bill Elliott after capturing the fourth starting spot. "These guys really put a good car under me and all I have to do is push the pedal and turn the wheel and the rest of it will come. I felt like everything went well. I probably got through one and two better than I have here since I've been here today. I didn't get a lot of practice in. We struggled with old tires, new tires, and finally got a handle on that. We came back and ran a .50 in practice and was able to back it up and run a little quicker in qualifying. That was a good deal for us."

     

    Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 10 23.500 155.795
    Qualifying 4 23.364 156.703
    Practice 2 48 26.297 139.225
    Happy Hour 15 25.568 149.023

     

    Rockingham Notes

  • Bill Elliott is hoping that his car named "Redi-Mix" will be Ready Made for this track.
  • The car ran at Dover a few weeks ago and qualified seventh before finishing 19th.
  • Elliott led once for nine laps during the middle stages of that event
  • The car was also raced by David Green at Bristol in August.

     

    Dodge Marks One-Year Anniversary of Winston Cup Launch with Inaugural Speedway Test at Talladega
    The Dodge Intrepid R/T, which is set to race in the Daytona 500 in just 124 days, conducted its first test of the new race car on the high-banked Talladega Superspeedway. "The car felt good out there," said Bill Elliott, who holds the fastest lap record at the Talladega Superspeedway. "We're really just seeing what the engine likes and learning about the car, but so far it handles great."
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    Elliott Hot in Talladega, Finishes 24th
    October 15, 2000 - Much like the last restrictor plate race at Daytona in July (not counting the debacle in Loudon), Bill Elliott and the McDonald's team had a great day go awry.

    The big difference this time, however, was that Elliott was able to bring the car home in tact. After being eliminated by Mike Skinner in Daytona despite having a car capable of winning, Elliott avoided trouble and finished the event on the lead lap.

    Starting second, Elliott and the high line would loose several positions at the beginning of the race, dropping back to 10th by lap number three, where Elliott would find a spot in the bottom line.

    It was obvious that the Drive-Thru Crew had provided Elliott with another strong car, as Elliott picked off cars until he gained the fourth spot on lap 11. The McDonald's Ford was a fast one and Elliott was wanting to get this quick car to the front.

    Elliott was faster than the cars in front off him and was aggressive in trying to work towards the front. On lap 28, Elliott went below the yellow line in an attempt to pass Tony Stewart but had to back out after Stewart pinched him down even further.

    Then on lap 30, Elliott tried to pass Stewart again, this time the two cars bumped not once, but twice, causing Elliott to again back out. The next lap Elliott went with Stewart to the front, but after Stewart took the lead, he left Elliott on the high side all by himself, causing Elliott to backslide to eighth.

    Elliott again worked back to the front of the field, on lap 40, he moved into second place. Elliott then roared into the lead by lap 41 and looked strong leading the pack.

    On lap 48, Elliott dove on to pit road for the first green-flag pit stop of the day. The Drive-Thru Crew would service the 94 Ford in 16.8 seconds and return Elliott to the lead.

    Elliott would lead 40 laps on the day, picking up five bonus points for leading the most laps, before being passed on lap 84. The McDonald's Taurus was having overheating problems and Elliott fell back to 33rd as the last car in the lead draft.

    With the car running hot and the chances of a big wreck at Talladega, Elliott chose to lay back and run in the back of the draft, catching clean air to cool the engine. Elliott and the crew decided that they would make their move following the final pit stop.

    When it came time for Elliott to make his move, the car was still overheating, causing Elliott to limp home 24th.

    "We got hot," said Elliott. "That thing pegged the temperature gauge at the end. I don't know why. Before that we had a good day going, but it started running hot, even leading the race. Man, I don't know what happened."

     

    Winston 500 Elliott Saturday Press Conference
    Bill Elliott will start on the outside pole for tomorrow's Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Elliott has enjoyed great success at the 2.66-mile track over the years, earning two wins and eight poles. He has finished in the top 10 in almost half (22) of the 47 races in which he's competed on the famed Alabama track. And, on April 30, 1987, he set a stock-car record with a qualifying speed of 212.809 miles per hour.
    Elliott Press Conference Transcript

     

    Winston 500 Elliott Qualifying Press Conference
    Bill Elliott qualified second behind Joe Nemechek for Sundayís Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Elliott went around the 2.66-mile track at an average speed of 190.045 miles per hour. Elliott also started second in the spring race at Talladega.
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    Talladega Qualifying Quotes
    "They said a .30 and I thought they meant a 51.30. But, it was good," said Bill Elliott. "They really worked hard on this car, we can down here and tested a couple of days, and we didn't even run close to that, but we came back, got us a little bit better motor, they worked on the car a little bit, painted it up and came on back down here."

    DO YOU LIKE THE NEW SET-UP BETTER? "I wasn't ones that went to Daytona and ran this particular set-up, and I'll tell you tomorrow afternoon after we've run a little bit around other cars, because, you know, I hadn't drafted with this particular deal and we'll wait and see what we have and what happens tomorrow."

     

    Talladega Notes

  • Elliott has been a contender in just about every superspeedway restrictor plate race this season.
  • He sat on the outside pole here at Talladega in the spring, but got shuffled out of the draft late in the race and ended up 15th.
  • He was also strong in the Daytona 500, finishing 3rd.
  • His best chance at winning, however, came in the Pepsi 400 with a brand new car.
  • Elliott qualified 3rd and had a dominant car, leading for 50 laps until he got tapped from behind by Mike Skinner and went crashing into the wall.
  • That car, known as "Mac Momma", has been rebuilt and will run again this weekend.
  • Elliott was able to test the revamped machine here at a test session two weeks ago.

