William Clyde Elliott (born October 8, 1955), also known as Awesome Bill from Dawsonville, or Million Dollar Bill, is an American former professional stock car racing driver. He last competed part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 23 Chevrolet Camaro for GMS Racing. He won the 1988 Winston Cup Championship and garnered 44 wins in that series, including two Daytona 500 victories in 1985 and 1987, three Southern 500 victories in 1985, 1988, and 1994, one Winston 500 victory in 1985, one Brickyard 400 victory in 2002, one "The Winston All-Star Race" (non-points race) win in 1986, and a record four consecutive wins at Michigan International Speedway between 1985 and 1986 (7 wins overall at Michigan, the most at any one racetrack in his career). He holds the track record for fastest qualifying speed at Talladega at 212.809 miles per hour (342.483 km/h) and Daytona International Speedway at 210.364 miles per hour (338.548 km/h), both of which were set in 1987; the mark at Talladega is the fastest qualifying speed for any NASCAR race ever. With the current usage of restrictor plates at Daytona and Talladega beginning since 1988, it is highly unlikely that these two qualifying speed records will ever be topped again. In 1985, Elliott made history by winning the first ever Winston Million: A million dollar bonus to any driver that could win three out of the four crown jewel races of NASCAR: The Daytona 500 at Daytona, the Winston 500 at Talladega, the World 600 at Charlotte, and the Southern 500 at Darlington. In a year dominated by Elliott, Bill went on to win 11 races (with 4 "season sweeps": Atlanta, Pocono, Michigan, and Darlington) and 11 poles, with three of those 11 wins being in the Daytona 500, the Winston 500, and the Southern 500, earning Bill the "Winston Million Dollar Bonus" and earning him the nickname "Million Dollar Bill". Elliott won NASCAR's Most Popular Driver Award a record 16 times (1984-1988, 1991-2000, 2002). He withdrew his name from the ballot for that award after winning it in 2002. In 2005, the Georgia State Legislature declared October 8 as Bill Elliott Day in the state of Georgia. He was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America on August 15, 2007 and into the 2015 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Elliott has also been honored by the state legislature with a stretch of roadway (the entirety of Georgia State Route 183) in his native Dawson County renamed Elliott Family Parkway. Elliott's son Chase is also a NASCAR Cup Series race winner.
Named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers (1998) 1984 - 1988 , 1991 - 2000 , 2002 Winston Cup Series Most Popular Driver (16 times) Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Inductee (2007) NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee (2015)
1988 Winston Cup Series Champion 1985 , 1987 Daytona 500 Winner 2002 Brickyard 400 Winner 1985 , 1988 , 1994 Southern 500 Winner 1985 Winston 500 Winner 1986 The Winston Winner Led NASCAR Winston Cup Series in wins in 1985, 1988 (tie), and 1992 (tie)