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Elliott Set To Put On Chevy Bow Tie

Rick Minter | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Monday, January 17 2011

Bill Elliott will jump out of a Ford and into a Chevy for the 2011 season. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Bill Elliott’s late father, George Elliott, was as loyal a Ford supporter as they came. His sons went on to carry the banner for Ford Racing in the 1980s, and Bill Elliott spent the last four seasons driving Ford’s most famous car, the No. 21 of the Wood Brothers Race team.

But when testing opens at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, Elliott will be driving a Chevrolet – the No. 09 of Phoenix Racing.

Elliott said he plans to run at least 18 races in the James Finch-owned car, and said that he feels he’s plenty capable of giving the car a good run.

“I’m still in good shape physically,” he said, adding that he was pleased with the way he ran at times last fall in the Wood Brothers Ford.

The team will use engines and equipment from Hendrick Motorsports, and the deal also means that Finch will help support Elliott’s son, Chase, who stunned the short track world with his success in 2010, when he won the Winchester 400, a race at North Wilkesboro Speedway and the Gulf Coast championship, which includes racing at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla, and Mobile International Speedway.

“I watched Chase at the Snowball Derby,” Finch said. “That kid’s going to be the real deal.”

Finch said he plans to run the full Sprint Cup schedule with the No. 09, and that Elliott could make more starts depending on sponsorship. He said he’s cutting back on his Nationwide Series efforts and will focus on the races at Daytona and Talladega.

– Rick Minter can be reached at rminter@racintoday.com

Rick Minter | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Monday, January 17 2011
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  • mre47 says:

    GO BILL!!! The Woods are the big losers in this deal. Hope you get a 48 car and motor. Awesome Bill from Dawsonvlle can still get the job done. Cant wait to get to Daytona now that Bill has a ride. Hope you blow the doors off the 21 OF Rousch/Fenway racing.

  • T-boned says:

    Not much more than a decal change and for a long time now.

  • Big Ed says:

    Something about his just does not feel right. Bill Elliott not in a Ford. Well, Ford’s loss is Chevy’s gain.

  • Dick says:

    Remember how Cup Champion bereft, veteran Ford driver, Mark Martin came to life after finally switching to a Chevy? You gotta wonder if he looks back and ponders “what if” I’d have been in a Chevy all those years?