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'Awesome Bill' named to NASCAR Hall of Fame

POSTED: May 21, 2014 5:31 p.m.
For the Dawson Community News/

Dawsonville's Bill Elliott was named to the NASCAR Hall of Fame May 21.

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Dawsonville's Bill Elliott was at the top of the list Wednesday afternoon when NASCAR's 2015 Hall of Fame class was announced.

The 1988 Winston Cup Champion secured more than 87 percent of the vote in his first year of eligibility in the hall of fame.

The 16-time most popular driver had been considered a frontrunner for inclusion since NASCAR made rule changes that allow any driver that competed for 30 years eligible for induction, as well as drivers that have reached their 55th birthday.

At 58, Elliott meets both criteria.

With 44 wins in the series, including two Daytona 500 victories and a record four consecutive wins at Michigan International Speedway, Elliott holds the track records for fastest qualifying speed at Daytona and Talladega.

He was among 20 nominees for the hall of fame's sixth induction class.

Wendell Scott, Joe Weatherly, Rex White and Fred Lorenzen were also voted into the hall of fame.

 

 

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