     

    Winston 500 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 13 50.907 188.107
    Qualifying 2 50.388 190.045
    Practice 2 8 48.877 195.920
    Happy Hour 8 49.926 191.803

     

    Dodge Set for First Superspeedway Test
    The Dodge Motorsports Team will make their inaugural superspeedway test of the Dodge Intrepid R/T race car on Monday, October 16, 2000 at Talladega Superspeedway from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

     

    Double Dose of Bad Luck at Charlotte
    October 8, 2000 - "I don't know, it just blowed up," were the words of Bill Elliott after his engine expired at Lowe's Motor Speedway, giving the 94 team their eighth DNF of the 2000 season.

    Elliott started seventh and ran in the top 15 much of the day. While running 12th, the team chose to make a pit stop when Jerry Nadeau hit the wall, while the majority of the leaders stayed out on the track, regulating Elliott to the 31st position.

    Elliott charged back into the top 15 by lap 170 and continued to charge toward the front. During the only round of green-flag pit stops, Elliott would run as high as third on lap 246 before diving on to pit road to make his stop.

    Now it was time for Elliott's daily dose of bad luck. On lap 262, with Elliott running in the ninth position, the 94 Taurus cut a left-rear tire and had to make another pit stop for four new tires. Elliott would loose two laps in the process and find himself 27th in the running order.

    Then it was time for a double dose of bad luck. On lap 269, as Elliott was coming down the back stretch, the engine blew. With smoke billowing from under the McDonald's Ford, Elliott made the left had turn to the garage, ending his day.

    "It's just an unfortunate deal," said an obviously frustrated Elliott. "This team has really worked hard and really scrapped. We were all over the place today and I think we finally got something going there. We cut a left-rear tire down and then we kind of got back in the groove after that and then just going down the back straightaway the engine let go. It's very disappointing for me and the guys, so we'll just go to Talladega next week."

    Elliott would be credited with 34th, 67 laps down.

    Despite the double dose of bad luck, Elliott could still find something good about his day at Charlotte, "Well, one good thing about it is I'm going home."

     

    Elliott Stars as Dracula in Movie Spoof
    While the thought of racing around a track at 200 miles per hour is enough to get anyone's heart pumping, NASCAR drivers will give race fans a different kind of thrill in movie theaters across the country this fall. In a new pre-feature entertainment piece spoofing classic monster movies, the Coca-Cola Racing Family drivers have traded in their helmets for claws and fangs.
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    The Dodge Report: A Regular Update from the Dodge Garage
    A few comments from Ray Evernham, team owner of Evernham Motorsports and lead developer of the Dodge Intrepid R/T NASCAR Winston Cup racecar.
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    Charlotte Qualifying Quotes
    "It's not bad. These guys really put in a good effort for me," said Bill Elliott. "The car drove great, we just needed a little bit more speed. I really feel like this car will race good Sunday afternoon, especially in the heat. Charlotte's been good to me in the past and we'd like to have a good weekend this weekend. That's a great effort. These guys really come out and work hard week-in and week-out and I'm proud of them week-in and week-out for what they do for me. This is the part that I get all the glory, but they deserve all of it because they're the ones that fight it week-in and week-out as far as giving up everything they have to to put these cars on the race track. All in all, if we come out of here with a top 10, we can get this deal going and run good Sunday afternoon. I do feel like this car will race good Sunday, but we'll have to wait and see."

     

    UAW-GM Quality 500 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 16 29.571 182.611
    Qualifying 7 29.238 184.691
    Practice 2 27 30.798 175.336
    Practice 3 26 30.275 178.365
    Happy Hour 23 30.531 176.869

     

    Charlotte Notes

  • Elliott is down to only one crutch after fracturing his left kneecap the week of the Bristol race in August
  • In the four races he has run since the injury, Elliott has posted a pair of top-15 efforts (Richmond-12th, and Martinsville-15th)
  • Elliott has a brand new car to run this weekend, Heavy D.

     

    Elliott Notches Top-15 Finish at Martinsville
    October 1, 2000 - Bill Elliott best summed up his day at Martinsville.

    "It wasn't that good and it wasn't that bad. We survived the day and did what we needed to do," said Elliott.

    Very uncharacteristic with Elliott's luck this year, the team avoided most of the trouble on the day and brought home a solid top-15 finish.

    The only mishap of the 500 lap event came when Elliott got into the back of the 88 Ford of Dale Jarrett.

    "I hit Dale Jarrett in the back real hard and knocked the front end in and it ran real hot at the end of the race," said Elliott.

    Starting 20th, Elliott would jump into the top 15 by lap 48, where he would run for much of the race. Elliott would use a two-tire stop under the caution on lap 158 gain the eighth position.

    "I just couldn't run on cold tires," Elliott said. "I was making up some territory right there before the caution came out with 30 to go. I know I was about to get lapped, but I gained a bunch of spots. A lot of those guys were backing up to me, but I couldn't run on cold tires."

    Elliott would finish the event 15th as the last car on the lead lap.

     

    Qualifying Quotes
    "It was a decent lap," said Bill Elliott. "I should have been a little better down there in three and four. I've had a little problem being a little loose in three and four. I got it a little out on my first lap and I could never make it up on my second lap."

     

    Martinsville Notes

  • It's been a while since Cha-Ching has been at a race track, but it's back for the fifth time in 2000
  • The last time it ran was in the first Loudon race when Elliott finished 24th
  • Its other three races, however, have been solid - 4th at Las Vegas, 8th here at Martinsville, and 9th at Richmond.

     

    NAPA AutoCare 500 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 12 19.940 94.964
    Qualifying 20 20.015 94.609
    Practice 2 29 20.331 93.138
    Happy Hour 32 20.409 92.783

     

    Elliott Finshes 19th at Dover Downs
    September 24, 2000 - Have you heard this before? Great car, great driver, great run, great pit stops, bad luck!

    Yes, it was the same old story for Bill Elliott and the Drive-Thru Crew. How much more can this team take?

