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Dirt Bike Crash Knocks Elliott Out of Race at Home Track

Rick Minter | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Friday, September 4 2009

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com

Bill Elliott

Bill Elliott

This is becoming the week of living dangerously for Sprint Cup drivers. First Carl Edwards broke his foot playing Frisbee and now Bill Elliott has cracked three ribs riding his dirt bike.

“It was just a freak deal,” Elliott said. He said although he probably could have raced in pain, he decided to step out of the Wood Brothers Ford for this weekend’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway because he didn’t want to jeopardize the team’s chances of running well in the Pep Boys Auto 500.

“I just decided that those boys had worked so hard on the car it wouldn’t be fair for me to have a problem and mess them up,” Elliott said.

David Gilliland, who lost his regular ride to Bobby Labonte, will drive in Elliott’s place this weekend.

“He runs good at Atlanta, so they should be OK,” Elliott said. “And I’ll be back in the car for Kansas.”

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

Rick Minter | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Friday, September 4 2009
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