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IROC - International Race of Champions - 1990

IROC - International Race of Champions

IROC began a new era in its history with the introduction of Dodge Daytonas as the vehicles of choice in 1990. The three-event series began with an outstanding race at Talladega Superspeedway, which saw Dale Earnhardt win despite 15 lead changes among five drivers. International road racer Martin Brundle, who impressed everyone with a fifth place at Talladega in his IROC and oval-track debut, came back to win Race 2 on the airport road course in Cleveland. He therefore became the first non-United States driver to lead the point standings going into an IROC finale. Brundle started on the pole at Michigan, but his chance of victory was over after he and Rusty Wallace touched during tight racing. Earnhardt took command on the first lap and fended off all challenges to claim his first IROC crown and $175,000. (from IROC Website)

Final Points


IROC 14 Champion
Dale Earnhardt

Position
Driver/Residence/Sanction
Points
Money Earned
1
Dale Earnhardt/Mooresville, NC/NASCAR
60
$175,000
2
Al Unser Jr./Albuquerque, NM/CART
44
65,000
3
Martin Brundle/Kings Lynn, England/FIA
41
50,000
4
Mark Martin/Jamestown, NC/NASCAR
37
45,000
5
Terry Labonte/Thomasville, NC/NASCAR
36
40,000
6
Emerson Fittipaldi/Miami, FL/CART
29
38,000
7
* Dorsey Schroeder/Ballwin, MO/SCCA
26
35,000
8
Rusty Wallace/Concord, NC/NASCAR
26
34,000
9
Darrell Waltrip/Franklin, TN/NASCAR
23
33,000
10
* Bobby Rahal/Dublin, OH/CART
18
32,000
11
Geoff Brabham/Noblesville, IN/IMSA
18
31,000
12
Danny Sullivan/Aspen, CO/CART
13
30,000
  * Tiebreaker, higher finishing position in final race

 

Race One

 
May 5, 1990
Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega, Alabama
2.66-mile high-banked tri-oval, 38 laps, 101.08 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
9
Dale Earnhardt
38
Running
2
8
Al Unser Jr
38
Running
3
2
Mark Martin
38
Running
4
1
Darrell Waltrip
38
Running
5
10
Martin Brundle
38
Running
6
4
Dorsey Schroeder
38
Running
7
5
Rusty Wallace
38
Running
8
12
Terry Labonte
38
Running
9
7
Geoff Brabham
38
Running
10
8
Emerson Fittipaldi
38
Running
11
1
Bobby Rahal
38
Running
12
3
Danny Sullivan
37
Running

 

Time of Race: 32 minutes, 15 seconds
Average Speed: 188.055 MPH (new IROC record)
Margin of Victory: one car length
Caution Flags : None
Lead Changes: 15 among 5 drivers
Lap Leaders: Martin, 1-2; Wallace, 3-6; Earnhardt, 7-10; Unser Jr., 11-12;Martin, 13-14; Earnhardt, 15; Wallace, 16-18; Earnhardt, 19-22; Unser Jr., 23; Martin, 24; Waltrip, 25; Unser Jr., 26; Waltrip, 27-34; Unser Jr., 35; Waltrip, 36-37; Earnhardt, 38
Lap Leader Totals: Waltrip led 3 times for 11 laps;
Earnhardt led 4 times for 10 laps; Wallace led 2 times for 7 laps; Unser Jr. led 4 times for 5 laps; Martin led 3 times for 5 laps.

 

Race Two

 
July 7, 1990
Burke Lakefront Airport
Cleveland, Ohio
2.369; 10-turn temporary road course, 30 laps, 71.070 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
8
Martin Brundle
30
Running
2
10
Al Unser Jr.
30
Running
3
3
Emerson Fittipaldi
30
Running
4
5
Terry Labonte
30
Running
5
11
Dale Earnhardt
30
Running
6
9
Mark Martin
30
Running
7
4
Geoff Brabham
30
Running
8
6
Rusty Wallace
30
Running
9
2
Bobby Rahal
29
Running
10
7
Dorsey Schroeder
21
Accident
11
1
Danny Sullivan
12
Mechanical
12
DNS
Darrell Waltrip
0
Did not start
  * Waltrip injured, did not start, awarded last-place points.

 

Time of Race: 42 minutes, 1.476 seconds
Average Speed: 101.469 MPH
Margin of Victory: 4 seconds
Lead Changes: 2 among 2 drivers
Lap Leaders: Fittipaldi, 1-11; Brundle, 12-30

 

Race Three

 
August 5, 1990
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, Michigan
Two-mile high banked oval, 50 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
3
Dale Earnhardt
50
Running
2
6
Terry Labonte
50
Running
3
8
Mark Martin
50
Running
4
9
Dorsey Schroeder
50
Running
5
2
Al Unser Jr.
50
Running
6
7
Rusty Wallace
50
Running
7
10
Bobby Rahal
50
Running
8
5
Emerson Fittipaldi
50
Running
9
11
Danny Sullivan
50
Running
10
1
Martin Brundle
49
Running
11
8
Geoff Brabham
8
Mechanical
12
DNS
Darrell Waltrip
0
Did not start

 

Time of Race: 39 minutes, 8.097 seconds
Average Speed: 153.316 MPH
Margin of Victory: .076 seconds
Caution Flags: One
Lead Changes: 0
Lap Leaders: Earnhardt, 1-50