    After qualifying in the seventh position on Friday afternoon, Elliott worked his way into the top five early. Elliott had dropped a few positions when NASCAR would wave a mandatory caution flag at lap 45. Diving into the pits in the eighth position, Elliott would loose 10 spots on pit road due to a pit stop of 18.85 seconds.

    Part of the reason for the long pit stop was a mishap with the pit stalls. When Dale Earnhardt Jr. tried to enter his pit stall, Elliott was already parked there. Elliott, whose pit area was one stall forward, came to a stop 20 feet too soon, causing Earnhardt Jr. to lock the brakes and slide into the back of the McDonald's race car.

    "That was major league (messed) up," said Earnhardt Jr. "I had to lock the brakes and ran into the back of him. I was worried that I had knocked the front end off of the car, but the guys said it just bent the grill."

    Undeterred, Elliott picked his way up to the 13th spot by lap 97 when the caution flag would fly. This time, the Drive-Thru crew was able to gain Elliott three spots in the running order, thanks to a 15.74 second stop. Elliott would restart in the tenth position.

    Elliott picked off the ninth spot at lap 103 and held that position until lap 122 when another caution would slow the race. Again, the Drive-Thru Crew performed flawlessly, gaining two spots with a 15.37 second stop. Elliott would restart the event where he had started it, in seventh.

    Elliott would then run in and around the top ten, before jumping into the top five on lap 231. By now the McDonald's Ford was among the fastest cars on the track. Elliott would have the top speeds on laps 248 (144.991 mph) and 250 (144.578 mph). Now, with the car dialed in, all Bill would need was another fast pit stop and that is exactly we he received!

    After another caution at lap 253, the Drive-Thru crew would click off a lightening fast 14.0 second stop to give Elliott the lead! Elliott would lead at Dover Downs for the first time since September of 1992. Elliott would stay out front for a total of nine laps, before eventual race-winner Tony Stewart passed him on lap 263.

    Elliott had fallen back to sixth before it was time for another pit stop at lap 344. This time, while pitting under green, the crew appeared to knock off another perfect stop. Once all stops had been made, Elliott had gained a spot on the track, running in fifth. However, something was wrong. Elliott felt a bad vibration in the tires and had to make another stop under the green flag on lap 351.

    The reason for the vibration was loose lug nuts, so the crew tightly bolted on four fresh tires and sent Elliott back out on the track in 19th, two laps down.

    "We just didn't get the left rear tight there at the end," said Elliott. "I was a little bit loose there after the last caution with about 130 to go or 40 to go, and I was about to give out. I think it's taken the wind out of my sails. The leg."

    Elliott would finish the MBNA.com 400 in the 19th position. Given the bad luck on this day, a top-twenty finish has to be a positive. The car and the team had a great day at Dover.

    "I just worked so hard in the race car, just got tired," said an exhausted Elliott. "Still can't do nothing about a loose wheel. I mean, we had a good day and it's just unfortunate that our finish didn't reflect how good we ran."

     

    Dover Downs Qualifying Quotes
    "It was a pretty good run," said Elliott. "It was really, really good, I mean really good in one and two. I had a little problem in three and four, but overall, I'll take it."

     

    MBNA.com 400 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 18 22.861 157.473
    Qualifying 7 22.741 158.304
    Practice 2 N/A Rained Out
    Happy Hour 21 23.768 151.464

     

    Did You Know?
    Bill Elliott leads all active drivers with the most wins at Dover Downs. He has four, with his most recent taking place in 1990.

     

    Late-Race Contact Ends Elliott's Day Early
    September 17, 2000 - The first restrictor plate race at New Hampshire is in the books. With the plates restricting horsepower, passing was at a premium at the Loudon track, thus track position was important.

    "It's disgusting," said Bill Elliott. "I mean, you can't pass anybody, you can't race anybody. It's pretty bad."

    Elliott did not have track position to start the race, qualifying 21st on Saturday morning after an early draw in the qualifying order.

    Elliott would put in a solid run on the day, seeming poised to bring the McDonald's Ford home in the top twenty. That is, until lap 246.

    While running in the 17th position, one lap down, Elliott attempted to make a pass on the 31 car of Mike Skinner. When Elliott dove under the 31, he made contact with the right-front of Dale Earnhardt Junior's car, sending the 94 Taurus spinning into the inside wall.

    "It was just kind of one of them things," said Elliott. "I guess Little E was farther under than I thought and the 31 slipped. I was gonna turn under him, but it's just aggravating."

    "I felt bad about that, but he really turned right into me," said Earnhardt Jr. "I was up there alongside of him pretty far and he just turned down. I know he's out there racing hurt, so maybe I shouldn't have been racing him that hard, but I thought he knew I was there. He just come down on me. I was up to his door, and by the time I was backing out, he was already gone. I probably should have stayed in it and spun him around and he wouldn't have hit the wall so hard."

    The question on everyone's mind following the accident was, 'How's Bill's knee?"

    "I don't know about the knee yet. I'll have to go back and get it x-rayed, but it was just one of them things," Elliott said.

    Elliott would be credited with a 37th place finish.

     

    Loudon Qualifying Quotes
    "It was a good lap. The car felt really good," said Bill Elliott. "The guys have really worked hard to put a good qualifying effort under me, but it just depends. It seems like if you get everything just right and you hit your marks and do everything right, you can gain a tenth or lose a tenth. I still feel like there is some more speed we can find with this deal and we just kind of ran out of time this morning. I'm happy with what the guys have done and we'll throw some stuff at it and get ready to race."

     

    Loudon Practice Quotes
    HOW DID IT FEEL OUT THERE? "Not bad, you just don't have any power. I don't know what you do, I'm in the same boat as everybody else."

    HOW WERE YOU GETTING INTO THE CORNERS, DID YOU GO IN DEEPER THAN YOU USED TO? "Oh yeah. Your straightaway speed is down, so you're driving farther into the corner to make up for what you lost down the straightaway."

