Elliott to drive Daytona

Elliott to drive Daytona

There are 38 comments on the NASCAR Winston Cup Scene story from Jan 2, 2007, titled Elliott to drive Daytona. In it, NASCAR Winston Cup Scene reports that:

Bill Elliott will be back behind the wheel of Georgia-based R&J Racing's No. 37 Dodge in February when he will attempt to qualify for the Daytona 500, the team's Web site reported.

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Truman

United States

#2 Jan 3, 2007
What you have to understand is that Bill is looking toward the future. The 37 car shop just moved to dawsonville(I think it was previously in Charlotte). I also think it is in almost the same location of the shop he used in the 80's and 90's. His brother Ernie builds the engines. He also has a son that is interested racing. His son ,Chase, may want to race in Cup one day. So Bill has said(in an interview I read) that it would be important for him to keep doors open for Chase. He has a plan in mind I can assure you. What ever he drives I will be in front of the T.V. every time he races, qualifies, or gives an interview.
Speechless

Ahoskie, NC

#3 Jan 3, 2007
Bill is in a position that he can pick and choose when he wants to race and the pace that he wants to go at. Driving for R & J out of a shop right in Dawsonville in chassis built by Evernham and motors by Ernie takes away an unmeasureable amount of pressure. With a decent pitcrew he has the potential for running in the top twenty regularly. Driving 10 minutes to the shop beats the heck out of having to fly to Charlotte.

Since: Jan 07

Muscle Shoals, AL

#4 Jan 3, 2007
It will be good to see Bill Elliott behind the wheel of a racecar. Nascar doesn't have enough veterans anymore as they once did. But nobody is like Dale Earnhardt. We sure do miss him.
Speechless

Ahoskie, NC

#5 Jan 3, 2007
Racegirl820 wrote:
It will be good to see Bill Elliott behind the wheel of a racecar. Nascar doesn't have enough veterans anymore as they once did. But nobody is like Dale Earnhardt. We sure do miss him.
We sure do Racegirl. I never wanted to see Dale hang around like Richard did but it broke my heart when we lost him. I think Dale would have been the one to ask NASCAR what the heck they were thinking coming up with this car of tomorrow B.S. Someone needs to step up and pickup the leadership role that was lost when Dale died. I've often thought about what a super power DEI Inc. would be if Dale had lived to retire and run it himself full time.
Bob Glidden

Burgessville, Canada

#6 Jan 4, 2007
I would like to see Bill run the full schedule in any car. I think that he can still be very competetive in the right car. Is the 37 that car? Probably not but who cares as long as Awesome Bill is on the track, this 25 year fan of his will still be chearing him on. By the way Dale SR. was over rated, much like his son is today.
rcr fan

Howell, MI

#8 Jan 4, 2007
good job bill but your not the oldes inthe 500

james
hylton

that his name he is 72
year old
Speechless

Ahoskie, NC

#9 Jan 4, 2007
rcr fan wrote:
good job bill but your not the oldes inthe 500
james
hylton
that his name he is 72
year old
I sure hope he makes the field if only to run one lap. Here's a trivia question on James. What year and where did James get his only win in (Grand National Division) Cup?

Since: Dec 06

Superior, WI

#10 Jan 5, 2007
Speechless wrote:
<quoted text>I sure hope he makes the field if only to run one lap. Here's a trivia question on James. What year and where did James get his only win in (Grand National Division) Cup?
Not sure of the year, but I think he narrowly beat out Fred Flintstone......
rcr fan

Howell, MI

#13 Jan 5, 2007
anderson 24 wrote:
<quoted text>i hope he does to he is using rcr engines ....go james.....
HE IS
rcr fan

Howell, MI

#14 Jan 5, 2007
Speechless wrote:
<quoted text>I sure hope he makes the field if only to run one lap. Here's a trivia question on James. What year and where did James get his only win in (Grand National Division) Cup?
I DO NOT KNOW BUT I WILL GEST THE TRACK
MIS
Combustible

Fort Worth, TX

#15 Jan 5, 2007
Speechless wrote:
<quoted text>I sure hope he makes the field if only to run one lap. Here's a trivia question on James. What year and where did James get his only win in (Grand National Division) Cup?
James Hylton had 2 wins, the first (1970) in Richmond and the second (1972) in Talladega.
Combustible

