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Dominant Butch Hartman, in the midst of a dominant run of five USAC Stock Car championships in a six-year span, led 132 of 200 laps on the way to taking the checkered flag in the 1974 Miller 200 at the Milwaukee Mile. It was Hartman’s fourth win of eight on the year, as well as his second straight victory in this race, after leading 31 laps on the way to a win at Milwaukee in July 1973. Ramo Stott, Norm Nelson, Jack Bowsher, and Bay Darnell completed the top five.
The polesitter was a familiar face, in a familiar car, but not a combination you’d likely think of: the #71 K&K Insurance Agency Dodge, driven by Bobby… Unser. That’s right: driving for a team better known for its time with Bobby Isaac, Unser made his first of four starts in this car, only to suffer a valve issue after 70 laps. The team would have its revenge at Milwaukee a month later when Unser won the track’s next race—but more on that next month…
This article is part of my series of posts intended to help preserve the history of USAC’s Stock Car championship that ran from 1956-1984. If you are the owner of the program linked above and would like for it to be taken down, please email me: metalfuelandrubber at gmail dot com