    IS IT THE SAME FRUSTRATION YOU HAVE AT DAYTONA AND TALLADEGA? "I don't really know until I get out there and run with somebody."

    WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS AS FAR AS THE RACE ON SUNDAY? "I think I'll be able to tell you more after happy hour when I get to run with some other cars. I don't know right now."

     

    New Hamphire Notes

  • Bill Elliott returned to his McDonald's Taurus last week just two weeks after having surgery to repair a fractured left kneecap
  • Elliott went the distance at Richmond and looked like he might have a top-five finish
  • The car was so good that the team has decided to bring it back and run it again this weekend
  • Last week marked the car's debut race of 2000.

     

    Dura Lube 300 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 6 30.261 125.865
    Practice 2 17 30.185 126.182
    Qualifying 21 30.203 126.107
    Happy Hour 4 30.464 125.026

     

    Elliott Roars Back With 12th Place Finish
    September 9, 2000 - Just 18 days removed from the operating table of Dr. James Andrews to repair a multi fracture of his left kneecap, Bill Elliott made a triumphant return to the McDonald's Ford. Elliott, who still has to walk with the aid of crutches, finished in the 12th position at Richmond International Raceway.

    After missing the previous two races at Bristol and Darlington, Elliott got back in the car on Friday and qualified in the seventh position. Elliott was pleasantly surprised with his qualifying lap.

    "I mean, we were pretty decent here when we first unloaded, but if we can make around the top-10 bracket we'll be in pretty good shape," said Elliott after his qualifying lap on Friday. "These guys make it easy for me. Week-in and week-out they do a heck of a job."

    The 94 Ford was not that good at the start of the race but would come around after about 50 laps.

    "I wasn't good right off the bat and I knew if that thing started and stopped I was dead meat, but I was good on long runs. My best deal was from 50 laps on," said Elliott.

    Elliott would run solidly in the top ten for most of the night. Assisted by some super pit stops from the Drive-Thru Crew, Elliott would run as high as fifth on the grid.

    Elliott seemed poised to capture a remarkable top-five finish in his return but a little confusion and some late-race contact would regulate Elliott further back.

    On lap 381 of 400, Casey Atwood blew a tire, bringing out the eighth and final caution of the day. Elliott was running in the sixth position at the time. With only a handful of cars on the lead lap, Elliott needed to pit for four fresh tires but didn't because he wasn't sure that pit road was open.

    "We should have put tires on and just got beat," said Elliott. "We should have stopped and didn't. I just didn't come down pit road, I should have. I didn't see that pit road was open. I saw Earnhardt peel and I thought, 'What's he doing?' I didn't realize that it was open."

    Then on lap 391, the lapped car of Bobby Labonte made contact with the 94 Taurus, sending Bill up the track. Elliott would fall back into the 12th spot, the final car on the lead lap, where he would finish nine laps later.

    Nothing but positive things can be taken from this race. Elliott ran in the top ten almost the entire race and didn't have any ill effects from the knee. Elliott said that the left leg did not hurt at all during the race.

    Elliott summed it all up in three short words, "I feel great."

     

    He's Back!
    After missing the last two races due to a fractured left kneecap, Bill Elliott captured the seventh starting spot for the Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
    Qualifying Quotes

     

    Richmond Notes

  • After two weeks on the sidelines while rehabilitating his surgically-repaired left knee, Elliott is planning on getting back in the car this weekend
  • David Green will be standing by in relief in case Elliott cannot go the distance
  • The car Elliott will drive has primarily been a backup in 2000
  • The car was built last year, but this will mark its first race of the season.

     

    Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 11 21.799 123.858
    Practice 2 24 21.909 123.237
    Qualifying 7 21.610 124.942
    Practice 3 7 22.374 120.676
    Happy Hour 38 22.568 119.638

     

    Elliott to Drive at Richmond
    After missing the last two NASCAR Winston Cup races due to a fractured left kneecap, Bill Elliott will practice on Friday in hopes of attempting to qualify for this weekend's Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 (Sept. 9) at Richmond International Raceway.
    Full Story

     

    Darlington Raceway
    Southern 500 Coverage

     

    Evernham: Ready to Go Racing
    It's been almost a year since Ray Evernham walked away from his duties as crew chief for Jeff Gordon and the 24 team. Evernham was looking for a challenge and he found it, leading Dodge's return to the Winston Cup series in 2001. Evernham spoke with Race 2 Win on his readiness to return to the track.
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    Dodge Intrepid R/T Receives NASCAR Approval
    Dodge Motorsports today reached a significant milestone in its return to Winston Cup racing with the announcement that NASCAR has approved the body templates for its Dodge Winston Cup Intrepid R/T race car.
    Full Story

     

    Green to Substitute for Elliott in Darlington
    NASCAR Busch Series regular David Green will drive the McDonald's No. 94 Ford in this weekend's Winston Cup race - Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. Green is substituting for the injured Bill Elliott, who is recovering from a fractured left kneecap, suffered in a home accident last week (Aug. 22) in Blairsville, Ga.
    Full Story

     

    Green on Standby for Elliott at Darlington
    Bill Elliott will decide later this week as to whether he will be able to drive the 94 this weekend at Darlington. Elliott said that he wants to, "see how I feel and see how things go and kind of go from there. I want to be back." David Green will again be standing by to fill in for Elliott if he is unable to drive.

