Accomplishments

Accomplishments

  • NASCAR Most Popular Driver: 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002. Fan poll conducted by National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA).
  • ESPN Speedweek's Fan Poll Driver of the Decade: 1980s.
  • American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) All-America Team: 1985, 1987, 1988, 1992.
  • Featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated
  • Named "American Driver of the Year" in 1985 by the nation's Motorsports media.
  • His two nicknames: "Awesome Bill from Dawsonville" and "Million Dollar Bill" also came as a result of his record-setting 1985 season.
  • 1985 WINNER – Daytona 500, Winston 500 (Talladega, AL) and Southern 500 (Darlington, SC)
  • Jerry Titus Memorial Award: 1985. Annual Award to the All-American team member receiving the most votes from the AARWBA membership.
  • American Driver of the Year: 1985, 1988.
  • National Motorsports Press Association Driver of the Year: 1985.
  • Auto Racing Digest Driver of the Year: 1985.
  • Georgia Professional Athlete of the Year: 1985, 1988.
  • Grand Marshal Peach Bowl Parade: 1986.
  • North Carolina Chapter of United Cerebral Palsy Humanitarian of the Year: 1987.
  • Air Force Reserve Honorary Recruiter of the Year: 1987.
  • McDonald's All-Star Race Team: 1991, 1992, 1993.
  • Member of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame: 1998.
  • True Value Man of the Year - second quarter: 1997, fourth quarter: 1998 and fourth quarter: 2001.
  • Bill Elliott was named one of "The 50 Greatest NASCAR Drivers of All Time" by NASCAR and a distinguished panel of his peers in 1998.
  • Spirit of Ford Award: 2000
  • Motorsports Hall of Fame: August 2007
  • Along with winning the Winston Million, Elliott's 1985 banner year also included Winston Cup season record of 11 superspeedway wins (winning 11 races and 11 poles)
  • Founded the Bill Elliott Driver Development Program: 2008
  • Bill Hold's NASCAR's Speed Record of 212.809 at Talladega Super Speedway
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