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IROC - International Race of Champions - 1995

IROC - International Race of Champions

The series started and ended with the focus on two of IROC's all-time top competitors, Dale Earnhardt and Al Unser Jr. In the opener, at Daytona, Unser Jr. led on the last lap when he and Earnhardt made contact going into turn three, putting the Indianapolis 500 winner into the wall and the NASCAR Winston Cup champion into victory lane. In round two, at Darlington, Mark Martin dominated to finish first for the second consecutive year. Talladega's race three produced one of the wildest and best finishes in history, with Earnhardt winning by a half-car length over Steve Kinser as the drivers went nearly five-wide in the tri-oval heading to the checkered flag. Earnhardt held a 10-point advantage over Martin going into the finale at Michigan -- and needed it -- as he was eliminated in a second-lap, multi-car tangle. He could only watch on a garage-area TV monitor as nearest rivals Martin and Scott Pruett were unable to move to the front, as Unser Jr. (who missed the middle two races due to non-IROC injuries) scored his record ninth series triumph. Earnhardt took the title by just four points over Martin, and thus joined A. J. Foyt and Unser Jr. as the only two-time IROC title-holders. Dodge, IROC's car of choice since 1990, concluded its participation with the series. (from IROC Website)

Final Points


IROC 19 Champion
Dale Earnhardt

Position
Driver/Residence/Sanction
Points
Money Earned
1
Dale Earnhardt/Mooresville, NC/NASCAR
61 $225,000
2
Mark Martin/Daytona Beach, FL/NASCAR
57 100,000
3
Scott Pruett/Granite Bay, CA/INDY CAR
53 60,000
4
Jeff Gordon/Huntersville, NC/NASCAR
51 50,000
5
Tom Kendall/Manhatten Beach, CA/SCCA
49 45,000
6
Ken Schrader/Concord, NC/NASCAR
45 40,000
7
Al Unser Jr./Albuquerque, NM/INDY CAR
42 40,000
8
Steve Kinser/Bloomington, IN/WoO
42 40,000
9
Rusty Wallace/Concord, NC/NASCAR
32 40,000
10
Ricky Rudd/Mooresville,NC/NASCAR
28 40,000
11
Hurley Haywood/Ponte Vedra, FL/IMSA
22 40,000
12
Steve Millen/Costa Mesa, CA/IMSA
20 40,000
  * Tie-breaker, higher finishing position in last race.

 

Race One

 
February 17, 1995
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
2.5-mile high-banked oval, 40 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1 2
Dale Earnhardt
40 Running
2 5
Scott Pruett
40
Running
3 8
Ken Schrader
40
Running
4 1
Ricky Rudd
40
Running
5 6
Rusty Wallace
40
Running
6 10
Tom Kendall
40
Running
7 11
Steve Kinser
40
Running
8 7
Mark Martin
40
Running
9 4
Steve Millen
40
Running
10 3
Al Unser Jr.
39 Accident
11 12
Jeff Gordon
28 Transmission
12 9
Hurley Haywood
24 Accident

 

Time of Race: 33 minutes, 12 seconds
Average Speed: 180.723 MPH
Margin of Victory: 2 car lengths
Caution Flags : None (Accident on Lap 40/ Turn 3 / Al Unser Jr.)
Lead Changes: 14 among 5 drivers
Lap Leaders: Unser Jr., 1; Pruett, 2-3; Unser Jr., 4-9; Pruett, 10-11;Unser Jr., 12-15; Rudd, 16; Gordon, 17-19; Earnhardt, 20; Gordon, 21; Earnhardt, 22; Unser Jr., 23-30; Earnhardt, 31-34; Unser Jr., 35-37; Earnhardt, 38-40.

 

Race Two

 
March 25, 1995
Darlington Raceway
Darlington, South Carolina
1.366-mile superspeedway, 60 laps, 81.96 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1 4
Mark Martin
60 Running
2 2
Jeff Gordon
60 Running
3 9
Ken Schrader
60 Running
4 6
Tom Kendall
60 Running
5 10
Scott Pruett
60 Running
6 1
Hurley Haywood
60 Running
7 5
Steve Kinser
59 Running
8 11
Dale Earnhardt
20 Accident
9 3
Steve Millen
17 Accident
10 7
Rusty Wallace
17 Accident
11 8
Ricky Rudd
17 Accident
12 DNS
Al Unser Jr.
DNS (injured)

 

Time of Race: 32 minutes
Average Speed: 153.675 MPH
Margin of Victory: .66 second
Caution Flags: 1 (Earnhardt, Millen, Wallace, Rudd accident after Lap 17, Mandatory tire change after Lap 33). Laps do not count.
Lead Changes: 1 among 2 drivers
Lap Leaders: Gordon, 1-3; Martin, 4-60.

 

Race Three

 
April 29, 1995
Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega, Alabama
2.66-mile superspeedway, 38 laps, 101.08 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1 10
Dale Earnhardt
38 Running
2 5
Steve Kinser
38 Running
3 11
Mark Martin
38 Running
4 9
Scott Pruett
38 Running
5 7
Jeff Gordon
38 Running
6 6
Tom Kendall
38 Running
7 8
Ken Schrader
38 Running
8 4
Ricky Rudd
38 Running
9 3
Rusty Wallace
38 Running
10 1
Steve Millen
38 Running
11 2
Hurley Haywood
38 Running
12 DNS
Al Unser Jr.
DNS (injured)

 

Time of Race: 32 minutes, 21 seconds
Average Speed: 187.474 MPH
Margin of Victory: .1/2 car length
Caution Flags: None
Lead Changes: 13 among 6 drivers
Lap Leaders: Earnhardt led five times for 17 laps; Gordon led three times for 10 laps; Schrader led once for 5 laps; Rudd led twice for 3 laps; Wallace led once for 2 laps; Pruett led once for 1 lap.

 

Race Four

 
July 29, 1995
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, Michigan
Two-mile superspeedway, 50 laps, 100 miles.

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1 1
Al Unser Jr.
50 Running
2 5
Tom Kendall
50 Running
3 7
Jeff Gordon
50 Running
4 9
Scott Pruett
50 Running
5 10
Mark Martin
50 Running
6 6
Steve Kinser
50 Running
7 3
Rusty Wallace
50 Running
8 8
Ken Schrader
50 Running
9 2
Hurley Haywood
50 Running
10 4
Ricky Rudd
49 Running
11 11
Dale Earnhardt
7 Mechanical
12 DNS
Steve Millen
0 Did Not Start

 

Time of Race: 35 minutes, 58 seconds
Average Speed: 166.764 MPH
Margin of Victory: .112 seconds
Caution Flags: 1 (Pruett, Kendall, Gordon, Earnhardt accident after lap 1. Laps do not count.)
Lap Leaders: Unser Jr., 1-7; Wallace, 8-14; Gordon, 15-19; Wallace, 20-30; Kendall, 31-37; Unser Jr., 38-50.