Hall of Famer Bill Elliott tried his hand at being an owner/driver from 1995 to 2000. Headquartered in Dawsonville, Georgia the team fielded mostly red cars featuring the famous golden arches of its new sponsor McDonald's restaurants. Many struggles and hardships plagued the team, but Elliott - a 2007 MSHFA inductee - managed several poles and top-five finishes. He wound up eighth in the final NASCAR Cup point standings in 1995 and 1997.
A sad time for the Elliott team during the 1998 season turned out to be the debut of a future superstar. Elliot was forced to miss the fall race at Dover, Delaware in order to attend the funeral of his father. In his place was a youngster who would go on to become a NASCAR Cup champion. Matt Kenseth drove the McDonald?s #94 to a sixth place finish in his very first race.
This vehicle was donated to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America by the Ohio State University. It is a replica of the 1998 Bill Elliott car built in exacting detail to NASCAR specifications by students at its Lima, Ohio campus in a special course designed to develop future careers in the growing motor racing industry.