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IROC - International Race of Champions - 1993

IROC - International Race of Champions

Drivers representing all three racing disciplines visited victory lane in the four-race series, the last for the Dodge Daytona cars used since 1990. Bill Elliott took the lead with six laps to go to win the opener at Daytona. In IROC's first visit to historic Darlington Raceway, Elliott's felow NASCAR Winston Cup competitor, Davey Allison, scored the victory. Combined with his second place at Daytona, Allison enjoyed a big points lead halfway through the campaign. Indy Car star Al Unser Jr. recorded his record seventh IROC triumph at Talladega to place himself in contention for the title. Dale Earnhardt replaced the late Alan Kulwicki for the last two events, and Terry Labonte sat in Allison's seat in the finale at Michigan following Allison's death. Road racer Geoff Brabham won at Michigan for the second consecutive year, while Labonte finished sixth to ensure Allison a posthumous IROC championship. Allison's $175,000 prize money was paid to a trust fund for his children. (from IROC Website)

Final Points


IROC 17 Champion
Davey Allison

Position
Driver/Residence/Sanction
Points
Money Earned
1
* Davey Allison/Hueytown, AL/ NASCAR
63
$175,000
2
Al Unser Jr./Albuquerque, NM/Indy Car
60.5
65,000
3
Bill Elliott/Blairsville, GA/NASCAR
50
55,000
4
Ricky Rudd/Cornelius, NC/NASCAR
49
50,000
5
** Alan Kulwicki/Harrisburg, NC/NASCAR
47
45,000
6
Geoff Brabham/Lantana, FL/IMSA
44
40,000
7
Harry Gant/Taylorsville, NC/NASCAR
44
40,000
8
Jack Baldwin/Marietta, GA/SCCA
37
40,000
9
Davy Jones/Zephyr Cove, NV/IMSA
34
40,000
10
*** Juan Fangio II/Miami, FL/IMSA
27
40,000
11
Arie Luyendyk/Scottsdale, AZ/Indy Car
24.5
40,000
12
Al Unser/Albuquerque, NM/Indy Car
21
40,000
  * Labonte replaced the late Davey Allison after three of four races.
  ** Earnhardt replaced the late Alan Kulwicki after two of four races.
  *** Withdrew after three of four events.

 

Race One

 
February 12, 1993
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
2.5-mile high-banked oval, 40 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
7
Bill Elliott
40
Running
2
4
Davey Allison
40
Running
3
6
Al Unser Jr.
40
Running
4
3
Davy Jones
40
Running
5
8
Ricky Rudd
40
Running
6
11
Arie Luyendyk
40
Running
7
12
Geoff Brabham
40
Running
8
7
Harry Gant
40
Running
9
2
Alan Kulwicki
40
Running
10
1
Juan Fangio
40
Running
11
9
Jack Baldwin
40
Running
12
5
Al Unser
31
Accident

 

Time of Race: 33 minutes, .02 seconds
Average Speed: 181.726 MPH
Margin of Victory: one car length
Caution Flags : 1 (Unser and Allison accident). Laps do not count.
Lead Changes: 10 among 5 drivers
Lap Leaders: Allison, 1; Jones, 2; Rudd, 3; Unser Jr., 4-9; Rudd, 10; Unser Jr., 11-13; Rudd, 14; Unser Jr., 15-16; Rudd, 17-34; Elliott, 35-40.
Lap Leader Totals: Rudd led four times for 21 laps;
Unser Jr. led three times for 11 laps; Elliott led once for 6 laps; Allison led once for one lap; Jones led once for one lap.

