Bill Elliott Headlines Test Day at Hometown Track
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Georgia¿s own Bill Elliott tested his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup car Tuesday at Atlanta Motor Speedway in preparation for the Oct. 29-31 Bass Pro Shops 500 weekend.
Elliott ¿ a Dawsonville, Ga., native ¿ returned to his home track to prepare for what will be the seventh of eight races he is running during this season¿s limited schedule.
Elliott circled the 1.54-mile track Tuesday in his No. 98 McDonald¿s Dodge in 29.82 seconds (185.915 mph). He was joined during the test by a contingent of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers, including Carl Edwards, who was fastest with a lap at 30.93 seconds (179.24 mph).
Also testing their trucks Tuesday were Toyota driver Travis Kvapil and Ford drivers Deborah Renshaw, Rick Crawford, Brandon Whitt, Jon Wood, Terry Cook and JR Patton.
¿Atlanta is very special to me,¿ Bill said, ¿The track, Ed (Clark, Atlanta Motor Speedway President and General Manager), and all the guys here have been real good to us.¿
And with 55 starts under his belt at Atlanta, including five wins, Elliott is more than happy to return to his hometown track.
Elliott won both the spring and fall race in 1992, and it was only two years ago that Elliott earned his fifth career pole position with an impressive speed of 28.944 seconds (191.542 mph). Elliott keeps all this in mind, but he also knows that on the fastest track in the NASCAR circuit, anything can happen.
¿I think we¿ve got a good car, but we¿ll continue to work,¿ Elliott said. ¿We took second in Texas and third in California, so I feel pretty good.¿
Atlanta Motor Speedway testing will continue throughout the next week as drivers prepare for the upcoming Oct. 29-31 race weekend. Elliott will continue testing Wednesday, while Mark Martin, Carl Edwards (Cup car), Matt Kenseth, Reed Sorenson, and Boston Reid are scheduled to test next week.
All tests sessions are closed to the public, but make sure to check the AMS website at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com for daily updates.