Bill Elliot is a race car driver who has competed in the Nascar Nextel Cup series. He was born in 1955 in Georgia, and he drives with Michael Waltrip in car #00. Elliot first begin competing at the Winston Cup in 1976. He was given assistance by Harry Melling, and he would go on to win his first race at the Winston Cup. After his victory at the Winston Cup, he was given a sponsorship by Coors. Elliot gained 11 wins in 1985, and he won the race at the Southern 500. He was one of the first race car drivers to be placed on Sports Illustrated magazine.
While Elliot did have a large amount of success, it wouldn’t be until 1988 when he became the Winston Cup Champion. He begin driving the Ford Thunderbird by 1992, and he was able to finish second in that year. He was defeated by Alan Kulwicki, and he lost the Winston Cup Championship. Starting in 1995, Elliot being to field his own races in the Winston Cup until the year 2000. However, he did not win any races during this time, and many agreed that he had performed better with other teams. Elliot decided to sell his team, and he begin driving a Dodge Intrepid. He successfully gained the pole at the Daytona 500 in 2001.
He also won the Pennzoil Freedom 400 during the same year. Between 2002 and 2003, he continued to win races at Rockingham and Pocono. During the 2004 racing season, he drove a Dodge Intrepid on behalf of Evernham during three races, and he found more success during this time. He gained a 9th place finish in Indianapolis, and he also got great placements during races in California and Texas. He continued to race part-time in 2005, but did not have the success that he found during the 2004 race season. He gained the 11th place during races in Michigan, and he also raced in the Nascar Busch Series.
In early 2006, Elliot stated that he would be driving a Chevrolet during the Daytona Speedweek, but he eventually begin driving for Michael Waltrip. Bill Elliot has had a large amount of success during his career. He has had a grand total of 44 victories, and two of these were at the Daytona 500. As of this writing, he holds a number of records for Daytona and Talladega, and he has gained the Most Popular Driver Award 16 times, which is a record. It should also be noted that Bill Elliot was the first Nascar driver to be placed in a video game. He is featured in Bill Elliot’s Nascar Challenge, a game that was released for Nintendo and MS-DOS by Konami.
Jeff Gordon is a famous American race car driver who was born in 1971 in Vallejo, California. He has won the Nascar Winston Cup four times, and he drives car #24 for Hendrick Motorsports. As of this writing, one of his most prominent sponsors is DuPont. Jeff Gordon began racing when he was only five years of age. He loved to race cars, and his family was supportive of him. His family actually relocated primarily because they wanted Jeff to be in a location where he could better harness his racing skills. While he was still a minor, Jeff had already won a number of races and was given the USAC Midget Car Racing Rookie of the Year award.
After this, Gordon went on to win the USAC Midget title, and by 1991, he had gained the USAC Silver Crown. He broke a record by being the youngest person to ever capture the title. He went to the Busch Series after this, and had a large number of victories. Gordon crashed his car during the the Hooters 500 race in Atlanta in 1992, and this caused him to be placed in the 31st position. Jeff Gordon was one of many young racers who would be placed on high quality teams early in their careers. The success of Jeff Gordon allowed a younger generation of racers to begin competing in Nascar.
Many critics felt that Gordon was not ready to compete at the professional level because of his habit of racing cars so hard that he crashed them. However, Gordon proved them all wrong during the 1994 season, were he emerged victorious in the Lowe’s Motor Speedway, which was a long and difficult race. Gordon would also go on to win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400. In 1995 he won what would become the first of four Winston Cup Championships. Jeff Gordon is also famous for rising up against the legendary Dale Earnhardt, and he has become a fan favorite.
Many people consider Jeff Gordon to be one of the greatest drivers in Nascar because he achieved so much at a very young age. Even at 35 years of age, Jeff Gordon has successfully won 75 races, which is just one victory behind Dale Earnhardt. Jeff Gordon is also notable for making Nascar a popular sport with mainstream audiences. For a long time, the sport was only regulated to the south, but Jeff Gordon has allowed it to reach a high level of popularity due to advertising and his skills with the media.
Tony Stewart is a race car driver who has won a number of championships with stock cars and Indy cars. He was born in 1971 in Indiana, and he drives car #20 for Joe Gibbs Racing. When he was a young boy, Steward enjoyed racing go karts, and he won the world karting championship in the late 1980s. He eventually begin racing in the USAC series, and he became USAC rookie of the year in 1991. By 1994 he had become the National Midget series champion. He is the very first driver to successfully win all three of the USAC championships.
In addition to racing Indy cars, he also competed in stock cars as well. He raced in the Busch Series in 1996, but was only able to gain the 16th place. He decided to compete in the Craftsman Truck Series, and found a large amount of success, and was able to finish in the 10th place. Stewart worked hard to improve his IRL ranking, and had a rough year in 1997. However, he was able to make it to second place while racing in Phoenix. It was at Pikes Peak where he was able to gain his first victory. In this race he led the vast majority of laps out of 200 lap race. He was able to defeat Davey Hamilton for the IRL title.
