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Elliott 22nd in Season Finale
"We had a good car," said Bill Elliott after finishing 22nd at New Hampshire. "We just broke a valve spring and that pretty much took care of it. We held on to 15th in the points, so we're happy about that for the first season together."

 

New Hampshire 300 Notes
 PosTimeSpeed
Starting 14 Owner's Points
Practice 37 29.779 127.902

 

Elliott Making Tracks for New Hampshire and the Season's Last Race
After an exciting couple of weeks that saw Bill Elliott win his first Winston Cup race in seven years, the 26-year veteran heads to New Hampshire for a holiday run in the circuit's last race of the season.
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Elliott Loudon Notes

  • Bill Elliott will drive the same chassis that finished 21st earlier this season at New Hampshire.
  • Elliott finished 14th last week at Atlanta and ranks 15th in the NWCS, 82 points behind 14th-place Ward Burton.
  • The the 46-year-old 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion from Dawsonville, Ga., will make career start No. 659 on Friday.

     

    Elliott 14th at Atlanta
    "We got screwed up there, lost track position and the car got tight," said Bill Elliott after coming home 14th in the NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "That was it. It was a good day all-in-all. We just need to nip at it a little bit more. You can't win every week. We moved up a spot in the standings, and that's always good. We'll go race at New Hampshire next week and try to hold on to 15th place. Then we'll go home and forget about it for a couple of weeks."

     

    Atlanta Qualifying Quotes
    "Well, we picked up from practice, and that's always a good sign," said Bill Elliott. "I guess we just didn't pick it up enough. Sixth isn't a bad place to start, so we'll take it and try to get ready for Sunday. This track hasn't been that good to me since it's been switched around, but maybe we can figure it out and have another good run on Sunday. Two in a row would be really sweet."

     

    Elliott Atlanta Notes

  • Fresh off career victory No. 41 last week at Homestead, Elliott returns to AMS with the chassis that finished third earlier this season at Michigan.
  • Elliott finished 16th earlier this season at AMS and 11th in this race last season.
  • In 49 career starts at Atlanta, the 46-year-old 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion from Dawsonville, Ga., has five victories, 12 top fives and 18 top 10 finishes.
  • Elliott, ranked 16th in the NWCS with two races remaining, will make career start No. 658 on Sunday.

     

    NAPA 500 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 8 29.601 187.291
    Qualifying 6 29.231 189.662
    Practice 2 21 30.606 181.141
    Happy Hour 30 30.838 179.778

     

    Evernham Motorsports and Ultra Motorsports form Partnership; Mayfield to 19, Atwood to 7
    Evernham Motorsports and Ultra Motorsports today announced the formation of a new partnership. The agreement for 2002 outlines plans for Evernham Motorsports to field the No. 9 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T with Bill Elliott as the driver as well as the No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T with Jeremy Mayfield as the driver. Ultra Motorsports will field with the No. 7 Dodge Intrepid R/T with Casey Atwood as the driver, with a sponsor to be named later.
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  • Evernham Motorsports Announcement Transcript

     

    Evernham Motorsports Announcement Set
    Evernham Motorsports will hold a media conference at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, November 16 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Evernham Motorsports will announce plans for the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup season.

     

    Georgia Homecoming Sure to Be "Awesome" for Elliott
    Fireworks, a cake and dozens of fans greeted Bill Elliott as he stepped off his plane Sunday night after capturing his 41st Winston Cup victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Thousands of fans will get the chance to show their support for the Georgia native when Elliott makes a homecoming appearance this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
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    Elliott Wins at Homestead!!
    On Veterans Day at Homestead-Miami Speedway, NASCAR Winston Cup veteran Bill Elliott proved he's still got what it takes. Elliott, driver of the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge, took the checkered flag after taking the lead from rookie driver and teammate Casey Atwood with less than five laps to go in the Pennzoil 400. Atwood, driver of the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge finished third.
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  • Elliott Post-Race Quotes
  • Evernham and Ford Post-Race Quotes

     

    Elliott Returns to Victory Circle
    The last time Bill Elliott drove into a Winston Cup victory lane, it was behind the wheel of a Budweiser-sponsored car in September of 1994. Since then, Elliott had started 227 races without a win, but he returned to the winner's circle with flair Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, passing his young teammate Casey Atwood with five laps remaining to win the Pennzoil 400. It is the first win for Evernham Motorsports, a new team this season led by Ray Evernham. Dale Earnhardt Inc. driver Michael Waltrip also slipped by Atwood late in the race to grab second place.

     

    Elliott Takes Pole at Homestead
    Bill Elliott led the Dodge brigade during qualifying for the Pennzoil Freedom 400 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Elliott will start the race on Sunday from the pole position, qualifying in 34.788 seconds, at an average speed of 155.226 mph, to grab his second pole of the season. Casey Atwood will make out the all-Evernham front row, starting alongside his teammate in the second spot.
    Elliott Qualifying Quotes

     

    Elliott Homestead Notes

  • Bill Elliott will race a chassis that qualified third and finished 40th at Kansas.
  • Elliott finished 40th last week at Rockingham and 22nd last year at Homestead.
  • He ranks 16th in the NWCS, and the 45-year-old 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup champion from Dawsonville, Ga., will make career start No. 657 on Sunday.

     

    Pennzoil Freedom 400 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 3 35.483 152.186
    Qualifying 1 34.788 155.226
    Practice 2 11 36.491 147.982
    Happy Hour 12 36.726 147.035

     

    Elliott Hopes the Sun Shines on His Dodge at Homestead
    The Florida sun hasn't shone brightly on Bill Elliott since the Winston Cup Series began racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 1999. However, a recent test session at the 1.5-mile track gives Elliott reason to believe that the No. 9 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T may heat up the south Florida speedway.
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    Elliott Caught Up in Lap-One Accident at The Rock
    "Kyle tried to get in in front of the 8 car. He couldn't get in and they clipped. Kyle spun. I thought he was going to stay down. I tried to hold my line, and Kyle came back up. I ran out of race track," said Elliott after being collected by the 45 car of Petty on the first lap of the Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400. Elliott returned to the track to finish in the 40th position.

     

    Elliott's Crew Fourth in Pit Crew Competition
    The pit crew of Bill Elliott's number 9 Dodge finished fourth in the World Championship Pit Crew Competition at Rockingham. The crew turned in a time of 19.037 seconds to place fourth among 25 teams competing. Matt Kenseth's crew won the event, with a time of 17.695 seconds, the 17 crew set a world record and made it two years in a row for the Roush Racing stable to hold the World Championship Pit Crew title.

     

    Rockingham Qualifying Quotes
    "I guess that was a good lap for me. We picked up a little bit from practice, but just not enough," said Bill Elliott after qualifying 24th at Rockingham.

     

    Elliott Rockingham Notes

  • Bill Elliott will race a chassis that has not competed this season.
  • Elliott finished 23rd at Rockingham in February and 27th last week at Phoenix.
  • In 43 career starts at Rockingham, Elliott has three victories, 11 top fives and 20 top 10s.
  • Elliott ranks 15th in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings (NWCS).
  • The 45-year-old 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup champion from Dawsonville, Ga., will make career start No. 656 on Sunday.

     

    Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 18 24.145 151.634
    Qualifying 24 24.000 152.550
    Practice 2 17 25.080 145.981
    Happy Hour 30 25.104 145.841

     

    Elliott Returns to the Place Where it All Began
    When Bill Elliott suits up for the Pop Secret 400 this Sunday, he may be thinking about how far he's come since his first career Winston Cup start, which he made in Rockingham more than 25 years ago.
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    Tire Trouble Spoils Atwood's Run at Victory Lane While Elliott Maintains Position in the Points Standings
    A separated tire ended Casey Atwood's run to victory lane with his No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T as the rookie finished a respectable 14th in Sunday's Winston Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway. Trouble in the pits hampered Bill Elliott's chances for a strong finish. The veteran ended the day in 27th place.
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    Phoenix Qualifying Quotes
    "We ran on new tires, and I think a lot of guys went out on scuffs. I think the first lap would have been better on used tires," said Bill Elliott after his qualifying laps. "I used the first lap to scuff 'em in and then went for it on the second lap. The car has been good since we've been here. We struggled a little bit at first, but we got better and better and kept working with it. We'll see what happens Sunday."

     

    Checker Auto Parts 500 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 8 27.665 130.128
    Qualifying 6 27.566 130.596
    Practice 2 21 28.459 126.498
    Happy Hour 10 28.552 126.086

     

    Elliott Phoenix Notes

  • Bill Elliott will drive the same Evernham Motorsports Dodge Intrepid R/T chassis that he ran at Texas and Las Vegas.
  • He finished 14th in both of those races.
  • Elliott finished 20th last week at Talladega and 26th last year at Phoenix.
  • In 13 starts at the Desert Mile, Elliott has one victory, four top fives and four top 10s.
  • Elliott ranks 15th in the NWCS and the 45-year-old 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup champion from Dawsonville, Ga., will make career start No. 655 on Sunday.

     

    Elliott Looks to Turn Up the Heat at Phoenix
    Bill Elliott heads west this weekend to a track where he has proven successful. In 13 Winston Cup races at Phoenix International Raceway, Elliott has one win, two poles and four top-five finishes at the one-mile oval, which opened to Winston Cup racing in 1988. He is one of only three drivers who has earned at least one pole and one win at the track.
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    Elliott 20th at Talladega
    "They (NASCAR) got what they wanted. That's all I've got to say," said a frustrated Bill Elliott after being collected in the last-lap melee, regulating him to a 20th-place finish.

     

    Elliott Talladega Notes

  • Bill Elliott will drive the same Evernham Motorsports Dodge Intrepid R/T chassis that qualified third and finished 32nd in the Talladega 500.
  • Elliott finished 42nd last week at Martinsville and is ranked 14th in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings (NWCS).
  • Elliott finished 32nd at Talladega earlier this season.
  • In 49 career starts at the 2.66-mile track, Elliott has two victories, 10 top fives and 22 top 10s.
  • The 45-year-old 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup champion from Dawsonville, Ga., will make career start No. 654 on Sunday.

     

    EA Sports 500 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 16 52.220 183.378
    Qualifying 5 52.060 183.942
    Practice 2 28 50.090 191.176
    Happy Hour 34 50.546 189.451

     

    Elliott Knows How to Lead the Pack at Talladega
    A few tracks on the Winston Cup circuit stand out as Bill Elliott's favorite places to visit; but when it comes to getting the pole, Elliott is the fastest on NASCAR's biggest speedway, Talladega. Elliott has had many impressive appearances at the 2.66-mile tri-oval. He holds track records for the fastest qualifying time (212.809 mph, 44.998 seconds, April 30, 1987) and for the most poles by any driver (eight).
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    Elliott 42nd at Martinsville
    "We busted a radiator down there in that little altercation in one and two," said Bill Elliott after blowing an engine only 115 laps into the race. "It blew all the water out and the next thing I knew it was hot. It cooked the motor. I hate it for the guys. They've worked so hard on this race car week in and week out. It's just a tough situation. Martinsville is such a bull ring. It's kind of one of them bad days. You could have done it three or four more times and everything would have been OK. On this particular day, it knocked a hole in the radiator and all the water came out of it."

     

    Martinsville Qualifying Quotes
    "It's so tight here. If you mess up just a little bit it makes a hard day," said Bill Elliott. "This race track, when it cools off, it's so hard to get hooked up to. You've got to keep the car hooked up. I slipped down there where that new section is in turn four. I never could get it back."

     

    Old Dominion 500 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 13 20.334 93.125
    Qualifying 21 20.456 92.569
    Practice 2 39 20.933 90.460
    Happy Hour 34 20.717 91.403

     

    Elliott Martinsville Notes

  • Bill Elliott will drive the same Evernham Motorsports Dodge Intrepid R/T chassis that finished 14th earlier this season at Martinsville.
  • Elliott also drove the same chassis in both Richmond races with finishes of 37th and 17th.
  • Elliott finished 15th last week at Charlotte and ranks 14th in the NWCS.
  • He’s only 38 points behind 13th-place Jimmy Spencer.
  • The 45-year-old 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup champion from Dawsonville, Ga., will make career start No. 653 on Sunday.

     

    Martinsville Marks Final Short Track Race of Year for Elliott
    Bill Elliott, who has made his best runs this year on the 1-mile or larger tracks of the Winston Cup circuit, will face his last short track race this year in the Old Dominion 500 at Martinsville Speedway this Sunday.
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    Evernham Motorsports Announces New Marketing Group
    Evernham Motorsports, LLC, which fields the No. 9 and the No. 19 race teams in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, has announced the formation of Evernham Marketing Services. The new group encompasses business development, partner management, brand management and media relations. President Ray Evernham has appointed Heather Petry director of marketing services.
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    Elliott and Atwood Spend the Day Making Adjustments at Charlotte
    Changing track conditions played havoc with the Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/Ts from Evernham Motorsports in Sunday's Winston Cup race at Charlotte. Bill Elliott, who started the day in 18th, managed to steer his No. 9 Dodge Intrepid R/T to a 15th place finish, and Casey Atwood piloted his No. 19 Dodge Intrepid R/T to a 24th place finish after starting in 29th place.
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    Charlotte Qualifying Quotes
    "It wasn't good enough, but it could have been worse," said Bill Elliott after his qualifying run. "It felt pretty good. The car seemed to be pretty decent, but we just couldn't get any speed out of it."

     

    Elliott Charlotte Notes

  • Bill Elliott will drive the same Evernham Motorsports Dodge Intrepid R/T chassis that finished 23rd at Rockingham earlier this season.
  • Elliott led 33 laps last week at Kansas, but engine problems relegated him to a 40th-place finish.
  • Elliott has qualified in the top 10 in his last three races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
  • In 49 career starts at the 1.5-mile track, Elliott has two victories, 11 top fives and 21 top 10s.
  • He finished 26th in May’s Coca-Cola 600 and currently ranks 14th in the standings.
  • The 45-year-old 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup champion from Dawsonville, Ga., will make career start No. 652 on Sunday.

