Spouse Cindy Kids Starr, William Jr. Height 6' 1 Weight 185 Hometown Dawsonville, Ga. Birthdate October 8, 1955 Favorite Book Anything with history and aviation Favorite Movie Stroker Ace Favorite TV Show Wings Personal Heroes David Pearson, Jody Ridley Personal Vehicle Ford Mustang Hobbies Snow skiing, flying and bulldozing Bill Elliott will not be putting memories from the 1996 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season into a scrapbook any time soon.
He's treating this season like he would a pack of cars in his rear view mirror. Which is to say that he's trying to distance himself from it as quickly as possible.
Elliott suffered broken left femur in an early season crash at Talladega that forced him to use a backup driver at several events, including the physically demanding road course at Sears Point.
Whether it was the injury, or the struggle to gain momentum as an owner /driver, Elliott's year was one that fans of the No. 94 McDonald's driver would scarcely recognize. He finished the season in 30th place, after four consecutive years in the top-10.
Six times Elliott put his car into the top-10, with a season-best effort of ninth at Darlington in the Mountain Dew Southern 500. Leave it to Elliott to make his comeback complete at the place known as "The Track Too Tough To Tame." For Elliott, though, it was a case of too little too late.
So the man who holds the mark for the fastest recorded time in a stock car -- going 212.809 mph at 1987 Winston 500 qualifying -- must figure out a way to turn it up a notch in 1997.
Staying healthy would be the biggest goal, and after that, things should fall into place. For Elliott, that will likely mean a return to Victory Lane.
Elliott started racing short tracks in Georgia with brothers Dan and Ernie. He started in the Sportsman division in 1970 and made his NASCAR Winston Cup Series debut in 1976. His first full NASCAR Winston Cup Series season was 1983.
His first win came in his 117th start, in the Winston Western 500 at Riverside in 1983. His first pole came in his 56th attempt, in the 1981 Rebel 500 at Darlington.
In 1992 Elliott won four consecutive races to tie the modern-era record. He won a single-season record 11 superspeedway races in 1985, the season he won the Winston Million, from which came the nickname "Million Dollar Bill."
He owns the fastest recorded time in a stock car, going 212.809 mph in qualifying for the 1987 Winston 500 at Talladega.
So Far.....1998 hasnt been a very good year for Bill Elliott Racing. After hiring Jerry Nadeau for the #13 car, he was released halfway in the 1998 season. Bill also suffered two Extreme Crashes at Talladega and at California. In the Second Michigan race in August. Bill finished a terrible 40th place after Engine trouble. Elliott's greatest loves, aside from family and racing, are snow skiing and flying. He has a multi-engine rated and helicopter-rated pilots licenses. He owns three planes, a Cessna Conquest 11, Cessna 210 and a Cessna 182.