Fort Worth, TX

#16 Jan 5, 2007
Jr in 07 wrote:
I cant understand why Bill is linin up with this team, i mean they suck! He is a much, much better quality driver to be drivin this crap! I hear rumors that they may run a full schedule and if that's true and Elliott's their driver, then he's lost his mind! As big of a demand as there is for drivers right now, he could land a job with a much better team, especially since he's a past champion. I could see him replacing David Stremme, runnin the 40 car since he did drive for Coors years ago and they do run Dodge's and Ganassi could use a veteran at that organization to help groom Sorenson and Montoya. I just think he could be in much better equipment, especially if he does come back full time. I've always pulled for Elliott and still wish he was in the 9 car instead of Kahne, but he could do so, so much better.
You make some fair points, but living close to home, working with your brother and lending your invaluable expertise to a start-up program have their rewards. Many top-shelf drivers, at the end of their active careers, have helped develop new teams. I believe they feel a sense of "giving back" to the sport and the lifestyle they love and made a living with. Terry Labonte is good example of a team player and certainly wasn't given the best equipment in the Hendricks stable. But his insight, experience at the various tracks and feedback to the crews is something a younger driver may not be able to provide. I believe Mark Martin will be providing that same service over the period of time he decides to continue racing. At the end of the day, they are still racing fast cars...they just aren't doing it for 36 races, plus practice sessions, plus public appearences, plus the travel, etc. I, for one, say enjoy them while they are still able to ply their craft, because it will be over all too soon.
Speechless

Ahoskie, NC

#17 Jan 5, 2007
Combustible wrote:
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James Hylton had 2 wins, the first (1970) in Richmond and the second (1972) in Talladega.
You're absolutely correct. Somewhere I forgot about his win in 70. He was a great driver in those days but it is going to be double tough on him today.
RebelYell17

North Chicago, IL

#18 Jan 8, 2007
Bob Glidden wrote:
I would like to see Bill run the full schedule in any car. I think that he can still be very competetive in the right car. Is the 37 that car? Probably not but who cares as long as Awesome Bill is on the track, this 25 year fan of his will still be chearing him on. By the way Dale SR. was over rated, much like his son is today.
Totally agree with you about Sr. and Jr.,way over rated!!!!

Since: Dec 06

Location hidden

#19 Jan 8, 2007
RebelYell17 wrote:
<quoted text>Totally agree with you about Sr. and Jr.,way over rated!!!!
I guess that depends on who is doing the rating.....Go #8
griftommy

AOL

#20 Jan 15, 2007
do not laugh when I predict that Bill in 37 will win a race in 07 provided he runs the entire schedule. Elliott fan since 1982,,,,,,
tmac52

Louisville, KY

#21 Jan 17, 2007
As a long time Bill Elliott fan I was thrilled with rumors that he might drive full time again. we heard it would be with Evernham, Red Bull, Michael Waltrip or maybe even back in a Ford for Yates but in the end Bill Elliott has ro do what in his own mind is best for him and his family. When I asked Bill for help when my young son was sick he responed instantly! I will never forget tha kindness and will always watch for the redhead from Georgia with the great smile.
ole 9 fan

Ringgold, GA

#22 Jan 24, 2007
i started watching bill in 1983 he's like a great
book you just can't put it down go awsome 1
detroit tiger fan

Howell, MI

#23 Jan 24, 2007
snow will get cerite for you i i am form michigan i am going for your team the colts
to win and mvp penton
but i am not pick a indeian driver to win the 500 matte ri face he was not born in the usa i am pick juan to win the 500

Since: Dec 06

Location hidden

#24 Jan 24, 2007
detroit tiger fan wrote:
snow will get cerite for you i i am form michigan i am going for your team the colts
to win and mvp penton
but i am not pick a indeian driver to win the 500 matte ri face he was not born in the usa i am pick juan to win the 500
Thank you very much for your support for my Colts. Chicago is a good team and both the coaches are good friends..I will be glad when the races start again then we will all have our favorite drivers to root for.....

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