     

    UAW-GM Quality 500 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 32 29.938 180.373
    Qualifying 18 29.590 182.494
    Happy Hour 35 30.871 174.921

     

    Elliott and Atwood Bow Out Early at Kansas Speedway
    What looked like a promising weekend for the Dodge Intrepid R/Ts of Evernham Motorsports ended in disappointment as the No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge and the No. 19 Dodge Dealers Dodge exited early from the inaugural Winston Cup race at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway.
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    Elliott Loses Engine, Exits Early at Kansas
    "It just quit running," said Bill Elliott after the engine expired. "That's the best race car I've had all year. It's just a shame. We'll get 'em next week. My car was hooked up pretty good. Most of those guys had a hard time getting in. It was kind of edgy getting into turn one side by side and that's what made it difficult. The track was good. It's a great place to race, and I had a lot of fun. Unfortunately, I'm not going to see the end of it, and that's the hard part of this business. A lot of cautions and a lot of things going on, and you'll have that at some race tracks. Unfortunately, it's here today."

    "It's just a sport. It's not life threatening," said team owner Ray Evernham. "Tomorrow, we're all going to be happy and go to work. I hate it more for our sponsors, the Dodge Dealers and the UAW. We were hoping to get the car in victory lane, but if we keep doing what we're doing and getting there, some day it'll be our turn. It just wasn't today."

     

    Elliott Qualifies Third at Kansas City
    "The guys did a good job. We worked on the car all morning," said Bill Elliott after his qualifying lap for the Protection One 400 at Kansas Speedway. "We bolted on a new set of tires. I really didn't like those. They didn't have as good a feel to 'em. We elected to go back on the ones we started on and they worked. All-in-all, the guys did a heck of a job. We came here and worked on our race stuff. Then we worked on motor stuff. The guys made me look good.

    "I'd just like to win anywhere. Sunday would be a good day to start. We came in a did a one-day deal (tire test). We ran two 50-lap runs for Goodyear, and it was really hot and humid. I think basically where we got most of our information from here was from Kentucky and Chicago. This place is more like Kentucky than Chicago. Goodyear does a good job week in and week out. They have to build a fairly hard tire for these new surface race tracks. That's what Goodyear is up against. They've done a heck of a job. I've run on other stuff in the past, and I'd rather be on them Goodyears. As long as you can stay in a competitive mode, I think you can put yourself in position to win. A lot of guys this year have been able to capitalize on being in that position. That's what we need to do. Last week I made a mistake getting under Bobby (Labonte). I got him a little loose and me a little loose and spun out and ended up with a bad day. We've got to overcome those deals and keep fighting back and keep qualifying well week in and week out. You've got to be able to capitalize week in and week out. Qualify good and get a good pit stall on pit road and be able to keep chipping at it all day long. The new surface and a little bit harder tire makes it a little more difficult. There again, Goodyear's kind of in a box because this track is a fresh surface. You have to come with a tougher tire so you don't have problems on a long run. That's always been the case on a fresh surface race track. Normally when we go back the second and third time, the groove moves up and the track gets a little more user friendly."

     

    Protection One 400 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 28 31.684 170.433
    Practice 2 16 30.604 176.448
    Practice 3 8 30.650 176.183
    Qualifying 3 30.638 176.252
    Practice 4 8 31.128 173.477
    Happy Hour 14 31.317 172.430

     

    Elliott Kansas City Notes

  • Bill Elliott’s chassis for the Protection One 400 will be the same one that finished fifth in the recent Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
  • Elliott finished 30th last week at Dover after an accident early in the race forced him to the pits for repairs.
  • The Evernham Motorsports crew went to work and got Elliott back in the race, and he remains the only driver this season running at the end of the race.
  • Elliott ranks 13th in the NWCS, and the 45-year-old 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup champion from Dawsonville, Ga., will make career start No. 651 on Sunday.

     

    The Bigger They Are the Harder They Fall; Elliott Finishes Fastest on NASCAR's Longer Tracks
    Don't try to tell Bill Elliott that the shortest distance from point-A to point-B is also the quickest; the 26-year veteran driver will tell you that those rules just don't apply to him.
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    Elliott and Atwood Attempt to Conquer the Monster Mile
    An emotional day filled with American flags and patriotic songs kicked off Sunday's running of the MBNA Cal Ripken, Jr. 400 at Dover Downs International Speedway. Casey Atwood brought home his No. 19 Dodge Dealers Dodge in a season's best ninth place. Bill Elliott, making his 650th career start, got caught in an incident early on but managed to finish 30th.
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    Elliott Finishes Number 650 in 30th
    Bill Elliott's 650th start ended with a 30th place finish after an early accident with Bobby Labonte.

    "I couldn't help it. I just busted my butt and got into Bobby Labonte," said Elliott. "I hate that happened. I told him I was sorry, but that doesn't help too much now. It wasn't that slick. I just did something I shouldn't be doing. On the positive side, the crew did a good job keeping us in the race, and we've still got our streak of no DNFs. It wasn't a bad finish considering."

    "I don't know. I was letting Bill go by and something might have happened to him underneath me to make him get up into me, I suppose," said Labonte.

    Elliott remains 13th in the Winston Cup point standings.

     

    Elliott on 650th Start
    Elliott, the 45-year-old 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup champion from Dawsonville, Ga., will make career start No. 650 on Sunday. Elliott's first start came on Feb. 29, 1976 at Rockingham. He has won 50 poles, 40 races and more than $26 million since. Elliott has quite an impressive record at Dover. In 36 career starts at the Monster Mile, Elliott has four victories, 11 top fives and 18 top 10s. In his first start at Dover on Sept. 19, 1982, Elliott qualified fifth and finished third. He won both races at Dover in 1988 and has led a total of 2,033 laps at Dover. Elliott spoke about his 650th start.
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    Dover Qualifying Quotes
    "It wasn't a bad lap. Pretty uneventful," said Bill Elliott after posting the 10th quickest lap in qualifying at Dover Downs. "We lost a little from practice. We'll keep working on it. We came with a different setup than we've run here in the past. It worked pretty decent. It doesn't look like anybody is excited today. I don't know if it's from what's happened the past two weeks or if everybody is so tired from the season. I rested some last week, but a lot of the crew guys didn't. They were too busy getting prepared for Loudon."

     

    MBNA Cal Ripken Jr. 400 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 18 23.371 154.037
    Qualifying 10 23.432 153.636
    Happy Hour 16 24.513 146.861

     

    Elliott Dover Downs Notes

  • Bill Elliott will drive the same chassis that finished fifth in the Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington.
  • The 45-year-old 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup champion from Dawsonville, Ga., will make career start No. 650 on Sunday.
  • Elliott’s first start came on Feb. 29, 1976 at Rockingham.
  • He has won 50 poles, 40 races and more than $26 million since.
  • He finished 17th at Richmond and moved to 13th in the NWCS.
  • Elliott has gained six spots in the standings in the past seven races.
  • Elliott has quite an impressive record at Dover.
  • In 36 career starts at the Monster Mile, Elliott has four victories, 11 top fives and 18 top 10s.
  • In his first start at Dover on Sept. 19, 1982, Elliott qualified fifth and finished third.
  • He won both races at Dover in 1988 and has led a total of 2,033 laps at Dover.

     

    Milestones Mean More to Race Fans Than They Do to Elliott
    Harboring a range of deep emotions over the tragedies that has affected millions of Americans in the past week, Bill Elliott will make his 650th Winston Cup Series career start, Sunday, at Dover Downs International Speedway - and under the circumstances he'll have given the milestone very little thought.
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    NASCAR Postpones New Hampshire 300
    The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) today announced the postponement of the New Hampshire 300 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, N.H. The race has been rescheduled for Friday, Nov. 23.
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    New Hampshire 300 Postponed: Driver Reaction
    NASCAR announced earlier this afternoon that Sunday's scheduled running of the New Hampshire 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway has been postponed. Drivers gave their reaction to the postponement on Thursday.
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    Elliott to Make Historic 650th Start on Sunday at New Hampshire
    Bill Elliott, the 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion from Dawsonville, Ga., will make career start No. 650 on Sunday at New Hampshire International Speedway. Among active drivers, only Ricky Rudd (721), Dave Marcis (758) and Terry Labonte (699) have more starts.
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    The Dodges of Evernham Motorsports Spend an Evening Under the Lights at Richmond
    Bill Elliott, in the No. 9 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T, finished 17th, and Casey Atwood drove his No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T to a 27th place finish in Saturday's Winston Cup race at Richmond International Raceway.
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    Elliott Survives Richmond
    "I just kind of survived," said Elliott after finishing the Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 in the 17th position. "Somebody checked up there at the end, and I hit Dave Blaney in the back hard. It was just one of them deals. We weren't that good tonight, but we weren't that bad, either. We'll try again next week."

     

    Dodge Collects Two Wins in Three Weeks as it Marks 200 Days in Winston Cup Return
    Dodge Motorsports took 500 days to build the Dodge Intrepid R/T Winston Cup race car from scratch, but only 184 days to win its first race and prove that its Winston Cup program is on track - and in Victory Lane.
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    Richmond Qualifying Quotes
    "I just got loose," said Bill Elliott after posting the 38th quickest lap at Richmond. "It was real loose off turn two, and I about spun out and hit the wall."

     

    Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 29 21.930 123.119
    Qualifying 38 22.119 122.067
    Starting 37 - -
    Happy Hour 15 22.240 121.403

     

    Elliott Richmond Notes

  • Bill Elliott will drive the same chassis that finished 37th earlier this season at Richmond.
  • Elliott won the pole and race at Richmond on March 8, 1992.
  • He finished fifth last week at Darlington, his second top five finish in the past three races and his fourth top 10 in the last six starts.
  • The 45-year-old 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup champion from Dawsonville, Ga., moved to 14th in the NWCS and is only 54 points behind 11th-place Steve Park.
  • Elliott will make career start No. 649 on Saturday night.

     

    Evernham Motorsports Hopes This "Bill" Will Pass All the Way to a Checkered Flag Finish
    Just a short trip away from the nation's capital, Bill Elliott is looking to continue governing a strong, late-season surge that has put his team up six spots and into the top 15 in NASCAR Winston Cup points standings since his last visit to Richmond International Raceway.
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    Elliott Richmond Pre-Race Quotes
    "It's been a pretty tough summer. We've tested a lot, we've done a lot of things. It's hard to keep a good, steady pace. That's what you've got to do the next number of races. We've got some pretty tough places we're going to go back to. It's a lot more physical than it was 10 or 15 years ago. You went around the race track at 150 mph 15 years ago, and you're running around 190 mph today. You need to be in a little bit better shape."
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    Elliott and Atwood Earn Their Stripes at Darlington
    The No. 9 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T and the No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T from Evernham Motorsports earned their stripes during the 367-lap Mountain Dew Southern 500. Bill Elliott drove his Dodge Intrepid R/T to a fifth place finish and Casey Atwood piloted his Dodge Intrepid R/T to a 25th place finishing spot.
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    Elliott Grabs Another Top Five at Darlington
    Despite battling with flu-like symptoms, Bill Elliott 'grabbed life by the horns' and brought the number nine Dodge home in fifth place at the Darlington Raceway. Elliott, one of only three drivers to post no DNFs this season, drove through the late-race melee at Darlington and scored his second top-five finish in the past three races and fourth top 10 in the past six starts. Elliott climbed to 14th in the standings, and has gained five positions in the last six races. A five-time Darlington winner, Elliott scored his best finish in his past seven starts at Darlington.

    "Bill Elliott did a great job," said team owner Ray Evernham. "It just proves that Bill Elliott has got a lot of racing left in him. It’d sure be nice to get him to win a race. If Mike Ford and the guys keep doing the job they’re doing we’ll get him there. That’s another top five for Evernham Motorsports, and I’m just ecstatic. Those guys never give up. They get better and better all day long. They fight hard. Bill gives 100 percent, and that’s what it takes to win races. I couldn’t be more proud of that group. Bill was top 10 most of the day. Mike made a good call and good adjustments to come in and take on the tires. Then he had a shot at a top five. Those guys fight hard. They’re survivors, and that’s what it takes. I’m glad a Dodge won again. I wish our Dodges could win, but as long as a Dodge is winning, I feel like we’re part of that."

    Pictures from Darlington are now in the Photo Gallery.

     

    Darlington Qualifying Quotes
    "That was a good lap," said Bill Elliott after qualifying ninth for the Southern 500. "It was everything I had. We've got a top 10 starting spot, so at least we can see the front from there. We'll go to work now and get ready for the race."

     

    Mountian Dew Southern 500 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 8 29.458 166.938
    Qualifying 9 29.406 167.231
    Practice 2 16 30.640 160.496
    Happy Hour 9 30.416 161.678

     

    Elliott Darlington Notes

  • Bill Elliott will drive the same chassis that finished fourth earlier this season at Pocono.
  • The 45-year-old 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup champion from Dawsonville, Ga., has 46 career starts at Darlington, with five wins, 19 top fives and 30 top 10s.
  • Elliott's last victory came in the 1994 Southern 500.
  • Elliott has a 9.2 average finish at Darlington -- tops among all active drivers.
  • He also leads all active drivers with five poles, and he's led 937 laps at the 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval.
  • Elliott finished 19th last week at Bristol and moved up to 15th in the NWCS.
  • He'll make career start No. 648 on Sunday.

