Originally written on Tireball.com  |  Last updated 9/2/14

BROOKLYN, MI - AUGUST 14: Bill Elliott, driver of the #21 Motorcraft Ford, signs autographs during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Michigan 400 at Michigan Internetional Speedway on August 14, 2009 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Bill Elliott will run the Daytona 500 this year in the #97 NEMCO Motorsports car. The #97 car is owned by Joe Nemechek, who will also run the #87 car in the 54th running of “The Great American Race.” “I am really excited to be racing with NEMCO Motorsports and Joe Nemechek, who has been a friend and respected competitor through the years,” said Bill Elliott. “This will be a great way to start off the 2012 NASCAR season in Daytona.” With a past champions provisional in his pocket there is a good chance Elliott will make the race even if his NEMCO equipment is not up the par with some of the other teams in the garage. Terry Labonte is the most recent Sprint Cup Champion who would have to rely on the provisional if he fails to qualify for the race. Labonte will drive the #32 for Frank Stoddard and FAS Lane Racing. There has been no word on sponsorship for either NEMCO car at Daytona but Nemechek has relied on AM FM Energy with their Wood Pellet Stoves for sponsorship in the past...
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