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IROC - International Race of Champions - 1992

IROC - International Race of Champions

Intense competition was again evident and each of the four races had historical significance. Dale Earnhardt won the opener at Daytona, but Ricky Rudd and Harry Gant finished in a dead-heat for second place, an IROC first. At Talladega, Davey Allison won at a series record average speed of 191.722 MPH. (Allison later withdrew due to injuries and missed the last two events.) In Race 3, at Michigan, Geoff Brabham pulled the surprise of the season by becoming just the second road racer in IROC history to win on an oval and only the third non-American to make it to an IROC victory lane. In the finale, also at Michigan, Al Unser Jr. recorded a record sixth IROC win while Ricky Rudd passed Earnhardt with only six laps to go to claim the championship in his first IROC appearance. Rudd joined A. J. Foyt as the only IROC titlists to take the crown without a race win. (from IROC Website)

Final Points


IROC 16 Champion
Ricky Rudd

Position
Driver/Residence/Sanction
Points
Money Earned
1
Ricky Rudd/Cornelius, NC/NASCAR
68.5
$175,000
2
Dale Earnhardt/Mooresville, NC/NASCAR
63
65,000
3
Al Unser Jr./Albuquerque, NM/CART
59
55,000
4
Rusty Wallace/Concord, NC/NASCAR
47
50,000
5
Harry Gant/Taylorsville, NC/NASCAR
46.5
45,000
6
Geoff Brabham/Lantana, FL/IMSA
46
40,000
7
* Davey Allison/Hueytown, AL/NASCAR
42
40,000
8
Davy Jones/Glen Brook, NV/IMSA
33
40,000
9
** Scott Pruett/Roseville, CA/CART
27
40,000
10
Hurley Haywood/Ponte Vedra, FL/IMSA
27
40,000
11
Pete Halsmer/Birmingham, MI/IMSA
22
40,000
12
Arie Luyendyk/Scottsdale, AZ/CART
21
40,000
  * Injured, withdrew from series after two races.
  ** Tiebreaker, higher finishing position in final race

 

Race One

 
February 14, 1992
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
2.5-mile high-banked oval, 40 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
7
Dale Earnhardt
40
Running
2
11
* Ricky Rudd
40
Running
3
10
* Harry Gant
40
Running
4
9
Davey Allison
40
Running
5
8
Hurley Haywood
40
Running
6
4
Al Unser Jr.
40
Running
7
1
Geoff Brabham
40
Running
8
2
Rusty Wallace
40
Running
9
3
Davy Jones
40
Running
10
12
Arie Luyendyk
40
Running
11
5
Pete Halsmer
32
Accident
12
6
Scott Pruett
32
Mechanical
  * Dead Heat for second place.

 

Time of Race: 32 minutes, 52 seconds
Average Speed: 182.556 MPH
Margin of Victory: 1/2 car length
Caution Flags : 1 (Pruett - Halsmer accident). Laps do not count..
Lead Changes: 18 among 5 drivers
Lap Leaders: Earnhardt, 1-2; Allison, 3; Earnhardt, 4-7; Allison, 8; Unser Jr., 9; Earnhardt, 10; Allison, 11; Rudd, 12; Earnhardt, 13; Unser Jr., 14-15; Earnhardt, 16; Wallace, 17; Rudd, 18-19; Unser Jr., 20-21; Earnhardt, 22-23; Unser Jr., 24-25; Rudd, 26-39; Earnhardt, 40.
Lap Leader Totals: Rudd led three times for 17 laps; Earnhardt led seven times for 12 laps; Unser Jr. led four times for 7 laps; Allison led three times for 3 laps; Wallace led once for one lap.

 

Race Two

 
May 2, 1992
Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega, Alabama
2.66-mile high-banked tri-oval, 38 laps, 101.08 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
8
Davey Allison
38
Running
2
11
Dale Earnhardt
38
Running
3
10
Ricky Rudd
38
Running
4
3
Davy Jones
38
Running
5
9
Harry Gant
38
Running
6
4
Rusty Wallace
38
Running
7
6
Al Unser Jr.
38
Running
8
7
Hurley Haywood
38
Running
9
5
Geoff Brabham
38
Running
10
1
Scott Pruett
38
Running
11
2
Arie Luyendyk
15
Accident
12
DNS
* Pete Halsmer
0
DNS
  * Injured/Did Not Start

 

Time of Race: 31 minutes, 38 seconds
Average Speed: 191.722 MPH
Margin of Victory: 1/4 car length
Caution Flags: 1 (Luyendyk accident, Lap 15). Laps do not count.
Lead Changes: 15 among 6 drivers
Lap Leaders: Pruett, 1; Earnhardt, 2-5; Pruett, 6; Earnhardt, 7; Gant, 8-10; Unser Jr., 11; Gant, 12; Earnhardt, 13; Unser Jr., 14-15; Earnhardt, 16-17; Wallace, 18; Unser Jr., 19-27; Gant, 28; Allison, 29-36; Earnhardt, 37; Allison, 38.
Lap Leader Totals: Unser Jr. led three times for 12 laps; Allison led twice for 9 laps; Earnhardt led five times for 9 laps; Gant led three times for 5 laps; Pruett led twice for 2 laps; Wallace led once for one lap.

 

Race Three

 
August 1, 1992
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, Michigan
Two-mile high banked oval, 50 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
4
Geoff Brabham
50
Running
2
5
Rusty Wallace
50
Running
3
10
Ricky Rudd
50
Running
4
9
Harry Gant
50
Running
5
11
Dale Earnhardt
50
Running
6
8
Al Unser Jr.
50
Running
7
7
Davy Jones
50
Running
8
1
Pete Halsmer
50
Running
9
6
Hurley Haywood
50
Running
10
2
Scott Pruett
50
Running
11
3
Arie Luyendyk
50
Running
12
DNS
*Davey Allison
0
Did not start
  * Injured, did not start. Awarded last place.

 

Time of Race: 38 minutes, 3.477 seconds
Average Speed: 157.654 MPH
Margin of Victory: 2.598 seconds
Caution Flags: None
Lead Changes: 3 among 3 drivers
Lap Leaders: Pruett, 1-2; Rudd, 3-15; Brabham, 16-50.
Lap Leader Totals: Brabham led once for 35 laps;
Rudd led once for 13 laps; Pruett led once for 2 laps.

 

Race Four

 
August 15, 1992
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, Michigan
Two-mile superspeedway, 50 laps, 100 miles.

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
6
Al Unser Jr.
50
Running
2
10
Ricky Rudd
50
Running
3
7
Rusty Wallace
50
Running
4
3
Scott Pruett
50
Running
5
11
Dale Earnhardt
50
Running
6
8
Harry Gant
50
Running
7
2
Pete Halsmer
50
Running
8
5
Davy Jones
50
Running
9
5
Geoff Brabham
50
Running
10
1
Arie Luyendyk
50
Running
11
4
Hurley Haywood
50
Running
12
* DNS
Davey Allison
50
Did not start
  * Injured, did not start. Awarded last place.

 

Time of Race: 37 minutes, 47 seconds
Average Speed: 158.800 MPH
Margin of Victory: one car length
Caution Flags: None
Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers
Lap Leaders: Luyendyk, 1; Unser Jr., 2-50.
Lap Leader Totals: Unser Jr. led once for 49 laps;
Luyendyk led once for one lap