NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott is set to return for a one-off NASCAR national series start with GMS Racing’s No. 23 Chevrolet Xfinity Series entry Aug. 25 at Road America (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
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The 1988 premier series champion last made a national series start in 2012. The 62-year-old has 45 wins in NASCAR on his resume, including one in the Xfinity Series. Despite his experience, because this will be his first start at the Wisconsin road course, the Dawsonville, Georgia, native will be required to attend the rookie meeting at Road America, according to a NASCAR spokesperson.
“When this opportunity came up from Mike (Beam, president of GMS Racing), I had to jump on it,” Elliott said in a team release. “Chase (Elliott’s son) has ran a handful of races for the team so I figured I would give it a shot at Road America. Beam and I have worked together in the past so it will be exciting to get behind the wheel and bring back some old memories.”
Beam served as crew chief for Elliott in 1990 and again from 1993-1994, part of the 1995 season and the 1996-97 seasons. Together, they teamed up for two wins (Dover-1990 and Darlington-1994).
“We are thrilled to welcome Bill to the GMS Racing family,” Beam said in a team release. “Bill has many years in NASCAR and it’s going to be great to watch him come back, especially in GMS equipment. Bill and I worked together back in the day and had a lot of success so hopefully we can pick up where we left off and create some more great memories.”
Elliott’s son, Chase, currently stars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driving full time for Hendrick Motorsports in the organization’s No. 9 Chevrolet.
“Yeah, I definitely want to go,” Chase said after his qualifying effort at Watkins Glen. “It’s going to be exciting. I know he’s excited about it. He just needs to go have fun and I think he will. He hasn’t forgotten how to drive. So, I think that he will have fun with it and that is the main thing — go and enjoy it and have a chance to get racing again.”