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(Macon, IL) On July 22 get ready to welcome Nascar Legend Bill Elliott for the first time ever. Also joining Bill will be NASCAR stars Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace! Macon Speedway with the help of Skeff Distributing will kick off the Night of NASCAR Stars by hosting an autograph session featuring Bill Elliott and well known NASCAR stars and track owners Kenny Wallace and Kenny Schrader, so come out to the track early to get your chance to meet Bill, Kenny and Ken. The gates will open at 3:00; The NASCAR stars will be signing autographs from 4:30 to 5:30 so come out early to get your autographs.

Skeff Distributing will once again be hosting a consumer sweepstakes program that will allow consumers a chance at a private meet and greet with Nascar Star Bill Elliott, the chance to get an autograph from Bill Elliott or win grandstand tickets to the race on July 22 for the Night of Nascar Stars III featuring Bill Elliott. Win your chance for the above mentioned prices by filling out a sweepstakes form where you buy your Budweiser in the Decatur area.

Bill Elliott was the youngest of three sons born to George and Mildred Elliott of Dawsonville, Georgia. Growing up Bill and his older brothers, Ernie and Dan, started working at the family business at an early age, and perhaps that is one of the reasons Bill still prefers to own his own team rather than work for someone else. By his early teens Bill was driving delivery trucks throughout the twisting roads of Northern Georgia, at rates of speed he smiles and says he would rather not discuss these days. The racing bug had already bitten. Bill and his brothers began in racing selling parts out of a truck to racers at tracks in the area. Ernie would eventually start his own engine business, while Bill specialized in building chassis and setting up suspensions. He also did a little racing and on September 7th, 1974 Bill won his first sportsman race at the Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia. More victories soon followed and the family saw Bill's talents as a God given gift that!
they should help him develop.
Elliott's first career Winston Cup start was Feb. 29, 1976 at the Carolina 500 in Rockingham, N.C. He started 34th and finished 33rd. His first win (117th start) was on a road course - Riverside (Calif.) International Raceway, Nov. 20, 1983. His first pole (56th start) was at the Rebel 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway on April 12, 1981.Elliott has won the famed Daytona 500 twice, 1985 and 1987. He won both races from the pole. He also has won two of NASCAR's prestigious, non-points races, the Busch Clash in 1987 and The Winston in 1986.
Elliott won the Most Popular Driver Award in 2000 for a record 15th time. Except for 1989 and 1990, Elliott has won the award every year since 1984. The award is voted by the fans in a contest conducted by the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA).
Elliott started his 600th career Winston Cup race at the Diehard 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on April 16, 2000. He is one of 19 drivers to have more than 500 career starts, reaching that milestone on April 13, 1997 at the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
Elliott set the fastest qualifying speed in Winston Cup history with a lap of 212.809 mph at Talladega (Ala.) during the1987 Winston 500.
Elliott was the 1988 Winston Cup Champion. He is only one of three Ford drivers (Dale Jarrett, Alan Kulwicki) to win the championship since 1969. Elliott finished second in the point standings three times - 1985, 1987 and 1992. He lost the series championship to Kulwicki by 10 points in 1992, the narrowest winning margin in Winston Cup history.Elliott was the first driver to win The Winston Million, a $1 million bonus from R.J. Reynolds for winning three of four major superspeedway races in a single season. Along with winning the Winston Million, Elliott's 1985 banner year also included a Winston Cup season record of 11 superspeedway wins. For his achievements in 1985, Elliott was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. His two nicknames: "Awesome Bill from Dawsonville" and "Million Dollar Bill" also came as a result of his record-setting 1985 season.
Elliott's hobbies include snow skiing and flying his personal aircraft.

Gates open at Macon Speedway on July 22 at 3:00 PM. An autograph session with the NASCAR drivers will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 on a first-come, first-served basis. Racing starts at 7:00 PM.

All seating for the Nights of NASCAR Stars at Macon Speedway is general admission. Adult seats are $20 and seats for children 12 and under are $5 for the July 22 event. Pit passes will be $30. Orders can be placed by calling 217-764-3000 or 217-764-3200.

Macon Speedway is located 9 miles south of Decatur, IL on US 51 then .6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south on Wiles. For more information, call 217-764-3000(track), 217-764-3220(information hotline), or contact us via email at [email protected]. Also visit or .