 

Race Two

 
March 27, 1993
Darlington Raceway
Darlington, South Carolina
1.366-mile superspeedway, 60 laps, 81.96 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
9
Davey Allison
60
Running
2
12
Dale Earnhardt *
60
Running
3
5
Harry Gant
60
Running
4
11
Rusty Wallace *
60
Running
5
7
Ricky Rudd
60
Running
6
3
Juan Fangio
60
Running
7
8
Davy Jones
60
Running
8
2
Jack Baldwin
60
Running
9
1
Al Unser
60
Running
10
10
Bill Elliott
26
Mechanical
11
4
Alan Kulwicki
14
Mechanical
12
6
Geoff Brabham
9
Accident
  * Al Unser Jr. and Arie Luyendyk were injured and did not start. They shared 11th and 12-place points (3.5 each). IROC organizers added Earnhardt and Wallace as substitute drivers who were not eligible for points. Drivers competing in full series received all points earned for finishing position if Earnhardt and Wallace were not in field. Mandatory yellow flag after lap 35 so all cars could change tires.

 

Time of Race: 34 minutes, 31 seconds
Average Speed: 142.470 MPH
Margin of Victory: .63 second
Caution Flags: 1 (Luyendyk accident, Lap 15). Laps do not count.
Lead Changes: 2 among 3 drivers
Lap Leaders: Unser, 1-2; Kulwicki, 3-11; Allison, 12-60.
Lap Leader Totals: Allison led once for 49 laps; Kulwicki led once for 9 laps; Unser led once for 2 laps.

 

Race Three

 
May 1, 1993
Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega, Alabama
2.66-mile superspeedway, 38 laps, 101.08 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
7
Al Unser Jr.
38
Running
2
4
Jack Baldwin
38
Running
3
5
* Dale Earnhardt
38
Running
4
10
Ricky Rudd
38
Running
5
6
Juan Fangio II
38
Running
6
12
Davey Allison
38
Running
7
9
Harry Gant
34
Running
8
2
Geoff Brabham
33
Mechanical
9
8
Davy Jones
12
Accident
10
1
Arie Luyendyk
12
Accident
11
3
Al Unser
6
Accident
12
11
Bill Elliott
5
Accident
  * Dale Earnhardt replaced the late Alan Kulwicki and his points were credited to Kulwicki, whose prize money was donated to the following charities: Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary, Brenner Childrens' Hospital and St. Thomas Aquinas Church.

 

Time of Race: 31 minutes, 48 seconds
Average Speed: 190.716 MPH
Margin of Victory: 1/4 car length
Lead Changes: 18 among 7 drivers
Lap Leader Totals: Unser Jr. led four times for 13 laps; Earnhardt led five times for 8 laps; Allison led three times for 6 laps; Rudd led twice for 4 laps; Fangio led once for 3 laps; Brabham led twice for 3 laps; Baldwin led once for 1 lap.

 

Race Four

 
July 31, 1993
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, Michigan
Two-mile superspeedway, 50 laps, 100 miles.

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
3
Geoff Brabham
50
Running
2
8
Bill Elliott
50
Running
3
10
Al Unser Jr.
50
Running
4
6
Harry Gant
50
Running
5
7
Dale Earnhardt
50
Running
6
11
Terry Labonte
50
Running
7
9
Ricky Rudd
50
Running
8
2
Arie Luyendyk
50
Running
9
4
Davy Jones
50
Running
10
5
Jack Baldwin
50
Running
11
1
Al Unser
50
Running
12
DNS
Juan Fangio II
50
Did not start
  Note: Earnhardt drove for the late Alan Kulwicki and his
points were added to Kulwicki's total. Labonte drove for the
late Davey Allison and his points were added to Allison's total. Fangio withdrew from the series after three races.

 

Time of Race: 37 minutes, 43.908 seconds
Average Speed: 159.017 MPH
Margin of Victory: .410 second
Caution Flags: None
Lead Changes: 7 among 4 drivers
Lap Leaders: Baldwin, 1; Earnhardt, 2-20; Baldwin, 21-23; Earnhardt, 24-39; Elliott, 40; Earnhardt, 41; Brabham, 42-50.
Lap Leader Totals: Earnhardt led three times for 36 laps; Baldwin led twice for four laps; Brabham led once for nine laps; Elliott led once for one lap.