He would then go on to compete in a number of Busch Series competitions. He was placed in the top ten, and he reached third place during his race in Charlotte. Though he competed in the Indy 500, a problem with his engine caused him to lose the race. However, he was much more successful in the Busch Series, finishing in the top 5 multiple times. He nearly placed first in his race, but was beaten by Matt Kenseth. Stewart was soon racing in the Winston Cup, and he gained second place in his very first competition. He battled Dale Earnhardt in the Gatorade Twin 125 race, going head to head with Earnhardt. However, Earnhardt emerged victorious, but many viewers were impressed with Stewart’s level of skill.
Tony Stewart had a great rookie season, and he continued to be placed in the top ten during this time. He ended his first year in 4th place, and it is one of the highest positions to be achieved by a rookie since the 1970s. Tony Stewart would go on to gain his very first Winston Cup victory in 2002.
Mark Martin is a professional Nascar race car driver who was born in Arkansas in 1959. He drives for Roush Racing, and he races car #6. In addition to this, he also owns car #17. Martin is notable for being a consistent race car driver. He always seems to finish in the top five, and he has consistently raced in the Chase for the Nextel Cup each year. Mark Martin is a versatile racer who has said he will race any vehicle in various circumstances in a multitude of different environments. Martin first made his professional debut in 1977, racing under the American Speed Association. He would win the Rookie of the Year award in the same year.
From 1978 to 1980, Mark Martin won three championships in a row. He competed for the Winston Cup shortly after this, and he worked with a variety of different teams and sponsors. However, he ended up back at ASA by 1984. He built up his own team, but eventually ran out of the capital to maintain it. He would go on to win another ASA championship in 1986. He decided to compete in the Nascar Busch Series by 1987. He won the race at Dover, and he was approached by Jack Roush shortly after this win. Mark Martin is a tremendously successful race car driver who has had 35 victories so far in his career.
He has placed second in the Nextel Cup Series four times, but he has not yet gained a championship cup. He plans to overcome this problem in the 2006 season. He has had 48 wins in the Busch Series, which is a record. He lost to Dale Earnhardt in 1990 due to a special carburetor he placed in his car which officials said was illegal. Martin was able to finish second place in 2005, and has gained a fourth place position at the Chase for the Nextel Cup. Martin has successfully gained five IROC championships, and he has had an impressive roster of sponsors. Some of the sponsors for Mark Martin include Folgers, Kraft, Valvoline, and Viagra. As of this writing, his sponsor is American Automobile Association.
Despite the fact that Martin announced his retirement in 2005, he was encouraged to continue by Roush, who did not prepare a new driver to replace him. However, it has been speculated that Mark Martin will be replaced by Todd Kleuver during the 2007 season. Martin has decided to drive during 2006.
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is an American professional race car driver who was born in 1974. He is the son of Dale Earnhardt, and he has won a large number of racing events. As of this writing Earnhardt Jr. has had 21 victories, and he has also won the Busch Series twice. As of this writing, he drives car number 8, and he drives for Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Earnhardt Junior first begin driving when he was only 17 years of age.
He started out by racing in the Street Stock division, and the car he raced was a 1978 Monte Carlo. He was able to become a skilled driver within the second season of his training. Accomplishing this enabled him to join the Late Model Stock Car group.
While Earnhardt was a member of this group, he learned how to set up the chassis and prepare his car. He also spent a lot of time practicing. His training paid off, and he won the Busch Series two times in a row between 1998 and 1999, defeating Matt Kenseth. After this success, he was given the Nascar Rookie of the Year award a year later. Earnhardt Jr. would go on to win more competitions at the Richmond International Raceway and the Texas Motor Speedway. He broke a new record by becoming the first rookie to finish the All Star exhibition race is the first place position.
Earnhardt Jr. would next race against both his half brother and father at the Pepsi 400. This marked the second time in professional racing history that a father competed against his sons. Of all the success he had so far, 2001 would be a milestone year for the young racer. His father got into an accident in the last lap of the Daytona 500, and while Earnhardt Jr. was able to finish second, his father died in a hospital. Even though he raced the next weekend, he got into an accident and was not able to emerge victorious. He ended 2001 with a win at Daytona.
The following year was difficult for Earnhardt jr. He suffered from a concussion during a race at Fontana, but became a serious candidate for the title in 2003. Despite the fact that he had a number of wins, many people criticized him for only winning while racing on a restrictor plate track. To silence his critics, Junior won a race in Phoenix on a track that did not use restrictor plates. He was given the NMPA Most Popular Driver award shortly after this victory. He would go on to win the Daytona 500 in 2004, and he has continued to win a number of other competitions since this time.