CONCORD, N.C. – Talladega Superspeedway will always be a special track to the Elliott family.
After all, it was there – 30 years ago this week – that Bill Elliott broke his own record for what still remains the all-time fastest qualifying lap in NASCAR Cup Series history.
He won the pole for the May 3, 1987, race with a speed of 212.809 mph. It took him just 44.998 seconds to drive a full lap around the 2.66-mile superspeedway.
Chase Elliott, who has a Talladega pole to his name as well, will honor his father’s accomplishment this weekend at the Alabama track. The driver of the No. 24 Hooters Chevrolet SS will wear special red, white and gold racing shoes this race weekend that feature iconic marks and graphics from the day the record was set in 1987.
The words “World’s Fastest Race Car” adorn the kicks along with the outline of Talladega, a track where Bill Elliott’s eight poles are the most all-time.
Take a look at Chase Elliott’s shoes paying homage to his dad below. He said he’ll be looking for some speed of his own this weekend.
“Hopefully, we can carry the same speed we had in our car at Daytona to Talladega,” he said, “and if we can do that, that is all we can ask for.”