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Taking a look back at Bill and Chase Elliotts' careers
Timeline of drivers' history
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Since 1976, NASCAR's 1988 Winston Cup Champion Bill Elliott has participated in close to 810 races, achieved 44 wins and collected 55 career poles. - photo by For the Dawson Community News

Bill Elliott's career

1955: Born Oct. 5 - Hometown Dawsonville

1963: Age 8, Received his first racecar, a Ford Fairlane, from his father George Elliott

1974: Age 19, Began short track racing at the Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Ga.

1976: Age 21, First Winston Cup race at Carolina 500

1978: Age 23, First Daytona 500 race

1981: Age 26, Partners with Harry Melling and Melling Racing, won the season-long Ingersoll-Rand crew competition with brother Ernie as crew chief

1983: Age 28, First career victory at Riverside International Raceway in California

1984: Age 29, Sponsored by Coor's Brewing Company, wins Miller High Life 500 and Hodgdon American 500

1985: Age 30

• Wins Daytona 500, Winston 500 and Southern 500, earning him the Winston Million

• 11 superspeedway wins (winning 11 races and 11 poles)

• Featured on the September cover of Sports Illustrated

• Named "American Driver of the Year" by the nation's Motorsports media

• Nicknamed "Awesome Bill from Dawsonville" and "Million Dollar Bill" for record-setting season

1987: Age 32, Named the "American Driver of the Year" by the nation's Motorsports media, set the fastest one-lap speed record at 212.809 mph at Talladega

1988: Age 33, Winston Cup Championship winner

1995: Age 40, Starts own team and assumed sole ownership a year later, gains sponsorship with McDonalds

1998: Age 43, Inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

2003: Age 48, Retires name from NASCAR's Most Popular Driver Award contest after a record 16 wins prior (1984-88, 1991-2000, 2002)

2004: Age 49, Leaves full time racing

2007: Age 52, Started racing part-time

Since 1976, Elliott has participated in close to 810 races to date, achieved 44 wins and collected 55 career poles



Chase Elliot's career

1995: Born Nov. 28 - Hometown Dawsonville

2004: Age 8-9, Started racing go-karts

2007: Age 11-12, Started racing Bandaleros

2008: Age 12-13

• Competed in the Legends Racing Series and named Rookie of the Year

• Georgia State Champion in the Semipro division

• Winter Flurry Series champion

• Georgia Winter Series title

2009: Age 13-14, Georgia Asphalt Series Champion and Rookie of the Year

2010: Age 14-15

• Blizzard Series Champion

• Miller Light Champion

• Gulf Coast Champion

• Winner Winchester 400

2011: Age 15-16

• Named Sports Illustrated high school player of the week in April

• Finished 9th in points in the K&N Series East

• National Super late Model Champion

• Signed three-year driver development deal with Hendrick

• Snowball Derby (at 16, he was the youngest winner)

2012: Age 16-17

• Career first win K&N Series East race at Iowa Speedway

• Winner World Crown 300

2013: Age 17-18

• Became the youngest winner in ARCA Series history at Pocono Raceway

• First career pole in the Nationwide Truck Series at Bristol and youngest truck pole-sitter

• Winner All American 400, first driver to win all four of the country's largest short-track races

2014: Age 18, First full season in NASCAR Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports, driving the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevy Camaro

April 4 Wins first career race in the series