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IROC - International Race of Champions - 1984

IROC - International Race of Champions

Neil Bonnett was the star of the "reborn" IROC series, winning the opening and closing events at Michigan, but Cale Yarborough combined a victory on the Cleveland road course with two second-place finishes to take the IROC 8 title. In Race 1, Bonnett stormed from the ninth starting position and took the lead for good with four laps to go, holding off Benny Parsons and Gordon Johncock in a last-lap sprint after Danny Ongais tagged Yarborough, sending Cale into the wall. At Cleveland, Tom Sneva led the first 24 laps until a cut tire forced him to pit, giving Yarborough the win. Darrell Waltrip won Race 3 at Talladega, probably the best event of the series, in a wild last-lap dash over Yarborough and Dale Earnhardt. Bonnett, who had finished sixth at Cleveland, saw his championship hopes fade on the first lap in a crash with Derek Bell. Both continued, but Bonnett could place only 11th in his damaged car. Waltrip went into the finale as the IROC leader but quickly faded and finished sixth, as Bonnett used a last-lap "slingshot" to pass Yarborough for the win. (from IROC Website)

Final Points


IROC 8 Champion
Cale Yarbrough

Position
Driver/Residence/Sanction
Points
Money Earned
1
Cale Yarborough/Sardis, SC/NASCAR
58
$150,000
2
Neil Bonnett/Hueytown, AL/NASCAR
55
75,000
3
Darrell Waltrip/Franklin, TN/NASCAR
52
35,000
4
Benny Parsons/Ellerbe, NC/NASCAR
47
30,000
5
Gordon Johncock/Coldwater, MI/CART
45
25,000
6
Derek Bell/England/FIA
35
24,000
7
Danny Ongais/Santa Ana, CA/CART
33
23,000
8
Johnny Rutherford/Ft. Worth, TX/CART
33
22,000
9
Dale Earnhardt/Kannapolis, NC/NASCAR
31
21,000
10
Tom Sneva/Paradise Vally, AZ/CART
29
20,000
11
Emerson Fittipaldi/Brazil/FIA
28
20,000
12
Jacky Ickx/Belgium/FIA
17
20,000

 

Race One

 
June 16, 1984
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, Michigan
Two-mile high-banked oval, 50 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
9
Neil Bonnett
50
Running
2
12
Benny Parsons
50
Running
3
6
Gordon Johncock
50
Running
4
5
Darrell Waltrip
50
Running
5
4
Danny Ongais
50
Running
6
10
Johnny Rutherford
50
Running
7
10
Dale Earnhardt
50
Running
8
1
Emerson Fittipaldi
50
Running
9
3
Jacky Ickx
50
Running
10
11
Derek Bell
49
Running
11
7
Tom Sneva
49
Running
12
8
Cale Yarborough
49
Running

 

Time of Race: 41 minutes, 6 seconds
Average Speed: 145.985 MPH
Margin of Victory: 3 car lengths
Lead Changes: 9 among 4 drivers
Lap Leaders: Earnhardt, 1-3; Ongais 4-9; Bonnett, 10-11; Ongais 12-26; Bonnett, 27-30; Ongais, 31; Johncock, 32-45; Earnhardt, 46; Bonnett, 47-50

 

Race Two

 
July 7, 1984
Burke Lakefront Airport
Cleveland, Ohio
2.48-mile road course, 30 laps, 74.4 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
1
Cale Yarborough
30
Running
2
3
Derek Bell
30
Running
3
10
Gordon Johncock
30
Running
4
11
Benny Parsons
30
Running
5
9
Darrell Waltrip
30
Running
6
12
Neil Bonnett
30
Running
7
8
Danny Ongais
30
Running
8
5
Emerson Fittipaldi
30
Running
9
7
Johnny Rutherford
30
Running
10
6
Dale Earnhardt
30
Running
11
2
Tom Sneva
30
Running
12
4
Jacky Ickx
30
Running

 

Time of Race: 45 minutes, 4.5 seconds
Average Speed: 99.053 MPH
Margin of Victory: 8 seconds
Lead Changes: 2 among 2 drivers
Lap Leaders: Sneva, 1-24; Yarborough, 25-30

 

Race Three

 
July 28, 1984
Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega, Alabama
2.66-mile high-banked oval, 38 laps, 101.08 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
7
Darrell Waltrip
38
Running
2
9
Cale Yarborough
38
Running
3
3
Dale Earnhardt
38
Running
4
5
Johnny Rutherford
38
Running
5
11
Benny Parsons
38
Running
6
4
Emerson Fittiapldi
38
Running
7
10
Gordon Johncock
38
Running
8
1
Tom Sneva
38
Running
9
8
Derek Bell
38
Running
10
2
Jacky Ickx
38
Running
11
12
Neil Bonnett
37
Running
12
6
Danny Ongais
36
Running

 

 
Time of Race: Unavailable
Average Speed: 179.020 MPH
Margin of Victory: 8 inches
Lead Changes: 4 among 3 drivers
Lap Leaders: Sneva, 1; Waltrip, 2-3; Rutherford, 4;
Parsons, 5-37; Waltrip, 38

 

Race Four

 
August 11, 1984
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, Michigan
Two-mile high-banked oval, 50 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
5
Neil Bonnett
50
Running
2
2
Cale Yarborough
50
Running
3
11
Tom Sneva
50
Running
4
10
Danny Ongais
50
Running
5
4
Gordon Johncock
50
Running
6
1
Darrell Waltrip
50
Running
7
3
Benny Parsons
50
Running
8
6
Derek Bell
50
Running
9
8
Johnny Rutherford
50
Running
10
9
Emerson Fittipaldi
49
Running
11
7
Dale Earnhardt
46
Running
12
12
Jacky Ickx
41
Running

 

Time of Race: 40 minutes, 26 seconds
Average Speed: 148.392 MPH
Margin of Victory: 3 feet
Lead Changes: 2 among 2 drivers
Lap Leaders: Yarborough, 1-49; Bonnett, 50