Butch Miller (racing driver)

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Henry "Butch" Miller
Born (1952-06-05) June 5, 1952 (age 62)
Coopersville, Michigan, United States
Achievements 1987, 1988, 1994 American Speed Association Champion
1988 ARTGO Challenge Series champion
Awards 1995 SuperTruck Series Most Popular Driver
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
41 race(s) run over 6 year(s)
Best champ.
finish
27th - 1990
First race 1986 Valleydale 500 (Bristol)
Last race 1994 AC-Delco 500 (Rockingham)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
93 race(s) run over 8 year(s)
Best champ.
finish
7th - 1992
First race 1985 Budweiser 200 (Bristol)
Last race 2002 Sam's Town 250 (Memphis)
First win 1986 Kroger 200 (ORP)
Last win 1991 Mountain Dew 400 (Hickory)
Wins Top tens Poles
2 11 4
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
149 race(s) run over 13 year(s)
2011 position 49th
Best champ.
finish
4th – 1995
First race 1995 Copper World Classic (Phoenix)
Last race 2011 Coca-Cola 250 (Talladega)
First win 1995 Total Petroleum 200 (Colorado)
Last win 1995 Total Petroleum 200 (Colorado)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 51 1
Statistics current as of March 8, 2012.

Henry "Butch" Miller (born June 5, 1952, in Coopersville, Michigan) is a racecar driver. He drives the #07 Toyota Tundra part-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on a limited basis, and is also a crew chief for SS-Green Light Racing. He is a multiple champion in the now-defunct American Speed Association stock car series. Miller also drove a limited schedule in the 2005 Trans-Am Series.

NASCAR[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 1985, Miller ran his first Busch Series races, driving for LeRoy Throop, driving the #08 MSW Spyders Pontiac in four events. He made four races, and had a 2nd-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway. The next year, in 1986, he went to victory lane at the Indianapolis Raceway Park. That same season, he made his Winston Cup debut, finishing 16th in his first race. He ran two Cup races the next season for Throop, and then two races in the #31 Slender You Figure Salons Oldsmobile for Bob Clark in 1988. In 1989, he returned to Throop in the #51 for nine races. Despite getting sponsorship from Fruit of the Loom, he was only able to finish two races. He signed with Travis Carter Enterprises to drive the #98 Chevrolet Lumina for 1990, with sponsorship from Banquet Foods, IGA, and Piggy Wiggly. He drove in the first 23 races of the season, and had a career-best 8th-place finish at Pocono Raceway, but was released near the end of the season.

He ran his first full Busch Series season in 1991, beginning in the #52 31-W Insulation Chevy with Day Enterprise Racing. He won his most recent race early in the season at Hickory, but left in the middle of the season to join the #75 Food Country U.S.A. Oldsmobile for Henderson Brothers Motorsports. In 1992, as he scored 10 top tens and finished 7th in points. He ran nine races in 1993 before he was released, and spent the rest of the season out of NASCAR. He ran two Cup races in 1994, driving the #55 Ford Thunderbird for RaDiUs Racing.

Truck Series[edit]

In 1995, he joined the fledging Craftsman Truck Series, driving the #98 Raybestos/Herrick Racing Ford. He won a race at Colorado National Speedway beating Mike Skinner by 0.001 seconds in the closest finish in series history[1] and finished 4th in points. He continued to run full-time through 1998. He stayed with Herrick until the latter part of 1996, where he ran some races for Ernie Irvan and Walker Evans. He signed with Evans full-time for the 1997, where he had twelve top-tens in the #20 Orleans Hotel & Casino Ford. In 1998, Miller moved to L&R Racing as driver of the #18 Dana Corporation Dodge Ram. He fell to fifteenth in points, but took the #18 and Dana to Bobby Hamilton Racing for the 1999 season. Miller made nine races in 1999 for Hamilton when he resigned from the team to move back to the Busch Series, replacing Stanton Barrett in the #40 Channellock Chevy for Galaxy Motorsports. He had two top-ten finishes in six starts, but after two consecutive DNQ's, he was released.

More importantly, Butch Miller won the most prestigious stock car race in America - The Snowball Derby - in 1987.

