Miller 500 (Busch race)

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Miller 500
Venue Martinsville Speedway
Sponsor Miller Brewing Company
First race 1982
Last race 1994
Distance 157.8 miles (254.0 km)
Laps 300
Previous names Dogwood 500 (1982)
Miller Time 250 (1983-1984)
Miller 200 (1985)
Miller Classic (1988-1991)
Miller 500 (1986-1987, 1992-1994)

The Miller 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 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 March 28 Sam Ard Thomas Brothers Racing Oldsmobile 250 131.25 (211.226) 67.244
1983 March 20 Sam Ard Thomas Brothers Racing Oldsmobile 250 131.25 (211.226) 2:05:46 62.682
1984 March 25 Jack Ingram Jack Ingram Racing Pontiac 250 131.5 (211.628) 1:42:16 77.751
1985 April 6 Brett Bodine Hendrick Motorsports Pontiac 200 105.2 (169.302) 1:43:08 61.202
1986 March 23 Morgan Shepherd Whitaker Racing Pontiac 200 105.2 (169.302) 1:30:42 69.592
1987 March 22 Brad Teague Charlie Henderson Chevrolet 200 105.2 (169.302) 1:36:36 65.229
1988 March 13 Jimmy Hensley Sam Ard Buick 200 105.2 (169.302) 1:29:52 70.237
1989 March 12 Tommy Ellis J&J Racing Buick 200 105.2 (169.302) 1:39:12 63.629
1990 March 11 Tommy Houston Houston Racing Buick 200 105.2 (169.302) 1:38:18 64.212
1991 March 10 Jimmy Hensley Beverly Racing Oldsmobile 200 105.2 (169.302) 1:32:04 68.559
1992 March 22 Kenny Wallace Rusty Wallace Racing Pontiac 200 105.2 (169.302) 1:26:12 73.225
1993 May 8 Ward Burton A.G. Dillard Motorsports Buick 300 157.8 (253.954) 2:14:59 70.142
1994 March 20 Terry Labonte Labonte Motorsports Chevrolet 300 157.8 (253.954) 2:12:25 71.511

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