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IROC - International Race of Champions - 1994

IROC - International Race of Champions

A new Dodge Avenger sports coupe replaced the Dodge Daytonas used since 1990. Steve Kinser, the 13-time World of Outlaws sprint car champion, became the first representative of short-track racing to receive an IROC invitation. Dale Earnhardt was the first to drive an Avenger into victory lane, at Daytona. Mark Martin grabbed the IROC points lead with his win at Darlington. Kinser made history -- and nationwide headlines -- by leading the most laps and taking the checkered flag at Talladega. In the final race, at Michigan, Al Unser Jr. claimed a record eighth IROC first place, but Martin's battling second earned him the $200,000 IROC title and a new Avenger passenger car. Unser Jr., Rusty Wallace and Earnhardt tied for runner-up points, with Al getting the ranking under the tie-breaker system. (from IROC Website)

Final Points


IROC 18 Champion
Mark Martin

Position
Driver/Residence/Sanction
Points
Money Earned
1
Mark Martin/Jamestown, NC/NASCAR
66
$200,000
2
* Al Unser Jr./Albuquerque, NM/IndyCar
56
100,000
3
* Rusty Wallace/Concord, NC/NASCAR
56
60,000
4
* Dale Earnhardt/Mooresville, NC/NASCAR
56
50,000
5
Jack Baldwin/Marietta, GA/SCCA
45
48 ,000
6
Steve Kinser/Bloomington, IN/WoO
43
40,000
7
Kyle Petty/High Point, NC/NASCAR
35
40,000
8
Dale Jarrett/Hickory, NC/NASCAR
34
40,000
9
Tom Kendall/La Canada, CA/SCCA
33
40,000
10
Danny Sullivan/Aspen, CO/IndyCar
27
40,000
11
Geoff Brabham/Lantana, FL/IMSA
26
40,000
12
Scott Sharp/Norwalk, CT/SCCA
22
40,000
  * Tie-breaker, higher finishing position in last race.

 

Race One

 
February 18, 1994
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
2.5-mile high-banked oval, 40 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
1
Dale Earnhardt
40
Running
2
8
Al Unser Jr.
40
Running
3
9
Dale Jarrett
40
Running
4
7
Mark Martin
40
Running
5
12
Kyle Petty
40
Running
6
6
Rusty Wallace
40
Running
7
11
Steve Kinser
40
Running
8
10
Geoff Brabham
40
Running
9
5
Danny Sullivan
40
Running
10
2
Jack Baldwin
39
Running
11
3
Scott Sharp
23
Accident
12
4
Tom Kendall
12
Mechanical

 

Time of Race: 33 minutes, 13 seconds
Average Speed: 180.632 MPH
Margin of Victory: 1/2 car length
Caution Flags : 1 (Scott Sharp accident). Laps do not count.
Lead Changes: 13 among 5 drivers
Lap Leader Totals: Rusty Wallace led three times for 14 laps; Al Unser Jr. led twice for 9 laps; Mark Martin led three times for 8 laps; Dale Earnhardt led three times for 7 laps; Dale Jarrett led twice for 2 laps.

 

Race Two

 
March 26, 1994
Darlington Raceway
Darlington, South Carolina
1.366-mile superspeedway, 46 laps, 62.84 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
9
Mark Martin
46
Running
2
7
Rusty Wallace
46
Running
3
3
Jack Baldwin
46
Running
4
12
Dale Earnhardt
46
Running
5
8
Kyle Petty
46
Running
6
2
Scott Sharp
46
Running
7
1
Tom Kendall
41
Running
8
5
Geoff Brabham
37
Mechanical
9
4
Danny Sullivan
15
Mechanical
10
11
Al Unser Jr.
12
Mechanical
11
6
Steve Kinser
9
Accident
12
10
Dale Jarrett
9
Accident

 

Time of Race: 26 minutes, 10 seconds
Average Speed: 144.083 MPH
Margin of Victory: .25 seconds
Caution Flags: 3 (Debris after Lap 4, Kinser-Jarrett accident after Lap 9, Mandatory tire change after Lap 31). Laps do not count.
Lead Changes: 2 among 2 drivers
Lap Leader Totals: Baldwin led once for 8 laps; Martin led once for 38 laps.

 

Race Three

 
April 30, 1994
Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega, Alabama
2.66-mile superspeedway, 38 laps, 101.08 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
2
Steve Kinser
38
Running
2
8
Jack Baldwin
38
Running
3
6
Dale Jarrett
38
Running
4
1
Tom Kendall
38
Running
5
9
Al Unser Jr.
38
Running
6
3
Danny Sullivan
38
Running
7
7
Kyle Petty
38
Running
8
11
Dale Earnhardt
38
Running
9
10
Rusty Wallace
38
Running
10
4
Scott Sharp
38
Running
11
5
Geoff Brabham
38
Running
12
12
Mark Martin
37
Running

 

Time of Race: 32 minutes, 33 seconds
Average Speed: 186.323 MPH
Margin of Victory: .367 seconds
Caution Flags: 1 (Debris after Lap 11). Laps do not count.
Lead Changes: 6 among 5 drivers
Lap Leader Totals: Kinser led once for 25 laps; Martin led once for 7 laps; Earnhardt led twice for 4 laps; Unser Jr. led once for 1 lap; Sullivan led once for 1 lap

 

Race Four

 
July 30, 1994
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, Michigan
Two-mile superspeedway, 50 laps, 100 miles.

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1
7
Al Unser Jr.
50
Running
2
12
Mark Martin
50
Running
3
8
Rusty Wallace
50
Running
4
11
Dale Earnhardt
50
Running
5
3
Tom Kendall
50
Running
6
10
Jack Baldwin
50
Running
7
1
Geoff Brabham
50
Running
8
5
Kyle Petty
50
Running
9
3
Danny Sullivan
50
Running
10
9
Steve Kinser
50
Running
11
2
Scott Sharp
19
Accident
12
6
Dale Jarrett
3
Accident

 

Time of Race: 39 minutes, 53.826 seconds
Average Speed: 150.387 MPH
Margin of Victory: .347 seconds
Caution Flags: 3 (Jarrett accident after lap 11; Sharp-Sullivan spin after lap 19; Baldwin spin after lap 20. Laps do not count.)
Lead Changes: 7 among 5 drivers
Lap Leaders: Brabham, 1; Wallace, 2-23; Martin, 24-32; Earnhardt, 33-36; Wallace, 37-41; Earnhardt, 42-45; Martin, 46; Unser Jr., 47-50.
Lap Leader Totals: Wallace led twice for 27 laps; Martin led twice or 10 laps; Earnhardt led twice for 8 laps; Unser Jr. led once for 4 laps; Brabham led once for one lap.