Timeline

Timeline

1963

  • Ford Fairlane – 1st "racecar" (purchased by dad, George)
  • He started short-track racing in 1974 and moved up to Winston Cup competition in 1976.

1974

  • Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia. (marks Bill’s commitment to "regular" racing)

1976

  • 1st Winston Cup race @Carolina 500 (Feb.29, 1976). He placed 33rd
  • Best finish was 14th in Nashville

1977

  • Mercury
  • 10th at Charlotte (also Darlington)
  • 11th in Atlanta.

1978

  • first Daytona 500 (gridded 8th, finished 9th)
  • 9th at Darlington, an impressive 6th at Talladega, another 9th at Daytona's summer Firecracker, & 6th in the Southern 500.

1979

  • Bill qualified sixth, his career best, and finished second in the Southern 500 (Darlington)

1980

  • Following a 12th place finish at the Daytona 500, Bill encountered a streak of bad luck at Atlanta (29th), Talladega (21st) and Charlotte (a wreck on lap seven put him in last).
  • NAPA 500 (October) Bill ran a great race and finished 6th then on to Atlanta International Raceway where he qualified 2nd. He finished 18th (his impressive qualifying enough to get him the attention - and money - he needed)
  • Melling would back the team for up to $35,000 the following season, in up to 12 races.

1981

  • Melling took it a step further, turning the family team into Melling Racing.
  • They won the season-long Ingersoll-Rand crew competition (brother Ernie as crew chief)

1983

  • November 20, 1983 at Riverside International Raceway (CA) – 1st CAREER VICTORY
  • IT was his 117th Winston Cup race.

1984

  • sponsored by Coor’s Brewing company (melling could not increase budget)
  • new, sleeker Ford Thunderbird added along with skilled workers in garage
  • 3 WINS, finished 3rd overall in points
  • 06/17/84 Michigan (MIS); Miller High Life 400
  • 10/07/84 Charlotte (CMS); Miller High Life 500
  • 10/21/84 Rockingham (NCMS); (Warner W.) Hodgdon American 500
  • At the end of 1984, series sponsor R.J. Reynolds Tobacco announced that it would not only pay the Winston Cup champion one million dollars, it would also offer a bonus million for anyone who could win three of the four major races

1985

  • WINNER – Daytona 500, Winston 500 (Talladega, AL) and Southern 500 (Darlington, SC)
  • Bill lost his season-long points lead in the last race of the season, finishing 2nd
  • Along with winning the Winston Million, Elliott's 1985 banner year also included Winston Cup season record of 11 superspeedway wins (winning 11 races and 11 poles)
  • Featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated
  • Named "American Driver of the Year" in 1985 by the nation's Motorsports media.
  • His two nicknames: "Awesome Bill from Dawsonville" and "Million Dollar Bill" also came as a result of his record-setting 1985 season.

1986

  • 2 WINS in 29 of 29 races. He finished 4th overall in points
  • 06/15/86 Michigan (MIS); Miller American 400
  • 08/17/86 Michigan (MIS); Champion Spark Plug 400 (led 125 laps)

1987

  • Named the "American Driver of the Year" (and 1985) by the nation's Motorsports media
  • Bill set the fastest one-lap speed record at 212.809 mph in the Winston 500.
  • 6 WINS in 29 of 29 races. He finished 2nd in overall points (Earnhardt #1)
  • 02/15/87 Daytona; Daytona 500
  • 07/26/87 Talladega; Talladega 500
  • 08/16/87 Michigan (MIS); Champion Spark Plug 400 ()
  • 10/11/87 Charlotte (CMS); Oakwood Homes 500
  • 10/21/84 Rockingham (NCMS); AC Delco 500
  • 10/07/84 Atlanta; Atlanta Journal 500

1988

  • Bill got his Winston Cup Championship beating his season long challenger, Rusty Wallace by 24 points. He had six wins, six poles, 11 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes in 29 races
  • 6 WINS, finished 1st overall in points
  • 04/10/88 Bristol (BIS); Valleydale Meats 500
  • 06/05/88 Dover (Dover Downs Int. Speedway); Budweiser 500
  • 07/02/88 Daytona; Pepsi Firecracker 500
  • 07/24/88 Pocono; AC Spark Plug 500
  • 09/04/88 Darlington; Southern 500
  • 09/18/88 Dover (Dover Downs Int. Speedway); Delaware 500 (led 392/500laps)
  • He was only one of 3 Ford drivers to win the championship since 1969 (Dale Jarrett & Alan Kulwicki)

