Turner Takes to Cup with Elliott

Bill Elliott

Elliott's Chevrolet will be backed by Walmart in celebration of the retail giant's 50th birthday. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)


Turner Motorsports will make its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Daytona International Speedway this weekend with 1988 series champion Bill Elliott behind the wheel.

Although he's made 59 starts at Daytona, Elliott will attempt to make his first start in the July race since 2007 when he drove the No. 21 Ford for the Wood Brothers. Turner will field the No. 50 for Elliott, marking the 10th different number he's raced at DIS.

"I'm looking forward to being a part of Turner Motorsports' Cup debut," Elliott said. "This has been a pretty cool deal to be a part of. I know we're going to have a good, competitive car. We just have to run a smooth race and put ourselves in the right position at the right time."

With Hendrick horsepower under the hood, Elliott, who also has the past champions provisional, will look to qualify the Turner Motorsports Chevrolet into the Coke Zero 400 field on Friday.

Elliott, a 44-time winner in the Sprint Cup Series, saw his last of four wins at "The World Center of Racing" come in 1991.

"Obviously the wins are pretty special but for the most part, any time you can go down there and run well it's a good deal," Elliott said about his Daytona memories.

The No. 50 Chevrolet will be backed by Walmart in celebration of the retail giant's 50th birthday. This year, Walmart has increased the number of NASCAR products available online to nearly 600 and continues to sell its $99 four-ticket family package that is available for 17 races.

Trent Owens, who is the crew chief for the No. 30 Chevrolet at Turner Motorsports in the Nationwide Series, will lead the No. 50 team at Daytona. The last time Owens was at Daytona he won with James Buescher in the season-opening DRIVE4COPD 300.

"It's exciting to be part of Turner Motorsports' first Cup race with Bill Elliott and with support from Walmart," Owens said. "We've come a long way in just the last two years, so to take this step is really going to be a milestone for everyone who works so hard for this team every day."

Owens also led Nelson Piquet Jr. to a victory in last month's race at Road America. Along with Nationwide, Turner Motorsports has collected three wins in the Camping World Truck Series this year.

Motor Racing Network - "The Voice of NASCAR" - will have live coverage of Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola starting at 6:30 p.m. (ET). The 160-lap event will be streamed live online at www.motorracingnetwork.com.

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