On This Day

Bill Elliott

Auto Racer Bill Elliott

Full Name: William Clyde Elliott also known as Awesome Bill from Dawsonville, Million Dollar Bill and Wild Bill
Profession: Auto Racer

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Won the Winston Cup Championship in 1988 and the Daytona 500 in 1985 and 1987.

Born: October 8, 1955
Birthplace: Dawsonville, Georgia, USA
Age: 65 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Libra

Historical Events

  • 1985-02-17 27th Daytona 500: After taking pole at then-record speed of 205.114 mph Bill Elliott dominates race leading 136 of 200 laps
  • 1985-09-01 Bill Elliott claims a $1 million bonus for winning 3 of the 4 crown jewel races on the NASCAR schedule: the Daytona 500, Winston 500 and Southern 500
  • 1985-11-03 Bill Elliott wins Atlanta Journal 500 at Atlanta Raceway to become first driver to win 11 super-speedway races in 1 season; also first driver to win $2m in prize money in a single season
  • 1986-04-30 Bill Elliott sets all-time NASCAR qualifying record, winning pole for the Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway; 212.809 mph (342.483 km/h; 44.998 seconds)
  • 1987-02-15 29th Daytona 500: Bill Elliott leads for 104 of 200 laps including the last 3; had won pole with record speed of 210.364 mph
  • 1987-04-03 Bill Elliott sets NASCAR qualify record of 212.809 mph at Talladega
  • 1988-11-20 38th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Bill Elliott wins
  • 1999-02-14 41st Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon wins; first Daytona 500 pole sitter to win the race since Bill Elliott in 1987
  • 2000-02-20 42nd Daytona 500: Polesitter Dale Jarrett wins his 3rd Great American Race ahead of Jeff Gordon and Bill Elliott

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