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Auto Club 500 - Bill Elliott Notes

BILL ELLIOTT
NO. 91 STANLEY TOOLS DODGE CHARGER
CALIFORNIA PREVIEW

RACE NOTES

  • This will be Bill Elliott’s first regular season start in 2005 and his first start in the No. 91 Stanley Tools Dodge Charger.
  • Elliott is scheduled to drive EMS chassis No. 104 this weekend at California. The chassis was tested at Fontana this year and ran very well. It has never been raced.

    CAREER AT CALIFORNIA

  • Elliott has started in eight Nextel Cup races at California.
  • Elliott has earned two top-five finishes at the track -- in 2002 and 2003. He has led three races (’00, ’02, ‘03) for a total of 16 laps at California.

    ELLIOTT RETURNS TO ACTION

  • Elliott will make his 738th career start at California Speedway. He has 44 career wins, 55 career poles, 175 top fives and 320 top 10s.
  • Elliott will run four races this season in the No. 91 Stanley Tools Dodge Charger – California (A), Texas (A), Charlotte (A) and Indianapolis.
  • Elliott will run selected other races for Evernham Motorsports in Dodge Chargers throughout the season.

    MOST RECENT RUN AT CALIFORNIA

  • In the fall race at California, Elliott started third with a strong qualifying run. He battled handling problems throughout the race, and his Dodge finished 25th for the day.

    NEW CREW CHIEF AT THE HELM

  • Chris Andrews joins forces with Bill Elliott for their first Nextel Cup race together this weekend. Andrews will serve as a full-time team director for the No. 91 Stanley Tools Dodge Charger throughout the season

    RACING AT CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY
    “This is our first race in the Stanley Tools Dodge, and I think we’ve got all the tools to run up front. I’ve been up and down at California in the past. But, the new Dodge Charger should be good at this track. It’s got the right balance of downforce and handling for this kind of racetrack. I enjoy the racetrack and the facility out there. It’s a lot like Michigan, and I like Michigan really well, but it seems like I haven’t been able to apply Michigan to California too well. It just seems like it takes something a little bit different than what we’ve learned at Michigan, and now maybe we’ve got what it takes.”

     

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