     

    Elliott's Winning Ways Are "Untamed" When Racing at Darlington
    When it comes to conquering the "track that's too tough to tame," Bill Elliott knows it can be done - and he's got the stats to prove it. Elliott's success at the track leads all active drivers in poles, wins (tied with Jeff Gordon), top fives, top 10s and laps led.
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    Elliott and Atwood Make Some Noise in Thunder Valley
    It was a top 20 night for the Dodge Intrepid R/Ts of Evernham Motorsports. Bill Elliott finished 19th in the No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge, and Casey Atwood finished 17th in the No. 19 Dodge Dealers Dodge. Both drivers were able to keep their cars running and out of major trouble in a race filled with 16 cautions.
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    Elliott 19th at Bristol
    "They never gave up," said Bill Elliott after bringing his Dodge home in the 19th spot at Bristol Motor Speedway. "We fought and fought and fought. The car wasn't that good, but we weren't that bad, either. I think we gained a couple of spots in the points, and that's always good."

    "Our cars weren't that good yesterday," said team owner Ray Evernham. "Bill probably had the better car tonight and ended up with some trouble and still got a 19th place finish. I think he picked up one or two spots in points, and that moves him in the top 15. We're kind of happy about that. I would have been interested to see if we could have got him some track position. Both cars should have finished in the top 15, but when you run third and 10th, top 15 doesn't sound so great anymore."

     

    Bristol Qualifying Quotes
    "I never made a qualifying run in practice," said Bill Elliott after qualifying 35th for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol. "That wasn't that good. We picked up from practice and everybody else slowed down. I wish we could have picked up a little more and got a front stretch pit, but we'll take it and go on from here."

     

    Sharpie 500 Presented by Meijer Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 47 15.828 121.228
    Qualifying 35 15.784 121.566
    Happy Hour 36 16.242 118.138

     

    Elliott Bristol Notes

  • Bill Elliott will drive the same chassis that finished 17th at Bristol in March.
  • The 45-year-old 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup champion from Dawsonville, Ga., has 35 career starts at Bristol, with one victory, six top fives and 13 top 10s.
  • He led the most laps and finished third last week at Michigan, his best finish of the season and his third top 10 in the last four starts.
  • He ranks 16th in the NWCS, 199 points behind 10th-place Kevin Harvick.
  • Elliott will make career start No. 647 on Saturday night at BMS.

     

    Mike Ford Returns to East Tennessee with Elliott and Evernham
    For Morristown, Tenn., native Mike Ford, racing at Bristol Motor Speedway is like coming home. Now the crew chief for Evernham Motorsports No. 9 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T, driven by Bill Elliott, Ford began his trip to NASCAR Winston Cup in the Tennessee hills.
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    Elliott Hopes to Light Way to Victory Lane When Night Falls at Bristol
    Bill Elliott said that he expected the second half of the season to run a little better for his No. 9 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T - and he's beginning to prove himself right. Elliott has been at his fastest since turning the halfway point at Daytona in July. He has earned three top 10 finishes in his last four races, including a season-high third at Michigan last week.
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    Elliott and Atwood Make Bold Runs at Michigan International Speedway
    Emblazoned with Dodge Ram trucks bursting through the hood of their race cars, Bill Elliott in the No. 9 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T and Casey Atwood in the No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T finished third and tenth for Evernham Motorsports at Michigan International Speedway.
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    Elliott Third at Michigan
    Bill Elliott started the Pepsi 400 second and finished third, leading the most laps along the way. Elliott has now scored top-10 finishes in four of the last six races and ranks 16th in the series standings after the third-place finish Sunday at MIS.

    "We had a good car today, but obviously not when it counted," said Elliott. "We got two tires on that last pit stop and it got too tight at the end. I just couldn't keep it down in the middle. You can't do that here."

     

    Elliott Starts from Outside Pole at Michigan
    "We're on the pole. We're just on the wrong side of it," said Bill Elliott after snagging the second starting spot. "It's part of it (being knocked off the pole by the last car out). I've been racing long enough and now qualifying is over and we'll worry about the race on Sunday. That's the objective now. Whether you're starting 39th or 43rd, the main objective is Sunday. We gained some from last time here, and that's the things you've got to do. Every time you come back to a race track you've got to get a little bit better. We came back and we were better, and that's the things we've got to keep working on."
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    Pepsi 400 Presented by Meijer Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 5 38.658 186.249
    Qualifying 2 38.327 187.857
    Practice 2 32 40.294 178.687
    Happy Hour 18 40.207 179.073

     

    Elliott Michigan Notes

  • Elliott will drive the same chassis that finished ninth at Michigan in June.
  • The 45-year-old 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup champion from Dawsonville, Ga., has won seven races and six poles at Michigan International Speedway.
  • In 47 starts at the two-mile oval in the Irish Hills of Michigan, Elliott has 16 top fives and 28 top 10s.
  • He swept both events at Michigan in '85 and '86 and won six of eight from 1984-87.
  • Elliott started sixth and finished ninth at Michigan in June in his first start at the two-mile track behind the wheel of the Evernham Motorsports No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge Intrepid R/T.
  • He's scored top-10 finishes in three of the last five races and ranks 16th in the series standings after a 24th-place finish at Watkins Glen.
  • Elliott will make career start No. 646 on Sunday.

     

    Elliott Ready for Breakthrough Run at Michigan
    Bill Elliott typically makes a statement at Michigan International Speedway and this weekend he has the car to prove it. Elliott's No. 9 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T features a new paint scheme with the powerful image of a Dodge Ram truck bursting out of the hood. Fueled by the boldly painted car, Elliott is ready for the track where he captured seven victories and six poles during his tenure with Michigan native Harry Melling.
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    Elliott and Atwood Find Watkins Glen Full of Twists and Turns
    The No. 9 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T of Bill Elliott and the No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T of Casey Atwood battled the relentless curves at Watkins Glen International, the second of two road course races on the Winston Cup circuit, to finish 24th and 22nd.
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    Late-Race Contact Sends Elliott to 24th at Watkins Glen
    "The 9 car had a great day," said team owner Ray Evernham. "He just got knocked out of the way at the end."

     

    Elliott Qualifying Quotes from The Glen
    "I haven't been able to hit anything today," said Bill Elliott. "I couldn't even hit the wall, but I really wasn't trying to do that. We just need to be better. The car is real loose, but we'll work on it and hopefully we can have a good run on Sunday."

     

    Global Crossing @ The Glen Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 25 73.211 120.474
    Qualifying 21 73.123 120.619
    Practice 2 24 73.999 119.191
    Happy Hour 23 74.124 118.990

     

    Elliott Removes Name from MPD Ballott
    Bill Elliott, voted the National Motorsports Press Association's "Most Popular Driver" for the past 10 years running and 15 times total, has decided to remove his name from the 2001 award ballot in honor of Dale Earnhardt.
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    Elliott Watkins Glen Notes

  • Bill Elliott will drive the same chassis at Watkins Glen that carried him to a ninth-place finish earlier this season at Sears Point.
  • Elliott finished eighth last week in the Brickyard 400, his fourth top-10 finish in the past six races.
  • He's tied with Jeff Burton for 15th in the NWCS, 76 points behind 14th-place Matt Kenseth and 240 points behind 10th-place Johnny Benson.
  • Elliott finished 13th last season at The Glen.
  • He has three top fives and five top 10s in 14 starts at the 2.45-mile, 11-turn road course.
  • Elliott, a 45-year-old driver from Dawsonville, Ga., will make career start No. 645 on Sunday.

      Elliott Hopes His Crossing at The Glen Includes a Checkered Flag
    In the second half of the 2001 season, Bill Elliott's performance is on par with the color of his Dodge Intrepid R/T - red hot. Elliott has collected one top five and three top 10s in his last four races. He has led in the last two races, and has brought home a fourth place finish at Pocono and eighth place finish at the Brickyard.
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    Elliott Takes Home Another Top 10 at the Brickyard, While Atwood Gains Experience Running With Leaders
    The day was filled with a lot of promise for Evernham Motorsports. Bill Elliott was starting second, and his rookie teammate Casey Atwood was starting one spot behind him in third. While Elliott brought home another top 10 and Atwood ran as high as second, the day didn't quite deliver on its potential.
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    Elliott Eighth at Brickyard
    Bill Elliott started the Brickyard 400 second and finished eighth. It was his fifth top-ten finish in eight Brickyard 400s and his third top ten in the last four races this season.

    "We had a pretty good car today," said Elliott. "The problem is that some of those guys got out of sync on their pit stops and got track position on me. We got shuffled back and had to fight our way back up through that mess. I wasn't great today. I wasn't bad, either. We had a decent car. There wasn't a huge difference with the rules change. It wasn't that much easier to pass. We've come a long way in the past few weeks and that's what we've got to keep working on."

    "Three or four weeks ago we would have been happy with a top 10, but we're hungry for top fives now," said team owner Ray Evernham. "We had two good cars, but the caution flags didn't fall our way. Our cars were as fast as anybody. I think it's still too early to tell about the impact of the rules change. I think we were just as good at Pocono last week. I don't think we've really had a chance to work on it yet."

    "Obviously we would have liked a little bit more from the day, but it's another top 10 finish for us," said crew chief Mike Ford. "This series is about consistency and we've got three top 10s in the last four races. We're definitely headed in the right direction. We've been progressing week by week. But the rule change helped because some of the Dodges performed well today and we had three of them in the top 10. It is a step in the right direction. Hopefully, it's a sign of what's to come. For the No. 9 car, we've been making progress as the year goes on and we've been able to run in the top 10. With three top 10s in the last four weeks, we're definitely getting some consistency."

     

    Elliott Starts from Outside Pole at Indy
    Bill Elliott will start second in Sunday's Brickyard 400 after circling the 2.5-mile track at 179.565 mph in time trials on Saturday. "We need to be a little bit better, but I'll take it," said Elliott. "You guess at these things all day long and try to get your act together with what you need for qualifying, but some days you get it and some days you don't. Anytime you can run close to what you ran in practice, it's a good deal."
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    Elliott Indy Notes

  • Bill Elliott, fresh off a season-best fourth-place finish last week in the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway, will race a brand new Dodge Intrepid R/T chassis in the Brickyard 400.
  • Elliott finished third last year in the Brickyard 400 and has five top-10 finishes in seven starts at the famous 2.5-mile track.
  • The 45-year-old driver from Dawsonville, Ga., moved up three spots in the NWCS to 16th after 20 of 36 events.
  • Elliott has posted four top-10 finishes in the last seven races.
  • Elliott will make career start No. 644 on Sunday.

     

    Brickyard 400 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 15 51.354 175.254
    Practice 2 1 49.890 180.397
    Qualifying 2 50.121 179.565
    Happy Hour 22 53.395 168.555

     

    Elliott Looks to Kiss the Bricks at Indianapolis
    The Brickyard 400 is one of the few races on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit that Bill Elliott has not won. He's come close - both qualifying and finishing in the top 10 in four of seven appearances there. But, he hopes that his debut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a Dodge Intrepid R/T will be the factor that finally puts him in the winner's circle.
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    Dodge Excited About Rule Change
    "Maybe it'll get 'em closer. This sport needs Dodge to win a race this year. This sport needs Bill Elliott to win a race this year. It needs a Dodge to win. I think this is going to help." - Larry McReynolds
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    Elliott Scores Season-Best Finish at Pocono
    Bill Elliott finished fourth in the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. Elliott's fourth-place finish was his best of the season and his second top five of 2001. He jumped three positions in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings and is now 16th after 20 of 36 events. Elliott, a four-time winner at Pocono, last had a top-10 finish at the 2.5-mile track on July 20, 1997. He finished 10th in that race.

    "We had a good day," said Elliott after the solid run. "I was pleased. Mike (crew chief Ford) said at the start of the race to have fun, and I had fun all day long. The car wasn't too bad. I was a little bit tight there one time, but that last set of tires was the best. The weather change helped me a lot. I'm just glad it's over with. This is just like a win for us. As far as we've come in the last number of weeks. If we just keep digging, we'll get there. We changed a bunch of things this morning, and it all went in the right direction. At least I can see 'em now.

    "We've run decent the last few weeks, but we haven't had a race like we had today. The motor ran good. The car drove good for the most part. We were best there at the end when it counted, and we were able to pull it out more. I don't think there's been any one thing that's been keeping us down. It's just been a lot of little stuff. It's stuff we've got to work through and try to get better each week.

    "I ran out of fuel just past the start-finish line after the checkered flag. It never bobbled until then.

    "We started off and the car was hooked up and ran well all day long. We've just got to keep working through this stuff. Ray and all the guys have really worked hard, and if we can just keep working, we've got the team that can do it. We've had some bad luck, but we've just got to keep getting better. That's where these teams beat us each week. We were kind of set up for the cool, and the race track kind of came to us. I feel like we had to grow as a team, and we've got to keep getting a dialogue of what these cars want.

    "We needed a good run. Everything worked good. The car drove good for the most part. That's what we've got to shoot for each and every week. You never feel like you've got it turned around in this business, but if we can keep running like we did today, you never know. We couldn't run with those best guys at the end, but we weren't bad. We really need to run well at Indy. This race a year ago, I ran well in my car. We'll see what Indy brings us. It really pays good, so you need to run good there. These flatter tracks, you catch someone at a pretty good clip, but it's hard to pass 'em. I had fun, and that's what it's all about. I had a ball. I could stand a little more of that."

    "Both cars ran good (9 and 19)," said team-owner Ray Evrenham. "Fourth and 15th, that's our best finish with Bill, and it's a lot better than our last finish at Pocono with the 19 car. I think we had the two top Dodges today. We had the top Dodge in qualifying and had the top Dodge finishing, and Casey was the top rookie. It was a good day. If we can keep making improvements, we're going to be OK. I've really got two good race teams here, and the guys are doing a great job. I can probably start staying home if they keep learning this way."

