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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Butch Miller #75 Food Country USA Oldsmobile

    The Food Country USA team has always been a favorite of mine, and even though the team is now run by the owners son, who is a complete boob, I still get excited when I see them on the track~ In today's post, I'll talk about Butch Miller's time in the car~

    Butch's first race in the Food Country car came in the 1991 running of the True Value 250 @ Oxford, where he qualified in the 31st position, and finished 22nd~ He ran the remainder of the 1991 season with the team, with a best finish of 3rd in the Texas Pete 300 @ Rougemont~

    Miller grabbed his first pole with the team in the SplitFire 200 @ Dover, where he finished in 12th~ In his 13 races with the team that season, Miller scored 4 top 10's, and failed to qualify for the All Pro 300 @ Charlotte~ He was finished the season 16th in the final points standings~

                                   The Food Country team in 1989 with driver Rick Wilson~
Food CoRacing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog Food Country #75 Rick Wilson Butch Miller Charlie Henderson Don BGN Brad Teague Bristol Abingdon Debbie Caleb Holman Trucks

    The 1992 season would be the only full season Miller ran with the Food Country team, and he did quite well in the car that year~ He picked up his first top 10 of the season in the Miller 200 @ Martinsville, finishing in the 7th position~ He followed that up a week later with a 3rd place finish in the Mark III Vans 200 @ Darlington~ The next week @ Bristol for the Budweiser 250, Miller put the car on the pole, but finished 23rd after having issues with the car, along with horrid pit stops, a trademark of the Food Country team~

    The next race on the schedule was the Mountain Dew 300 @ Hickory, where Miller qualified, and finished in the 9th position~ In the 13th event of the season, the Goodwrench 200 @ Dover, Miller picked up another solid top 10 finish, coming home in 7th place~ The following race was the Roses Stores 300 @ Rougemont, and Miller again scored a top 10, finishing in 8th place~

    His next decent run came in the 20th event on the schedule, the Kroger 200 @ IRP, where he drove to an impressive 4th place finish~ Miller put the car on the pole again in the Winston Classic @ Martinsville, and finished 3rd in the race, after having to come from the rear of the field following a lap 1 incident~ In the season finale @ Hickory, Miller finished in the 2nd position, behind race winner Bobby Labonte~ At seasons end, Miller had accumulated 4 top 5's, 10 top 10's, and 2 poles, while finishing a career best 7th in the final points standings~

                                       The remains of a car similar to the one Miller drover~
Food CoRacing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog Food Country #75 Rick Wilson Butch Miller Charlie Henderson Don BGN Brad Teague Bristol Abingdon Debbie Caleb Holman Trucks

    Miller signed on with the team again for the 1993 season, and was off to a great start again, finishing 12th in the season opener @ Daytona, and following that up with a 9th place finish in the Goodwrench 200 @ Rockingham~ The next race was the Hardee's 200 @ Richmond, where Miller finished 10th~ In the 7th event of the season, the Roses Stores 300 @ Rougemont, Miller finished in 5th place~ The following race @ Martinsville, he scored what would be his final pole in the car, but finished 20th due to engine failure~ In the Laneco 200 @ Nazareth, Miller picked up what would be his final top 5 in the car, finishing in 5th place~ In his final race of the season, the Champion  300 @ Charlotte, he finished 15th~

    Now, this is where I get mad~ Due to an extremely boneheaded move by then car owner Charlie Henderson, Miller was let go after only 10 races, while he was 11th in the points standings~ He was replaced for the rest of the season by a slew of middle of the pack drivers that includes Rick Wilson, Scott Lagasse, Glenn Jarrett, Jimmy Hensley, and Jim Bown~ This is where the Food Country team basically met their demise, as they were field fillers for the remainder of their time in the BGN series~ From 1989 until this point, they had built a team that was very capable of winning races, if not for their horrible pit stops~ I believe the guys at the shop gave up on Henderson after the horrible call to fire Miller 10 races into the season~

                                          Butch Miller #75 Food Country/Tombstone car~
Butch Miller #75 Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR die-cast blog Charlie Henderson Don


