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IROC - International Race of Champions - 1996

IROC - International Race of Champions

IROC marked its 20th anniversary with a new car, the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Dale Earnhardt debuted the Firebird with a victory at Daytona. At Talladega, Indy Car drivers scored their first-ever 1-2-3 sweep, with Al Unser Jr. leading Robby Gordon and Scott Pruett to the checkered flag. Charlotte was the series' first night event, with Mark Martin earning the win. In the finale, at Michigan, Martin again finished first, to move past Gordon and Unser Jr. to take his second championship in three years. (from IROC Website)


The 1996 IROC Drivers
(Top) Scott Pruett, Sterling Marlin, Johnny Benson, Rusty Wallace, Terry Labonte, Jeff Gordon
(Bottom) Robby Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Tommy Kendall, Al Unser Jr, Steve Kinser
(Not pictured) Mark Martin

 

Final Points


IROC 20 Champion
Mark Martin

Position
Driver/Residence/Sanction
Points
Money Earned
1
Mark Martin/Daytona Beach, FL/NASCAR
61 225,000
2
Robby Gordon/Cornelius, NC/INDY CAR
54 100,000
3
Johnny Benson/Harrisburg, NC/NASCAR
50 60,000
4
Terry Labonte/Thomasville, NC/NASCAR
48 50,000
5
Al Unser Jr./Albuquerque, NM/INDY CAR
48 45,000
6
Sterling Marlin/Columbia, TN/NASCAR
40 40,000
7
Scott Pruett/Loomis, CA/INDY CAR
40 40,000
8
Dale Earnhardt/Mooresville, NC/NASCAR
39 40,000
9
Tom Kendall/Santa Monica, CA/SCCA
36 40,000
10
Jeff Gordon/Davidson, NC/NASCAR
30 40,000
11
Rusty Wallace/Concord, NC/NASCAR
26 40,000
12
Steve Kinser/Bloomington, IN/WoO
25 40,000

 

Race One

 
February 16, 1996
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
2.5-mile high-banked oval, 40 laps, 100 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1 6
Dale Earnhardt
40 Running
2 10
Robby Gordon
40 Running
3 2
Tom Kendall
40 Running
4 5
Sterling Marlin
40 Running
5 7
Al Unser Jr.
40 Running
6 12
Jeff Gordon
40 Running
7 4
Terry Labonte
40 Running
8 3
Mark Martin
40 Running
9 11
Johnny Benson
40 Running
10 9
Scott Pruett
40 Running
11 1
Steve Kinser
30 Accident
12 8
Rusty Wallace
21 Mechanical

 

Time of Race: 31 minutes, 57 seconds
Average Speed: 187.793 MPH
Margin of Victory: 2 car lengths
Caution Flags : 1 (Kinser hit wall on Lap 30)
Lead Changes: 3 among 4 drivers
Lap Leaders: Kinser, 1; Kendall, 2-10; Labonte,
11-37; Earnhardt, 38-40.

 

Race Two

 
April 27, 1996
Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega, Alabama
2.66-mile high-banked tri-oval, 38 laps, 101.08 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1 8
Al Unser Jr.
38 Running
2 11
Robby Gordon
38 Running
3 3
Scott Pruett
38 Running
4 9
Sterling Marlin
38 Running
5 6
Terry Labonte
38 Running
6 2
Steve Kinser
38 Running
7 7
Jeff Gordon
6 Accident
8 10
Tom Kendall
6 Accident
9 12
Dale Earnhardt
5 Accident
10 4
Johnny Benson
5 Accident
11 5
Mark Martin
5 Accident
12 1
Rusty Wallace
5 Accident

 

Time of Race: 32 minutes, 31 seconds
Average Speed: 186.513 MPH
Margin of Victory: .093 second
Caution Flags: 1 (Multi car crash on Lap 5;
Kinser -- flat tire after Lap 5)
Lead Changes: 7 among 6 drivers
Lap Leaders: Kinser, 1; Benson, 2; J. Gordon, 3-4; Labonte, 5-8; R. Gordon, 9-27; Marlin, 28-35; Unser Jr., 36-38.

 

Race Three

 
May 17, 1996
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Concord, North Carolina
1.5-mile oval, 67 laps, 100.5 miles

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1 2
Mark Martin
67 Running
2 3
Johnny Benson
67 Running
3 6
Scott Pruett
67 Running
4 1
Rusty Wallace
67 Running
5 5
Jeff Gordon
67 Running
6 8
Terry Labonte
66 Running
7 7
Tom Kendall
66 Running
8 11
Al Unser Jr.
66 Running
9 4
Steve Kinser
8 Accident
10 10
Dale Earnhardt
8 Accident
11 9
Sterling Marlin
8 Accident
12 12
Robby Gordon
8 Accident

 

Time of Race: 37 minutes, 3 seconds
Average Speed: 162.753 MPH
Margin of Victory: . 2.722 seconds
Caution Flags: 1 (Multi car crash on Lap 8)
Lead Changes: 0
Lap Leaders: Martin, 1-67.

 

Race Four

 
August 17, 1996
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, Michigan
Two-mile superspeedway, 50 laps, 100 miles.

 

Finish

Start

Driver

Laps

Status

1 10
Mark Martin
50 Running
2 4
Johnny Benson
50 Running
3 9
Terry Labonte
50 Running
4 12
Robby Gordon
50 Running
5 11
Al Unser Jr.
50 Running
6 5
Sterling Marlin
50 Running
7 1
Rusty Wallace
50 Running
8 7
Scott Pruett
50 Running
9 2*
Dale Jarrett
50 Running
10 8**
Ricky Rudd
50 Running
11 6***
Geoff Bodine
47 Running
12 3
Jeff Gordon
39 Mechanical
* - Jarrett drive for Steve Kinser
** - Rudd drove for Dale Earnhardt
*** - Bodine drive for Tom Kendall

 

Time of Race: 35 minutes, 44 seconds
Average Speed: 176.910 MPH
Margin of Victory: . 757 second
Caution Flags: None
Lead Changes: 4 among 2 drivers
Lap Leaders: Benson, 1-30; Martin, 31;
Benson, 32; Martin, 33-50.