     

    Elliott Qualifies 14th at Pocono
    Bill Elliott qualified 14th for the Pennsylvania 500 with a time of 53.439/168.416 mph., improving on his 23rd place start earlier this year.

    "We picked up over our qualifying in June, and that's what we've got to keep working on," said Elliott after his qualifying run. "We're still a half second off the good cars, but if we can keep working on it and getting a little better, than that's what we've got to do.

    "We're hoping to get a good finish in the race. At least our last race we did finish, and I don't remember the last race before that we finished. We've got some momentum from some good top 10 finishes in the last few races, so hopefully we'll have a good day on Sunday. We'll just have to see."

     

    Dodges Get Help
    NASCAR officials announced today that modifications to the front air dam for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series 2001 Dodge Intrepid will go into effect beginning with next weekend's NASCAR Winston Cup event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This modification will allow Intrepid teams to extend their front air dam two (2) inches forward below the bumper from the current measurement. The front air dam is described as the area below the bumper. The bumper will remain in its standard position.

     

    Pennsylvania 500 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 12 53.667 167.701
    Qualifying 14 53.439 168.416
    Practice 2 21 55.073 163.419
    Happy Hour 9 55.076 163.411

     

    Elliott Looks for Luck, Top Ten Finish at Pocono
    Bill Elliott's hopes for a top-10 run at Pocono Raceway earlier this year went flat when his left front tire blew, taking him from the top 10 to a 27th place finish. But the veteran driver thinks his return trip to the racetrack offers more promise.
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    Elliott Pocono Notes

  • Bill Elliott will race the same Intrepid chassis that finished 27th in June at Pocono.
  • The 45-year-old driver from Dawsonville, Ga., has three poles and five victories at Pocono.
  • He finished 21st last week at New Hampshsire and remained 19th in the NWCS.
  • Elliott trails 18th-place Ward Burton by only nine points.

     

    Elliott Finishes 21st at New Hampshire
    "It was not a good day," said Bill Elliott after finishing 21st at Loudon. "We started off in 12th, and the Dodge was pretty good for the first part of the race. But, we made a mid-race pit stop and got shuffled back to 28th. Track position is pretty critical here, and we just couldn't work our way back up. Then, I spun on something and that pretty much did it for me. We've just never had a good consistent run here, and today is another example."

    "I felt like, today, we had two Dodges that were very capable of running in the top 10," said team owner Ray Evernham. "We were caught on a pit stop and had some other problems that kept us from getting it done. Here, it's all about gambling on a pit stop and being in the right place at the right time.

    "Track position killed Bill today, and then he spun late in the race. Track position is so key here, Bill's lap times were capable of being top 10 or even top five all day, he just couldn't get any track position. I feel like our cars were really competitive today, I just wish the guys got better finishes. But that's the way the guys learn. We had a couple of good race cars, we're just not able to get them finishing where they need to finish."

     

    Loudon Qualifying Quotes
    Bill Elliott had the fastest Dodge in time trials with a lap of 130.711 mph. He picked up more than three tenths from practice and will start 12th in Sunday's race.

    "The crew did a great job getting the car ready for qualifying. I was one of the lucky ones I suppose. I had a lot of cloud cover when I got out there.. That's all that saved me. I can always go the other way, so it was good to pick it up from practice. I've got mixed emotions about it. This place has been kind of a tossup for me. I've been more bad than good. I'd like to hope this weekend will be better, but it's hard to say. I'll get through practice tomorrow and evaluate it a little more. I haven't had a decent package here in awhile, but we'll put our heads together and see what we come up with."

     

    New England 300 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 41 29.512 129.059
    Qualifying 12 29.139 130.711
    Practice 2 20 29.778 127.907
    Happy Hour 15 29.597 128.689

     

    Elliott New Hampshire Notes

  • Bill Elliott will bring his Las Vegas and Texas chassis to NHIS. He finished 14th with it in both events.
  • In his first season behind the wheel of a Dodge after years in the Ford camp, Elliott started off in style by winning the pole for the Daytona 500 and finishing fifth in the race.
  • That's been his only pole and only top five finish this season, but the 45-year-old driver from Dawsonville, Ga., has had top 10 finishes in three of the last five races.
  • First-year car owner Ray Evernham and Elliott had the top finishing Dodge in the Daytona 500.
  • Elliott has a total of four top 10s to go along with his one fifth-place run, and he has no DNFs.
  • In 12 starts at New Hampshire, Elliott has three top 10s and one top five.
  • His best finish there was a fifth in July 1999.
  • He's ranked 19th in the NWCS.

     

    Four Dodge Intrepids Ranked in Top 25 at Midseason
    After 18 of 36 point races on the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup schedule, four of 10 new Dodge Intrepid R/T teams are ranked in the top 25 in the Winston Cup Standings. Sterling Marlin leads the way in fifth place, followed by Ward Burton (18th), Bill Elliott (19th) and Dave Blaney (24).
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    Elliott Hopes to Keep Wind in His Sails from Chicago to Loudon
    Blowing in from a top 10 finish in the Windy City, Bill Elliott knows that he'll need more than a strong gust to produce similar results this weekend at the New England 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway.
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    Elliott Squeezes Out Top Ten at Tropicana 400
    Thirsty for a strong finish at the inaugural Tropicana 400, Evernham Motorsports opened the day with Bill Elliott's No. 9 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T starting fourth. Elliott finished the day at 10th, his third top-10 finish in the past five races.
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    Chicagoland Post-Race Quotes
    "I think we might be down on motor," said Bill Elliott after notching a top ten finish at Chicago. "That's the best I've had a car drive in awhile, but I couldn't beat 'em down the straightaways. I don't know if we're out of drag or whatever. The track wasn't bad. It was pretty one groove, but other than that it wasn't bad. I was pretty disappointed. I wanted to finish a little bit better, but coming out of here with a 10th-place finish for us is a good day. We just need to keep nipping away at it. If we can get the car driving as good as it did today and get a little more aero wise and motor wise we'll be all right."

     

    Elliott Chicago Saturday Quotes
    Comments from Saturday morning's Winston Breakfast Club.
    "Things are going pretty well so far. I really didn't know what to expect when this season started. When you look at these deals and say I'd like to be a little farther along than I am today, but I look at the whole program and Dodge has been out of it for quite a number of years and trying to build a program."
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    Chicagoland Qualifying Quotes
    "I ran better than I did in practice today," said Elliott. "The whole deal is yesterday we were pretty good, but a couple of cars were quite a bit quicker. I was pretty concerned with the race track. We put a little better engine in today, and they kept working on the car and getting it better and better and better. We had one particular set of tires I really liked, and that's what we ran. I was pleased. To come here for the first time and get everything going is great. We need to be a little bit better, but we'll keep working at it. We'll learn a lot from the Busch race tomorrow. We haven't run with any other cars on the track, so we'll know more after first practice tomorrow. Every step NASCAR makes seems to be significant, and racing here is another milestone."

     

    Elliott Leads First Practice at Chicago
    Bill Elliott led the way in the first practice session Thursday afternoon with a lap of 29.574 seconds, 182.593 mph. Elliott tested at Chicagoland recently and will run the same Dodge chassis that qualified sixth and finished ninth at Michigan earlier this season. The 45-year-old Dawsonville, Ga., native will make his 641st career start at Chicagoland. He has won 50 poles and 40 races in his career.

    "It doesn't pay anything to win practice," Elliott said. "We ran 30.50s to 31.50 when we tested up here. We never went in qualifying trim when we tested. We just worked on our qualifying setup in that first practice session. I'd say the pole will be more like a 29 flat. We probably won't work much on qualifying in the last practice today. The track will probably be too cool. We'll just have to wait and see what happens, but I think we'll be in pretty good shape tomorrow."

     

    Tropicana 400 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 1 29.574 182.593
    Practice 2 4 29.528 182.877
    Practice 3 8 29.605 182.402
    Qualifying 4 29.545 182.772
    Practice 4 21 30.377 177.766
    Happy Hour 25 30.488 177.119

     

    Elliott Chicago Notes

  • The 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup champion tested at Chicagoland and will bring back his Michigan chassis for the Tropicana 400.
  • Elliott qualified sixth and finished ninth at Michigan.
  • He finished 35th at Daytona in the Pepsi 400 and ranks 19th in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings.
  • The 45-year-old Dawsonville, Ga., native will make his 641st career start at Chicagoland.
  • He has won 50 poles and 40 races in his career.

     

    Elliott's Outlook Sunny for Tropicana 400
    Bill Elliott thinks Chicago might just be his kind of town. Elliott, in the No. 9 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T, is one of a handful of drivers who have had an opportunity to test at the new 1.5-mile speedway. He gives the track high marks for its smooth, quick surface and unique design, and predicts the race will be really fast.
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    Disappointment in Daytona
    "My car was so loose at the first of the race, that's why we lost a lap," said a frustrated Bill Elliott after the Pepsi 400. "Then we stopped short again and lost another lap. It's a joke. It's just a joke. I don't know what you've got to do. People got strung out too bad with ill handling cars. I was so loose at first I just couldn't do anything. It's disappointing as hard as these guys work. I'm just glad to get out of here safely and go on to Chicago."

     

    Daytona Qualifying Quotes
    "We came down here with a new race car, and you've got to keep sorting through this stuff," said Bill Elliott after qualifying for the Pepsi 400 in 49.577 seconds. "You've just got to keep working through it. All-in-all, the guys did a good job. We came down here last night and unloaded this car for the first time. We've never tested it. The other car had a lot of testing on it, and we knew pretty much how it needed to be set up. When you build a new race car, it always takes a couple of times to get things sorted out. We felt like we made some changes that will make this car better, and we think it'll race good. It's always kind of a chess match here in the race, so we'll see what happens."

     

    Pepsi 400 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 14 49.500 181.818
    Qualifying 18 49.577 181.536
    Happy Hour 8 47.543 189.302

     

    Elliott Daytona Notes

  • Bill Elliott will race a brand new chassis in the Pepsi 400.
  • Elliott won the pole and finished fifth in the 2001 Daytona 500.
  • He's a four-time winner at the 2.5-mile track with a pair of victories in the Daytona 500 and two in the Pepsi 400.
  • In 48 career starts at Daytona, Elliott has four wins, 15 top fives and 24 top 10s (half of his starts).
  • Elliott finished ninth at Sears Point and has two ninth-place finishes in the past three races.
  • The 45-year-old driver from Dawsonville, Ga., ranks 17th in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings after 16 of 36 events.

     

    Dodge in the Hunt for Daytona Glory
    Entering the halfway point of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series season at the July 7 Pepsi 400, the fleet of 10 Dodge Intrepid R/T teams are still seeking their first points' victory.
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    Elliott Returns to Daytona to Defend His Pole Position
    Bill Elliott returns to Daytona International Speedway with a gleam in his eye and a strong desire to put his red Dodge Intrepid R/T right back where it started -- on the pole.
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    Elliott Tests Chicagoland Speedway
    Bill Elliott, in the No. 9 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T, was the second Dodge to test at the new 1.5 mile Chicagoland Speedway. Elliott and his crew chief, Mike Ford, gave the track high marks for the smooth surface and fast speeds The team spent Tuesday and Wednesday at the track, preparing for the inaugural race and working on setups for other similar tracks. Other teams testing included Bobby Hamilton, Jeremy Mayfield, Shawna Robinson and Jeff Green.
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    Top Ten at Sears Point
    "The car was not going into second, and I was missing a lot of shifts," said Bill Elliott after finishing ninth in the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Sears Point Raceway. "Other than that, it wasn't a bad day. On that deal with the 87, when he came off the corner he was trying to drive straight and I was still too far under him. I was trying to get out of the way, and he just hit my right front and went into the wall. What do you do?

    "We're going in the right direction. Ray (team owner Evernham) and the guys are doing a great job. We were a little concerned earlier this morning about what was going on, but we've just got to keep nipping at it. We keep gaining a little bit every week. We didn't think we had a car that could win the race, but we had a pretty good car. If we could have got a little better track position, we would have come out of here with a real good day. Any time you can keep it between the ditches here you feel pretty good about it. This is a tough road course. If we'd had a couple more laps we might could have passed the 99 for another spot, but that's the way it goes."

     

    Sears Point Qualifying Quotes
    "That was pretty good," said Bill Elliott after qualifying 18th at Sears Point. "We were really loose, but we ended up in decent shape. I think we'll be all right for the race."

     

    Dodge/Save Mart 350 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 17 77.735 92.622
    Qualifying 18 78.120 92.166
    Practice 2 16 78.33 91.919
    Happy Hour 31 78.323 91.927

     

    Elliott Sears Point Notes

  • Bill Elliott will race a brand new chassis at Sears Point.
  • In 11 starts at Sears Point, his best finish was third in 1989.
  • Elliott started eighth and finished 35th last year at Sears Point.
  • He finished 27th last week at Pocono.
  • The 45-year-old driver from Dawsonville, Ga., stands 17th in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings after 15 of 36 events on the 2001 schedule.

     

    No Dodging the Question: Pepsi 400 Front Row Could Belong to Elliott, Compton
    For the second straight year, the Pepsi 400 front row has a good chance of looking identical to the Daytona 500 front row. Now, predicting who's going to win a pole position for a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race isn't an exact science. Sure, you can look at the practice speeds and pick out a few top contenders, but there's no telling who will blister the fastest lap.
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    Elliott 27th at Pocono
    "I did a little agricultural driving today," said Elliott after the race. "Everybody spun out and I didn't have anywhere to go. The grass was my only option. It didn't really hurt the car. It messed the air dam up a little bit. What hurt it worst was cutting that left front tire down. I think we would have been OK. I ran with the 18 and 20 a lot of the day, but it doesn't matter now because we finished 27th."

