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NASCAR legends to take laps at VIR in September

SoVaNow.com / August 09, 2018


Sportscar Vintage Racing Association announced that two of the biggest names from NASCAR history have entered a new Pro-Am race at Virginia International Raceway Sept. 22.

NASCAR Cup champion Bill Elliott, who has raced with SVRA on several occasions, will be joined by 2000 NASCAR Cup champion Bobby Labonte.

The VIR event will benefit IGNITE - the Autism Society of North Carolina-s community center for young adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome. IGNITE was founded by The Evernham Family Racing for a Reason Foundation - a nonprofit established by legendary NASCAR crew chief Ray Evernham and his family.

Evernham will share a car with Elliott as the amateur of the team in the VIR race.

The two have raced in the Indy event the past three years.

Labonte is the first driver to win both the NASCAR Cup Championship (2000), and the Busch Series Championship (1991). He backed up those accomplishments by winning the 2001 IROC Championship with two victories in the season’s four races. In a NASCAR Cup career that spanned 24 seasons Labonte had 21 race wins and 26 poles. In what is now the Xfinity Series he scored 10 race wins and 10 poles. He is one of a handful of drivers to score victories in all of NASCAR’s top three series: Cup, Xfinity, and Trucks.

Already inducted into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame, Labonte is a nominee for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He has extended his career since leaving NASCAR Cup racing in 2016, both as a driver and motorsports analyst. He is currently running a full season in the NASCAR Euro Whelen Series. He also serves as an analyst for Fox Sports 1 (FS1) Race Hub and Race Day TV programs.

Elliott, the 1988 NASCAR Cup champion, is one of the most accomplished drivers in American auto racing. He has 44 race wins at NASCAR’s highest level including the 1985 and 1987 Daytona 500s. While he was previously well established as a top driver on the NASCAR scene, it was in 1985 when he won the Winston Million for victories in three of the series’ marquee races: the Daytona 500, the Southern 500 and the Winston 500 that he broke through to superstar status. His million-dollar bonus for the achievement earned him the nickname, Million Dollar Bill.

Elliott has been inducted into both the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Bill’s son Chase is currently a NASCAR Monster Energy Cup series driver for Hendrick Motorsports.





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