Advance Auto 500
|Sponsor||Advance Auto Parts|
|Distance||157.8 miles (254.0 km)|
|Previous names||Cardinal 250 (1982-1984)
Advance Auto Parts 500 (1993)
Advance Auto 500 (1994)
The Advance Auto 500 was a NASCAR Busch Series stock car race held at Martinsville Speedway, in Martinsville, Virginia. It was first held during the inaugural season for the Busch Series in 1982, and remained a part of the series through 1994. Following the 1994 season, both of Martinsville's race, the Miller 500 and the Advance Auto 500, were removed from the Busch Series schedule. The Advance Auto 500 served as the final race of the season for the series for ten years, from 1982 through 1991.
The race changed distances several times in its history. When first held in 1982, the race was 250 laps, covering 131.2 miles (211.1 km). In 1985, the race was decreased to 200 laps, 105.2 miles (169.3 km), where it remained until 1993, when the distance was increased to 300 laps, 157.8 miles (254.0 km).
The race was never 500 laps, miles, or kilometers in distance at any point in its history. The "500" originated from this race and an otherwise unrelated Modified or Late Model support race combining for 500 laps.
|Year||Date||Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race Distance||Race Time||Average Speed
|1982||October 31||Butch Lindley||Emanuel Zervakis||Pontiac||250||131.25 (211.226)||61.420|
|1983||October 30||Sam Ard||Thomas Brothers Racing||Oldsmobile||250||131.25 (211.226)||2:10:03||60.669|
|1984||October 28||Morgan Shepherd||Lindy White||Pontiac||250||131.5 (211.628)||2:10:23||60.513|
|1985||October 27||Tommy Ellis||Pontiac||200||105.2 (169.302)||1:26:01||73.831|
|1986||November 2||Brett Bodine||Thomas Brothers Racing||Oldsmobile||200||105.2 (169.302)||1:28:29||71.335|
|1987||November 1||Jimmy Hensley||Sam Ard||Buick||200||105.2 (169.302)||1:27:10||72.413|
|1988||October 30||Harry Gant||Whitaker Racing||Buick||200||105.2 (169.302)||1:33:08||65.083|
|1989||October 29||L.D. Ottinger||Parker Racing||Pontiac||200||105.2 (169.302)||1:31:56||68.658|
|1990||October 28||Steve Grissom||Grissom Racing Enterprises||Oldsmobile||200||105.2 (169.302)||1:25:16||74.026|
|1991||October 27||Harry Gant||Whitaker Racing||Buick||200||105.2 (169.302)||1:20:16||78.637|
|1992||October 18||Bobby Labonte||Labonte Motorsports||Chevrolet||200||105.2 (169.302)||1:32:57||67.907|
|1993||October 17||Chuck Bown||Hensley Motorsports||Pontiac||300||157.8 (253.954)||2:12:59||71.197|
|1994||October 16||Kenny Wallace||FILMAR Racing||Ford||300||157.8 (253.954)||2:15:39||69.797|
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