1989

  • 3 WINS in 29 of 29 races. He finished 6th overall in points
  • 06/25/89 Michigan (MIS); Miller High Life 400
  • 07/23/89 Pocono; AC Spark Plug 500
  • 10/05/89 Pheonix; Autoworks 500

1990

  • 1 WIN in 29 of 29 races. He finished 6th overall in points
  • 09/16/90 Dover; Peak Anti Freeze 500/ Peak 500 (led most laps 364/500)

1991

  • COORS pulled out of racing. Melling was left questioning his involvement
  • Junior Johnson, a powerful man in NASCAR with a Budweiser tie, needed a first-rate driver
  • Bill didn't win a single race that year, and neither did Johnson's other driver, Hut Stricklin
  • NASCAR had made changes that, once again, left Bill's team at a disadvantage.

1992

  • Bill narrowly misses his 2nd Winston Cup championship at a dramatic season ender.
  • He won the race, but failed to lead the most laps, thus losing by 10 pts. to Alan Kulwicki
  • (smallest margin of victory in the final standings in NASCAR’s history.)
  • 5 WINS in 29 of 29 races, 2nd overall in points
  • 03/01/92 Rockingham (NCMS); GM Goodwrench 500
  • 03/08/92 Richmond; PontiacExcitement (a.k.a. Pontiac) 400
  • 03/15/92 Atlanta; Motorcraft Quality Parts 500
  • 03/29/92 Darlington; TranSouth 500
  • 11/15/92 Atlanta; Hooters 500

1993

  • 0 WINS in 30 of 30 races, 8th overall in points

1994

  • 1 WINS in 31 of 31 races, 10th overall in points
  • 09/04/94 Darlington; Mountain Dew Southern 500
  • 07/24/94 Talladega; Die Hard 500 - 2nd

1995

  • Bill Elliott began his own team and assumed sole ownership a year later
  • Bill grabbed four top fives and two poles and had a "decent season"
  • 0 WINS in 31 of 31 races, 8th overall in points
  • new sponsorship with McDonalds

1996

  • Bill forced to miss seven races by starting with injury (finished 30th overall, 24/31 races)

1997

  • Finished 4th @Daytona- In 32 of 32 races, 8th overall in points
  • Elliott’s were fighting a losing battle against company-owned teams during the next couple of years.
  • "'98 was mediocre, and '99 went in the toilet"

1998

  • Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 0 WINS in 32 of 32 races, 18th overall

1999

  • 0 WINS in 34 of 34 races, 21st overall
  • McDonald’s announced it would leave NASCAR after 2000 season

2000

  • 0 WINS in 32 of 34 races, 21st overall

2001

  • Evernham Motorsports pairs Bill, popular Veteran, with 20-yr-old Casey Atwood
  • Bill captures five top-5 finishes & four top-10 finishes with his new Dodge-sponsored team
  • NOVEMBER – he won the pole and the race at Homestead-Miami (11/11/02)
  • It was the first win for Evernham Motorsports & Bill’s first victory since September 4, 1994.
  • 1WIN in 36 of 36 races, 15th overall
  • 11/11/01 Atlanta; Penzoil Freedom 400
  • 02/18/2001 Daytona; Daytona 500 - Pole winner, 5th place finish

2002

  • WINNER -2 straight weeks @Pennsylvania 500 (Pocono) and the Brickyard 400 (Indianapolis)
  • He won four poles, finished four times in the top-five and 11 times in the top-10

2003

  • retires name from NMPA’s "Most Popular Driver" Award contest
  • He won a record 16 times prior to this (1984-88, 1991-2000, 2002)

2004

  • Left Full time Racing - 6 races – 1 top ten

2005

  • 9 Races

2006

  • 10 Races (Misc. Owners)

2007

  • Started racing Part Time 20 Races (The Wood Brothers)

2008

  • 20 Races (The Wood Brothers)

2009

  • 12 Races (The Wood Brothers)

2010

  • 2 Races to Date (The Wood Brothers)

Since 1976, Elliott has participated in close to 810 races to date, achieved 44 wins, collected 55 career poles

To view all career stats for Bill Elliott go to: http://racing-reference.info/drivdet/elliobi01/2010/W

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