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Elliott plans limited schedule with Phoenix Racing

January 18, 2011, Sporting News Wire Service,

Bill Elliott will drive in at least 18 Sprint Cup races for Phoenix Racing, starting with the Daytona 500, a team spokesman confirmed Monday.


Elliott, 55, has driven a part-time schedule for Wood Brothers Racing the past four years, but the Wood Brothers are working to put together a deal for Trevor Bayne, leaving Elliott to look for another Cup ride.

Elliott, the 1988 Cup champion, won the Daytona 500 in 1985 and '87.

Phoenix Racing qualified for 28 of the 36 Cup events last year to finish 39th in the owners' standings. Because it did not finish in the top 35 in owners' points, Elliott will need to make the Daytona 500 on speed, through his qualifying race finish or a past champion's provisional. Although Elliott is eligible for the Budweiser Shootout, the team is not currently planning on competing in that event.

Elliott started 40th and finished 27th in the 2010 Daytona 500, the first of 12 races he drove with the Wood Brothers last year. His best finish was 15th in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

With 821 career starts, Elliott ranks 15th all time with 44 career victories. His last full-time season was 2003.