Bill Elliott to Drive No. 37 RJ Racing Car at Atlanta Motor Speedway for Bass Pro Shops 500
Monday, October 23, 2006
A hint of nostalgia is in the air as the 1988 NEXTEL Cup Series Champion, Bill Elliott, takes the seat of the #37 R&J Racing Dodge in Atlanta later this week to celebrate his 30th Anniversary of racing at his hometown track.
Elliott's entry will be fielded out of the same Dawsonville, Ga. shop from which he and his family operation raced for years. The car will sport the red and white paint scheme familiar to longtime Elliott fans and will feature a commemorative logo which marks the 30 year milestone. Elliott's brother, Ernie, will provide the powerplant for the effort. Three of the current RJ Racing employees were part of the championship winning Elliott team of years ago.
"In a lot of ways it will be like the old days of going to race at Atlanta Motor Speedway," said Elliott. "It will be fun to be with these guys and run the red and white car again."
Elliott went on to further state. "I always get excited to race at my home track, the fans are so great there and the racing is always exciting. It is a great race track."
After starting 39th at Kansas earlier this month, Elliott had a great run in the Melling Auto Parts sponsored RJ Racing Dodge, eventually finishing 16th.
"It is good to have someone of Bill's capability and caliber in the No. 37 car," said John Carter, co-owner of RJ Racing. "We honestly feel like we have a shot at winning anytime Bill gets in the car and to have him in there for Atlanta, with us being based out of Georgia is even more special."
"We look forward to celebrating Bill's 30 years of racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway," said Ed Clark, president and general manager of Atlanta Motor Speedway. "Bill has a huge following, especially in Georgia, and this will be a milestone weekend for us and his many fans."
Fans can purchase tickets to the Bass Pro Shops 500 race weekend by contacting the AMS ticket office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX, (770) 946-4211, at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com or at an authorized Ticketmaster retail outlet.