#32 Autoworks 500
Elliott Makes The Most Of Opportunity
Most of Bill Elliott’s 1989 season was spent on the mend, both physically and competitively. Although he has two wins coming into the Nov. 5 Autoworks 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race at the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway, Elliott would be among the first to tell you the season was far from spectacular. He had lost time in preparation and testing with a broken left wrist sustained at Daytona Beach, Fla., in February, and he and his Melling/Coors team had consequently become among the last to solve the intricacies of the 1989 Ford Thunderbird. But toward the end of the season, Elliott seemed to find his stride. He proved that when the door of opportunity opened at Phoenix and entered to win his third race of the year.