NASCAR legend Bill Elliott returns to NASCAR racing

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 11: Bill Elliott, driver of the #88 Jr. Motorsports Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during NASCAR Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway on January 11, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)

GMS Racing officials announced Saturday that veteran driver and NASCAR Hall of Fame member Bill Elliott will drive the team’s No. 23 Chevrolet Camaro at Road America in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Johnsonville 180 on August 25.

“When this opportunity came up from Mike (Beam), I had to jump on it,” said 16 time’s NASCAR Most Popular driver Elliott. “Chase (Elliott) 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.”

Elliott will be making his first NXS start at Road America. The Dawsonville, GA native has a total of 43 NXS starts, one win, eight top-five’s, 16 top-10’s and two pole awards.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bill (Elliott) to the GMS Racing family,” said president of GMS Racing, 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.”

Elliott’s last Monster Energy Cup race was in 2015; his last Xfinity race was 2007.  He did share a test in an Xfinity car with his son at Daytona in January 2014.