Butch Miller (racing driver)

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Henry "Butch" Miller
Born (1952-06-05) June 5, 1952 (age 64)
Coopersville, Michigan, United States
Achievements 1987, 1988, 1994 American Speed Association Champion
1988 ARTGO Challenge Series champion
Awards 1995 NASCAR SuperTruck Series Most Popular Driver
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
41 races run over 6 years
Best finish 27th (1990)
First race 1986 Valleydale 500 (Bristol)
Last race 1994 AC-Delco 500 (Rockingham)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
93 races run over 8 years
Best 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 races run over 13 years
2011 position 49th
Best finish 4th (1995)
First race 1995 Skoal Bandit 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 retired NASCAR driver. He is a multi-time champion in the now-defunct American Speed Association stock car series.

NASCAR[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 1985, Miller ran his first Busch Series races, driving for LeRoy Throop, driving the No. 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 No. 31 Slender You Figure Salons Oldsmobile for Bob Clark in 1988. In 1989, he returned to Throop in the No. 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 No. 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 No. 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 No. 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 No. 55 Ford Thunderbird for RaDiUs Racing.

Truck Series[edit]

In 1995, he joined the fledging Craftsman Truck Series, driving the No. 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 No. 20 Orleans Hotel & Casino Ford. In 1998, Miller moved to L&R Racing as driver of the No. 18 Dana Dodge Ram. He fell to fifteenth in points, but took the No. 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 No. 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 No. 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 No. 20 Timber Wolf for Ken Weaver and No. 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 No. 0/No. 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 No. 07

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

Winston 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 No. 08 Miller Racing
1987 2 0 0 0 0 35.0 37.5 $3,415 102nd No. 07 Miller Racing
1988 2 0 0 0 0 8.5 21.0 $5,905 92nd No. 31 Bob Clark Motorsports
1989 9 0 0 0 0 21.7 33.0 $22,520 39th Nos. 51, 1 Miller Racing
1990 23 0 0 1 0 27.9 20.2 $151,941 27th No. 98 Travis Carter Enterprises
1994 2 0 0 0 0 39.5 19.0 $17,335 53rd No. 55 RaDiUs Motorsports

Busch 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 Nos. 08,62 Miller Racing
1986 3 1 1 2 0 11.0 12.0 $10,870 54th No. 08 Miller Racing
1989 1 0 0 1 0 7.0 9.0 $950 100th No. 75 Henderson Motorsports
1991 28 1 3 7 1 17.0 16.2 $71,507 16th No. 52 Day Enterprise Racing
No. 00 Mark Beard Racing
No. 37 Burgess Racing
No. 75 Henderson Motorsports
1992 31 0 4 10 2 14.9 14.9 $131,991 7th No. 75 Henderson Motorsports
1993 10 0 2 4 1 14.6 15.5 $47,848 31st No. 75 Henderson Motorsports
1999 6 0 0 2 0 28.0 17.7 $64,305 59th No. 40 Galaxy Motorsports
2002 10 0 0 0 0 30.9 24.1 $128,060 47th No. 75 Henderson Motorsports

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

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