     

    Bristol Motor Speedway
    Goracing.com 500 Coverage

     

    Elliott Discharged from Hospital
    Bill Elliott, who fractured his left kneecap in a home accident in Blairsville, Ga. Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 22), was discharged today (Thursday afternoon) from HEALTHSOUTH Medical Center in Birmingham where he had surgery Tuesday evening.
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    McFlurry Ford to Run at Bristol
    The McDonald's No. 94 Ford Taurus will have a different look at this weekend's goracing.com 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The blue, red, yellow and white paint scheme on the McDonald's car will showcase McDonald's popular dessert item - the McFlurry.
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    Bad Luck Gets Worse, Elliott Injures Knee
    Bill Elliott fractured his kneecap in an accident at his home on Tuesday. Elliott underwent surgery to repair damage caused when he tripped and fell on his knee. No word as of yet as to how much time Elliott is expected to miss due to the injury. Busch Grand National driver David Green will substitute for Elliott at Bristol if Elliott is unable to drive this weekend.
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    New Car, New Era for Elliott at Daytona
    Bill Elliott enters a new phase in his career at one of his favorite tracks Daytona International Speedway. Beginning with the Feb. 18, 2001 Daytona 500, Elliott, for the first time in his career, won't be driving a Ford product, but instead a Dodge Intrepid.
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    Motorola and Evernham Motorsports Take to the Track
    Motorola announced it will be the primary sponsor of Evernham Motorsports with driver Casey Atwood in three NASCAR Winston Cup Series races this year, marking the simultaneous debuts of Ray Evernham as a team owner and Atwood as a NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver. The No. 19 Motorola Evernham Motorsports Ford will compete at Richmond (Va.) International Speedway, Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    Full Story

     

    Michigan Speedway
    Pepsi 400 Presented by Meijer Coverage

     

    Dodge Continues to Prepare for Daytona
    Preparations for the Dodge return to NASCAR Winston Cup racing have been moving at a steady pace since the news was announced some 10 months ago. But with fewer than 200 days left in Dodge's 500-day "countdown to Daytona," activities are taking place at a noticeably faster rate.
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    Elliott Clebrates Michigan Career
    Bill Elliott will celebrate his 25 years in NASCAR Winston Cup racing at the track that has created as many fond memories as any other on the circuit. During Sunday's (Aug. 20) NASCAR Winston Cup event at Michigan Speedway, Elliott will drive a McDonald's special edition red, yellow and silver Ford Taurus that displays his 25th season logo on each side panel.
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    Elliott Leads the Way at Michigan
    Bill Elliott, driver of the No. 94 McDonald's Taurus, is the leading active driver with seven career victories at Michigan Speedway. He's coming off an eighth-place effort in the Kmart 400 last June at the two-mile facility and spoke about that, along with other current issues.
    Full Story

     

    Bristol Testing
    Bill Elliott is testing at Bristol Motor Speedway. Several teams were at BMS on Monday, though none as long as Elliott, who started early and tested into the night. Elliott will return to the track on Tuesday for another day of testing in preparation for next week's goracing.com 500.

     

    Watkins Glen International
    Global Crossing @ The Glen Coverage

     

    Elliott Uses "Possum Trotter" to Turn Luck Around
    Thanks to a former silent partner, McDonald's driver Bill Elliott snapped a bad-luck string with a third-place finish in last Saturday's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    Full Story

     

    Indianapolis Motor Speedway
    Brickyard 400 Coverage

     

    Pocono Raceway
    Pennsylvania 500 Coverage

     

    Indy Testing
    Bill Elliott was ninth fastest of 35 drivers in day one of Ford testing for the Brickyard 400. Elliott's fastest lap was 50.565 seconds, at an average speed of 177.986 mph, in his backup car, Elliott's primary car was 17th fastest.
    Day One Test Speeds

     

    Envernham, Dodge Wrap up Kentucky Test
    A few comments from Ray Evernham, team owner of Evernham Motorsports and lead developer of the Dodge Intrepid R/T NASCAR Winston Cup racecar, following three days of testing at Kentucky Speedway. The Dodge team logged more than 500 miles with two cars during the test session.
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    New Dodge Testing at Kentucky
    The skies and the cars were gray and black but the garage area at Kentucky Speedway was a blur of red shirts today as the Dodge development team conducted on-track testing to prepare for the Dodge return to NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing in 2001.
    Full Story

     

    New Hampshire International Speedway
    thatlook.com 300 Coverage

     

    Daytona International Speedway
    Pepsi 400 Coverage

     

    Bill Elliott Poems
    By: Merlene Amoss
    Poems

     

    Sears Point Raceway
    Save Mart/Kragen 350K Coverage

     

    Dodge returns to GPS for testing
    Greenville News - While NASCAR Winston Cup drivers were racing in the Pocono 500 Monday in Long Pond, Pa., members of the still- forming Dodge motorsports program for 2001 were back at Greenville-Pickens Speedway running engine tests.
    Full Story

     

    Pocono Raceway
    Pocono 500 Coverage

     

    Did You Know?
    After 14 races, Bill Elliott ranks third in the Exide Select Batteries All Charged Up Award Standings. Elliott trails Jeff Burton and Johnny Benson.

     

    Thunder Road leads to Dawsonville
    Greenville News - Scheduled to open in March 2001, the Thunder Road USA Georgia Racing Hall of Fame will tell the story of this tiny town's role in the development of the sport of auto racing, now one of America's hottest spectator attractions. And it will celebrate the splendid career of a favorite son Bill Elliott, the most famous of north Georgia's racing icons.
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    New Dodge Engine, Atwood Debut at GPS
    June 13, 2000 - Ray Evernham, Casey Atwood, and the first Winston Cup Dodge engine arrived Monday morning at my home track of Greenville-Pickens Speedway for a two-day test. Atwood took to the track for the first time in a Winston Cup car and turned laps in the 20-second range around the half-mile track. Evernham plans to enter Atwood in a few Winston Cup races this season in a Bill Elliott Racing Ford, no race dates have been selected at this time. This was the first time the new Dodge had ran a Dodge engine built in Evernham's shop built specifically for Winston Cup racing.
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    Michigan Speedway
    Kmart 400 Coverage

     

    Dover Downs International Speedway
    MBNA Platinum 400 Coverage

     

    Awtood Joins Evernham Motorsports
    Ray Evernham announced Bill Elliott's teammate in 2001 today. 19-year-old Casey Atwood was officially announced as the driver of Evernham's number 19 Dodges next season. Atwood will make the move up to Winston Cup from the Busch Grand National series, where he owns two wins.
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    Lowe's Motor Speedway
    Coca-Cola 600 Coverage

     

    Did you know?
    Bill Elliott last won the pole position for the Coca-Cola 600 in 1992.
    Elliott has two wins at Lowe's Motor Speedway but none in the Coca-Cola 600.

