Above: Bill Elliott’s last NASCAR national series race came at the July Daytona Cup race in 2012.
NASCAR Hall of Fame member Bill Elliott is returning to competition.
GMS Racing announced shortly after the Xfinity Series checkered flag on Saturday afternoon that the 62-year-old Elliott will drive the No. 23 Chevrolet in the Aug. 25 Xfinity Series race at Road America.
It will be Elliott’s first NASCAR national series start since July 2012 when he ran the July Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway. And it will be Elliott’s first Xfinity Series start since Memphis in 2005.
“When this opportunity came up from Mike [Beam, GMS president], I had to jump on it,” said Elliott. “Chase 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 back behind the wheel and bring back some old memories.”
Chase Elliott ran four races in the No. 23 earlier this season in place of Spencer Gallagher, who was suspended for several weeks by NASCAR before completing the Road to Recovery program.
Elliott has 43 career starts and one win (Watkins Glen) in the Xfinity Series, his last coming in 1993. Elliott also has two poles, 16 top-10 finishes and eight top-five finishes in those 43 starts.
“We are thrilled to welcome Bill to the GMS Racing family,” said GMS Racing president Mike Beam. “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.”