NASCAR driver Bill Elliott’s decorated career will be celebrated when he is inducted into the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame at 7 tonight at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta.
Elliot, also known as "Awesome Bill from Dawsonville," is among six Georgia sports figures being inducted this year, including former Atlanta Falcons Steve Bartowski and Claude Humphrey, former Atlanta Braves general manager John Schuerholz, former LPGA golfer Louise Suggs and four-time Olympic and World Gold Medalist Edwin Moses.
"The Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame honors athletes who develop their skills here in Georgia, and Bill is one of those," Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame president Larry Winter said. "He has been named one of the greatest NASCAR drivers ever and still calls the greater Atlanta area his home."
Elliott ranks 14th all-time with 44 Sprint Cup victories in 781 starts dating back to 1976. He also has 175 top-five finishes, 320 top-10 finishes, and has earned over $34 million in a racing career that spanned over 30 years.
Elliott has two Daytona 500 wins (1985, 1987) and a record four consecutive wins at Michigan International Speedway between 1985 and 1986. In 1985, he won 11 races and 11 poles to win the first Winston Million, an award given to a racer who wins the Daytona 500, Winston 500, Coca-Cola 600 and Southern 500 in one season. In 1988, he won his only Winston Cup Championship.
Elliott currently races part-time in the Sprint Cup Series. He has made five starts in the No. 21 car owned by Wood Brothers Racing.
Along with his success on the track, Elliott has been named NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver 16 times by the National Motorsports Press Association and was named Georgia Professional Athlete of the Year in 1985 and 1988.
He was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Motorsports Hall of Fame in August of last year.
"The fans love him," Winter said. "He’s definitely the best driver from Georgia."