     

    Elliott Hopes to Win First 600
    The Coca-Cola 600 is recognized as one of NASCAR Winston Cups "majors" because it is the longest race of the season. This week is much different from others in that qualifying is scheduled to take place Wednesday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway with the race set for Sunday evening. Bill Elliott will also be eligible for the Winston No Bull 5 million dollar bonus and he spoke about the challenge presented by this week's schedule.
    Full Story

     

    Elliott to Host First Annual Golf Tournament
    Bill Elliott, owner/driver of the No. 94 McDonald's Ford, will host his first annual Bill Elliott Charity Gold Tournament tomorrow, Tuesday, May 23, at Birkdale Golf Club in Huntersville, N.C. The proceeds of the tournament and memorabilia auction will benefit MD Anderson Cancer Research Center and Children's Special Olympics.
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    Elliott to Appear at Ford Racing Fan Appreciation Day
    The 31 Metro Detroit Ford Dealers will give race fans the opportunity to get up-close with racing's biggest names, including Bill Elliott, at the third annual Ford Racing Fan Appreciation Day on Thursday, June 8, 2000 in conjunction with the Star Theatre-Fairlane Grand Opening.
    Full Story

     

    Lowe's Motor Speedway
    The Winston Coverage

     

    Did you know?
    Bill Elliott is one of three drivers to claim back-to-back poles for The Winston and Coca-Cola 600.

     

    Arrington-Dodge Expansion
    Arrington Manufacturing, one of the top motorsports engineering companies in the country, announced today that it would expand its Henry County operations into a new 50,000 square foot facility in the Patriot Centre. Dodge will re-enter Winston Cup racing in 2001 for the first time in more than 20 years.
    Full Story

     

    Elliott on Charlotte
    After taking last weekend off for Mother's Day, the NASCAR Winston Cup Series resumes with a two-week stretch at Lowe's Motor Speedway for the annual running of The Winston and Coca-Cola 600. The Winston is scheduled for Saturday, May 20 with the Coca-Cola 600 slated eight days later on May 28. Bill Elliott gave his opinions on competing in these two events and whether or not they should be conducted in the same week.
    Full Story

     

    Coca-Cola Racing Family Sweepstakes Brings Pit Row Pressure to Fans
    Pit row - a place where races are won or lost. Now race fans can learn firsthand the pressure facing every pit crew on race day through the Coca-Cola Racing Family Sweepstakes. The Coca-Cola Racing Family Sweepstakes is a high-speed interactive game that puts fans right in the middle of pit row action.
    Full Story

     

    Charlotte Testing
    Bill Elliott finished up a two-day test at the Lowe's Motor Speedway on Tuesday. Elliott was fifth fastest out of 14 cars at the track. Elliott's team utilized a separate pit box filled with sophisticated computers and related diagnostic equipment throughout the two-day Winston Cup test. Interestingly, the box sported Evernham Motorsports logos.

     

    Richmond International Raceway
    Pontiac Excitement 400 Coverage

     

    Elliott Benifits from Mayfield Penalty
    May 2, 2000 - Bill Elliott officially moved up to 13th place in the Winston Cup point standings, thanks to the 151 point penalty suffered by Jeremy Mayfield for his use of illegal fuel at Talladega.

     

    California Speedway
    NAPA Auto Parts 500 Coverage

     

    Elliott, Earnhardt spring back to life
    NASCAR Online - The spring season carries with it a refreshing aura of rebirth, of starting anew. For Bill Elliott and Dale Earnhardt, that feeling has never been so pronounced as it is this year. The spring of 2000 has seen Elliott re-establish himself as a NASCAR Winston Cup Series contender, a position that has been all but fantasy since 1997.
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    Talladega Superspeedway
    DieHard 500 Notes

     

    Elliott to Make 600th Start in 'Dega
    When Bill Elliott takes the green flag for Sunday's (April 16) DieHard 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, it will be his 600th career start in NASCAR Winston Cup racing. He made his first career start, Feb. 29, 1976 at the Carolina 500 at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham.
    Full Story

     

    Elliott Geared up for 600th Start
    Bill Elliott, driver of the No. 94 McDonald's Taurus, will join a select group of drivers when he makes his 600th career NASCAR Winston Cup start this weekend in the DieHard 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Elliott will become the 12th person to reach the 600-start plateau and the sixth active driver to reach that status.
    Full Story

     

    Martinsville Speedway
    Goody's Body Pain 500 Coverage

     

    Texas Motor Speedway
    DirecTV 500 Coverage

     

    Bristol Motor Speedway
    Food City 500 Coverage

     

    Elliott win at Bristol not unheard of
    NASCAR Online - Bill Elliott, who made his name on the high-powered superspeedways of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, could continue the latest chapter in his illustrious career with a victory in Sunday's $2,347,731 Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Full Story

     

    Elliott on Bristol Motor Speedway
    "The fans love this place," said McDonald's Ford driver Bill Elliott of the 0.533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway. "Forty-three cars jammed on a half-mile, high-banked track. It's loud, it's definitely full of action, and anything can happen at any given time."
    Full Story

     

    Darlington Raceway
    Mall.com 400 Coverage

     

    Atlanta Motor Speedway
    Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 Coverage

     