     

    Ford Back at Track
    Crew Chief Mike Ford, who left Pocono to be with his sick father, was back at the track on Saturday morning. Ford has plans to return to the track on Sunday to act as crew chief for Elliott, but that could change depending on the status of his father. Right now, Ford and Ray Evernham are taking it one day at a time.

     

    Pocono Qualifying Quotes
    "That's a lot better than I've been running, but it's a long way from that 52.785 (Ricky Rudd's lap). We were struggling with the car early, and we kept working on it and got a little better as practice went along," said Elliott. "We just needed more time. We'll go back to the setup book now and see what we're going to do tomorrow. We wanted to pick up half a second from practice, but we didn't quite get that."

    NOTE: CREW CHIEF MIKE FORD WENT HOME TO BE WITH HIS SICK FATHER, TEAM OWNER RAY EVERNHAM WILL SERVE AS ELLIOTT'S CREW CHIEF UNTIL FORD RETURNS

    "Our thoughts go out to Mike Ford and his family," said Elliott. "It's tough dealing with situations like these. He's doing the right thing being with his family. We wish them well."

     

    Pocono 500 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 23 54.239 165.932
    Qualifying 23 53.944 166.840
    Practice 2 23 55.023 163.568
    Happy Hour 20 55.437 162.346

     

    Elliott Pocono Notes

  • Bill Elliott will race his Charlotte chassis (chassis No. 14) at Pocono.
  • He qualified fourth and finished 26th in the Coca-Cola 600.
  • Fresh off a ninth-place finish last week at Michigan that moved him from 19th to 16th in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings, Elliott will be gunning for his fifth career victory at Pocono.
  • The 45-year-old driver from Dawsonville, Ga., is tied with Rusty Wallace for most victories by active drivers at Pocono with four.
  • Elliott finished 38th last June at Pocono.
  • In 36 career starts at Pocono, Elliott has four wins, 12 top fives and 20 top 10s.

     

    Elliott 9th at Michigan
    "I'm glad to finish anywhere, but a top 10 finish is always a good finish," said Bill Elliott after finishing ninth in the Kmart 400. "I never could get handling right today. We had to work on the tires a lot. Some of those guys were just better than I was. We'll just have to work on it and go on next week. We picked up a few spots in the standings (three), and we've got a lot of racing left this season."

    "We got Bill in the top 10 and we got Casey some experience," said team owner Ray Evernham. "We've got to keep on doing that. The Dodges were good in the race, and Sterling had a shot at winning. I was pulling hard to see that happen. I feel that it's right around the corner. We did what we needed to today, and Sterling almost got a win. It was a good day."

     

    Elliott Michigan Qualifying Quotes
    "It was a decent lap. Everything went well," said Bill Elliott after turning in his qualifying lap. "We picked up quite a bit from practice. It seems like a lot of guys did, and that's what you've got to do here. Michigan is a typical place. It's a wide race track. It's a more forgiving race track. You can get away with a little bit more here. The guys did a good job setting up the car. The motor ran well. Now we've just got to keep expanding on this and get better for Sunday. Muhammad Ali and Action Performance got together with Dodge doing a diversity deal. It was a cross-promotion, and we'll see what happens. We've got to have something to change our luck.

    "Qualifying really doesn't mean that much these days. It does as far as picking your pit position, but if you've got a good car you can get to the front. Michigan has always been a good race track for me. I've always enjoyed racing here. It's been good to me in the past."

     

    Kmart 400 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 16 38.765 185.735
    Qualifying 6 38.405 187.476
    Practice 2 11 39.331 183.062
    Happy Hour 15 39.803 180.891

     

    Elliott Michigan Notes

  • Bill Elliott will drive chassis No. 08 at Michigan.
  • He finished 14th with it earlier this season at California Speedway.
  • Elliott started eighth and finished eighth last June at MIS.
  • The 45-year-old driver from Dawsonville, Ga., has won seven races in 46 starts at MIS.
  • He has 16 top fives and 27 top 10s.
  • Elliott finished 40th last week at Dover and dropped to 19th in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings.

     

    Elliott Returns Number 9 to Michigan International Speedway
    For Bill Elliott, driver of the No. 9 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T, this weekend's race at Michigan International Speedway will be a sentimental journey. He is bringing the car that made him famous -- the No. 9 -- back to the track that helped make him famous - where he collected seven wins and six poles driving for Michigan native Harry Melling.
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    Winston Teleconference: Bill Elliott
    Highlights of the NASCAR Winston Cup Teleconference with Bill Elliott, driver of the number 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge and Ray Evernham, owner of Evernham Motorsports.
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    Dodge Program on Track with Dealers and Fans
    Dodge Motorsports spent the 500 days prior to the 2001 Daytona 500 counting down the days in preparation for its return to NASCAR Winston Cup racing. Now, some 100 days into the 2001 season, Dodge is seeing its heralded return deliver new fans for the Dodge teams, heightened awareness for the brand and increased traffic in Dodge dealer showrooms.
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  • Dodge 100 Day Teleconference Transcript

     

    Bad Luck Bites Elliott at Dover Downs
    Bill Elliott finishes 40th in the MBNA Platinum 400 at Dover Downs, after getting collected in a lap-two crash. On the second lap of the race, Elliott hit a spinning Jerry Nadeau and was t-boned by Michael Waltrip after sliding down the track.

    "It looked like the 25 and 26 got together in the corner. The 25 was trying to jam his way under the 26," said Elliott after the crash. "I don't know whose fault it was, if the 26 came down or the 25 went up. The 25 lost it. I thought the 25 was just going to slide around toward the center, and I was going to commit to the high side. When I did, he started up. We got together and then we got apart and my car just turned left down the race track. I guess Mikey (Waltrip) hit me in the side. We've got a lot of damage. It'll take awhile, but maybe we'll get back out. It's a shame it happened so fast, but that's just part of what we do."

    With the accident, Elliott drops to 19th in the point standings, 545 points out of first.

     

    Dover Pit Crew Notes

        BILL ELLIOTT (No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge)
        Crew Chief: Mike Ford
        Rear Tire Carrier: Heath Cherry
        Front Tire Carrier: Ryan Buscaglio
        Spotter: Ray Evernham
        Jackman: Mark Jacobs
        Gasman: Rodney Rhodes
        Gas Catchman: Derek Jones   
        Front Tire Changer: Andy Thurman
        Rear Tire Changer: Jim Pohlman
        Windshield: Mike Ford

     

    MBNA Platinum 400 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 13 23.220 155.039
    Starting 16 - -
    Happy Hour 22 24.211 148.693

     

    Elliott Dover Notes

  • Bill Elliott, a four-time winner at Dover Downs, will race chassis No. 42 at Dover.
  • It's the same chassis that carried him to a 17th-place finish at Bristol earlier this season.
  • Elliott qualified second and finished 12th last June at Dover.
  • He finished 26th last week at Charlotte and ranks 16th in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings.
  • In 35 career starts at Dover, Elliott has 11 top fives and 18 top 10s.

     

    Elliott 26th at Lowe's Motor Speedway
    "I can't really say how the car was. I'm totally disappointed," said a dejected Bill Elliott. "We've got to get better than this. We started out strong, but we never could get a handle on the tires. Then we ran over something and had a flat tire. Ray (Evernham) spotted for us tonight and he did a pretty good job. He was giving me a lot of good information. We've just got to get better."

     

    Coca-Cola 600 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 5 29.808 181.159
    Qualifying 4 29.282 184.414
    Practice 2 8 30.418 177.526
    Happy Hour 33 31.036 173.991

     

    Elliott Starts Fourth at Charlotte
    Bill Elliott will start the Coca-Cola 600 from the fourth position, his third top-five starting spot of the season and 12th at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

    "When I finally got started the track had a lot of grip," said Elliott after his qaulifying run. "I guess I'm the gauge for everybody else now. Going out first, at least things will be consistent, but we'll see what happens. You just try to see how much grip the race track's got when you go out first. After practice earlier today, my best lap was the second lap. I got off a good lap on the first lap and I said, 'I'll just go for it on the second lap.' I'm glad it's over with. With practicing so much in the heat of the afternoon, it's anybody's guess. You can flip a coin and put a setup under the car and figure out what you're going to do."

     

    Elliott Charlotte Notes

  • Bill Elliott will use chassis No. 14 in the Coca-Cola 600.
  • It's a brand new chassis for the Evernham Motorsports team.
  • Elliott qualified third and finished 43rd in last year's Coca-Cola 600.
  • He ranks 14th in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings (NWCS) after the first 11 races.

     

    Elliott and Atwood Hope Long Wait Pays Off at End of Long Day
    For the drivers of Evernham Motorsports, the wait for the first victory has been a bit longer than expected, but hopes are high the waiting will end next Sunday in the Coca-Cola 600. Lowe's Motor Speedway has long been a favorite and successful track for team owner Ray Evernham and veteran driver Bill Elliott.
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    The Winston Qualifying Quotes
    "You've got to do it one time and it's got to count," said Bill Elliott after qualifying ninth for The Winston. "If you don't do it that one time then it doesn't count. You can have the fastest car in the world and the best pit crew in the world and it's still got to all add up and it just didn't add up. Everything went pretty uneventful. I was pleased with the way everything turned out as far as the race car was concerned. I think they had a little bit of trouble in the pits with some or other, but all-in-all, it was just a wild night in Charlotte. I think we're still learning a little bit about this particular car. I was pleased with the lap times we ran. That's the best we've run since we've been here. If we can just continue to expand and grow and then worry about coming back next week... To me, I look at this more like a test. If you can't win the race, the rest of it is a test. I didn't have any trouble with it (darkness on his qualifying laps), but how many laps have I run around this place?"

     

    The Winston Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 5 30.934 174.565
    Qualifying 9 116.873 46.204
    Segment 1 20 - -
    Segment 2 19 - -
    Final Segment 17 - -

     

    Evernham: Making Changes, Moving Forward
    "You've got to make changes to go forward," said Ray Evernham. "When you have a small group of people, you can control everything. When you don't have a small group, and it goes to a large group, it has to be run more as a democracy. You have to give the people who are doing the job the power to do it."
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    Elliott - The Winston Notes

  • Elliott will use chassis No. 17 in The Winston.
  • The Evernham Motorsports team tested it recently at Lowe's Motor Speedway, but it's never competed in a race.
  • Crew chief and team manager Mike Ford said the team plans to run the same chassis next week in the Coca-Cola 600.
  • Elliott, the 1986 winner of The Winston, ranks 14th in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings (NWCS) after the first 11 races.
  • Team owner Ray Evernham will spot for Elliott in The Winston on Saturday night.

     

    Dodge Hopes to Quench Thirst for Victory at Coca-Cola 600
    Dodge toasted its success in the winner's circle nine times at Charlotte Motor Speedway from 1966 to 1977, but a drought so far in its return 2001 season has left the manufacturer thirsty for victory at the Coca-Cola 600.
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    Elliott Returns for his 16th Winston, Atwood Looks for First Appearance
    Bill Elliott will bring his No. 9 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T to Lowe's Motor Speedway for Dodge's inaugural run in The Winston this weekend, making his 16th appearance in the event. Rookie Casey Atwood, in the No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T, will run in the companion event, The Winston Open, with hopes of qualifying for the marquee race.
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    Bad Luck in Richmond, Elliott Finishes 37th
    After running in the top 15 most of the night and hanging on the lead lap, Bill Elliott ran into a little bad luck. Elliott was involved in an accident with Ken Schrader and Michael Waltrip that sent the number 9 Dodge to the garage to make repairs. Elliott would return to the track to finish in the 37th position, 58 laps down. The finish would drop Elliott to the 14th position in the Winston Cup point standings, 371 points out of the lead.

    "The rookie team did a real good job," said team owner Ray Evernham. "That's the good news. The bad news is every week I get to experience something new as a car owner. Tonight it was having both of my cars in the same wreck. The 19 is all tore up, but the 9 got tore up worse."

     

    Richmond Qualifying Quotes
    "I was pleased," said Bill Elliott after qualifying eighth. "We kept digging with this thing. Mike (crew chief Ford) and the guys did a real good job. I just screwed up the second lap. I feel like I gave up some. I could have given up the first lap, too, so we'll just take what we got and get ready to go race tomorrow night. We're going to make very few changes before practice. We don't have a lot of time. It'll probably be pretty close to the qualifying setup."

     

    Elliott Richmond Notes

  • Bill Elliott will race chassis No. 18 at Richmond, the same one that carried him to a 14th-place finish at Martinsville earlier this season.
  • Elliott finished 14th last week at California, ninth last May at Richmond and ranks 11th in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings.

     

    Pontiac Excitement 400 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 27 21.846 123.592
    Qualifying 8 21.815 123.768
    Happy Hour 29 22.457 120.230

     

    Elliott, Atwood Look Forward to Richmond Race
    It may be called the Pontiac Excitement 400, but the Bill Elliott and Casey Atwood predict the real excitement at Richmond International Raceway will come from Dodge this weekend.
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    Each Week Brings New Test for Dodge Racing Engine
    The Dodge Intrepid R/T racing engine endured one of its toughest tests during the past weekend at California Speedway. The engine is about to endure a very different kind of test this coming weekend at Richmond International Raceway. Dodge engine builders say the toughest challenge, though, is to design and build engines for the cars and trucks used by consumers.
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    Elliott 14th at California
    "The car was loose all day," said Bill Elliott after bringing his number 9 Dodge home in 14th place. "We kept working on it and trying to get it better, but we never really got it right. We gambled a little bit there at the end and opted not to pit in favor of track position. That worked out pretty good because we got a decent finish out of it and we really hadn't been running up that high all day."

