Advance Auto 500

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Advance Auto 500
Venue Martinsville Speedway
Sponsor Advance Auto Parts
First race 1982
Last race 1994
Distance 157.8 miles (254.0 km)
Laps 300
Previous names Cardinal 250 (1982-1984)
Winn-Dixie 500 (1985-1986)
Winston Classic (1987-1992)
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.

Past winners[edit]

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Laps Miles (km)
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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