    It's Official: Elliott to Dodge in 2001
    Nineteen eighty-eight NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Bill Elliott will be at the wheel of one of Evernham Motorsports' Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/Ts when Dodge makes its heralded return to NASCAR Winston Cup racing beginning with the 2001 Daytona 500.
    Full Story

     

    Elliott Set to Leave Ford
    "I don't know that I've ever had any problems with Ford. I totally respect everybody there," says Bill Elliott. Elliott, Dan Davis, and Michael Kranefuss discuss Elliott's relationship with Ford and the pending announcement of Elliott's departure.
    Full Story

     

    Elliott wonít dodge Intrepid?
    Times-Dispatch - Itís been one of the hottest topics in NASCAR: Who will be the 2001 Dodge Intrepid drivers? For months, speculation has centered on veteran Bill Elliott. Yesterday, Ford officials issued statements that appear to confirm Elliott is leaving the manufacturer.
    Full Story

     

    Elliott: Competitive, Again
    The Ledger - Bill Elliott is trying to give himself some options. Once one of the most feared competitors in Winston Cup, Elliott has been on a downhill ride since leaving Junior Johnson after the 1994 season.
    Full Story

     

    Elliott Home at Atlanta Motor Speedway
    History will always show Bill Elliott's first NASCAR Winston Cup Series start at the North Carolina Motor Speedway in 1976. However, it wasn't his first race. Three months earlier, Elliott loaded a race car built - financially and physically - by his family to the Atlanta Motor Speedway. He failed to make the starting lineup in his Winston Cup debut, but the experience was enough to fuel the determination that, 25 years later, made him one of the sport's icons.
    Full Story

     

    Elliott dodging questions
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Dozens of fans quizzed Bill Elliott on Wednesday about his switch from Ford to Dodge for next season. "I've read that in the Atlanta paper," Elliott answered one person, during a celebrity pit-crew contest at an Atlanta McDonald's. "It'll all come out in the wash on Friday," he told another in an apparent reference to a news conference scheduled by Ray Evernham to announce one of the two drivers for his Dodges next season.

     

    Hometown Heros Test Speed in McPit Stop Challenge
    Competition speeds up as the Atlanta Police Department, the Atlanta Fire Department, local sportscasters and McDonald's employees compete against Bill Elliott and his Official Drive-Thru Crew in the McPit Stop Challenge.
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    Elliott Articles
    Winner's Circle Trivia: Bill Elliott
    Still Mr. Popular, Elliott Is Enjoying Driving Resurgence
    Elliott bounces back for fourth

     

    Las Vegas Motor Speedway
    CarsDirect.com 400 Coverage

     

    Elliott Leads Veteran Drivers in Battle with Young Guns
    There has been a lot of talk about this year's rookie crop, and rightfully so, but the veterans, such as Bill Elliott, have served notice in these first three weeks that they're not going to disappear without a fight. In looking at the starting grid for tomorrow's CarsDirect.com 400, this new "rivalry" is even more apparent. Elliott, 44, got his season off to a good start by winning one of the Gatorade Twin 125 qualifying races during Daytona Speedweeks and then posting a third-place finish in the Daytona 500.
    Full Story

     

    Elliott-Evernham announcement expected
    That's Racin - Official confirmation that Bill Elliott will be driving on of Ray Evernham's Dodges in 2001 is expected to come next weekend. Evernham said Friday that there is an announcement planned for next weekend at Atlanta about at least one of the drivers for his two Dodge teams next season.
    Full Story

     

    Elliott Gunning for a Million and 500
    March 1, 2000 - Bill Elliott, the first-ever winner of the Winston Million, has two goals to aim at this weekend in Las Vegas.

    First, with a third place finish at Daytona, Elliott is elligible for the Winston No Bull 5 million dollar bonus at Vegas. Elliott could become only the second driver to capture both the Winston Million and the Winston No Bull Five.

    Secondly, Elliott, who has 43 career wins (all with Ford,) could bring home win number 500 for Ford Motor Company. With Dale Jarrett's win at Daytona, Ford now has 499 all-time wins on the NASCAR circuit.

    "It would be extra special," said Elliott. "Ford has been great for my career and it would mean a lot to be the guy who won the 500th race, especially as successful as my career has been throughout the last 15 to 25 years."

     

    Before He Was Awesome
    Speed FX - Back in 1985 Bill Elliott took the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit by storm, winning 11 races and the Winston Million, forever earning himself the nickname "Awesome Bill." While he had won three races in 1984 and finished third in the points, no one was expecting Bill Elliott to dominate that season so thoroughly.
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    North Carolina Speedway
    Dura-Lube/Kmart 400 Coverage

     

    Elliott Strives for Ford's 500th Win
    Ford Motor Company will have the first shot at winning its 500th all-time NASCAR Winston Cup race in the DuraLube/Kmart 400 this weekend. Ford's 499 series victories is more than any other manufacturer, so, with that in mind, Bill Elliott spoke about the possibility of being the one who registers that milestone win and the key to reaching victory lane.
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    Daytona International Speedway
    Daytona 500 Coverage

     

    Elliott to Celebrate 25th Anniversary at Rockingham
    Bill Elliott, driver of the No. 94 McDonald's Taurus, will be celebrating his 25th anniversary as a NASCAR Winston Cup driver this weekend at North Carolina Speedway. Elliott made his first official start in the Carolina 500 on Feb. 29, 1976 at North Carolina Speedway driving a powder blue Ford Grand Torino.
    Full Story

     

    Elliott Returns to Victory Lane
    Awesome Bill Elliott is awesome once again! Elliott returned Victory Lane on Thursday afternoon in race number one of the Gatorade Twin 125s. The win was Elliott's best showing since a fifth place finish at Louden last season.
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    Elliott Officially Marks 25th Season at Rockingham
    When McDonald's driver Bill Elliott pulls into North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham for the Feb. 27th Dura Lube/Kmart 400, it will officially mark his 25th year as a driver on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit.
    Full Story

     