    Elliott dropped out of the top ten in points for the first time this season. Elliott now sits 11th in the Winston Cup point standings, 305 points behind point leader Dale Jarrett.

     

    California Qualifying Quotes
    "It blew up but that's the way it goes, so it wasn't too good," said Elliott after loosing an engine during his qualifying run. "I thought I felt it going away off turn two, but when I came off four down the front straightaway, it finally let go. I guess we were lucky to end up where we did. We'll get to work and get ready for the race. This track hasn't been that good to me in the past, so maybe we're due for a good race here on Sunday."

     

    Elliott California Notes

  • Bill Elliott will race chassis No. 08 at California Speedway.
  • It's the same Dodge Intrepid chassis he drove to a 16th-place finish earlier this season at Atlanta.
  • Elliott finished 19th in last year's NAPA 500, 32nd last week at Talladega and ranks 10th in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings.

     

    NAPA Auto Parts 500 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 10 39.761 181.082
    Qualifying 22 39.948 180.234
    Happy Hour (AM Session) 22 40.523 177.677
    Happy Hour (PM Session) 27 41.552 173.277

     

    Evernham Hopes Textbook Track Delivers Textbook Finish
    The first time Ray Evernham's team raced at California Speedway, they won. The last time Evernham's team raced there, they won. Will the first run at California Speedway for Evernham Motorsports turn out the same way - in Victory Lane? Ray Evernham, team owner of Evernham Motorsports, certainly hopes so.
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    Top 25 Streak Ends, Elliott 32nd at Talladega
    Bill Elliott's streak of top-25 finishes ends at eight after coming home 32nd at Talladega.

    "I had a great car. I just ran out of gas," said Elliott. "I don't know what happened. I sure didn't know anything about the rules change on ether. But obviously, Mike (crew chief Ford) and them didn't know either. I think that was a BS deal. I'm happy to get out of here safely with the car in one piece, but we still need a better car."

     

    Elliott Talladega Qualifying Quotes
    "We're really surprised with the way we ran today," said Bill Elliott after qualifying third. "This is just one day of many here, so we'll see what tomorrow brings and keep hammering on it. A couple of tenths can be gained here if the weather conditions are right. Mike Ford (crew chief) and all the guys do a heck of a job on this Dodge. It's a team effort. That's what it's all about. You can't get excited about this place because you don't go fast. You're just on cruise control."
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    Elliott Talladega Notes

  • Bill Elliott will race his Budweiser Shootout Dodge Intrepid R/T in Sunday's Talladega 500.
  • In 48 career starts at Talladega Superspeedway, Elliott has two victories, 10 top fives and 22 top-10 finishes with winnings of almost $1.2 million.
  • Elliott finished 15th in last year's spring race at Talladega and 24th in the October 500-miler.
  • Fresh off a 14th-place finish at Martinsville on April 8, Elliott ranks ninth in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings, 293 points behind the leader.

     

    Talladega 500 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 17 52.321 183.024
    Qualifying 3 52.041 184.009
    Happy Hour 8 50.140 190.985

     

    100th Anniversary of Ford Racing:
    The "Great Races" - 1985 Talladega Winston 500

    Ford Racing is in the midst of a year-long celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the start of its racing program with a win by Henry Ford on October 10, 1901. In the next of a series of feature releases, Ford Racing looks back one of its successes in a great race - the 1985 Winston 500. Bill Elliott, driving a Thunderbird, overcame a nearly two-lap deficit under green flag conditions to win at Alabama International Motor Speedway en route to becoming the first driver to win the Winston Million.
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    Elliott Readies for Easter Break
    Bill Elliott kicked off the 2001 campaign for Dodge and team owner Ray Evernham in style by winning the pole for the Daytona 500. The 45-year-old Dawsonville, Ga., native says he plans to relax at home over the holidays, hide eggs with his five-year-old son Chase and prepare himself mentally for the upcoming races.
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    Elliott 14th at Martinsville
    "We had a pretty good day," said Bill Elliott after bringing his number 9 Dodge home in 14th place. "We came in for two tires on that last caution, and lost some track position, but it probably wouldn't have mattered if we had stayed out or not. Those guys who came in and got four tires came back up through there pretty good. It was really hot out there today. I don't think anyone expected it to be that bad. We had a good car, and I was hoping for a better finish, but I'm going to cool off and take next week off and get ready for Talladega."

    Pit Note: Kevin Gabard, front tire carrier on the No. 31 car was injured during a late race pit stop when a lose tire from Elliott's car rolled into the No. 31 pit. Gabard had just jumped off the wall and was running around the left side of the car when the tire clipped his left knee and sent him down to the ground. He has had ACL surgery on that knee more than once, and thinks he might have re-injured it. He was treated and released from the infield care center and will see his personal doctor first thing Monday morning.

     

    Martinsville Saturday Quotes
    "I think the car's pretty good," said Elliott on Saturday morning. "We'll probably try a couple of different setups in Happy Hour. We should have been better in qualifying, but we'll be all right. Each track has its own characteristics. What might be OK one place isn't OK somewhere else. One guy will get his act together and get is combination right. We've just got to keep working on these cars and get 'em better. There doesn't seem to be as much premium on a hard tire. You can stay out and run. You can go 50 or 60 laps and still be OK. Track position, track position, track position is the only strategy. I don't know if we'll gamble on a pit stop and stay out or not. We'll have to wait until the situation presents itself. I just hope we're in position to gamble."

     

    Martinsville Qualifying Quotes
    "We were pretty good in practice today," said Elliott after qualifying 17th. "I thought we would be faster in qualifying, but we just couldn't get it hooked up. We were coming off in the corners a little bit, but we ended up OK. The tires really didn't make a difference today. They'll be real good for the race. Some people say if you practice good here you qualify badly. I don't think that's true. Qualifying 17th here isn't bad. There's a big premium on qualifying at Martinsville.. Track position is a big deal here. Qualifying in the top 20 really helps."

     

    Virginia 500 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 9 20.194 93.770
    Qualifying 17 20.261 93.460
    Happy Hour 23 20.587 91.980

     

    Elliott Martinsville Notes

  • Bill Elliott will drive a brand new Intrepid at Martinsville.
  • He finished eighth in last year's spring race at the .526-mile track.
  • Fresh off a 14th-place finish last week at Texas, Elliott moved to ninth in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings (NWCS).
  • In 36 career starts at Martinsville, Elliott has three top fives and 13 top-10 finishes.
  • He's finished third on two occasions.

     

    Elliott 14th at Texas
    "At first we were pretty bad, but the guys kept working on it and working on it and working on it and we kept getting better and better and better," said Bill Elliott after scoring his seventh straight top-25 finish of 2001. "I don't usually have any luck at this place. I don't know if it was luck that kept me out of all the crashes or if I just couldn't run fast enough to be in 'em. I mean, I was close. You've just got to get through the race. You've got to race smart. Today helps set us up for Martinsville. We've got to keep plugging away and do what we need to do to get in good shape."

     

    Elliott Gets in the Ring with Muhammad Ali
    Evernham Motorsports driver Bill Elliott, Dodge and Action Performance have teamed up with boxing's most beloved champion Muhammad Ali for a special, inspirational paint scheme program to hit the track on June 10, 2001 at Michigan International Speedway.

     

    Texas Qualifying Quotes
    "We cut down a right rear tire on the first lap," said Elliott. "I just about crashed on the second lap. I'm just not having any luck. We're going to try to turn it around, but I almost turned the car around on that second lap."

     

    Elliott Texas Notes

  • Bill Elliott will bring his Las Vegas Dodge chassis to Texas.
  • He finished 14th at Las Vegas.
  • Elliott finished 30th last year at Texas.
  • He's 10th in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings (NWCS), 170 points behind the leader, after his 17th-place finish last week at Bristol.
  • Elliott has an average finish of 16.3 after six races.

     

    Harrah's 500 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 33 28.749 187.833
    Qualifying 42 29.079 185.701
    Starting 39 Provisional -
    Happy Hour 40 29.529 182.871

     

    Another Top-25 Finish for Elliott
    Bill Elliott finishes 17th at Bristol Motor Speedway, his sixth straight top-25 finish of 2001, his eighth straight dating back to last season. Elliott now sits in tenth place in the Winston Cup point standings, 170 points behind leader Dale Jarrett.

    "We got in traffic early and got bottle necked up and got into the back of a car. That closed our grill up," said crew chief Mike Ford. "We didn't want to take a chance of running hot. We came in and took some tape off and gave up all of our track position. The car was a little tight, and the leaders caught us in a hurry and put us a lap down. We fought that all day long. Actually at one point we got two laps down and made both of those back up. We're happy about that. We finished on the lead lap, so it was a good day with ups and downs all day long."

     

    Elliott and Atwood Qualify in Top 20 for Food City 500
    Bill Elliott and Casey Atwood put their two Evernham Motorsports Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/Ts solidly into the top half of the starting line up today for Sunday's Food City 500. Elliott, who finished 36th here last year, ran a qualifying lap of 15.401 sec., 124.589 mph putting him 12th on the grid. Atwood, a rookie in this year's event ran a qualifying time of 15.423 sec., 124.412 mph placing him 16th.
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    Elliott Bristol Notes
    "Any time you can pick up from practice, you're doing good," said Bill Elliott after qualifying his number 9 Dodge in the 12th spot. "This is Bristol. It doesn't matter where you start. It's where you finish, but I'm glad we'll be pitting on the frontstretch.

     

    Food City 500 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 20 15.475 123.994
    Qualifying 12 15.401 124.589
    Happy Hour 27 16.059 119.484

     

    Elliott Bristol Notes

  • Elliott will compete with the same chassis that David Green drove in a substitute role for Elliott last fall at Bristol.
  • Green started 26th and finished 36th.
  • Elliott finished 36th in last year's Food City 500.
  • He finished 23rd last week at Darlington and ranks ninth in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings (NWCS), 167 points behind the leader.
  • Elliott has one victory, six top fives and 13 top-10 finishes at Bristol in 34 career starts.

     

    Elliott Puts Darlington Troubles Behind, Looks Foward to Bristol
    After the first five races of the 2001 season, Bill Elliott has scored one top-ten finish and sits ninth in the Winston Cup point standings. At this point last season, Elliott was in seventh place in the point standings and had three top-ten finishes. This weekend, Elliott heads to Bristol Motor Speedway. In career statistics at Bristol Motor Speedway, Elliott has one victory (spring race, 1988), six top fives and 13 top tens.
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    Elliott Pushes Home 23rd at Darlington
    "The car pushed all day," said Bill Elliott after his fifth straight top-25 finish. "I would have liked to have done a lot more. You know, it's disappointing. We've got to fight through a lot of things and get squared away. I think Ray's got a lot of things on his plate, and a lot of things we're trying to get all sorted out. Until you get everything up to speed, you're going to have days like this. We're going to try to get it put right together."

    "We've still got a long way to go," said team owner Ray Evernham. "I'm being very critical of the situation, but the truth of the matter's that we're a brand new team, both cars finished, and we're trying stuff. The bad news is we missed a setup. The good news is both cars ran the same. Our team's working. We've just got to get it. That means when we get it, I know we'll have two good cars. I'm proud of Casey (rookie Atwood), and Bill hung in there. We're just working hard every day to give them better stuff and do a good job of representing the Dodge Dealers and UAW. I think we did a good job getting ready for this season. Now it's time to start getting faster.

    "I know this was the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 and that gave us a boost. We wanted to do more for them and that's what bothers me most. We want to get our Dodges up front, and I'm on a mission to do that. I wish I could create a time frame, but all I know is we're working as hard as we can. I don't like finishing in the 20s. We need to get up front. We're going to keep hammering a way at it until we get there.

    "At Bristol, there's so much out of your control there. We had a very good test up there with Casey. Bill has struggled there a little bit in the past. I feel like we've got a pretty good setup going in there with some of the stuff we learned at the test. But again, there's so much out of your control because everything happens so fast. It's not one of my favorite places.

     

    Elliott Darlington Saturday Quotes
    "I don't think back," said Bill Elliott when asked about his history at Darlington. "I don't come in here and say I did this or I did that. It's a whole different deal now. There's too many other things now dictating what you do. It was so much racing back then (1985 when he won Winston Million at Darlington) than it is today.

    "I think the tires will be fine. They didn't give up too much at Rockingham, and it's the same tire. I don't know if we can go a fuel stop with them. We'll have to check the tire wear after practice. We came pretty close at Rockingham to making a fuel run, so I don't see what it should be any different here.

    "We've got some different stuff we're going to try in Happy Hour. We'll get ready and go out for round two. I survived round one. I kept it between the ditches. That's the name of the game.

    "I figured I'd learn something from him (rookie teammate Casey Atwood). Sometimes you go to these places and you're new at it, you might do things a little different. Sometimes when you're around it a lot you might rely too much on old habits."

     

    Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Starting 7* - -
    Practice 1 21 30.236 162.641
    Happy Hour 6 30.109 163.327
    * - Qualifying cancelled, field set by owner points.

     

    Elliott Darlington Notes

  • Elliott will drive the same chassis that carried him to a 23rd place finish at Rockingham.
  • Bill Elliott has had only one top-10 finish this season yet ranks sixth in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings (NWCS), 118 points behind leader Jeff Gordon.
  • Elliott had three top-10 finishes in the first four races last season and was fourth in the NWCS, 108 points out of first place.
  • Elliott leads all active drivers with five poles at Darlington.
  • It's been 197 races since Elliott's last victory -- the 1994 Pepsi Southern 500 at Darlington.
  • Five of Elliott's 40 career victories came at the 1.366-mile track.
  • Elliott will make his 628th career start Sunday at Darlington.
  • Elliott finished 19th in last year's spring race at Darlington.

