Miller 500 (Busch race)


Miller 500 (Busch race)
Miller 500
Venue Martinsville Speedway
Sponsor Miller Brewing Company
First race 1982
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 "500" moniker in the race title appears to have had no meaning, as the race was never 500 laps, miles, or kilometers in distance at any point in its history.

Race results

Year Date Winner Make Laps Winner's Prize
(USD)
Average Race Speed
(mph)
1994 March 20 Terry Labonte Chevrolet 300 $22,400 71.511
1993 May 8 Ward Burton Buick 300 $25,300 70.142
1992 March 22 Kenny Wallace Pontiac 200 $19,150 73.225
1991 March 10 Jimmy Hensley Oldsmobile 200 $16,125 68.559
1990 March 11 Tommy Houston Buick 200 $13,395 64.212
1989 March 12 Tommy Ellis Buick 200 $14,108 63.629
1988 March 13 Jimmy Hensley Buick 200 $12,400 70.237
1987 March 22 Brad Teague Chevrolet 200 $11,400 65.229
1986 March 23 Morgan Shepherd Pontiac 200 $9,675 69.592
1985 April 6 Brett Bodine Pontiac 200 $9,675 61.202
1984 March 25 Jack Ingram Pontiac 250 $9,000 77.751
1983 March 20 Sam Ard Oldsmobile 250 $9,200 62.682
1982 March 28 Sam Ard Oldsmobile 250 $9,150 67.244

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