    Overdue Bill: Elliott third-fastest
    Nascar Online - Bill Elliott has spent the past couple of years chasing more than other race cars around the NASCAR Winston Cup Series circuit. The driver of the No. 94 McDonald's Ford has taken chase to the ghosts of his own past success.
    Full Story

     

    McDonald's Names Roy Motorsports Manager
    McDonald's Corporation has named Georgina Roy as the company's motorsports manager, effective immediately.
    Full Story

     

    Uncertain Future No Deterrent for Elliott
    The Depot - Bill Elliott enters the NASCAR Winston Cup season refreshed and talks of newfound excitement.
    Full Story

     

    Bill Elliott Announces Crew Chief "Triangle"
    Breaking away from traditional NASCAR team structure, the performance of the Bill Elliott-driven McDonald's Ford Taurus will be managed by a "communication triangle," replacing the conventional crew chief role.
    Full Story

     

    Wind Tunnel Testing
    Via Jayski - Bill Elliott has scheduled a test session at the Langley Full Scale Wind Tunnel in Hampton, VA on Febuary 7th.

     

    Action Performance Signs Agreement with Elliott
    Action Performance Companies Inc. Monday announced that it has signed a licensing and endorsement agreement with NASCAR champion Bill Elliott, who is celebrating his 25th anniversary of driving in the Winston Cup series.
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    Will drive through 2000 provide Happy Meal for Elliott?
    NASCAR Online - Bill Elliott is one of many drivers rumored to be taking the seat of one of Ray Evernham's Dodges in the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. But for now, he's focused on NASCAR 2000 in the No. 94 McDonald's Ford, where plenty of work is needed to improve on a dismal 1999 campaign.
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    Ernie Elliott Buys Yarborough's Engine Shop
    Via Jayski - Ernie Elliott has purchased the Cale Yarborough engine shop. The purchase includes the shop, equipment, and the employees. All employees who worked for Yarborough are now employed by Elliott. Elliott will now supply engines to the #94-Bill Elliott, #11-Brett Bodine, #9-Stacy Compton, #15-Derrike Cope teams, as well as the #98 team, if it stays a float (many sources including the Winston Cup Scene and NSSN print papers).

     

    Elliott Fourth Fastest at Daytona Test
    Bill Elliott, driver of the No. 94 McDonald's Taurus, missed the first day of testing due to the flu, but posted the fourth-fastest speed on Friday at 187.313 mph (48.048 secs).

    "These guys have done a heck of a job," said Elliott. "They've worked themselves into the ground trying to get all this done and we're just trying to sort through stuff. I think we were the worst car at Talladega two weeks ago and they built a new car. I mean, this is just what a lot of hard work will do. We're pretty pleased with everything we did today we just need to go back and sort. We needed another day because there was a lot of stuff we were gonna try and we never really got a chance, but we feel pretty good about where we're at. We'll see."

     

    Elliott Misses Test with the Flu
    Bill Elliott and the No. 94 McDonald's team were absent from the first day of testing because Elliott was suffering from the flu. The team was scheduled to leave for Daytona late Thursday afternoon and be ready for a full day of testing on Friday.

     

    Dodge Bill - Evernham says Elliott still can drive, Dodge apparently agrees
    Fox Sports - Bill Elliott's rise to the top of the Winston Cup heap was synonymous with the Ford Thunderbird. But now that the team owner and driver is in the longest losing streak of his career and will lose his McDonald's sponsorship next year, Dodge is seeking his services.
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    What is going on with the 94 team?
    January 19, 2000 - For those of you who might have been under a rock somewhere, things are a little rocky for the 94 team. So much is going on with the speculation on Bill's future, his crew chief, and now, a lawsuit, it makes you wonder, "What in the world is going on with the 94 team?"
    Full Story

     

    Elliott Ranked 26th
    That's Racin' has Bill Elliott in the 26th position in the pre-season rankings.
    26. Bill Elliott (car No. 94) Final 1999 ranking: 27
    After this year, McDonald's is telling him, "Thank you, please drive through."

     

    Management firm for NASCAR's Elliott suing McDonald's
    Nashville Business Journal - The former management company of NASCAR driver Bill Elliott is suing Elliott's multi-million-dollar racing sponsor, McDonald's Corp. Advantage Management Inc. (AMI) is suing Oak Brook, Ill.-based McDonald's in U.S. District Court. Nashville-based AMI is alleging breach of contract regarding its administration of a joint licensing agreement between Elliott's racing team and the fast-food chain.
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    New Coca-Cola Racing Family Promotion Introduced for 2000 NASCAR Season
    Coca-Cola and The Coca-Cola Racing Family will have race fans "seeing red" this NASCAR season with a national watch-and-win promotion that makes fans part of the action and allows them to win great prizes without ever leaving their living rooms - including trips to The Coca-Cola Racing Family Reunion and the chance to ride with their favorite drivers.
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    Evernham Very Interested in Elliott
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Ray Evernham will own two Dodge teams. He seeks to hire one veteran driver and a younger talent. Evernham confirmed on Wednesday that he is heavily interested in Elliott.

     

    Elliott Still Slow in Day Two of Talladega Test
    Ford teams completed their second day of testing at Talladega Superspeedway in preparation for the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup season. The man who turned the fastest lap of the day was none other than Buddy Baker, who was substituting for Rusty Wallace in the No. 2 Miller Lite Taurus.
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    Elliott Speeds
    23  94B     52.069  183.910
    25  94A     52.360  182.888

     

    Elliott Slow at Talladega Test
    The 2000 NASCAR Ford Taurus took to the race track for the first of a two-day test session at Talladega Superspeedway. There were 18 Ford teams that participated in Monday's session, which didn't start until noon eastern time due to rain that hit the Talladega area overnight.
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    Elliott Speeds
    26 94B      52.170   183.554
    28 94A      53.049   180.512

     

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