Gresham Motorsports Park is proud to announce the September 18 Super Late Model event at the track will be titled the George Elliott Memorial 100 Presented By Monolith Companies. The event - which was suggested by Russ Sutton of Monolith - will honor Elliott, who helped countless racers with their careers throughout his 40-year racing career.
Elliott, a lifelong Dawsonville, GA resident who passed away in 1998, is also the father of NASCAR racing greats Bill, Ernie and Dan Elliott.
“George had an enormous influence in the Georgia racing community,” said Sutton. “He not only had a great passion for the sport of auto racing, but he was the kind of guy that was always using his resources – cars, parts and money - to help those in the sport. Bill (Elliott) and I sat down recently and he showed me a lot of old photos of drivers that George had helped. The auto racing community should know that George wasn’t just about putting Bill Elliott on the track.
“George opened his heart to a lot of people outside the sport too,” Sutton continued. “Early in my business career, George gave me a truck when I didn’t have money to buy one. He just threw me the keys and said ‘come in here and pay me when you can.’ That was just George. I thought it would be great to carve out a spot to honor him with a race and give the fans an opportunity to appreciate what he had done and I hope the George Elliott Memorial Race will do that.”
The September 18 event will feature the George Elliott Memorial 100-lap Super Late Model event as well as main events for the Outlaw Late Models, Renegade Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Trucks and Mini Cup divisions.
“Russ Sutton mirrors the things I knew about my dad and what I learned from him,” said Dan Elliott, General Manager at Gresham Motorsports Park. “Tommy Irvin (Georgia Racing Hall of Fame member) told me that daddy owned the first car he ever drove. Everywhere I go now I hear more and more stories like this, stuff that I never knew about when I was a kid. These are the stories that warm my heart – the good things that you want to hear about your parents and the influence they had in other people’s live. I am so grateful to Russ Sutton for doing this for my dad.”
Monolith Companies, LLC is located in Alpharetta, GA. The general contracting firm specializes in the interior design, renovation, and construction of hotels and boasts the Hilton, Marriott, Starwood, Hyatt and IHG hotel chains as its clients.
Additional information about Monolith Companies can be accessed at www.monolithhospitality.com.
Gresham Motorsports Park is located next to the Jackson County Airport at 500 Lyle Field Road in Jefferson, GA.
For more information about Gresham Motorsports Park, please visit www.GreshamMotorsportsPark.com