Racing Legend Bill Elliott Set to Wave Green Flag
to Kick Off Carolina 200 at Rockingham Speedway
'88 Cup Champion Will Watch Son Compete at The Rock
Track PR Report
For Bill Elliott, coming back to Rockingham to be the honorary starter for the May 15 running of the Carolina 200 presented by Black’s Tire and Auto Service is something of a homecoming. Before he was “Million Dollar Bill” or “Awesome Bill from Dawsonville,” Elliott was a 20-year-old rookie driver making his NASCAR Cup debut at the 1976 Carolina 500 at the venerable one-mile track.
While that day didn’t work out to well for Elliott and his No. 9 Ford Torino (a broken fuel pump after 32 laps led to a 33rd place finish), the 1988 Winston Cup champion ended up with a great career with a number of great moments at Rockingham. In 48 starts at the track, Elliott led 1231 laps, en route to four wins, including his last career win in 2003.
"Rockingham is a very special track," Elliott said. "This is where I got my first Cup start. I remember coming here with Jody Ridley in 1973 helping out with a car my dad owned. Rockingham has always been about grassroots racing and I'm excited about coming back."
Elliott's son Chase is entered in the Sunoco Touring Series ASA Late Model Series race on May 14.
“Bill Elliott is one of the legends of this sport,” said Rockingham Speedway President Andy Hillenburg. “It just makes the Carolina 200 weekend that much more special to have him come be a part of all the festivities and great racing at Rockingham.”
Racing action for the Carolina 200 presented by Black’s Tire and Auto Service weekend gets underway on Thursday, May 13 with practice and qualifying for the Friday, May 14 running of the ASA Late Model Series race. The ASA late models will take the green flag for their shootout immediately following USAR Pro Cup and UARA qualifying (approximately 4:30 pm). The UARA portion of the Carolina 200 presented by Black’s Tire and Auto Service takes the green flag on Saturday, May 15 at 11 am with the USAR Pro Cup to follow at approximately 1 pm.
For more information on the Carolina 200 presented by Black’s Tire and Auto Service or other events upcoming at the track, contact Rockingham Speedway at (910) 205-8800 or visit our website at www.rockinghamspeedway.com. Tickets are available for the May 14, 2010 running of the ASA Late Model race and the May 15, 2010 Carolina 200 USAR Pro Cup/ UARA double header - $20.00 in advance and $25.00 the day of the event.