     

    Dodge Intrepid R/Ts Ready to Race Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 in Darlington
    Built in 1949, the Darlington Raceway is entwined in the history of Dodge's early years in NASCAR. Exactly 30 years since Buddy Baker's 1971 win at the Rebel 400, the two will meet again for the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400.
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    Dodge Dealers Back Winston Cup Race for High-Speed Marketing Win
    The Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 this weekend at Darlington Raceway is the newest offspring from the marriage of motorsports and marketing. It hasn't always been a loving relationship. In the early days of stock car racing, marketing experts turned up their noses at racing and dubbed the cars nothing more than high-speed billboards.
    Full Story

     

    Elliott Finishes 16th at Atlanta
    "I'm real proud of our team today," said team owner Ray Evernham. "This is one of the toughest races that you run all year, engine wise. I feel good about where the team's at. We've just got to get our cars faster. I thought everybody had a good day. I thought they did a great job in the pits. I thought the guys on the crew did a great job. I thought Bill did a good job. We've just got to get our cars faster. We had a little problem at the end with a cylinder, but it only cost us one spot. Overall, the Dodges are showing they are competitive. I've just got to get my Dodges more competitive. Dave Blaney and Sterling showed that we have some strength. Evernham Motorsports is probably a little behind, but I feel real good about the No. 9 car's overall performance today."

     

    Elliott Atlanta Saturday Quotes
    "New tires, new car, new deal. We didn't test here, so right now it's just wait and see. The Busch race will probably tell us a lot today. I'm sure tire wear will be an issue. It's pretty typical for Atlanta. It's slowed down here some from what it was. I think the race pace will probably be 30.50 or 31 flats, depending on how the tire goes. It'll probably be warmer here tomorrow, and that'll probably slow the speeds down a little bit. How fast do you want to run? I guess that's NASCAR's question to answer. You've just got to do whatever the rules will let you do."
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    Elliott Atlanta Qualifying Quotes
    "We picked up a tenth from practice, but I should have been better than that but I just wasn't," said Bill Elliott after qualifying 24th. "The track conditions were great. This is our first stab with the Dodge here at Atlanta, and we're pretty pleased with the way everything is going to this point. The main thing now is to get concentrated and focus on what we need to do Sunday afternoon."

     

    Cracker Barrel 400 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 31 29.296 189.241
    Qualifying 24 29.176 190.019
    Happy Hour 28 30.479 181.896

     

    Elliott Atlanta Notes
    Elliott will run a new chassisat Atlanta. Elliott led 11 laps last week at Las Vegas and finished 14th. Elliott, a five-time winner at AMS, finished 10th in last year's Cracker Barrel 500. He ranks seventh in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings (NWCS), 88 points behind leader Sterling Marlin.

     

    Elliott Plans Atlanta Homecoming with a New Dance Partner
    In March 1976, a young red haired rookie from North Georgia showed up at the Atlanta Motor Speedway to test his fortunes. His dreams were big, his pockets were empty but his team was full of the support and encouragement that only a family can provide.
    Full Story

     

    Dodge Returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway with High Hopes
    It's been more than 15 years since a Dodge raced at the legendary speedway in Atlanta. Three races into Dodge's return to NASCAR Winston Cup racing, a Dodge leads the points championship and Bill Elliott returns to his hometown track a "different" shade of red.
    Full Story

     

    The Genesis of a Race Car: Old and New Testaments
    When legendary stockcar mechanic Ray Fox needed to build a new racecar, he started by going to a showroom. He would buy a new car off the floor and go to work tearing out the interior to reduce weight. Then he welded in roll bars and heavy-duty brackets for the shock absorbers.
    Full Story

     

    Elliott to Receive March of Dimes "Race Car Driving Legend Award"
    Two-time Daytona 500 winner and 15-time National Motorsports Press Association "Most Popular Driver" Bill Elliott will be honored by the March of Dimes with a special "Race Car Driving Legend Award" tonight at its National Athletic Awards ceremony in Detroit.
    Full Story

     

    Elliott Heads Home in a Dodge
    Bill Elliott, a 45-year-old driver from Dawsonville, Ga., is a five-time winner at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In 48 career starts at AMS, Elliott has 12 top five and 18 top 10 finishes. The 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup champion will drive an Evernham Motorsports Dodge for the first time in Sunday's race at the 1.54-mile track.
    Full Story

     

    Elliott Classic Photos
    Check out some classic pictures of Bill Elliott sent in by Mark Ingle.
    Pictures

     

    Elliott Leads 11 Laps, Atwood Finishes in Top 25 in UAW DaimlerChrysler 400
    Evernham Motorsports's factory-backed Dodge drivers Bill Elliott and Casey Atwood competed their associate sponsor's NASCAR Winston Cup title race, the UAW DaimlerChrysler 400, placing 14th and 24th respectively.
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    Elliott Finishes 14th in Vegas, Seventh in Points
    "We were running pretty good," said Bill Elliott. "It felt great to get out there and lead a few laps. Unfortunately, I got together with the 01. That bent in the left front fender, and the car didn't handle right after that. The 01 turned up on me in the middle of the back straightaway. It just about put both of us into the wall. We had a decent day. Overall, it wasn't a bad day. We had a decent run going in the middle of the race, we just couldn't overcome what we needed to overcome. Everything that happened happened in the last 75 laps. I've got mixed emotions about Atlanta next week. They've reconfigured the track, and we haven't been good there since they did that. Hopefully, we'll have a better run there next week."

     

    Elliott and Atwood Qualify in Top 20 for UAW DaimlerChrysler 400
    Bill Elliott and Casey Atwood put their two Evernham Motorsports Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/Ts solidly into the top half of the starting line up today for Sunday's UAW DaimlerChrysler 400.
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    Elliott Vegas Qualifying Quotes
    "That was pretty decent," said Elliott. "If we can just keep improving on it a little bit and get ready to race, I think we'll be OK. We ran good here last year. I qualified terrible, but I ran good. I like this race track, but we just need to monitor the weather and see what we're going to do for Sunday. We picked up two tenths from practice and as long as you're going in a positive direction, that's OK. It looks a whole lot more impressive coming from the back to the front, and that's what we did here last year. We've just got to work through some things with this new Dodge program. I think we'll have some ups and downs, but I think all-in-all things are going well. We just need to keep hammering on it to see what we can do to make it better."

     

    Elliott Vegas Notes
    Elliott will run a brand new chassis at Las Vegas. Elliott finished 23rd last week at Rockingham, fourth last year at Las Vegas and ranks sixth in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings.

     

    UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 22 31.829 169.657
    Qualifying 15 31.617 170.794
    Happy Hour 18 32.982 163.726

     

    Elliott Darlington Notes

  • Bill Elliott has had only one top-10 finish this season yet ranks sixth in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings (NWCS), 118 points behind leader Jeff Gordon.
  • Elliott had three top-10 finishes in the first four races last season and was fourth in the NWCS, 108 points out of first place.
  • Elliott leads all active drivers with five poles at Darlington.
  • It's been 197 races since Elliott's last victory -- the 1994 Pepsi Southern 500 at Darlington.
  • Five of Elliott's 40 career victories came at the 1.366-mile track.
  • Elliott will make his 628th career start Sunday at Darlington.

     

    Dodge Intrepid R/Ts Ready to Race Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 in Darlington
    Built in 1949, the Darlington Raceway is entwined in the history of Dodge's early years in NASCAR. Exactly 30 years since Buddy Baker's 1971 win at the Rebel 400, the two will meet again for the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400.
    Full Story

     

    Dodge Dealers Back Winston Cup Race for High-Speed Marketing Win
    The Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 this weekend at Darlington Raceway is the newest offspring from the marriage of motorsports and marketing. It hasn't always been a loving relationship. In the early days of stock car racing, marketing experts turned up their noses at racing and dubbed the cars nothing more than high-speed billboards.
    Full Story

     

    Elliott Finishes 16th at Atlanta
    "I'm real proud of our team today," said team owner Ray Evernham. "This is one of the toughest races that you run all year, engine wise. I feel good about where the team's at. We've just got to get our cars faster. I thought everybody had a good day. I thought they did a great job in the pits. I thought the guys on the crew did a great job. I thought Bill did a good job. We've just got to get our cars faster. We had a little problem at the end with a cylinder, but it only cost us one spot. Overall, the Dodges are showing they are competitive. I've just got to get my Dodges more competitive. Dave Blaney and Sterling showed that we have some strength. Evernham Motorsports is probably a little behind, but I feel real good about the No. 9 car's overall performance today."

     

    Elliott Atlanta Saturday Quotes
    "New tires, new car, new deal. We didn't test here, so right now it's just wait and see. The Busch race will probably tell us a lot today. I'm sure tire wear will be an issue. It's pretty typical for Atlanta. It's slowed down here some from what it was. I think the race pace will probably be 30.50 or 31 flats, depending on how the tire goes. It'll probably be warmer here tomorrow, and that'll probably slow the speeds down a little bit. How fast do you want to run? I guess that's NASCAR's question to answer. You've just got to do whatever the rules will let you do."
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    Elliott Atlanta Qualifying Quotes
    "We picked up a tenth from practice, but I should have been better than that but I just wasn't," said Bill Elliott after qualifying 24th. "The track conditions were great. This is our first stab with the Dodge here at Atlanta, and we're pretty pleased with the way everything is going to this point. The main thing now is to get concentrated and focus on what we need to do Sunday afternoon."

     

    Cracker Barrel 400 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 31 29.296 189.241
    Qualifying 24 29.176 190.019
    Happy Hour 28 30.479 181.896

     

    Elliott Atlanta Notes
    Elliott will run a new chassisat Atlanta. Elliott led 11 laps last week at Las Vegas and finished 14th. Elliott, a five-time winner at AMS, finished 10th in last year’s Cracker Barrel 500. He ranks seventh in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings (NWCS), 88 points behind leader Sterling Marlin.

     

    Elliott Plans Atlanta Homecoming with a New Dance Partner
    In March 1976, a young red haired rookie from North Georgia showed up at the Atlanta Motor Speedway to test his fortunes. His dreams were big, his pockets were empty but his team was full of the support and encouragement that only a family can provide.
    Full Story

     

    Dodge Returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway with High Hopes
    It's been more than 15 years since a Dodge raced at the legendary speedway in Atlanta. Three races into Dodge's return to NASCAR Winston Cup racing, a Dodge leads the points championship and Bill Elliott returns to his hometown track a "different" shade of red.
    Full Story

     

    The Genesis of a Race Car: Old and New Testaments
    When legendary stockcar mechanic Ray Fox needed to build a new racecar, he started by going to a showroom. He would buy a new car off the floor and go to work tearing out the interior to reduce weight. Then he welded in roll bars and heavy-duty brackets for the shock absorbers.
    Full Story

     

    Elliott to Receive March of Dimes "Race Car Driving Legend Award"
    Two-time Daytona 500 winner and 15-time National Motorsports Press Association "Most Popular Driver" Bill Elliott will be honored by the March of Dimes with a special "Race Car Driving Legend Award" tonight at its National Athletic Awards ceremony in Detroit.
    Full Story

     

    Elliott Heads Home in a Dodge
    Bill Elliott, a 45-year-old driver from Dawsonville, Ga., is a five-time winner at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In 48 career starts at AMS, Elliott has 12 top five and 18 top 10 finishes. The 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup champion will drive an Evernham Motorsports Dodge for the first time in Sunday's race at the 1.54-mile track.
    Full Story

     

    Elliott Classic Photos
    Check out some classic pictures of Bill Elliott sent in by Mark Ingle.
    Pictures

     

    Elliott Leads 11 Laps, Atwood Finishes in Top 25 in UAW DaimlerChrysler 400
    Evernham Motorsports's factory-backed Dodge drivers Bill Elliott and Casey Atwood competed their associate sponsor's NASCAR Winston Cup title race, the UAW DaimlerChrysler 400, placing 14th and 24th respectively.
    Full Story

     

    Elliott Finishes 14th in Vegas, Seventh in Points
    "We were running pretty good," said Bill Elliott. "It felt great to get out there and lead a few laps. Unfortunately, I got together with the 01. That bent in the left front fender, and the car didn't handle right after that. The 01 turned up on me in the middle of the back straightaway. It just about put both of us into the wall. We had a decent day. Overall, it wasn't a bad day. We had a decent run going in the middle of the race, we just couldn't overcome what we needed to overcome. Everything that happened happened in the last 75 laps. I've got mixed emotions about Atlanta next week. They've reconfigured the track, and we haven't been good there since they did that. Hopefully, we'll have a better run there next week."

     

    Elliott and Atwood Qualify in Top 20 for UAW DaimlerChrysler 400
    Bill Elliott and Casey Atwood put their two Evernham Motorsports Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/Ts solidly into the top half of the starting line up today for Sunday's UAW DaimlerChrysler 400.
    Full Story

     

    Elliott Vegas Qualifying Quotes
    "That was pretty decent," said Elliott. "If we can just keep improving on it a little bit and get ready to race, I think we'll be OK. We ran good here last year. I qualified terrible, but I ran good. I like this race track, but we just need to monitor the weather and see what we're going to do for Sunday. We picked up two tenths from practice and as long as you're going in a positive direction, that's OK. It looks a whole lot more impressive coming from the back to the front, and that's what we did here last year. We've just got to work through some things with this new Dodge program. I think we'll have some ups and downs, but I think all-in-all things are going well. We just need to keep hammering on it to see what we can do to make it better."

     

    Elliott Vegas Notes
    Elliott will run a brand new chassis at Las Vegas. Elliott finished 23rd last week at Rockingham, fourth last year at Las Vegas and ranks sixth in the NASCAR Winston Cup Standings.

