NASCAR’s 1988 series champion and two-time Daytona 500 winner, Bill Elliott, is the newest member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
The pride of Dawsonville, Georgia, Elliott joins a 2015 induction class that includes Wendell Scott, Joe Weatherly, Rex White, and Fred Lorenzen.
The man known as “Awesome Bill from Dawsonville,” Bill Elliott will enter the NASCAR Hall of Fame with a resume worthy of acclaim. Capturing some of the highest honors in stock car racing, as well as winning some of the most prestigious events, Elliott will go down as one of the most influential drivers of his generation.
Garnering 87 percent of the ballots, Elliott is the headliner in respect to NASCAR’s latest Hall of Fame class, the sixth class since the Hall of Fame began in 2010. In respect to the voting process, a 54-member panel was charged with the assignment of electing five people from a 20 person nominee list. Logically, the five individuals with the most votes received Hall of Fame honors. The 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held January 30, 2015, and will be aired on the NBC Sports Network .
While Elliott’s Hall of Fame election is quite obviously a crowning personal achievement, the legendary driver is on the verge of becoming a legendary father. Elliott’s son, Chase, 18 , is one of the most decorated young drivers in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series . Driving for JR Motorsports, a team owned by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., the NAPA sponsored driver is a leading Rookie of the Year candidate in the Nationwide Series and a bona fide contender for the Nationwide championship .
As for the man of the hour, Bill Elliott described his Hall of Fame election as incredible, while noting the honor had left him virtually speechless. By his own admission, Elliott said he never dreamed of earning a spot in NASCAR’s highest shrine. In respectable fashion, Elliott thanked his family, his fans, and everyone who played a role in advancing his career.
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