Return to racing[edit]

After that season, Miller stayed out of driving until 2002, serving briefly as crew chief for Larry Foyt's ASA team, as well serving as a broadcaster for ASA races. He returned to the Truck Series at Daytona International Speedway, finishing seventeenth in the #61 Delco Remy/Team Rensi Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado. A few weeks later, he returned to Henderson and the Busch Series and made ten starts, his best finish being a fifteenth. After another year out of the series, he returned to drive a pair of Truck races in the #20 Timber Wolf for Ken Weaver and #08 ASI Limited for Gene Christensen, respectively. The following season, he drove in three races for Green Light Racing, and had a tenth-place finish at Mansfield Motorsports Park. He ran another pair of races for Green Light in 2006, but could not finish higher than 26th. After another season off, he drove in nine races for Green Light in the #0/#07 Silverado for SS-Green Light, but did not finish a race. Miller drove for SS-Green Light on and off between 2009–2011, but primarily served under the role of crew chief to the multitude of young drivers piloting the #07

Career results[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1986 3 0 0 0 0 23.3 23.3 $5,085 75th #08 Miller Racing
1987 2 0 0 0 0 35.0 37.5 $3,415 102nd #07 Miller Racing
1988 2 0 0 0 0 8.5 21.0 $5,905 92nd #31 Bob Clark Motorsports
1989 9 0 0 0 0 21.7 33.0 $22,520 39th #51/#1 Miller Racing
1990 23 0 0 1 0 27.9 20.2 $151,941 27th #98 Travis Carter Enterprises
1994 2 0 0 0 0 39.5 19.0 $17,335 53rd #55 RaDiUs Motorsports

NASCAR Nationwide Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1985 4 0 1 1 0 13.8 13.0 $5,775 72nd #08/#62 Miller Racing
1986 3 1 1 2 0 11.0 12.0 $10,870 54th #08 Miller Racing
1989 1 0 0 1 0 7.0 9.0 $950 100th #75 Henderson Motorsports
1991 28 1 3 7 1 17.0 16.2 $71,507 16th #52 Day Enterprise Racing
#00 Mark Beard Racing
#37 Burgess Racing
#75 Henderson Motorsports
1992 31 0 4 10 2 14.9 14.9 $131,991 7th #75 Henderson Motorsports
1993 10 0 2 4 1 14.6 15.5 $47,848 31st #75 Henderson Motorsports
1999 6 0 0 2 0 28.0 17.7 $64,305 59th #40 Galaxy Motorsports
2002 10 0 0 0 0 30.9 24.1 $128,060 47th #75 Henderson Motorsports

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1995 20 1 9 14 0 11.8 9.5 $182,533 4th #98 Liberty Racing
1996 24 0 7 11 1 10.0 12.1 $258,333 7th #98 Liberty Racing
#28 Irvan-Simo Racing
#19 Walker Evans Racing
1997 26 0 5 12 0 20.7 14.3 $298,225 11th #20/#21 Walker Evans Racing
1998 27 0 2 9 0 21.5 17.3 $250,667 15th #18 L&R Racing
1999 10 0 0 4 0 14.3 15.1 $77,640 28th #18 Bobby Hamilton Racing
#55 Gloy/Rahal Racing
2002 1 0 0 0 0 33.0 17.0 $15,625 80th #61 Team Rensi Motorsports
2004 2 0 0 0 0 28.5 19.5 $16,555 62nd #20 Ken Weaver Racing
#08 SS-Green Light Racing
2005 3 0 0 1 0 20.3 16.3 $30,480 53rd #07/#08 SS-Green Light Racing
2006 2 0 0 0 0 30.0 29.0 $19,120 68th #07/#08 SS-Green Light Racing
2008 9 0 0 0 0 31.4 32.8 $81,142 43rd #0/#07 SS-Green Light Racing
2009 12 0 0 0 0 29.9 31.6 $117,567 37th #08 SS-Green Light Racing
2010 9 0 0 0 0 29.8 30.0 $71,528 43rd #21/#07 SS-Green Light Racing
2011 4 0 0 0 0 30.8 28.5 $33,255 49th #07 SS-Green Light Racing


References[edit]

  1. ^ closest finish in series history

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Johnny Benson
ASA National Tour Champion
1994
Succeeded by
Bryan Reffner
Preceded by
Mark Martin
ASA National Tour Champion
1987, 1988
Succeeded by
Mike Eddy
Preceded by
Dick Trickle
ARTGO Challenge Series Champion
1987, 1988
Succeeded by
Joe Shear
Achievements
Preceded by
Gary Balough
Snowball Derby Winner
1987
Succeeded by
Ted Musgrave