Bill Elliott to be inducted into press association hall of fame

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Less than two months after being inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, legendary driver Bill Elliott has been selected for induction into yet another notable motorsports hall of fame.

This September, the 1988 Winston Cup champion will become the 95th inductee in the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame, the organization announced.

In voting of the NMPA membership, Elliott was a near-unanimous selection, being chosen on 98 percent of the ballots. A minimum of 65 percent of the total votes is necessary for a candidate to be eligible for induction.

Others receiving votes were: former drivers L.D. Ottinger and Sterling Marlin, former crew chief/driver Kirk Shelmerdine and sportswriter David Poole.

Elliott’s induction will be held Sept. 4 at the Darlington (S.C.) Country Club. Founded in 1965, the NMPA Hall of Fame and museum is located on the grounds of nearby Darlington Raceway.

Earlier this year, the Dawsonville, Ga., native, was inducted along with Fred Lorenzen, Rex White, Wendell Scott and Joe Weatherly into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

During his career, Elliott won 44 Winston Cup races, including two Daytona 500 victories (1985 and 1987) and three Southern 500 triumphs at Darlington (1985, 1988 and 1994). He also won the 2002 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Elliott was a 16-time winner of the NMPA’s Most Popular Driver award, voted upon by NASCAR fans, the most in the program’s history.

He is now a part of son Chase’s NASCAR racing efforts.

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