    Butch was called back to race for the team again in 2002, but by this time, the team was not even close to being competitive anymore due to the money pinching ways of the Henderson family~ In 11 races, Miller's best finish was a 16th place @ Nashville~ He ran his final race for the team in the Sam's Town 250 @ Memphis, and called it quits with them for good~

    The team eventually got so terrible that it folded its BGN team in 2007, after making only 1 race with driver Caleb Holman~ They now run middle of the pack with Holman part time in the Truck Series for current team owner Don Henderson, the incompetent son of team founder, Charlie Henderson~Holman seems to enjoy tearing up the Henderson team trucks, and also seems more than happy to run middle of the pack in the third tier series~ His sister Lindsey also runs in Food Country sponsored cars in an even lower division, where she too is usually tearing up cars and wasting money that could be spent to pay their employees more than minimum wage~

                                          Butch Miller #75 Food Country USA Oldsmobile~
Butch Miller #75 Food Country Charlie Henderson 1/64 Racing Champions die-cast NASCAR blog BGN Brad Teague
                                                               Click pics to enlarge~
Butch Miller #75 Food Country Charlie Henderson 1/64 Racing Champions die-cast NASCAR blog BGN Brad Teague

                     Extremely rare Butch Miller #75 Food Country USA Oldsmobile 1/43 scale~
Butch Miller #75 Food Country Oldsmobile Racing Champions 1/43 1:43 NASCAR diecast blog 1992 Charlie Henderson Don Caleb Holman
                                          I purchased this car on 1/5/2017~ Amazing find~
Butch Miller #75 Food Country Oldsmobile Racing Champions 1/43 1:43 NASCAR diecast blog 1992 Charlie Henderson Don Caleb Holman


    This car was one of my shining moments as a child~ My father was a supervisor for Food Country for 21 years, so I grew up with Food Country being a very big part of my life~ The picture on the card was taken at the team race shop in Abingdon Virginia, a place I spent a lot of time in as a kid~ Racing Champions did a superb job on this car, and it looks exactly as the real car did on the track~ I always loved the gold rims they ran, and was happy to see them on the RC car as well~ This was my favorite paint scheme used by the team, and I give this car an A+ on the Racing Champions quality scale~ 

    After Charlie Henderson got too old to run the company, it was handed over to his incompetent son, Don Henderson~ Don is completely incapable of making decisions on his own, and this has tarnished the name of Food Country to no end~ If you ask a local person around where I live about Food Country, they laugh and say that the company is a complete joke~ 

    And that's exactly what it has become, sadly~ They built a brand new, state of the art store on the outskirts of Blountville Tennessee, that they claim as a "Bristol" store, and it has been an utter disaster~ The produce department there usually does about 8% profit, which is atrocious, even for their standards~ There are rumors that they have been trying to sell the store to other grocery chains in the region, but no one seems to want it~ *UPDATE* The "Bristol" location has since closed down~ lol~

    To make matters even worse, Don Henderson has a son named Adam.. and guess who got a big job running the Subway's that are in some of the Food Country stores?~ You guessed it, derpy little Adam~ I've talked to several of the people that still work for the company, and they can't stand Don, nor Adam, as they are destroying what once was a great company~ 

    Many of the people I speak with despise working there now, and I can't blame them, yet it makes me sad~ I respected them for so many years of my life, and in the end, was treated the same way they treat all of their employees, which is terrible~ I will hopefully still be alive to see the demise of this company, and that day will be a day of happiness, along with sadness for what used to be a great company~ 
  
    Below I have added some clips of the Food Country car from back in the day~ As always, I thank you all for visiting the blog, and I hope you have a wonderful day~ I'll see ya' next time~

                             **Bonus Car** Rick Wilson's 1995 Food Country Ford~ Custom~
Rick Wilson #75 Food Country Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog 1995


                                                   Butch Miller spins @ Volusia County~

                                                      Butch Miller spins @ Hickory~

                                           Butch Miller wins the 1995 Total Petroleum 200~



                                                Butch Miller crashes @ Volusia County~


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