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Stick Elliott, born July 27, 1934 is a former NASCAR driver from Shelby, NC. He competed ninety-three Sprint Cup Series events in his career prior to his death on November 1, 1980. He raced from 1962 to 1971.
Elliott never ran a full season and never had quality equipment, yet he managed to pull 15 top-tens out of his car in hs career. After debuting with two-top tens in twenty-one starts in 1962, Elliott earned a career best 23rd place finish in the points following seven top-tens in 1963.
Yet it wasn't until 1965, that Elliott earned a top-five finish. He surprised the NASCAR community by pulling a runner-up finish in a June race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway despite being three laps down. Amazingly, Elliott earned a fourth two races later at Valdosta Speedway. After earning another 4th place finish at Greenville-Pickens in 1966 and a subsequent 8th place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway, Elliott never earned another top-ten finish. Competed in his last Nascar Grand National event in 1971.
Elliott was a legend in the sixties and seventies in both North and South Carolina, winning over 400 Late Model races and multiple track championships. Once won 18 straight Late Model features driving Ralph Earnhardt's famous # 8. Was an active driver and still winning races at the time of his death. Died suddenly from a rare form of pneumonia. He was elected to the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame in 2009. Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC holds an annual memorial race named in his honor.