     

    UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 22 31.829 169.657
    Qualifying 15 31.617 170.794
    Happy Hour 18 32.982 163.726

     

    Elliott Finishes 23rd at The Rock
    “Casey (teammate Atwood) was good out there, but our car was tight all day," said Elliott. "We struggled since we started. We coulda been better if we had a little more time to adjust on it. The weather change didn’t hurt us. We just weren’t right today. What do you do?”

     

    Elliott Rockingam Qualifying Quotes
    "That wasn't too bad. We'd run a .58 in practice and came back and ran a .65. We made some changes on the car. It's just slick out there, but we were pretty decent for the time we went. We made several changes. They said not to run too hard on the first lap, but the first lap was the better lap. I guess I tried a little too hard on the second lap. For us and the Dodge, it's our first outing on a shorter track. I'm very impressed. I'm looking forward to the race. We're solidly in the show, and I think the luck of the draw was a little bit against us today, but we gave it our best shot. For all the circumstances that have happened this week, it's been a tough week for everybody. I'm ready to get back in the race car and concentrate on that."

     

    Elliott Rockingham Chasis Notes
    Elliott will run a brand new chassis at Rockingham. Elliott finished fifth in the Daytona 500 and 25th in last year's Dura Lube 400.

     

    Dura-Lube 400 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 17 23.585 155.234
    Qualifying 14 23.655 154.775
    Happy Hour 23 24.802 147.617

     

    Elliott Discusses Saftey, Pays Tribute to Earnhardt
    Five Dodge drivers have been fitted with HANS devices, including Bill Elliott, Casey Atwood, John Andretti, Kyle Petty and Dave Blaney. These five drivers are not using the HANS device on a regular basis, but Petty wore it in the Daytona 500. Dodge drivers talk about the HANS and other safety devices heading into Sunday's NASCAR Winston Cup race at Rockingham. They also pay tribute to seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt.
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    Dodge Returns as Elliott, Marlin, and Compton Finish in the Top 10 at Daytona
    Dodge is back in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. An absence of more than 15 years ended today as 10 Dodge Intrepid R/Ts competed in the series' premier event, the Daytona 500. Not only was Dodge in the race, but Dodge drivers set the pace for much of the afternoon as Bill Elliott, Sterling Marlin and Ward Burton led 90 of the race's 200 laps.
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    Elliott Finishes Fifth at Daytona
    "We came out unscathed, and I was tickled," said Bill Elliott. "We had a good day. Fifth ain't nothing to go out of Daytona and hang your head about. I'm ready to get out of Daytona. It's pretty fun, but it looked like Martinsville out there most of the day. The Chevys have good a pretty good motor advantage I feel like, and I just didn't have anything for 'em. Wrecking is just part of it. That's what they expect. You put rules like this together, and you're going to have that. I'm pleased with the Dodge, especially for the first race. A couple of Dodges had a good shot at winning today. I'm not real sure what happened, but we got three of 'em in the top 10, and I guess I ended up with the best Dodge finish. That was quite a surprise.

    "The Dodges ran good. Dodge led a lot of the race. It's just unfortunate what happened. We were the top finishing Dodge. We came out of here fifth, and I ought to be tickled to death. I guess I'm just glad I've got a steering wheel left.

    "The car was tight early, and I didn't want to mix it up. I was afraid I might push out and get somebody. Casey ran good, but when it got time to go, they worked on him pretty good. He had a little problem with his car, but that's what these Daytonas are all about. It gets harder and harder every year. You've got to be smart and you've got to be good. I don't know if I was either today, but I came home fifth."

     

    Evernham Motorsports Aim Red Intrepids at Green Flag
    Ray Evernham ended Dodge's 500-day countdown in its return to NASCAR Winston Cup racing a day early, smashing the countdown clock for a crowd of onlookers some 29 hours before the start of the race.
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  • Evernham Saturday Quotes

     

    Elliott Ready for Sunday
    "The car seems to be great," said Bill Elliott. "I haven't had any problems. Sunday I was a little bit off handling wise in the Budweiser Shootout, but Thursday in the 125s, the car seemed to drive very well even with older tires 30 laps into the event. It was still good. We took our notes, and we'll continue to work on it for the 500."
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    Elliott Runs Hot, Finishes 20th in 125, Evernham Motorsports Has Good Day
    When Evernham Motorsports laid out their game plan for the Gatorade 125s, they had two goals - get Casey Atwood's No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T into the show and keep Bill Elliott's No. 9 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T out of the wall.
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    Ford Fined
    Febraury 13, 2001 - Mike Ford, crew chief of the number 9 Dodge Intrepid, was fined $2,500 for a thin control arm found during inspections prior to Saturday's qualifying for the Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway.

     

    Daytona 500 Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Practice 1 20 49.870 180.470
    Practice 2 25 49.867 180.480
    Practice 3 13 49.686 181.138
    Qualifying 1 49.029 183.565
    Practice 4 18 48.171 186.834
    Practice 5 8 47.687 188.731
    Practice 6 4 47.154 190.864
    Practice 7 6 47.482 189.546
    Happy Hour 25 48.081 187.184

     

    Elliott 12th in Shootout
    Febraury 12, 2001 - Bill Elliott's racing debut behind the wheel of a Dodge did not produce the same results as his qualifying debut. A day after qualifying on the pole position for the Daytona 500, Elliott brought his number 9 Dodge Intrepid home in 12th place in the Budweiser Shootout.
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    Budweiser Shootout Notes
     PosTimeSpeed
    Starting 13 - -
    Practice 1 5 - 186.939
    Practice 2 16 - 184.854
    Finish 12 - -

     

    Elliott, Evernham Motorsports Supply Fireworks as Dodge Returns with a Bang
    Fireworks usually highlight festivities at Daytona International Speedway in July, but Bill Elliott, Ray Evernham and the Evernham Motorsports Dodge Intrepid team lit the fuse a few months early yesterday at the famous 2.5-mile track. With two-time Daytona 500 winner Bill Elliott behind the wheel of the No. 9 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T, Dodge roared back to NASCAR Winston Cup competition with a bang after a 15-year absence as Elliott captured the pole position for the 43rd annual Daytona 500.
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    Elliott Grabs Daytona 500 Pole!
    It's time! Dodge is back. Bill Elliott put his Dodge Intrepid on the pole position for the 47th Daytona 500 with a lap of 49.029 seconds, at an average speed of 183.565 mph. The pole is the first for Elliott since 1997 at Richmond and the 50th of his career. Elliott now ties the record for most Daytona 500 poles with four, he also has five total at the Daytona Speedway.
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    Elliott Daytona 500 Qualifying Quotes
    "The guys on the team have done an awesome job all winter," said Bill Elliott. "I'd like to thank Dodge and all the people behind us who have supported this deal from the beginning. We'll see where it ends up. We picked up a lot. We felt like we had a little bit left. The car drove pretty ill, but we hung on and came out with a pretty decent lap. I'm tickled to death. Regardless of where we end up, I'm proud of all the guys. We'll see how well we can do in the Budweiser Shootout and then next Thursday and again next Sunday."
    Qualifying Quotes

     

    Daytona Chassis Notes
    Elliott, 45, will run a brand new Intrepid chassis in the Budweiser Shootout. The chassis for his Daytona 500 Intrepid ran in last year's Pepsi 400 and the Talladega Winston 500.

    "We were pretty good in the draft this morning with the Shootout car, especially with a brand new car and a new motor," car owner Ray Evernham said. "It's the first time we had a chance to draft, and we learned a lot out there in this morning's practice. We've made a few minor changes to get the Daytona 500 Dodge ready for qualifying. I don't think anyone really knows what to expect, but we'll find out soon enough."

     

    Elliott Comments on Daytona and 2001 Season
    "We ran competitive last year," said Bill Elliott. "We finished great down here (third) and had a great Daytona 500. We ran good here in the Fourth of July race and ended up wrecking on the back straightaway. I feel like if you give me the equipment and get me going in the right direction and we'll all get motivated in what we need to do. I think it's kind of a roller-coaster. You have times when things are up and times when things are down. I'm really going to look forward to working with Ray."
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    The Countdown Ends: Dodge Joins the Starting Grid at the 2001 Daytona 500
    After a scant 490 days, more than one million man-hours of work and seemingly endless planning and testing, the day has nearly arrived. Almost two dozen Dodge Intrepid R/T NASCAR Winston Cup stock cars, fielded by five teams for their 10 drivers have made their way to the Daytona International Speedway and are ready to race.
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    One Dodge Race Ends As Another Begins At Storied Daytona International Speedway
    Dodge and Daytona - two words that will forever be linked in the minds of many stock car racing fans. The two come together again this weekend as 10 drivers take their Dodge Intrepid R/Ts to the track to qualify for the 2001 Daytona 500.
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    Evernham Hoping for More Speed at Daytona
    February 3, 2000 - In the Dodge Motorsports Teleconference on Saturday morning, Ray Evernham talked about his quest for speed. Evernham Motorsports has five speedway cars ready for Daytona, two for each driver and a spare. The teams recently tested at Talladedga but did not reach the speeds that they desired, however the speeds were higher at Talladega than the test speeds at Daytona. Evernham believes that the speeds will continue to rise once they return to Daytona for the 500. Evernham also has heard rumors of the possibility of running a one-inch restrictor plate at Daytona.
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    Ron Vacarro Leaves Evernham Motorsports
    February 3, 2000 - Engine builder Ron Vacarro has left Evernham Motorsports to start his own business.

    "We started a new engine shop this year and Ron Vacarro did a great job helping me put that together," said Ray Evernham. "As we got closer to getting ready to race, Ron and I decided together that it would be best to make a change. Ron is going to be opening up his own business down in Georgia, I belive, close to home for him, and we're just going to go off in our own direction. It was a mutual parting of ways and it happened about two or three weeks ago, and we haven't replaced him yet."

     

    The Dodge Report: A Regular Update from the Dodge Garage
    As Casey Atwood, rookie driver for Evernham Motorsports, prepares for the upcoming Talladega test, his sights are set on qualifying for the Daytona 500. Since testing at Daytona last week, Atwood, his young team and his pit crew, known as the "Dew Crew", have been working hard preparing the car and the team for its debut.
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    Elliott to Participate in Grand Opening of the New Smyrna Quarter Midget Raceway
    The grand opening of the New Smyrna Quarter Midget Raceway is scheduled for February 7 to kick off the Daytona speedweeks festivities. The track was built in the infield of New Smyrna Speedway, and was the idea of NASCAR Winston Cup driver Mark Martin. Four quarter-midget exhibition races are planned for the evening, as well as autograph sessions with several Winston Cup drivers. In addition, Roush showcars will be on display and souvenir trailers will be open for business.

    Those already confirmed to participate in the autograph session are: Martin, Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth, Rusty Wallace, Tony Stewart, Bill Elliott, Dale Jarrett, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mike Skinner, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Ken Schrader, Jack Roush and Benny Parsons.

    Admission for the grand opening will be $20 for an all-access pass and children under 12 will be free. Net proceeds from the event will go to support the New Smyrna QMRA. Gates will open at 3 p.m., autographs will be from 4-7 p.m., and racing will begin at 7:30 p.m. The starting field for the four races is already complete.

     

    Dodge Test Photos
    Pictures from the Dodge test session at Daytona International Speedway are now in the Photo Gallery.

     

    Dodge Completes Pre-Season Testing at Daytona
    With 31 days remaining until the Daytona 500, Dodge and its five teams wrapped up their pre-season test at the Daytona International Speedway. During the two days, the five teams focused on engine durability and race set-up in preparation for the Daytona 500.
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    Elliott Leads on Day One of Dodge Test at Daytona
    Bill Elliott was the fastest of the Dodge drivers on the first day of the Dodge Daytona Test. Elliott fastest lap was clocked at 49.841 seconds, at an average speed of 180.574 mph.
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  • Day One Speeds
  • Day One Dodge Quotes

     

    Dodge Ready For Daytona Testing
    It's D-Day for Dodge at Daytona International Speedway. Beginning on Tuesday, the 10 teams fielding Dodge Intrepids R/Ts in the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season will roll into the Speedway for its first open test on the famed 2.5-mile tri-oval.
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    Eight New 2001 NASCAR Dodge Intrepids Race Into Your Local Supermarket
    In celebration of Dodge's upcoming return to NASCAR Winston Cup racing after a 15-year absence, General Mills is teaming up with Dodge for the "Dodge Countdown to Daytona" promotion. This promotion will give NASCAR fans the first opportunity to collect 1/64-scale die-cast replicas of eight new Dodge Intrepid R/T racecars.
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    Dodge History: 160 Wins, 165 Poles, Two Manufactures Titles, and Five Championships
    On May 30, 1950 the green flag fell on the first NASCAR race that included a Dodge in the field. The place was Canfield Motor Speedway, Canfield, Ohio, and the driver was Carl Wilkerson, who finished 25th that day out of 29 qualifiers.
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  • Dodge NASCAR Winston Cup Poles
  • Dodge NASCAR Winston Cup Wins
  • Dodge NASCAR Winston Cup Fast Facts

     

    Dodge Hopes To Have The Right Stuff For Daytona 500 Victory
    One of the biggest storylines surrounding the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway is whether or not Dodge can win the "Great American Race." Dodge is making its eagerly awaited return to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series at the "World Center of Racing" after a long layoff. It’ll be the first time a Dodge has competed in the Daytona 500 since 1982.
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    Ray Evernham's Christmas List
    Ray Evernham sent his list in to the man in the North Pole, and while it didn't include the typical PlayStation and Razor scooter topping most lists this year, it did include a few unusual items. What did Ray ask for?
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    Evernham Motorsports, Casey Atwood Coverage
    Check out Race 2 Win's Evernham Motorsports and Casey Atwood page that covered the number 19 Ford for the three races of 2000.
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