#TBT: Bill Elliott wins The Winston in 1986

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Awesome Bill from Dawsonville was known for several huge accomplishments throughout his career, but the two seasons that thrust him into super stardom were 1985 through 1986. Those were, ironically enough, the seasons where Bill Elliott earned the aforementioned nickname.

Elliott won the “Winston Million” in 1985 by winning three of the four crown jewel events, earning him another moniker, Million Dollar Bill. He followed that up with a rousing show during The Winston, now the Sprint All-Star Race, in 1986 when it was held at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

While there’s no video from that event currently available (someone needs to get on that), here’s a look at the following season. Dale Earnhardt came out on top, but it was Elliott who challenged him for the lead again late in the race.

Ah, those were the days. You know, when rubbin’ actually was racin’.

On Friday, Chase Elliott will look to follow in his father’s footsteps by attempting to make the Sprint All-Star Race. His only chance to get in is by winning one of the Sprint Showdown events to qualify since he’s not a full-time driver.

The elder Elliott is now enshrined in the NASCAR Hall of Fame and went on to win the 1988 championship. His son has a long way to go if he plans to match that success, but is already the youngest Xfinity Series champion after winning it at 18 years old last season.

Regardless of how successful Chase becomes, no one will ever forget Awesome Bill From Dawsonville.


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