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Judge sets bond for NASCAR engine builders wife
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The wife of famed NASCAR engine builder Ernie Elliott remained in custody Tuesday, nearly a week after she was arrested for reportedly trying to run him over.

Magistrate Judge Tony Tarnacki set Sheila G. Elliott's bond at $10,000 during her first appearance hearing on April 1.

The 63-year-old Dawsonville woman may have no contact with her husband, according to the conditions of bond.

Court records show that she also is required to stay away from business property on Elliott Family Parkway, where the alleged incident occurred.

Ernie Elliott was not injured during the incident, which according to the arrest warrant, involved him diving under a trailer on March 18 to avoid being hit by a 2004 Mercedes Benz sedan driven by his wife.

The incident was reported to local authorities on March 24, the same day a warrant was secured for Sheila Elliott's arrest on a felony aggravated assault charge.

Officers attempted to make an arrest that day, but were not able to do so due to a health concern.

The nature of the argument that led to the alleged assault on March 18 was not publically revealed.

"The marital issues that led up to it are not for us to discuss," said Capt. Tony Wooten, sheriff's spokesman. "It's our job to investigate the alleged crime and that's what we've done and now she's arrested."

A preliminary hearing in Magistrate Court is set for April 29.

Revered as one of NASCAR's top engine builders, Ernie Elliott helped power brother Bill Elliott to numerous victories over the family's 20-year collaboration, including his 1988 championship.

He also built the engine that holds NASCAR's Sprint Cup qualifying record. His engines have 39 wins, 148 top five's, 291 top 10's and 51 poles.