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Elliott named as Bloom Sports Marshal

NASCAR legend Bill Elliott has been named as the Sports Marshal for next month's Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. Courtesy art

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The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival has announced that legendary NASCAR driver Bill Elliott will be the Sports Marshal for this year's Festival.

Elliott will be the featured speaker at the Wells Fargo Sports Breakfast held on May 4 at the Winchester Moose Lodge.

The driver known as "Awesome Bill from Dawsonville" and "Million Dollar Bill" will also take part in the Grand Feature Parade on May 4. Elliott has won 44 NASCAR Sprint Cup victories.

Elliott was one of the most popular drivers on the circuit when he was racing full-time. In 1985, he won 11 races and 11 poles on his way to winning the first Winston Million in NASCAR history. Victories in the Daytona 500, the Winston 500 at Talladega and the Southern 500 at Darlington earned him the "Million Dollar Bill" nickname.

He was also the first NASCAR driver to land on the cover of Sports Illustrated. In 1988, he won his only NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship, with six wins, six poles, 11 top-five finishes and 22 top-10 finishes in 29 races.

Elliott retired full-time from the sport in 2003, and now devotes most of his time to helping his son begin his racing career.

Tickets to the 2013 Wells Fargo Sports Breakfast are on sale at the Festival Souvenir and Ticket Store.


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